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It seeks to promote instances of participation for the development of new projects and prototypes, for linking with the industry and contributing to the development of the region.

Students, academics and researchers from the University of La Serena participated in Make It ULS, the first fair of innovative projects and prototypes that seek to respond to the needs of the country and the Coquimbo Region. The activity was organized by the Directorate of Research and Development of the institution and was supported by the FIULS 2030 project.fair2

The FIULS 2030 project, from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of La Serena, participated in this fair, as it is framed in two of its axes: Applied R&D and link with the industry (which seeks to transfer knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship), and Technology-Based Technology Marketing and Entrepreneurship (which develops and transfers innovation capabilities to the interior and exterior of the Faculty).

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Dr. Ing. Mauricio Godoy Seura, indicated that “we are participating in different instances that promote the development of new projects and prototypes that allow us to deliver solutions in our environment and link with the industry, not only to contribute in the region, but also for the country ”.

For his part, the Director of Research and Development of the ULS, Dr. Sergio Torres, made a positive assessment of the activity, "it is an instance in which we have researchers and students involved presenting their applied research projects, who are giving solutions to the problems that our region has and this is very relevant in the role of the University. Therefore, I believe that this was an absolute success and invites us to replicate it in the future. "

fair3Diana Leiva, a PhD student in Food and Bioprocess Engineering, participated with her project "EnBio2", which consists in the development of an antioxidant film with functional properties based on chitosa. "This prototype consists in the development of an antioxidant, biodegradable and antimicrobial container, from solid or liquid waste from the shrimp, with the aim of extending the life of food," he explained.

Regarding the initiative, the Regional Director of CORFO, Gregorio Rodríguez, indicated that “it is very gratifying to see the impact that the initiatives with which we are sharing with the University have, we are seeing a series of prototypes that are very well directed in the area of innovation, that is to say, efficient solutions are given that have a greater impact, contributing to the sophistication of our offer of goods and services, and that allow to increase the productive capacities in our region ”.

Meanwhile, the Mining Seremi, Roberto Vega, said that “we have a great motivation to support our students, they are first. Innovation is being promoted at this fair and we are sure that new inventions and future mechanisms that will give progress and development to our country and Region of Coquimbo will come from here ”.

Written by María José Barraza, Project FIULS 2030