Speakers

Spiros N. Agathos

agathosSpiros N. Agathos is Full Professor of Biological Engineering at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and group leader of Bioengineering within its Earth & Life Institute (ELI) where he is involved in research projects on bioprocess optimization, pollutant biodegradation and biotechnology for sustainability. He studied Chemical Engineering (Dipl.Eng, National Technical University of Athens, Greece and M.Eng, McGill University, Montreal, Canada) and obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA). Previously, he held professorships at the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA). He is a consultant to government agencies and industry worldwide and a frequent invited speaker for both scientific and general audiences. To date, he has published more than 170 scientific articles (130 of which in peer-review international journals and 43 book chapters) and holds 4 patents. He is Associate Editor of Biochemical Engineering Journal and Editorial Board member of several other international journals. He has edited three volumes in Kluwer’s Focus on Biotechnology book series and is Volume editor for Elsevier’s major reference work, Comprehensive Biotechnology (2nd Edition). He is an elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (USA).

Jorge Amaya

amaya03Professor at the School of Engineering and associate researcher at the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of the University of Chile.
Jorge Amaya is Mathematical Engineer of the University of Chile; Master in Mathematical Statistic, CIENES (Centro Interamericano de Enseñanza de Estadística, OEA); Master and PhD in Applied Sciences, Catholic University of Louvain. He is the head of the Logistics and Production Laboratory (LPLab) at CMM, where he has conducted numerous research and development projects in the field of modeling and application of Mathematics to the industry. He has published 20 scientific publications in the fields of Applied Mathematics and Operations Research, two chapters in books, numerous consulting technical reports and more than 40 invited conferences in international congresses and seminars. From 2014, Jorge is also co-editor of TOP, the official Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research. In the last years he has leaded more than 10 projects in applications of Mathematical Modeling to real world industrial problems, as for example, in mining, energy and production scheduling, among others sectors. Three of these projects, in the field of modeling for the rail transportation industry, have been developed in the context of European Framework Programs VI and VII,  collaborating with European companies and universities.

Benoît Buntinx

buntinx02Benoît is a bioengineer from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and MBA from the Université Catholique de Louvain. After a consulting experience in Chile, Benoît co-founded in 2003 the spin-off Aliwen SA, specialized in the field of agro-technology and environmental services. He managed Aliwen S.A. until 2007 when he started working as a Senior Business Development Manager of the Louvain Technology Transfer Office. Its main achievements in the TTO are a complete reorganization of the technology transfer, the definition of a methodology for project monitoring as well as the creation and implementation of the new UCL business incubator, the Brussels Life Science Incubator. Benoît also served as an Investment Manager of the high tech seed capital fund, Vives Fund, and was responsible for analyzing investment opportunities, performing due diligence work and representing the fund at high tech companies’ boards of directors. He has been heavily involved in the creation of the Vives 2 fund in 2011 (44 million euros). Since June 2012, Benoît represents the UCL spin-off GreenWatt SA in Chile and provides consulting services in technology transfer and research based startups creation.

Gérard Cito

citoGérard has a degree and is teacher in law graduated from the Université Catholique de Louvain. He has a post-graduate degree in Law and Management of Information Technologies and Communication from the Université de Namur as well as an executive MBA degree of the Louvain School of Management.
He worked 13 years as a Lawyer and 11 years in IT.
He is presently based in Montevideo and working for DiAGAM, LABORATOIRE HUCKERT’S INTERNATIONAL and PRANARÕM INTERNATIONAL, 3 Belgian SME’s actives in the Health sector for which he is deploying innovative pilot projects in Latin America.

