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SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Brazilian researchers develop an optical fiber made of gel derived from marine algae
SDG 9, SDG 12
Brazilian researchers develop an optical fiber made of gel derived from marine algae

Edible, biocompatible and biodegradable, these fibers have potential for various medical applications. The results are described in the journal Scientific Reports.


Game application monitors health of older people in social isolation owing to COVID-19 pandemic
SDG 3, SDG 9
Game application monitors health of older people in social isolation owing to COVID-19 pandemic

Program developed by startup with FAPESP’s support was initially designed to train cognitive skills and help improve physical fitness but will now have extended functionality.


Brazilian COVID-19 patient data repository becomes fully operational
SDG 3, SDG 9, SDG 17
Brazilian COVID-19 patient data repository becomes fully operational

Platform created by FAPESP in partnership with University of São Paulo, Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital, Hospital Sírio-Libanês and Fleury Group begins providing access to data for more than 177,000 patients, 5 million clinical examinations and 9,600 outcomes.


Researchers have developed a system to detect respiratory failure by analyzing voice samples
SDG 3, SDG 9, SDG 17
Researchers have developed a system to detect respiratory failure by analyzing voice samples

Project supported by FAPESP aims to help triage suspected COVID-19 patients.


São Paulo-based company develops fabric that eliminates novel coronavirus by contact
SDG 3, SDG 9
São Paulo-based company develops fabric that eliminates novel coronavirus by contact

In laboratory tests, the material inactivated 99.9% of SARS-CoV-2 in two minutes. The technology developed by the startup, which is supported by FAPESP, will be used to produce face masks and hospital apparel.


Brazilian startup seeks to develop a wholly indigenous COVID-19 diagnostic test
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian startup seeks to develop a wholly indigenous COVID-19 diagnostic test

The project is supported by FAPESP’s Innovative Research in Small Business Program. The firm plans to produce ELISA kits that will detect antibodies against the novel coronavirus in blood serum.


Brazilian firm refines mechanical ventilation technology
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian firm refines mechanical ventilation technology

Through a project supported by FAPESP, the São Paulo-based firm Setup is developing two portable ventilators. More robust and easier to operate than standard devices, they are designed for use in ICUs and field hospitals.


Military technologies to be adapted for fever detection in crowded places to combat COVID-19
SDG 3, SDG 9
Military technologies to be adapted for fever detection in crowded places to combat COVID-19

Company supported by FAPESP is developing a smart visible and thermal spectrum imaging system to spot people with fever in schools, malls or offices.


Millimeter Wave Center with 5G technology testing and development capabilities opens at USP
SDG 9
Millimeter Wave Center with 5G technology testing and development capabilities opens at USP

Companies and research groups can use the infrastructure at the University of São Paulo to obtain measurements and develop equipment, circuits and devices that operate at frequencies up to 110 gigahertz.


Brazilian researchers develop rapid test to detect novel coronavirus
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian researchers develop rapid test to detect novel coronavirus

The device will identify parts of the virus’s RNA in the saliva of infected subjects. Other initiatives by the research group at the Federal University of São Carlos include developing sensors to look for the pathogen in the air and in sewerage systems.


Researchers in Brazil develop low-cost mechanical ventilators
SDG 3, SDG 9
Researchers in Brazil develop low-cost mechanical ventilators

Created at the University of São Paulo’s Engineering School (POLI-USP), the machine costs approximately 7% as much as a conventional ventilator and can be freely manufactured by companies that obtain approval from the national health surveillance authority.


Face shield developed by the University of São Paulo is produced by industrial firms
SDG 3, SDG 9, SDG 17
Face shield developed by the University of São Paulo is produced by industrial firms

3D printed face shields are worn by frontline health workers over a conventional surgical mask.


Brazilian startup develops technology for remote monitoring of patients with suspected COVID-19
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian startup develops technology for remote monitoring of patients with suspected COVID-19

Based on the Internet of Things, the system was developed in a project supported by FAPESP. Patients can be advised to seek hospital care if they detect a deterioration in clinical signs.


Startup develops reusable mask with enhanced protection against novel coronavirus
SDG 3, SDG 9
Startup develops reusable mask with enhanced protection against novel coronavirus

Developed with FAPESP’s support via its small business program, the N95-type respirator is made of material containing silica-silver microparticles with antimicrobial and antifungal properties that hinder surface adhesion by SARS-CoV-2.


Brazilian and Indian scientists produce crystal with many potential applications
SDG 9
Brazilian and Indian scientists produce crystal with many potential applications

Thanks to its magnetic properties, the material – zinc-doped manganese chromite – can be used in a range of products, from gas sensors to data storage devices.


Technology optimizes use of mechanical ventilation and ICU beds
SDG 3, SDG 9
Technology optimizes use of mechanical ventilation and ICU beds

Electrical impedance tomography system developed by startup based in São Paulo minimizes complications associated with mechanical ventilation and is used in the treatment of COVID-19 by hospitals in Italy, Spain and the US.


Startup supported by FAPESP will supply mechanical ventilators to Brazil’s Health Ministry
SDG 3, SDG 9
Startup supported by FAPESP will supply mechanical ventilators to Brazil’s Health Ministry

Based in São Paulo, Magnamed will produce 6,500 ventilators by August for use in treating COVID-19 patients, working in partnership with a pool of leading Brazilian and multinational corporations.


Highly concentrated aqueous electrolytes could replace solvents used in conventional batteries
SDG 7, SDG 9
Highly concentrated aqueous electrolytes could replace solvents used in conventional batteries

The review article by researchers at the University of São Paulo shows the advantages of this technological alternative, which is nontoxic and much cheaper than other methods.


Digital platform simplifies application and correction of tests
SDG 4, SDG 9
Digital platform simplifies application and correction of tests

Tool developed by a firm supported by FAPESP is being used to assess student learning in primary and secondary schools in the state of São Paulo.


Study can help enhance the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy
SDG 3, SDG 9
Study can help enhance the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy

A discovery by scientists affiliated with a research center supported by FAPESP could contribute to the development of more powerful photosensitizers. When these molecules are exposed to light, they trigger biochemical processes that lead to the disruption of the cell membranes of tumors or pathogens.


Novel biotechnological route developed to obtain fine chemicals from agricultural waste
SDG 9, SDG 12
Novel biotechnological route developed to obtain fine chemicals from agricultural waste

Researchers are looking for partners to refine process that converts sugarcane bagasse and wheat straw into high-value compounds.


Researchers develop bioink for the 3D printing of nerve tissue
SDG 3, SDG 9
Researchers develop bioink for the 3D printing of nerve tissue

The technique can contribute to a deeper understanding of neurodegenerative diseases and lead to applications in drug testing. In the future, this technique could be used to reconstruct damaged parts of the brain.


Software to help public administrators make cities friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians
SDG 9, SDG 11
Software to help public administrators make cities friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians

An analytical tool available online assessed data from over 1 million walking and cycling trips in Boston (USA) with the aim of strengthening public strategies for the encouragement of non-motorized forms of urban mobility.


Technology developed for Sirius synchrotron light source extends Biotec’s market
SDG 9
Technology developed for Sirius synchrotron light source extends Biotec’s market

The company responsible for supplying radiation protection hutches to Sirius wants to develop similar equipment for the healthcare industry.


Heat treatment can improve the properties of steel produced by 3D printing
SDG 9
Heat treatment can improve the properties of steel produced by 3D printing

A study conducted at the National Synchrotron Light Laboratory in Campinas, Brazil, shows that it is possible to enhance the ductility of additively manufactured maraging steel, an ultrahigh strength material used in the aerospace industry.


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