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UC was accredited as the leader in patents in Chile for the 4th consecutive year

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile was accredited for 4th consecutive year as the educational institution with more invention patent applications (40) in Chile in 2018, which places us as leaders in an area that is key for innovation and technology transfer.

Important international rankings place UC as Top 1 in Latin America and No. 127 worldwide

Ranking Times Higher Education placed the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile as a leader in Latin America among 150 educational institutions in 12 countries in the region. In turn, QS World University Rankings 2020 placed it in No. 127 worldwide. Considering there are more than 26.000 educational institutions in the world, our University is within 1% of the best universities worldwide.

Alvaro Ossa became part of the organization that ensures the quality of the Higher Education Institutions

The Technology Transfer Director of the UC, Alvaro Ossa, was appointed by CORFO, which is the government agency that supports entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness in Chile, as a member of the National Accreditation Committee (CNA, in Spanish).

The 10th anniversary of PCT was celebrated with a seminar with international experts: “Patents and innovation with global impact”

A large audience was present in the 10th anniversary of PCT was celebrated with an International Seminar: Patents and Innovation with Global Impact. This event was organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Instituto Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial (INAPI) of Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with the support of the Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas [Spanish Patents and Trade Marks Office].

Global UC 2019: Researchers presented their technologies to an industry panel

 In order to present the two winning technologies of Global UC 2019 to an expert’s committee, the Technology Transfer Directorate organized a meeting with representatives of the industry, who gave their feedback to the research teams before their trip to Boston.



This year, the winning teams of program Global UC are: Bone Packing by UC Medicine Professor Alex Vargas, consisting of a material made of calcium phosphate to repair bone and vascular tissue in the mandible area; and Earthquake Resistance Devices by UC Engineering Professor José Luis Almazán, which are flexible brackets installed on the base of containers for liquids, thus protecting the storage structures in case of large earthquakes.

Alvaro Ossa, Technology Transfer Director of Universidad Católica said: “One of the challenges in the University is to connect with the industry and know their needs in early stages. These meetings are aimed at showing technologies so that the industry certifies their interest in boosting future developments”.

The ceremony was held at the Rector’s Dining Room of Casa Central UC and consisted in two moments: during the presentation of the Bone Packing representatives of Estudio Carey, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Pharma Care, Zimmer Dental, the Asociación de Cirugía Maxilofacial de Chile [Chilean Association of Maxillofacial Surgeons] and renowned maxillofacial surgeons. In turn, in the session of the Earthquake Resistant Devices, representatives of ENAP, Codelco, Golden Omega and Antofagasta Minerals were present.

Global UC is a program focused on boosting the capacities of research teams by giving them the opportunity to spread the results of their research on an international level. A two-week training is included in this program; one of them is the Encuentro con la Industria [Meeting with the Industry], and then a 2-week internship in Boston, USA.

The next version of Global UC program will be launched in October 2019 and all the information will be available at http://transferenciaydesarrollo.uc.cl