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About Maria
Maria Gabriela Ensinck is an independent journalist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has more than 15 years experience in print, online and radio media, covering Economy, Business, Science, Technology, Health, Environment, Innovation, Sustainability and Gender issues.
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The other foreign currency flight: there is talent, but few Argentine patents

04 Apr 2024  |  lanacion.com.ar
Argentina has talent but struggles with patenting scientific discoveries, with few reaching the global market. The case of Eco Hair, a baldness lotion developed from a Conicet patent, is an exception rather than the rule. Patent applications have declined over the past decade, with only 14% from Argentine residents. Experts cite a culture favoring academic publication over patenting, cumbersome and underfunded patent processes, and the country's non-participation in the PCT as barriers. Successful technology transfer from research institutions to the market is rare, and the country's investment in science and technology is below UNESCO's recommended level, with low private sector contribution. Despite these challenges, there are success stories like a therapeutic vaccine against melanoma, highlighting the potential for innovation to contribute to economic development.

How are the first tests for organ transport with drones to speed up transplants in the country

16 May 2023  |  lanacion.com.ar
Argentina may become the first Latin American country to use drones for organ transport, following pioneering tests in 2015 and 2016. The NGO Casa Justina and the startup H+Trace have been conducting trials for the transport of biological material with drones, which are faster, more reliable, and less expensive than ambulances. They have developed a container with a cooling system and sensors to ensure organs arrive quickly and in optimal condition. The ANAC has authorized the use of drones for logistical flights, which could solve the 'last mile' challenge in organ transfers. H+Trace has also developed a traceability software and an insulated container with sensors for organ transport. Casa Justina also provides a network of homes for low-income individuals requiring transplants, offering medical care and support.

Father and son from San Nicolás win the Asimov Cup of Robotic Sumo

18 Aug 2022  |  lanacion.com.ar
Elio Páez, known as Fito, and his sons Nicolás and Ramiro, from San Nicolás near Rosario, Argentina, have formed a successful Robotic Sumo team with students and alumni from the Escuela Técnica del Barrio Somisa. They recently won the Asimov Cup organized by the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (ITBA). Elio, an electronic engineer and teacher, started a robotics workshop over a decade ago, which has now moved to his garage. The team, which includes robots named Marvin, Filo, Crespín, D10S, Venom, Coraje, Tétanos, and Tachame la Doble, has won four national championships and aspires to compete internationally. Robotics in the team involves programming, electronics, mechanics, and teamwork, with a significant investment required for building each robot. The Páez family is also encouraging the inclusion of girls in their team.

Argentina has many environmental laws, what fails is their enforcement

02 Dec 2021  |  cronista.com
Ricardo Lorenzetti, a Supreme Court minister with an extensive background in environmental matters, discusses the challenges of environmental law enforcement in Argentina. He highlights the country's issues such as deforestation, climate change effects, unsustainable mining, and pollution. Lorenzetti emphasizes the importance of education and full application of existing laws rather than the creation of new ones. He also touches upon his involvement with international organizations and his direction of an environmental law master's program at UBA.

Environmental Crimes: Why Should They Be Included in the Penal Code?

10 Aug 2021  |  lanacion.com.ar
In Argentina, environmental crimes are not currently included in the Penal Code, leading to a lack of penalties for intentional fires and illegal fishing that have caused significant ecological damage. Environmental law is part of the Argentine Constitution and the General Environmental Law, but sanctions for non-compliance are civil, not criminal. Various projects are being considered in Congress to include environmental crimes in the Penal Code, with some proposing a new chapter or special law and others suggesting a general reform. The international organization Stop Ecocide has proposed a legal definition of ecocide to be included in International Criminal Law. The article emphasizes the importance of not only having environmental laws but also enforcing them and providing proper training for officials.

With an investment of US$15 million, Bonafide modernizes its plant with a focus on export

12 Feb 2021  |  lanacion.com.ar
Bonafide, owned by Chile's Grupo Carozzi, inaugurated the first stage of its Villa Ballester plant renovation with a US$15 million investment aimed at increasing production capacity, incorporating technology, and quadrupling storage capacity. The company plans further investments in coffee and chocolate plants and to explore new product categories. President Gonzalo Bofill Velarde expressed optimism for exporting 20% of production despite challenges in Argentina's logistics and bureaucracy. The company, with a 100-year presence in Argentina, operates 270 cafeterias and employs 300 people directly. The inauguration was attended by national and local government officials and union representatives.

Tomorrow Foods: National plant proteins to replace meat, eggs, and dairy

01 Jan 2021  |  LA NACION
Tomorrow Foods, founded by Agustín Belloso and his father César Belloso, is an Argentine company developing sustainable, traceable plant-based food products to replace meat, eggs, and dairy. Their products, derived from legumes like peas, chickpeas, and beans, are set to launch with strategic partners. The company emphasizes sustainable production practices such as crop rotation and no-till farming, which have positive environmental impacts. They are part of CAB Startup and are seeking investment to establish a research center for plant proteins.

Michroma: the Argentine biofactory of sustainable colorants and flavorings

01 Jan 2021  |  www.lanacion.com.ar
Michroma, founded in Rosario in 2019 by Mauricio Braia and Ricky Cassini, aims to produce sustainable and cost-effective colorants and flavorings using biotechnology. Utilizing fungi and gene-editing technology, Michroma's products are more stable and environmentally friendly compared to traditional artificial colorants. The startup collaborates with companies like Danone and Paladini and has received investments from accelerators and support from scientific institutions. The natural colorants market is growing, and Michroma plans to expand into flavorings and fragrances, seeking further investment to scale up production.