Eric Feller

fellerBachelor of Science in Medical Biochemistry and Master’s in Animal Biology (MSc), Liège University ULg (B). Expert in:
– Invention disclosure and patent process, licensing, market studies, ENPV (Expected Net Present Value), consortium agreement, projects with the BIOWIN-The Health Cluster and WAGRALIM-The Agro-industry’s competitive Clusters in Wallonia, European projects (FP7 medical field, ERA-NET, EURO-TRANS-BIO and EURONANOMED), business plans writing, spin-offs investment round tables.
– R&D projects obtained, consortium agreements or licenses signatures with: GSK (Belgium), UCB (Belgium), IRE-ELIT (Belgium), DIAGENODE (Belgium), INTERVET-SCHERING PLOUGH (Holland), ROCHE-GENENTECH (Switzerland), SANOFI PASTEUR (France), INSERM-Transfert (Paris), ORFIT SA (Belgium).
– Collaborations with Kobe University (Japan) and Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina-UNALM (Peru).
– Collaborations in Chile: Universidad de Chile (Santiago), Universidad de Concepción, Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN), Universidad de Valdivia, Universidad Católica de Chile, IFOP (Instituto de Fomento Pesquero-CORFO), AGCI (Agencia de Cooperación Internacional de Chile), WBI (Wallonie-Bruxelles International).
Member of:
– LIEU: Liaison Entreprises-Universités (Technology Transfer Offices of the Belgian frenchspeaking universities)
– CURIE: Valorisation de la Recherche Publique, France
– ASTP-PROTON: Innovation from Public Research in Europe
– RED-OTRI: Red de Oficinas de Transferencia de Resultados de Investigación (OTRI) de las universidades españolas
Spin-offs set-up:
– BIOPTIS SA (Equine Biotechnology)
– REVATIS SA (Equine Regenerative Medicine)
– OKAPI SCIENCES SA-acquired by ARATANA THERAPEUTICS US in January 2014 (Antivirals for Animals with the KUL, Leuven and IOCB-Czech Republic)
– TARGETOME SA (from GIGA Cancer & Proteomic dpts, professors Vincent Castronovo and Edwin De Pauw. The GIGA Group and platforms with 650 investigators in Genoproteomics is physically integrated within the CHU-hospital of Liège. Successful second round table in July 2013.

Craig Gotsman

gotsmanProfessor Craig Gotsman was the first and founding director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech, and is currently a professor at the Institute.
Holding Technion’s Hewlett-Packard Chair in Computer Engineering, Prof. Gotsman co-founded the Technion Center for Graphics and Geometric Computing and is active in research on 3D computer graphics, geometric modeling, animation and computational geometry. Straddling academia and industry, Prof. Gotsman holds ten U.S. patents, and started two companies. Commercializing research done at the Technion, he co-founded Virtue 3D Inc. in 1997, whose technology is now owned by NVIDIA. In 2000, he co-founded Estimotion Inc., (now ITIS Israel Ltd.), a start-up that developed technology to generate real-time traffic information from cell phone and GPS-based location data. He also has consulted for numerous small and large companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Nokia, Shell Oil, Autodesk and Disney.
Prof. Gotsman received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1991. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University, INRIA Sophia Antipolis (France) and ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and a research scientist at MIT. He has published more than 150 papers in the professional literature, won eight best paper awards at leading conferences and mentored more than 50 postgraduate level students (MS, PhD and postdoc).

Thierry Hance

hance03Biology of interactions, insect behaviour, demography and biological control (Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium).

 

 

 

 

Alejandro Jofré

jofreProfessor Alejandro Jofré is Director of the Center for Mathematical Modeling at University of Chile. He obtained the degree of Doctor and Habilitation on Applied Mathematics in France, and later postdoc at University of California. He held appointments as professor at the Universities of Paris 1–Sorbonne and University of California–Davis, and visiting professor at several universities and centers, including École Polytechnique, Princeton U., U. Washington–Seattle, UC Davis, UBC–Vancouver, Johns Hopkins U., HP Palo Alto, Bonn and NUS–Singapore.
Professor Jofré has a record of around 45 publications covering areas in optimization, stochastic optimization, game theory, economic equilibrium and electricity markets, and advised more than 20 PhD and master theses. He has led more than twenty research projects and also developed optimization tools for pricing, planning and market behavior analysis for energy systems, telecommunication markets and sustainable exploitation of natural resources such as copper and forestry. He has been plenary and invited speaker in several major international conferences such as International Conference on Stochastic Programming, Mathematical Programming, ICIAM and the Annual SIAM Conference in San Diego last year.
Professor Jofré is currently member of the Council of the Mathematical Optimization Society and member of the Scientific Board of three Research Centers/Initiatives of excellence in France, Japan and Ecuador. Furthermore, he is currently associate editor of eight mathematical and engineering journals, including Journal Optimization Theory and Application, Set–valued and Variational Analysis, Energy Systems, Optimization and Engineering, and recently joined Mathematical and Financial Economics and Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization. He is also currently member of the Qualification Committee at Universidad de Chile. Finally, Professor Jofré is member of the societies SIAM, Mathematical Optimization, Econometric Society, UMI and the Economic Theory.

