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SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Biodressing accelerates skin wound healing in diabetic mice
SDG 3, SDG 9
Biodressing accelerates skin wound healing in diabetic mice

A biodressing containing human umbilical cord stem cells was produced in a 3D printer by the startup In Situ Cell Therapy. Researchers at the University of São Paulo found that when used on diabetic mice, the “smart” biodressing modulated the immune response, stimulated collagen synthesis and enhanced tissue repair.


Novel disinfectant turns into gel on application
SDG 9
Novel disinfectant turns into gel on application

A sprayable solution developed by researchers at the State University of Campinas does not spread rapidly over a surface and efficiently eliminates harmful microorganisms. The technology can be licensed from the university’s innovation agency.


Márcio de Castro Silva takes office as Scientific Director of FAPESP
SDG 9, SDG 17
Márcio de Castro Silva takes office as Scientific Director of FAPESP

In an interview given to Agência FAPESP, the new director reveals his plans to seek more partnerships with institutions, strengthen the Foundation’s international ties and simplify processes by cutting bureaucracy.


Startups selected for Centelha program in São Paulo begin training and capacity building
SDG 9
Startups selected for Centelha program in São Paulo begin training and capacity building

Representatives of 44 startups will receive 12 months of technical support for the development of products and processes through in-person training, mentoring and workshops run by experts from FAPESP and institutions that promote innovative entrepreneurship.


Biotech startup aims to transform Brazilian biodiversity’s natural products into innovative therapies
SDG 9, SDG 13
Biotech startup aims to transform Brazilian biodiversity’s natural products into innovative therapies

A startup based in São Paulo is working with research centers, laboratories and private enterprise to develop novel medications from plant-based natural products. The drugs will be designed to combat multifactorial diseases.


New center will provide technologies to enhance competitiveness of small and medium farmers
SDG 2, SDG 9
New center will provide technologies to enhance competitiveness of small and medium farmers

Launched on April 11 at a ceremony attended by the Governor of São Paulo state, the Science for Development Center in Digital Agriculture is a collaboration between FAPESP and EMBRAPA, with other institutions. Its remit will be to connect farmers to innovations that cut costs and assure sustainability.


New research center aims to fill key gap for advancement of biotechnology in Brazil
SDG 3, SDG 9
New research center aims to fill key gap for advancement of biotechnology in Brazil

With the support of FAPESP’s Science for Development Center Program, the unit hosted by São Paulo State University will produce pilot batches of candidate biopharmaceuticals and vaccines for clinical trials. The aim is to help researchers and startups survive the “valley of death” in clinical research.


A simple, portable sensor monitors paracetamol levels in saliva in real time for personalized treatment
SDG 3, SDG 9
A simple, portable sensor monitors paracetamol levels in saliva in real time for personalized treatment

Developed at the University of São Paulo, the device permits corrections to the dosage of the analgesic to improve its efficacy according to the patient’s profile and avoid toxic side effects or overdose.


Low-cost sensor detects early-stage Parkinson’s disease in biological samples
SDG 3, SDG 9
Low-cost sensor detects early-stage Parkinson’s disease in biological samples

The device, produced by ordinary 3D printing and capable of being miniaturized, detects levels of the protein PARK7/DJ-1, which is associated with the disease. The study used samples of blood serum and cerebrospinal fluid.


FAPESP launches artificial intelligence research center in partnership with health plan operator Hapvida
SDG 3, SDG 9
FAPESP launches artificial intelligence research center in partnership with health plan operator Hapvida

The center will be hosted by the Federal University of Ceará and will focus on the use of the Internet of Things, big data, digital transformation and cutting-edge technology in prevention, diagnosis and low-cost therapies.


Engineering Center for Aerial Mobility of the Future starts operating
SDG 9, SDG 12, SDG 13
Engineering Center for Aerial Mobility of the Future starts operating

Established by FAPESP and Embraer at the Aeronautical Technology Institute (ITA), ERC-AMF will conduct research on innovative topics with the potential to contribute to the competitiveness of Brazil’s aerospace industry.


