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SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Tool uses artificial intelligence in support of decisions on actions to combat hunger
SDG 2, SDG 9
Tool uses artificial intelligence in support of decisions on actions to combat hunger

Algorithms developed at the University of São Paulo interpret information from different databases and help identify city areas susceptible to food insecurity.


Researchers create formula for first synthetic sugarcane molasses with fully reproducible composition
SDG 7, SDG 9
Researchers create formula for first synthetic sugarcane molasses with fully reproducible composition

The product will pave the way for researchers and food engineers to develop novel industrial processes based on the use of sugarcane molasses. It was tested as a yeast culture medium for ethanol production.


FAPESP issues call for investment funds to boost support for innovation
SDG 9
FAPESP issues call for investment funds to boost support for innovation

The call is one of several initiatives designed by FAPESP to help science and technology startups supported by its entrepreneurship and innovation program attract investors and survive “death valley”.


Artificial intelligence improves shipping forecasts in port areas
SDG 9
Artificial intelligence improves shipping forecasts in port areas

A technology created by the University of São Paulo’s Center for Artificial Intelligence increases the accuracy of shipping and other weather forecasts by 20%, and is being tested at the Port of Santos.


Researchers develop biodegradable optical fiber to measure or modulate electrical current in the body
SDG 9
Researchers develop biodegradable optical fiber to measure or modulate electrical current in the body

Made from agar, a substance extracted from red algae, the optical fiber can be used to monitor stimuli produced in the brain or muscles, or as an ancillary interface in human-computer connections for assistive or rehabilitation technologies.


AI-assisted platform helps patients control diabetes and prevent complications
SDG 3, SDG 9
AI-assisted platform helps patients control diabetes and prevent complications

A startup supported by FAPESP is developing an app that leverages artificial intelligence to help users monitor the disease and improve the quality of their lives.


A novel method to obtain acetone more simply, safely and cheaply
SDG 9
A novel method to obtain acetone more simply, safely and cheaply

Acetone, a key input for the chemical industry, is usually produced by an elaborate and hazardous process. A more sustainable strategy has been developed by a scientific collaboration between researchers in Brazil and Germany.


iSystems implements AI-based solution for biofuel production
SDG 9
iSystems implements AI-based solution for biofuel production

A software tool developed by a company supported by FAPESP raises productivity and lowers operating costs in the bioenergy sector.


Study explains role of certain types of oxide in structure and development of specialty glass
SDG 9
Study explains role of certain types of oxide in structure and development of specialty glass

Applications of specialty glass range from astronomy to medicine, as well as data and power transmission. The study combined spectroscopy and computational modeling to show how the structure of the material is affected by addition of niobium oxide.


A thyroid tumor diagnostic test wins Octavio Frias de Oliveira Award
SDG 3, SDG 9
A thyroid tumor diagnostic test wins Octavio Frias de Oliveira Award

Technology developed with FAPESP’s support was the winner in the “Technological Innovation” category. Also, a University of São Paulo study that found a molecule capable of killing leukemic cells was awarded in “Oncology Research” category.


Researchers track yeast population dynamics in fuel bioethanol production
SDG 7, SDG 9
Researchers track yeast population dynamics in fuel bioethanol production

A study by researchers at the State University of Campinas and Harvard University shows that despite the presence of invasive strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, all of them belong to the ethanol fermentation environment, keeping the industrial process stable. Their findings can help cut costs and assure better results for producers.


In Situ Cell Therapy wins eAwards Brazil 2023
SDG 3, SDG 9
In Situ Cell Therapy wins eAwards Brazil 2023

With FAPESP’s support, the startup developed a smart biodressing produced by 3D printing and designed to accelerate skin wound healing. It will compete for a Global eAward in October.


