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SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Startup designs molecules for treatment of mental disorders, cancer and other diseases
SDG 3, SDG 9
Startup designs molecules for treatment of mental disorders, cancer and other diseases

The computational platform developed by the firm, with FAPESP’s support, is capable of screening billions of molecules.


Enzymes discovered in capybara gut can accelerate utilization of agroindustrial waste
SDG 7, SDG 9
Enzymes discovered in capybara gut can accelerate utilization of agroindustrial waste

Brazilian researchers discovered, characterized and validated the functions of two novel enzyme families with biotechnological potential.


Company based in São Paulo develops self-test that detects all variants of SARS-CoV-2
SDG 3, SDG 9
Company based in São Paulo develops self-test that detects all variants of SARS-CoV-2

The startup supported by FAPESP produces all of the inputs for the test and will supply them to partner companies that will assemble kits and distribute them to retailers.


Innovation in industry is essential to economic growth in Brazil
SDG 9
Innovation in industry is essential to economic growth in Brazil

The importance of innovation was stressed by participants in the ninth FAPESP 60 Years Conference, who also highlighted the fall in public-sector investment in R&D in recent years.


Edible, biodegradable, anti-microbial plastic boasts higher tensile strength than petroleum-based plastic
SDG 9, SDG 12
Edible, biodegradable, anti-microbial plastic boasts higher tensile strength than petroleum-based plastic

Designed for use as food packaging, the material is produced by scientists at São Paulo State University from gelatin, clay and a nanoemulsion of black pepper essential oil.


Artificial intelligence helps predict risk of complications in feet of diabetic patients
SDG 3, SDG 9
Artificial intelligence helps predict risk of complications in feet of diabetic patients

A system developed by a startup supported by FAPESP proves capable of predicting diabetic foot with over 85% accuracy. Foot complications occur in 34% of diabetics.


Scientists at the University of São Paulo create a glove that detects pesticides in food
SDG 3, SDG 9
Scientists at the University of São Paulo create a glove that detects pesticides in food

The wearable device has screen-printed sensors on three fingers to detect the presence of toxic substances in fruit and vegetables. Prior preparation of samples is not required, and no waste is generated.


Algorithms and sensors aid soil mapping and optimization of agricultural production
SDG 9
Algorithms and sensors aid soil mapping and optimization of agricultural production

A Brazilian startup has developed technology inspired by the soil mapping techniques used by the oil and gas industry to select drilling sites.


Researchers succeed in manipulating excitons using sound waves
SDG 9
Researchers succeed in manipulating excitons using sound waves

The result permits external control of the light emission from quantum states in two-dimensional semiconductors.


“Prof. U.E. Stumpf” Engineering Research Center helps orient Stellantis’s decisions on ethanol in Brazil
SDG 7, SDG 9
“Prof. U.E. Stumpf” Engineering Research Center helps orient Stellantis’s decisions on ethanol in Brazil

The automotive giant resulting from the PSA-Fiat Chrysler merger is partnering with FAPESP in this ERC, which is integrated with Stellantis’s global network of science labs.


Research group uses ozone and dry heat treatment to enhance properties of cassava starch
SDG 9
Research group uses ozone and dry heat treatment to enhance properties of cassava starch

Methods considered emerging are environment-friendly and can be implemented now by industry in various segments.


Research lays foundation for future development of ultraviolet LEDs
SDG 9
Research lays foundation for future development of ultraviolet LEDs

Scientists at the University of Campinas investigated the electronic and optical properties of boron nitride, currently used as an electrical insulator. One of the possible applications is in high-efficiency devices to sterilize spaces, surfaces and water.


Startup develops artificial tissue with vascularization
SDG 3, SDG 9
Startup develops artificial tissue with vascularization

FAPESP has funded development of the solution, which can in future be used to bioprint human organs using cells from the recipient.


Startup uses eggshells as raw material for next-generation dermal filler
SDG 9
Startup uses eggshells as raw material for next-generation dermal filler

The global market for dermal fillers is expected to reach USD 9.4 billion by 2028. The technique consists of injecting hyaluronic acid into the region to be treated.


Study shows how waste can be converted into materials for advanced industries
SDG 9, SDG 12
Study shows how waste can be converted into materials for advanced industries

A paper by a research group including Brazilian scientists and international collaborators shows that low-cost waste biomass can be upcycled to make bioplastic, electronic devices, equipment for power generation, storage and transmission, and other high added-value products.


Quantum teleportation communicates the state of a single photon to a device with billions of atoms
SDG 9
Quantum teleportation communicates the state of a single photon to a device with billions of atoms

The experiment, performed by Dutch and Brazilian researchers, is an important step toward the construction of a quantum internet.


Innovative thyroid nodule diagnostic test avoids unnecessary surgery
SDG 3, SDG 9
Innovative thyroid nodule diagnostic test avoids unnecessary surgery

The molecular test mir-THYpe uses biomarkers to detect whether a thyroid nodule classified as indeterminate is cancerous.


Startup supported by FAPESP pitches bus fleet decarbonizing tool at COP26
SDG 9, SDG 13
Startup supported by FAPESP pitches bus fleet decarbonizing tool at COP26

Scipopulis was one of five Brazilian startups selected to participate in a program designed to help innovative fast-growth tech firms implement solutions that mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.


Scientists discuss use of artificial intelligence to combat COVID-19 and future pandemics
SDG 3, SDG 9
Scientists discuss use of artificial intelligence to combat COVID-19 and future pandemics

Models capable of predicting the spread of pathogens, algorithms that monitor health complaints on social media, and the use of big data and machine learning to speed up drug development were some of the issues discussed by experts who took part in a webinar organized by FAPESP and the Global Research Council.


Ceramic coating increases hardness and abrasion resistance of injection-molded parts
SDG 9
Ceramic coating increases hardness and abrasion resistance of injection-molded parts

A startup supported by FAPESP has developed a nanotechnological solution for industrial applications that increases the hardness of metal surfaces by 90%.


Winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry has long collaborated with a laboratory at the University of Campinas
SDG 9, SDG 17
Winner of Nobel Prize in Chemistry has long collaborated with a laboratory at the University of Campinas

Benjamin List, who worked with a Brazilian researcher supported by FAPESP, won the prize for developing a cheap and eco-friendly class of catalysts.


Startup launches cosmetic made from passion fruit bagasse
SDG 3, SDG 9
Startup launches cosmetic made from passion fruit bagasse

Researchers recombined extracts from this fruit industry waste to produce a mini-emulsion that can be used as the basis for an anti-aging skin complex.


FAPESP issues call for innovations from young entrepreneurs under Centelha program
SDG 9
FAPESP issues call for innovations from young entrepreneurs under Centelha program

Proposals must be submitted by October 25. Around 1,000 innovative ideas are expected in Phase 1 of the program.


Innovative electron beam irradiation machine can create semiconductor materials
SDG 9
Innovative electron beam irradiation machine can create semiconductor materials

Designed and built by researchers at the Center for Development of Functional Materials, the device is much cheaper than the conventional technology.


A magneto-optical fiber to detect extremely weak magnetic fields
SDG 9
A magneto-optical fiber to detect extremely weak magnetic fields

Brazilian scientists have developed an innovation that can be used in sensors to monitor brain function with even greater sensitivity than existing devices.


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