Sergio Lavandero

lavanderoVicerrector de Investigación de la Universidad de Chile. Ha realizado investigación en las áreas de transducción de señales en biomedicina, específicamente en el estudio de enfermedades cardiovasculares.

Es Químico Farmacéutico y Doctor en Bioquímica de la Universidad de Chile. Realizó estadías postdoctorales en Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine (Londres, UK); Erasmus Universitat (Rotterdam, Holanda); NIH (Bethesda, USA) y St. Vincent´s Hospital, Research Cardiovascular Center (Australia).

Su actual línea de investigación estudia la transducción de señales en el sistema cardiovascular, específicamente los mecanismos moleculares de muerte, sobreviva e hipertrofia del cardiomiocito, procesos claves en el desarrollo de varias patologías como infarto al miocardio, insuficiencia cardiaca e hipertensión arterial. El Dr. Lavandero es investigador principal del Centro FONDAP Estudios Moleculares de la Célula (CEMC) y su Laboratorio integra uno de los seis laboratorios abocados al estudio de la transducción de señales en biomedicina, realizando investigación de frontera en biomedicina y formando una potente red de colaboración al interior de la Universidad de Chile que se extiende a otros Laboratorios en el extranjero (principalmente Estados Unidos y Europa).

El Dr. Lavandero es autor de 87 publicaciones en revistas internacionales ISI con comité editorial (47 publicaciones en los últimos 5 años) y 19 en revistas nacionales. Ha recibido varios premios y reconocimientos e integra varias sociedades científicas nacionales e internacionales, tales como el Board de la International Cell Death Society.

Alejandro Maass

maassHe studied Mathematical Engineering at the University of Chile, where he received the engineering degree in 1990. Immediately after, he moved to France where he obtained the PhD degree in 1994 at the Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy of Université de la Méditerannée in Marseille. His thesis was focused on the ergodic theory of cellular automata and local entropy theory in topological dynamics, supervised by François Blanchard. In September 1994 he joined the Department of Mathematical Engineering at the University of Chile as assistant professor. In 2000 he joined the newly created UMI-CNRS Center of Mathematical Modeling (CMM) of University of Chile (UChile), as associated researcher. That same year he obtained the habilitation à diriger la recherche in France and a bit later he was promoted to full professor at the University of Chile. Since then, he have been conducting fundamental and applied research in both ergodic theory, focused on symbolic and topological dynamics, and new scientific adventures in mathematical biology and bioinformatics. In 2002 he created the Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Mathematics of the Genome (LBMG) at CMM-UChile whose aim is to provide computational and mathematical tools to solve real life biotechnological challenges from a mathematical perspective. This laboratory has being involved in the main genome programs in Chile and maintains international collaboration with several groups in France and USA. From 2004 to 2006 he was a junior member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences and in 2009 he entered as a member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. The same year he received the Latin American and Caribbean Mathematical Union Prize in recognition for “remarkable work and as a stimulus for further contributions to Mathematics”.
During his professional career he has assumed different scientific responsibilities in Chile: President of the National Council of Sciences from 2006 to 2008; responsible of the Chilean-French cooperation program ECOS-CONICYT since 2007 and Chairman of the Department of Mathematical Engineering at the University of Chile from 2001 to 2004. His work in stimulating the scientific cooperation with France was recognized with the distinction “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” in May 2007.

Joseph Martial

martialJoseph A. Martial is Professor Emeritus at the University of Liège where he headed for more than 30 years, the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering. He is also one of the founders and the current chairman of the board of directors of GIGA (Groupe Interdisciplinaire de Géno-protéomique Appliquée), a unique structure within the University of Liège, integrating an academic research centre, technological facilities, areas for biotech companies both start-ups and grown-ups, and a biotechnology training centre, all of this based on exploiting the “omic” technologies.
Joseph A. Martial is the founder and was for 25 years the chairman of the board of directors and of the scientific committee of Eurogentec; he is currently the chairman of the board of directors of Diagenode and member of the board of directors or of the scientific committee of several other start-ups.
He has more than 260 publications in international referred journals, is inventor on more than a dozen patents and the recipient of several prizes and honours. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium since 1992.