A paper-based sensor to detect pesticides in food quickly and cheaply
SDG 9
A paper-based sensor to detect pesticides in food quickly and cheaply

A device developed at the University of São Paulo resembles the glucometer used by diabetics to measure blood sugar: when it comes into contact with the surface of a fruit or vegetable, it detects and quantifies any traces of carbendazim, a fungicide in widespread use in Brazil despite being banned.


Study paves way to more efficient production of 2G ethanol using specially modified yeast strain
SDG 9
Study paves way to more efficient production of 2G ethanol using specially modified yeast strain

Brazilian researchers identified the genes that make the industrial yeast strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae SA-1 resistant to fermentation inhibitors generated during sugarcane bagasse preprocessing. The discovery will be useful as a basis for metabolic engineering of the microorganism.


FAPESP-supported research center develops ammonia production process with high energy efficiency
SDG 9, SDG 13
FAPESP-supported research center develops ammonia production process with high energy efficiency

Annual production of NH3, the world’s most synthesized molecule, totals 1.2 million metric tons. Its successful use in fuel cells will boost demand.


Novel material can be used to oxidize water molecules and produce hydrogen
SDG 9
Novel material can be used to oxidize water molecules and produce hydrogen

Thin films of transition metal tungstate showed potential for use in water splitting reactions and other photoelectrocatalytic applications.


Robot helps detect contaminants in water after sewage treatment
SDG 6, SDG 9
Robot helps detect contaminants in water after sewage treatment

Technology developed at the University of São Paulo increases the precision of chemical analysis and reduces the use of expensive toxic solvents. The immediate focus was on parabens, potentially carcinogenic compounds used in industry as preservatives.


Brazilian researchers combine genetics and nutricosmetics to develop customizable hair care product line
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian researchers combine genetics and nutricosmetics to develop customizable hair care product line

A company funded by FAPESP’s program to support innovation by small businesses is launching a dietary supplement for consumer hair care.


Number of science- and technology-based startups in São Paulo state increases
SDG 9
Number of science- and technology-based startups in São Paulo state increases

Deep techs established in São Paulo have flourished in recent years, particularly in 2017-19, according to a survey led by the Brazilian Small Business Support Service.


Study conducted at University of São Paulo obtains light beam entanglement
SDG 9
Study conducted at University of São Paulo obtains light beam entanglement

This kind of phenomenon can have applications in encryption, communications and quantum computing.


FAPESP and Ericsson unveil research center that will develop advanced connectivity services
SDG 9
FAPESP and Ericsson unveil research center that will develop advanced connectivity services

One of the aims of the telecommunications excellence hub hosted by the State University of Campinas is to build a new platform capable of deploying advanced 5G and 6G networks.


Thoughts on future scientific research and its funding proposed at the last FAPESP 60 Years Conference
SDG 9
Thoughts on future scientific research and its funding proposed at the last FAPESP 60 Years Conference

The participants included Hernan Chaimovich and Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz. The book A Ciência no Desenvolvimento Nacional, edited by the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences, was launched during the event.


Scientists use chitosan to develop more stable antioxidant microparticles for cosmetics
SDG 9
Scientists use chitosan to develop more stable antioxidant microparticles for cosmetics

A technique created by researchers in Brazil and Spain prevents blocking of the anti-aging effect of vitamins C and B3 due to contact with air and sunlight.


Artificial intelligence helps Brazilian breeders select desired traits of native fish
SDG 9
Artificial intelligence helps Brazilian breeders select desired traits of native fish

A group of researchers developed computer software that measures pacu specimens in real time under varying tank bottom and light conditions. The aim is to select attributes that indicate growth and weight gain, as well as other traits preferred by consumers.


Startup uses ground-penetrating radar to map urban tree trunks and roots
SDG 9
Startup uses ground-penetrating radar to map urban tree trunks and roots

The firm is supported by FAPESP and has developed a solution that uses high-resolution images to obtain information on root systems without drilling or digging.


Scientists highlight the contributions of Brazilian-made technique to cancer research and human genomics
SDG 9
Scientists highlight the contributions of Brazilian-made technique to cancer research and human genomics

The second day of the Genome Workshop 20+2 featured speakers who participated in the Human Cancer Genome Project and paid tribute to former FAPESP President Ricardo Brentani.


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