The UCR has become an ecosystem of internal innovation composed of students, teachers, researchers and administrative staff. All interact in a dynamic environment that has at its disposal laboratories, farms, experimental stations and pilot plants, among other resources.
Within this enormous range of options to develop innovation, the UCR has created support units to promote an impact on society. This is how, in 2005, Proinnova was created, a specialized technical unit that aims to protect, manage and transfer this knowledge, which has enormous potential to create innovation in the socio-productive sector.
Precisely, in the framework of the II Institutional Forum 2018, “Contributions of the UCR to the social, scientific and technological development of Costa Rica”, Marianela Cortés, director of Proinnova, presented a detail of how, through the use of that knowledge, public companies , private, associations and non-governmental organizations generate an impact in multiple areas of national life, even outside borders.
“Thanks to the contribution that Proinnova offers to protect the institutional intellectual property to put it at the service of the economic development of the country, it has been possible to generate new companies or entities that are incubated from AUGE -created in 2012-, or make the transfer of knowledge with entities already existing. We have also seen the impulse of the Collaborative Laboratory of Public Innovation (Innovaap-UCR) and the Proto Lab, which is managed by the UCR Foundation, “explained Cortés.
These spaces of knowledge generation complement the internal ecosystem of the UCR that promotes innovation, but the most important thing is that the actions developed by Proinnova facilitate the connection of this ecosystem with society and enhance the positive effects.
With its contribution, Proinnova allows all this innovation, as well as scientific and technological capabilities to be put at the service of the country, as a result of a historic investment in education that has been made in Costa Rica.
“There are knowledge transfer projects in all areas such as Arts and Letters, Basic Sciences, Social Sciences, Health, Engineering and Agri-Food Sciences, and each one impacts people, improving quality of life, employment opportunities, linkages , the establishment of new social dynamics, export markets, innovative solutions to society’s problems, products for health, education and many more,” added Cortés.
These examples show that the UCR has the capacity to generate solutions for local, regional and international problems.
María Nuñez Chacón