Joseph A. Martial spent 2 years (1972 and 1973) as visiting professor at the Department of Cell Biology of the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, under the program of the Belgian Government for the Cooperation to Development in a scientific project lead by Professor Christian de Duve, Nobel Prize winner. During these 2 years, he very closely collaborated with Professor Pablo Valenzuela who was to become one of the best known biotechnologists from Latin America.
Despite the fact that he left Chile (with regrets) in early 1974, he managed to keep regular contacts with Chile by always responding positively to scientific meeting invitations and also as an UNIDO expert in Biotechnology. Indeed, it is under his supervision (as UNIDO expert) that, around 1985, an important biolixiviation project started in Chile regrouping big and small industries, national centres and various university laboratories. It is likely thanks in part to this far-seeing project that Chile has a world leading position in this specific field today.
During the last 15 years, Joseph A. Martial and his laboratory at the University of Liège have maintained a fruitful collaboration with the University Austral of Valdivia on various projects dealing with control of pollution. During this period, three young Chileans performed their Ph.D. thesis under his direction at the University of Liège and all three are now back in Chile playing major roles in Chilean universities. At the moment, two young Chilean students (a Ph.D. student and a post-doctoral fellow) are studying in Joseph Martial‘s laboratory.
Of note, in the late nineties/early 2000, Professor Jorge Allende, one of the most respected Chilean scientists, selected Joseph A. Martial in the international expert panel in charge of evaluating the research activities of the faculty of Medicine of the Universidad de Chile in Santiago.
In the last three years, Joseph A. Martial performed several visits to Chile accompanying his Rector and/or his ministry of research to establish collaborations between Chile and Belgium. One of his most important projects proposed to establish an excellence centre in the Biotech/Biomedical field in Chile in full collaboration with the University of Liège and more particularly its unique GIGA centre.

Michel Morant

morant03Michel Morant is presently the Managing Director of University-Industry Liaison Office of the University of Liege. He graduated in electromechanical and electrical engineering at University of Liege in 1979, then a MBA in 1982 and a PhD in 1984. In 1986, he joined the Power Transport and Distribution Division of the AEG Daimler-Benz group, became member of the managing board in 1990, and vice-president in charge of the R&D and commercial departments in 1995. The main scope of activities was developing new high voltage high current switchgears, and was a Visiting Professor at University of Liege.
He was appointed in 1998 by the University of Liege to reorganize the technology transfer department – Interface Entreprises-University of Liege) in charge of patenting, licensing, and spin off activities. Now, with a team of 50 employees, Interface is in charge of knowledge transfer, including continuous education for companies, and cross fertilization and technology marketing toward companies.
He is now CEO of Gesval, which is the company of ULg for technology transfer, and co-CEO of Spinventure, the seed capital fund of Liege. In 2002, he launched the first Patlib Center in Belgium, and is now vice-president of Picarre, the Walloon Agency for IP. He is or has been a member of several boards of directors of high tech companies like Nanocyl, Kitozyme, Mithra, Uteron, Ampacimon. He is CLP certified, and member of international associations like ASTP, TII, LES, CURIE, AUTM, Proton Europe. He was a founding member of LIEU, the Belgian association of TTO’s, and of SPOW , the Belgian association of Science Parks, member of IASP. He is the current President of Proton-Europe, the European association of KT offices of public research. Finally, he launched the Liege Creative initiative, a permanent forum for knowledge exchange gathering scientist, entrepreneurs, artists, administratives, students, aiming at an ID factory.

Tomas Perez-Acle

perez-acleDr. Tomas Perez-Acle is a biologist, University of Concepción (1989), with a Master in Medical Biophysics, Universidad de Chile (1994), and received his PhD in Biotechnology from the Universidad Andres Bello (2007). His main scientific interest is focused on Computational Biology: multi-scale computational modeling of complex biological systems, using high performance computing tools. After his undergraduate, he served as Development Manager in several software companies of the Chilean ICT industry. Later, he joined Microsoft Consulting Services at Microsoft Chile, returning to the academy in 2001 to form the Center for Bioinformatics (CBUC) at the Universidad Católica de Chile, center of which he was its director until 2009. In 2010, he was appointed as External Associated Researcher at the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) at the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile, where he serves as Executive Director of the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing (NLHPC). Dr. Perez-Acle is also Associated Researcher and Professor at the Millennium Institute Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencas de Valparaíso (CINV), Universidad de Valparaiso. During his career, he has participated in several research projects, generated dozens of publications in scientific journals, forming undergraduate and graduate students. His experience includes the design of new drugs against HIV (FONDECYT 1050950), drugs against dengue virus (USAMRMC W81XWH-08-1-0285) and anticancer drugs (patent number 744-2010-INAPI). More recently, participates in projects aimed to promote the development of Bionanotechnology in Chile (FONDECYT 1100882 Scientific and Technological Ring ACT1107). He has been co-investigator on FP07 projects at the European Community on the topics of Nanoinformatics (ACTION-Grid, FP7-ICT-2007-2) and Supercomputing (Red Iberoamericana de Supercomputación, Grant Agreement 288883). Dr. Perez-Acle is the Director of the Computational Biology Lab at the Fundación Ciencia & Vida. His transdisciplinary research group consists of PostDocs and undergraduate and graduate students from various scientific fields such as engineering, mathematics, design, computer science, physics, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry and chemistry, among others.