Cellular Farm: The National Biobank to Produce Lab-Grown Meat

31 Dec 2020  |  lanacion.com.ar
Granja Celular, an Argentine startup co-founded by chemical engineer Sofía Giampaoli and her colleague Carolina Bluguermann, is developing stem cell cultures for lab-grown meat production. The company aims to create a biobank of stem cells to preserve Argentine genetics and maintain the country's tradition of quality meat production while embracing future production processes. Lab-grown meat offers significant environmental benefits, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, land use, and water consumption. Granja Celular, founded in 2018, received its first investment from GridX in 2019 and is part of CAB Startup. The company anticipates supplying cell lines to clients within the next year, with the product potentially reaching exclusive restaurants in two years and a broader market in five years at a cost lower than conventional meat.

The ZTE Axon 20 5G arrives: the first cell phone with the selfie camera 'below' the screen

29 Dec 2020  |  www.cronista.com
ZTE Axon has launched the new Axon 20 5G model, the world's first cell phone without a visible front camera, featuring a large screen and priced at around $350. The phone, which comes in four colors, has an under-display optical fingerprint sensor and a 32-megapixel selfie camera with HDR technology. It boasts a 6.92-inch OLED screen with HDR and HRR up to 90Hz, runs on Android 10 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip, and offers storage options of 128 GB and 256 GB expandable up to 2 TB with microSD. The rear camera setup includes a 64-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, and two 2-megapixel macro and depth cameras, but lacks a telephoto lens. There is no confirmed arrival date for the product in Argentina.

Einsted: the Argentine mix of Tesla and Edison for food processing

29 Dec 2020  |  www.lanacion.com.ar
Einsted, founded by Atilio Grimani and Nahuel Olaiz, is pioneering the use of Pulsed Electric Fields (PEF) technology for non-thermal food processing. This innovative method aims to inactivate enzymes and destroy pathogens without raising food temperatures, offering a healthier and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional food processing methods. The company is also developing biomolecules like alulosa, a low-calorie sugar substitute, and exploring applications in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Einsted's approach combines elements of chemistry, electronics, and business, drawing inspiration from the works of Tesla and Edison.

The pandemic changed the management software market: the new trend

28 Dec 2020  |  www.cronista.com
The digital transformation necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of adapting to new infrastructures and valuing remote work. Trends in management software and infrastructure have emerged, with ERP systems evolving to integrate and automate management across various organizations. Calipso, led by founder Pablo Iacub, experienced a 59% increase in billing in 2020, indicating growth in this sector. The shift from on-premise to cloud-based ERP solutions has accelerated, offering mobility, accessibility, and reliability advantages. Cloud ERP is increasingly preferred, especially for companies with limited IT resources, offering cost reduction, simpler implementations, and remote access. Calipso's reports suggest that on-premise ERP software may disappear in a few years, with cloud integrations becoming the norm.

3D Biomodels and Augmented Reality, New Technological Tools for Medicine

01 Dec 2020  |  lanacion.com.ar
Medical professionals now have access to 3D biomodels and augmented reality technologies for more precise diagnostics and surgery planning. Companies like Altana and Medical Bit are creating these models and simulators, which are beneficial for both surgeons and patients, reducing surgery times, risks, and costs. Interbrain is using video game technologies for training medical staff, particularly in the use of personal protective equipment and high-complexity ventilators amid the Covid-19 pandemic. These advancements are also being integrated into medical training at universities.

Artificial Intelligence and Health: A Union Seeking to Achieve More Accurate Diagnoses and Customized Drugs

09 Feb 2020  |  lanacion.com.ar
Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing healthcare by enabling more accurate diagnoses and the development of personalized medicine. Google Health and Argentine firm Entelai are using AI for image diagnostics, while Brazilian startup Radsquare is applying it to detect injuries in athletes and develop psychiatric applications. Experts like Julián Maggini and David Furman highlight AI's ability to analyze large data volumes and predict disease progression, marking the advent of a new era in personalized, data-driven medicine.

Tourism and oil, Gutiérrez's agenda in Madrid

22 Jan 2020  |  www.cronista.com
Omar Gutiérrez, governor of Neuquén, will travel to Madrid to participate in the International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitur) and meet with representatives of European oil companies. His agenda includes discussions with banking entities and investors, and meetings with universities regarding thermal tourism and gemology. Gutiérrez will also meet with executives from Total, Shell, Equinor, and Chevron to consolidate Neuquén as an investment capital in Argentina, showcasing a five-year plan with infrastructure projects and economic diversification aimed at 2030.

Central Bank: Government formalizes appointments of vice president and directors

20 Jan 2020  |  www.cronista.com
The government has formalized the appointment of Sergio Woyecheszen as vice president of the Central Bank and four directors, pending Senate approval. The vice president's term ends on September 23, 2022, and the directors' terms on the same date in 2025. The appointees include economists Jorge Carrera, Guillermo Hang, Carlos Hourbeigt, and business administration graduate Arnald Bocco. The article details their professional backgrounds and connections, highlighting their previous roles and affiliations.

From medicines to anti age creams: which are the new healthy uses for tobacco Argentine researchers are using tobacco plants as a biofactory to produce high value medical substances

With electronic waste, 4500 Eiffel Towers could be built each year

29 Jan 2019  |  www.cronista.com
Annually, 50 million tons of electronic waste from unused cell phones, computers, and appliances could build 4500 Eiffel Towers or cover Manhattan. The World Economic Forum in Davos reports this waste is worth over $62.5 billion. If current production and disposal rates continue, electronic waste will triple by 2050. Only 20% is formally recycled, with many working informally in hazardous conditions. Electronic waste contains valuable materials like gold and copper, offering economic opportunities and 'green jobs'. Proper disposal reduces environmental impact and mining emissions. Argentina generates 400,000 tons of electronic waste annually, with initiatives in places like Rafaela creating a virtuous cycle of employment and value.

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