Center for Systems Biotechnology

The Fraunhofer Chile Research Center for Systems Biotechnology (FCR-CSB) was the first research center established by the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation. 

We apply research to solve the needs of large, medium, and small companies in Chile and Latin America, co-creating sustainable solutions with our clients, accelerating technologies and turning patents into products. 

Our mission is “To provide comprehensive solutions for sustainable development by conducting applied research in biotechnology, safeguarding the environment and biodiversity, and ensuring a balance between economic prosperity and social fairness in Chile and Latin America.”

 

Research areas and Services

The Fraunhofer Chile Center for Biotechnology Systems works on the development of bioproducts and services that allow the Chilean and Latin American productive sectors to advance towards a production model based on the sustainable transformation of biological resources, in harmony with biodiversity and environmental protection.

 

Research Area

Bioeconomy

  • Bioproducts from natural raw materials for application in the food, feed, nutraceutical and cosmeceutical industries.
  • Sustainable agriculture projects to increase biodiversity and productivity of commercial orchards and contribute to improving Latin American beekeeping with health prevention strategies.
 

Research Area

Environmental Biotechnology

  • Molecular technologies for environmental monitoring and reducing the impact of productive activity on biodiversity.
  • Design of solutions for a healthier and more sustainable animal and agricultural production.
  • Technologies to reduce the generation of organic waste with circular economy strategies.
 

Services

Business Development

  • A science-based business team connects industry with the research areas of FCR-CSB and the Fraunhofer institutes in Germany. This helps to formulate R&D transfer packages tailored to each client.
  • Our team offers techno-economic analysis and technological roadmaps for companies and productive sectors and supports the application of companies for funds and subsidies to promote R&D&i.
 

Services

Laboratory

State-of-the-art infrastructure for analytical services, technical and human capabilities in molecular biology, microbiology, and analytical chemistry.

Webinars by the Center for Systems Biotechnology

Check out the online seminars held by the Fraunhofer Chile Center for Systems Biotechnology and download the speakers' presentations.

 

Learn about biotechnology applications to create value, optimize processes and ensure the safety and sustainability of aquaculture production.

 

Check out the videos and presentations of the two sessions of the webinar "Natural ingredients: new technologies and applications", organized by the Agro, Food, and Ingredients area of our Biotechnology Center.

A cycle of eight webinars with experts in beekeeping from academia, research centers, companies, and beekeeping organizations, organized by the Fraunhofer Chile Bee Health 2020 Program together with Unicomfacauca, Colombia.

 

Webinar organized by Fraunhofer Chile to talk about how biotechnology and clean technologies can create value for the industry and improve environmental processes.

 

At the 3rs UVerde conference on Circular Economy, Fraunhofer Chile researcher Carolina Pizarro addressed the contribution of biotechnology to the circular economy by generating biofuels, biobased products, and biomolecules.

Publications and download material

Our services and projects

Download a summary of our main services, their benefits, applications, and potential impact summarized in one-page documents.

 

News and press releases

Press releases from the Fraunhofer Chile Center for Systems Biotechnology and interviews, opinions, and information generated by its researchers in national and international media.

 

Newsletter Fraunhofer Chile Research

Find out  in the Fraunhofer Chile newsletter what the Biotechnology and Solar Energy centers are doing.

 

Science papers

Papers published between 2011-2021 in scientific journals by researchers from the Fraunhofer Chile Center for Systems Biotechnology.

News and Press Releases

 

20.5.2021

Loss of bees endangers Latin American ecosystems

On the International Bee Day, the SciDev.Net news website highlighted the main conclusions of the study published in Veterinary Sciences by Bee Health Latin America and the National University of Rosario (Argentina).

 

19.5.2021

R&D for a sustainable aquaculture

In a special edition about Aquaculture, El Mercurio newspaper highlighted some of the services and technologies developed by Fraunhofer Chile Center for Biotechnology in this area. Among them, there is a system to prevent pollution from salmon farming and technologies to support environmental impact studies and early detection of pathogens in aquaculture centers.

 

10.5.2021

Workshop addressed the challenges and opportunities of beekeeping for the O'Higgins Region

In the online activity, organized by the University of O'Higgins with the collaboration of Fraunhofer Chile, the importance of associativity and achieving a balance between beekeeping health and productivity was highlighted. 

