With the support from Investe SP, Fiocruz will establish a unit in Ribeirão Preto
Governor Geraldo Alckmin and Secretary Márcio França entered into a decree to enable the implementation of a unit that will produce advanced diagnostic kitInveste São Paulo
Governor Geraldo Alckmin signed a decree creating a working group to enable the implementation of a unit of Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) in Ribeirão Preto. The unit, which should be built at Supera Park, will be focused on research, technological development and innovation in health. The initiative relied on the support from Investe São Paulo. The group will be coordinated by the Department of Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation (SDECTI), with the participation of representatives of the Department of Finance, Desenvolve SP, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz and the Municipality of Ribeirão Preto.
The new plant will produce the point-of-care diagnostic kit, which provides rapid results for various diseases, with emphasis on Zika virus and chikungunya. Among the main duties of the commission are the proposal of a study methodology for the implementation of Fiocruz unit, the preparation of monthly reports of the work developed and the submission of a final report containing the propositions defined by the participants. The conclusion of the studies must be presented after 90 days from the date of commencement of the activities.
According to the vice governor and secretary of SDECTI, Márcio França, the implementation of Fiocruz unit in the state of São Paulo will be important, as it will promote advances in the health care segment. “The plant will be located in a strategic environment, favoring the development of applied research. Supera Park is part of the São Paulo Technology Parks System (SPTEc) and its main vocation is the health care area. In one place, it brings together renowned educational institutions, such as the University of São Paulo (USP), incubated companies and technical experts in the following segments: Medical-Hospital Equipment, Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Bioenergy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT),” he says.
The director of Investe SP, Ermínio Lucci, attended the ceremony accompanied by the manager of the Project Area, Regina Silvério. For Lucci, the initiative is another step to qualify the state in the area of drug production and thus attract even more investments and consequently enable the creation of jobs.
About Supera Park
Permanently accredited to the São Paulo Technology Park System (SPTEc), Supera Park is responsible for attracting and retaining technological companies, especially in the Health Care, Biotechnology, Information Technology and Bioenergy sectors. The park is result from the agreement between USP, the Municipality of Ribeirão Preto and SDECTI. The state government has already invested over R$ 11 million in the initiative.
Covering an area of approximately 378,000 square meters, nearly 150,000 square meters allocated to the establishment of companies, SUPERA Park is divided into three implementation phases: phase I, already in course, includes the Business Incubator and the Business Center that have approximately 50 businesses established, in addition to the services provided by the Technology Center. Phase II, which is still under development, includes the urbanization of 150,000 square meters, which should accommodate the R&D Center. Phase III includes the Company Accelerator and the Administrative Unit of the Park.
Fiocruz is associated with the Ministry of Health and one of the most important health science and technology institutions in Latin America. It is responsible for the implementation of over a thousand research and technological development projects, which produce knowledge for the control of diseases such as Aids, Malaria, Chagas, Tuberculosis, Leprosy, Measles, Rubella, Schistosomiasis, Meningitis and Hepatitis, in addition to other subjects related to collective health. Fiocruz is the main non-university institution for the training and qualification of human resources for the Unified Health System (SUS) and for the science and technology area in Brazil. It includes 32 stricto sensu graduate programs in different areas, a vocational school and several lato sensu graduate programs.