The Fraunhofer Chile Research - Center for Systems Biotechnology (Fraunhofer-CSB) was the first research center established by the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation. The aim of the Center is to become the premier Center in Systems Biotechnology in Latin America based on the Fraunhofer model of innovation: this model calls for close collaboration with Industry to develop new products or processes.
The Fraunhofer-CSB was established by the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (Fraunhofer IME), Prof. Dr. Rainer Fischer in response to a call by the Chilean Economic Development Agency, Corfo of the Ministry of Economy of Chile for the establishment of International Centers of Excellence. The Centers operations in Chile are co-financed by Corfo with a 10 year grant.
Most projects in the Center are carried out by three collaborating organizations: Fraunhofer-CSB, Fraunhofer IME and local research partners. However, scientists at the Center have also developed projects with other local and international organizations.
Staff at the Centre work closely with Chilean research organizations and aim to provide research services for a broad range of public and private enterprises not only in Chile but also the wider South American region.