 

10.5.2021

Study identifies practices with the greatest impact on the health and productivity of honey bees

A study by the Bee Health Latin America Program published in the journal Veterinary Sciences identified anthropogenic factors associated with vulnerability to diseases and the productivity of hives.

 

 

4.5.2021

Fraunhofer Chile trained instructors in Sustainable Pollination in the context of climate change

During the online activity, researchers transferred the protocols designed by the Bien Público project "Sustainable Pollination: Adaptation to climate change for fruit production in Chile."

 

22.4.2021

Are the incentives of the R&D Law having an effect?

The general manager of Fraunhofer Chile, Pilar Parada, answered this question in the special issue n° 100 of the “Innovación” supplement published by the newspaper El Mercurio.

Read her answer 

 

22.2.2021

How to diagnose and control Varroa destructor in the hive

The mite can cause losses of 20% to 80% of honey production. Experts, including Leslie Vallejos, from Salud Apícola Latinoamérica, provide recommendations to detect their presence and treat the affected hives at El Mercurio Campo.

 

19.2.2021

"The industry must participate in the solutions of the country's greatest challenges"

The Minister of Science, Andrés Couve, says in Diario Financiero that "Chile has an excellent scientific capacity, but its links with the private sector are limited." He adds that by investing in R&D, companies "demonstrate their competitiveness."

 

 

19.2.2021

Lessons from the pandemic for centers of excellence

Adaptation, innovation, internal proactivity, and multilateral cooperation are some of the formulas that the 70 Chilean centers of excellence, including Fraunhofer Chile, had to apply in 2020. The DF highlights these and other challenges.

 

Pilar Parada, general manager of Fraunhofer Chile, elected one of 100 Women Leaders

The recognition, granted by newspaper El Mercurio and the organization Businesswomen, highlighted the contribution of the also director of our Center for Biotechnology Systems for the high presence of female researchers on its staff and the work to detect SARS-CoV-2 in the field.

 

Fraunhofer Chile holds its second 2019 Board of Directors

The Board Director, Johann Feckl, highlighted the optimism with which he sees the achievements made, while the interventions included the role of the foundation in the reality that the country lives today.

 

Seminar on technologies for Industry 4.0 was successfully held in Santiago

With more than a hundred attendees, the international seminar Industry 4.0: Revolutionize your business and productivity, organized by Fraunhofer Chile and Fraunhofer IIS in Santiago, was held in Santiago on October 23th.

 

10.6.2019

Fraunhofer showed its research projects applied to the agriculture of the future

Experts from different lines of research presented their projects in the fields of bee health, pollination, solar energy for agriculture, use of waste from agroindustry to produce biomass and biogas, recovery of maize and wheat waste, and development of high-value products from honey and propolis.

 

13.6.2019

Authorities from O'Higgins Region visit Agro PV project facilities

Representatives of the public sector and agricultural business met the pilot farm in Lampa where vegetables are grown and photovoltaic energy is generated on the same surface of soil.

 

12.3.2019

Fraunhofer researchers to the rescue of pollinating bees!

A team of national and foreign researchers from Fraunhofer Chile are working on two projects that seek to promote the activity of native bees - in Chile more than 450 species - as potential wild pollinators in orchards. Learn more about their work and the progress of both projects, funded by Bayer Germany and Syngenta, in the following articles in RedAgricola magazine:

 

 

7.2.2019

CeTA Pilot Plant getting Closer to Construction in Carén Park

The Board of Directors presented to the rector of the University of Chile a vision of the facilities where new healthy foods can be climbed and formulated.

 

 

24.1.2019

Bee Health 2020 shares project progress with RM Agricultural Regional Ministerial Secretary (seremi)

José Pedro Guilisasti visited Fraunhofer Chile's offices and laboratories to learn about the work of its researchers with beekeepers in the Metropolitan Region.

 

4.2.2019

Imagining the future with one step in the industry

Co-creating innovative solutions for large companies, SMEs and startups is the seal that will stamp to Fraunhofer Chile its new general manager, Pilar Parada. Desalinizing water with 60% energy savings, a food for salmon that reduces the use of antibiotics and a technology to tackle pollution in aquaculture are examples she discusses in an interview with Diario Financiero.