Claude Puech

puech02Claude Puech is Professor of Computer Science at Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, on leave at Inria, where he holds the position of Executive Director of the Foundation Inria Chile. In the past he held faculty positions in various universities including Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole Polytechnique, Université Joseph Fourier (Grenoble) in France and UIUC and Stanford University in the USA, as well as a visiting scientist position in HP Labs in Palo Alto, Ca. He has a long and successful history establishing new Research, Development and Innovation centres. As an example, he conducted between 2002 and 2007 the process that resulted in the launch in 2008 of three new autonomous research Inria centres in Lille, Saclay and Bordeaux. There, he initiated a resolute transfer and innovation development strategy for these Centers, relying strongly on active collaborations with the industrial innovation clusters established on these sites. Claude Puech has played various advisory roles in research and innovation, both in France and abroad. He was the Scientific Director of Inria, the Vice-President of the Scientific Board of the Max-Planck-Institute für Informatik in Germany, a member of the Scientific Board of France Telecom/Orange, the Scientific Advisor for Mathematics and Computer Science of the Director General for Research at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Javier Ramírez

ramirezjHead of Innovation for the University of Chile (Vice-presidency of Research). Javier Ramírez is a technology transfer professional specialized in the field of intellectual property management. He has experience in the complete dynamic of intellectual assets generation, from projects financing, intellectual property strategy protection, technology-based business models, etc.
Graduated with a B.A. in Law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a Master degree (LLM) in Intellectual Property from the Universidad de Alicante (Spain), in addition to varied specialization courses on innovation in Chile and abroad. He is about to get his MBA degree from the University of Chile Business School.
Before his current position, Javier Ramírez worked for four years at the Andrés Bello University, where he created the Technology Transfer Office and served as its first Director.

Eduardo Vera

veraHe received the BSc and MSc degrees in Physics from the University of Chile and the PhD degree in Physics from Brown University, USA. Dr. Vera has extensive experience in academic and industrial applied research in information and communications technologies (ICT), working in the USA, Japan and Chile.
In 1983, he joined the technical staff of Philips Laboratories-Briarcliff, New York, USA, working on power integrated circuits for lighting applications. In 1990, he joined the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) Laboratories in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan, where he worked on the modeling and simulation of power semiconductor devices for advanced communication systems.
Since his return to Chile in 1995, he has been director of the AccessNova Program, a joint collaboration effort of the University of Chile and NTT, focused on the development of high speed network applications, which has nurtured an extensive research collaboration network between Chile and Japan.
In the 2003-2012 period, he was a technical consultant to Codelco-Chile’s R&D Division and NTT R&D Headquarters, supporting Codelco’s partnership with NTT for the establishment of a joint venture company, MICOMO (Mining Information, Communication and Monitoring), to adapt and apply advanced information and communication technologies to the mining market.
In the last decade, he has been a frequent visiting scientist at NTT Laboratories in Musashino, Tokyo, and a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo in 2005 and 2006. At present, he is executive manager for innovation and development at Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) and he is adjunct professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science of the University of Chile. From January 2011 through Dec 2013, he also served as Director of the National Laboratory for High Performance Computing (NLHPC) at CMM-UChile.
He is a founding member of SoluNova Ltd., a start-up company focused in sensor systems and wearable technologies for environmental monitoring and personal safety in industrial operations, whose technical team received the first prize award in the INTEL Global Challenge 2013 for their recent development of the Mobile Monitoring Station (MMS), a breakthrough system that uses portable sensors to collect valuable biomedical data about mining workers.