For the transfer of knowledge developed or adapted by the Institution through licensing or any other type of concession, PROINNOVA seeks the highest possible benefit for the development of the country, the wellbeing of Costa Rican society and the development of the institution. This licensing management role for the socio-productive sector is under the responsibility of the Research Vice-Rectory, specifically the Technology Transfer Office, or PROINNOVA.
This section lists licensing activities managed among the socio-productive sector.
For spin off SERCAPEX, we licensed innovative methods to provide services to the exporting agricultural sector and to drive the development of companies in this sector. SERCAPEX is a micro-company which is in charge of providing technical information for companies in the agricultural business. This knowledge was generated at the Fabio Baudrit Moreno Experimental Station.
PINTICAS and PINTOCHIPS rice and bean chips were developed at the National Food Science and Technology Center [Centro Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de Alimentos (CITA)] and were licensed free of charge to the Network of Rural Women through an joint project between the National University and the Costa Rican Institute of Technology. These licenses are exclusive and free of charge and include the production, exploitation and marketing of these cookies based on rice and beans.
The Network of Rural Women (RMR) is a space for women that currently gathers 600 women from rural areas all around the country and that fosters exchange, reflection and collective action for the recognition and defense of female rights in the field and to foster solidary and alternative production in order to improve their living conditions.
With the biodegradable cleaning product line developed at the Natural Product Research Center [Centro de Investigaciones en Productos Naturales] (CIPRONA) made up by wax, window cleaner and sanitizer, we created a University Spin-Off called Ecokhemia which was founded by a student who recently graduated from the UCR. Ecokhemia is a company founded in 2011 whose mission is to support companies during government transactions for chemical products and their environmental management by using an environment friendly strategic perspective.
The hydrating avocado cream created at the Natural Product Research Center [Centro de Investigaciones en Productos Naturales] (CIPRONA) is a base product to create other high value added cosmetics using ingredients with high antioxidant capabilities such as coffee and vanilla. The method for producing creams based on these ingredients was licensed to the Cosméticos Naturales Monteverde microcompany which is a family owned business that manufactures and markets natural cosmetics through a traditional process. It is also known for its social and environmental responsibility, product quality, innovation and research.
The “fluorescent vaccine” project generated at the Tropical Disease Research Center at the University of Costa Rica, along with the National University, the Agrobiotechnology Institute, CSIC from Spain and the Navarra Public University is a product with a Spanish patent that allows the identification of animals vaccinated against brucellosis through the use of ultraviolet lighting or fluorescence microscopy. In 2015, an exclusive license was granted to the Spanish spin off Brucella Green Vac SL which will be in charge of taking this vaccine to market.
The Elbe potato variety generated at the Agricultural Research Center [Centro de Investigaciones Agronómicas (CIA)], is resistant to certain plagues, it has a larger amount of dry matter which makes it ideal for industrial processing and is also resistant to climate change. This variety was licensed non-exclusively to the Semillas Del Surco company which will guarantee the availability of the potato seed in a wide-scale reproduction scheme. This medium company with more than 25 years of experience in the northern zone of Cartago has more than 2000 clients who are all horticultural producers.
Dehydrated coffee waste is produced using technology developed by researchers from the National Food Science and Technology Center (CITA) and the Food Technology School and it allows the preservation of functional coffee characteristics. This technology was licensed to the PYME Helsar de Zarcero which currently exports to the United States where it is sold for making infusions and has been widely accepted. This new project has allowed this PYME to generate at least 4 direct employment positions.
The berry beverage was developed by the National Food Science and Technology Center (CITA) along with the Le Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) from France using a technology which allows to preserve all nutritional properties for the fruit. Studies conducted at the University have shown that this product may have a positive impact in people with dyslipidemia and diabetes. This project spanned a spinoff called Siwa which is already marketing the beverage in the national market.
The Pharmacy Faculty at the University of Costa Rica developed a dog shampoo with natural extracts which bring out the white hair in dogs which also strengthens their hair and prevents shedding. This natural shampoo was licensed to Laboratorios GAHER S.A., which is a veterinary product PYME located in La Lima, Cartago.