World’s first hydrogen-from-ethanol plant will be built at University of São Paulo
SDG 7, SDG 9, SDG 13
World’s first hydrogen-from-ethanol plant will be built at University of São Paulo

The project is the result of a partnership between FAPESP and Shell and could help make hydrogen a widely used fuel in Brazil. Hydrogen from a pilot plant to be built at USP using Raízen’s ethanol will power buses on the campus.


Novel enzyme could boost sustainable production of aviation fuel
SDG 7, SDG 9
Novel enzyme could boost sustainable production of aviation fuel

A biocatalyst discovered by Brazilian researchers has the potential to increase renewable biofuel output by removing obstacles in technology and production processes, as well as enhancing the manufacturing of bioplastics and biopolymers.


Innovation to treat skin cancer will be used by Brazil’s public health clinics
SDG 3, SDG 9
Innovation to treat skin cancer will be used by Brazil’s public health clinics

Photodynamic therapy developed by the Center for Research in Optics and Photonics, which is supported by FAPESP, has been recommended by Brazil’s federal body responsible for including novel healthcare technologies in the national health service.


Researchers explore strategies to convert CO2 into value-added products for industry
SDG 9, SDG 13
Researchers explore strategies to convert CO2 into value-added products for industry

One of the goals of the study conducted by scientists at the Center for Development of Functional Materials and the Center for Innovation on New Energies is to reduce atmospheric emissions of this greenhouse gas.


Research with Brazilian participation is first to create models of bovine embryos
SDG 3, SDG 9
Research with Brazilian participation is first to create models of bovine embryos

The results pave the way for breeding of cattle with selected traits. Preliminary work findings for human embryo models recently published by international groups could contribute to the understanding of congenital defects and early pregnancy loss.


New theoretical model paves way for more efficient supercapacitors
SDG 9
New theoretical model paves way for more efficient supercapacitors

The new model is capable of providing a realistic analysis of the experimental data for a supercapacitor in which internal energy losses are considered.


Research group develops biodegradable film that keeps food fresh for longer
SDG 9, SDG 12
Research group develops biodegradable film that keeps food fresh for longer

The material was designed by Brazilian researchers and includes a derivative of limonene from citrus rind, blended with chitosan, a biopolymer from exoskeletons of crustaceans.


Entrepreneurial training program helps startups become profitable businesses
SDG 9
Entrepreneurial training program helps startups become profitable businesses

A novel methodology used in the 24th edition of the PIPE High-Tech Entrepreneurial Training Program will guide 21 innovative startups in the process of developing customers and refining their business models, among other competencies.


Mechanical ventilator maker supported by FAPESP wins approval to start producing in the United States
SDG 9
Mechanical ventilator maker supported by FAPESP wins approval to start producing in the United States

The FDA has authorized Magnamed to operate a plant in Florida that will produce Oxymag, its portable emergency ventilator.


Innovative technique obtains glass-ceramic materials faster and saves energy
SDG 9
Innovative technique obtains glass-ceramic materials faster and saves energy

The technique was developed at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in São Paulo state, Brazil, and could impact the manufacturing of batteries, smartphone screens and other devices.


Novel technology produces natural colorants with enhanced stability from grape residue
SDG 9, SDG 12
Novel technology produces natural colorants with enhanced stability from grape residue

Resin applied to purification of compound can be reused in eight different cycles without loss of effectiveness.


An innovative crop sprayer drone with an automated refueling system
SDG 9, SDG 12
An innovative crop sprayer drone with an automated refueling system

Brazilian technology developed with FAPESP’s support can be used to spray large or small areas, economizing inputs, lowering costs and mitigating environmental impacts.


Research project analyzes medical, nutritional and environmental applications of new Antarctic bacteria
SDG 9
Research project analyzes medical, nutritional and environmental applications of new Antarctic bacteria

Discovered by Uruguayan scientists in 2013, two psychrophilic (cold-adapted) species have been experimented with since 2018 by a partnership between IIBCE in Montevideo and the University of São Paulo in Brazil.


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