About Us

OUR PURPOSE

We aim to transform scientific knowledge into a positive impact on the country, facilitating the transition towards a knowledge-based society and economy.

WHO ARE WE?

HUBTEC is a non-profit corporation that receives funding from the public and private sectors. Its purpose is to leverage the strengths of the state, industry, universities, and technology centers to create and develop science and technology-based solutions and business opportunities at the national and international levels. These efforts aim to generate a positive impact on people’s quality of life in the shortest possible time, while also contributing to the sustainable development of our country.
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WHAT WE DO?

Our organization specializes in designing and implementing programs and services that are geared towards improving business opportunities at national and international levels. Our main goal is to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and positive impact of the resources invested in science and Science and technology-based enterprises, starting from their creation to their maturation and acceleration.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors at HUBTEC is composed of members from seven founding partner universities and three independent individuals. This group is diverse and strategic, bringing a broad range of perspectives and experiences to the table. They integrate academic knowledge, business expertise, and a shared passion for the importance of knowledge, science, technology, and innovation to accelerate the sustainable development of our country.
The current composition of the board is as follows:

ALVARO FISCHER

PRESIDENTE

Director de empresas y académico. Socio fundador y director de Resiter.

PELAYO COVARRUBIAS

VICEPRESIDENTE

Director de proyectos corporativos UDD y presidente Fundación País Digital.

PEDRO BOUCHON

Vicerrector de Investigación Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

RODRIGO NAVIA

Vicerrector de Investigación y Postgrado de la Universidad de La Frontera.

GONZALO GUZMÁN

Prorrector Universidad Andrés Bello.

ANIL SADHARANGANI

Director de Innovación de la Universidad de los Andes.

GLORIA MALDONADO

Presidenta del directorio de la Empresa Nacional del Petróleo y CORREOS CHILE.

KATIA TRUSICH

Presidenta de la Cámara de Centros Comerciales y Presidenta del Comité de Innovación de SOFOFA.

OUR TEAM

Our team at HUBTEC is dedicated to bringing the organization’s vision and purpose to life. We are a diverse group of professionals with extensive experience in science, technology entrepreneurship, and management, in the public and private sectors. By working together, we design and implement programs and services that enable us to achieve the positive impact that HUBTEC aims to make.

IGNACIO MERINO

IGNACIO MERINO

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Electrical engineer with over 20 years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, investment, and technology development has co-founded and led multiple startups operating in Chile, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand. He has been responsible for leading multidisciplinary teams, developing and launching new products and services, and providing leadership in the design and implementation of development, marketing, and commercial strategies for various technologies in mobile telecommunications services, software/IT, energy, and the food/nutrition industry, among others. He has extensive investment and venture capital experience in the technology industry.

CAROLINA CORTÉS

CAROLINA CORTÉS

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND TRANSFER

Engineer in Molecular Biotechnology from the University of Chile and Master in Technology Management with more than 15 years of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship, co-founder of science-technology-based companies in the area of animal health and food diagnostics, as well as in the field of technology management.

 

PATRICIO FERES

PATRICIO FERES

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Industrial Electrical Engineer PUC and MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University with more than 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of innovation strategies in EBCTs, corporations, and universities, as well as the design and execution of public policies of technology and innovation.

 

 

LORENA QUIROZ

LORENA QUIROZ

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENT

Journalist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master in Political Science, with 19 years of experience in corporate communications. She has participated in different projects of national and international scope, specializing in brand positioning, crisis management, and strategic relations with different stakeholders.

 

DARWIN GUZMÁN

DARWIN GUZMÁN

HEAD OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Bioinformatics Engineer with over 7 years of experience managing public-private funded projects, including administration and finance, and 5 years of research experience in science-based projects.

 

JANET TORRES

JANET TORRES

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGICAL CAPABILITIES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Biochemist and microbiologist, co-founder of a biotech startup in the area of mental health. With over 10 years of experience managing innovation projects based on scientific and technological innovation from industry and academia, both in Chile and abroad.

 

PAULA CERECEDA

PAULA CERECEDA

HEAD OF TECHNOLOGIES

Bachelor of Science and Veterinary Science degree from the University of Chile, and has a diploma in Clinical Research. With over 10 years of experience, she is adept at connecting Universities and pharmaceutical companies. She specializes in technical analysis and monitoring of research projects, as well as managing and coordinating bioequivalence and clinical studies.


GONZALO BRIONES

GONZALO BRIONES

HEAD OF OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

Civil engineer in biotechnology from the FCFM of the University of Chile, with more than 11 years of experience in intellectual property, management, and technology transfer. He collaborates closely with management in the design and implementation of the operational plan for the HUBTEC technology and knowledge transfer process.

 

CATALINA PAVEZ

CATALINA PAVEZ

HEAD OF VENTURES

Plant biotechnologist from the University of Turin, with experience in science and technology-based enterprises and the evaluation, management, and transfer of biotechnological projects in the clinical, agricultural, and livestock areas, in Chilean and North American companies.

 

VALENTINA WYMAN

VALENTINA WYMAN

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad de Técnica Federico Santa María and has extensive research experience in the field of agro-industrial waste valorization and metal recovery through biological processes. She has worked with various research groups across different countries, including Chile, Australia, and Spain. Furthermore, she has worked in the mining industry, managing innovation projects from both the client (mining companies) and supplier (spin-off) sides.

 

GIACOMO TOMASONI

GIACOMO TOMASONI

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Engineer and master in biotechnology and master in management and technological entrepreneurship with experience in innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship.

 

CARLA BALLESTEROS

CARLA BALLESTEROS

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Molecular Biotechnology Engineer from the University of Chile, Master in Technology Management at USACH, with vast experience in Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property in transfer and licensing offices (OTLs) of major national universities.  She has also worked in innovation projects and spin-offs in the area of bioremediation of water from mining effluents, and food packaging.

 

MARÍA JESÚS TORRES

MARÍA JESÚS TORRES

ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR

Business administrator with 20 years of experience mainly in academic institutions. Her areas of expertise include HR, event and travel organization, and supplier relations.

 

FOUNDING UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

HUBTEC was established in 2017 through a collaboration between seven public and private universities in Chile, in partnership with the State. The objective of this initiative is to accelerate the transformation of scientific and technological knowledge into a positive impact on the country and to support the transition towards a knowledge-based society and economy. Our dedication is to transform vision into reality, driving change and contributing to the sustainable development of our country.

Buscamos soluciones y oportunidades de negocio globales, basadas en ciencia y tecnología que generen un impacto positivo en la calidad de vida de las personas en el menor tiempo posible.

Contacto

Av. Apoquindo 2827
Las Condes - RM, Chile.

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