Andrés Couve, biologist awarded by Sofofa which was the big surprise in the industry meeting

Andrés Couve, biologist awarded by Sofofa which was the big surprise in the industry meeting

At the annual meeting, the distinction of the Chilean expert marked a milestone in the relationship between entrepreneurship and the scientific world.

SANTIAGO.-this Tuesday he had to Bernardo Larraín Matte lead, for the first time in his role as President of Sofofa, the annual meeting of the industry, and with a markedly speech that aimed to "social responsibility" of the Chilean business community, was given a new Award to an unexpected winner: Andrés Couve.

He is a recognition in honor to the late former President of the institution, Andrés Concha, which seeks to highlight the professional excellence, the commitment to public service, the capacity for dialogue and austerity.

"Thus, in his speech, Larraín Matte noted that Couve"has become one of the most important current voices in the world of science"and has stood by"building bridges and bringing science to students, the business sector and the political world“.

But, the fact that in its first issue the award received it a man linked to the science and not the business category, surprised. In fact, the same Couve told the more than 500 guests that "recognition took me by surprise, I imagine that for many of you the surprise was still higher".

However, the director of the Institute Millennium of neuroscience in Biomedicine of the University of Chile, he left in evidence the importance of the link between the world of science and business: "instances such as these allow dreaming of alliances that develop this scenario as one of great opportunities. "I am convinced that we must make a Pact country which science and you, the industrial world, are key actors".

"This link has been a lesson in rating the openness and courage that means for a large group of businessmen to give an award to someone who has lived the life inside of a laboratory" Andrés Couve

Science and industry constitute an essential dupla", said biologist and noted that, currently, the Chilean scientific world is disengaged from industry and the private sector." "We only invest the 0.38% of GDP, approximately 6 times less than the OECD average", stressed.

Therefore, because of this decoupling commented, Couve said to EMOL He received the award "as a sign of very large opening (...) "this link has been a lesson in rating the openness and courage that means for a large group of businessmen to give an award to someone who has lived the life inside of a laboratory."

"I think that they are also trying to be innovative, daring, coming out of the zone of peace, leaving the comfort and doing something that is not obvious, as it is not for me. That is a very good sign", said the biologist.

His studies and scientific career

ES biologist at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, PhD in cell biology from Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York) and did his postdoctorate in Neurobiology at University College of London (UCL). He is Professor of the Department of neuroscience of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Chile, University which expressly thanked receiving the award, and President of the society of cellular biology of Chile.

He is Professor of the Department of neuroscience of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Chile, University which expressly thanked receiving the award, and President of the society of cellular biology of Chile.

It has been characterized, during his professional career, to understand how the nervous system works and explore the biological basis of human endeavor and motivation. In addition, since a couple of years ago that defend with force that science is a key driver for the development of Chile.

For the Sofofa, Andrés Couve"represents relevant trends in the face of the futureStanding out as a Professor Titular of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Chile and Director of the Millennium Institute of biomedical neuroscience".

And "their 40 international scientific publications, their participation in the team that developed the report of the Presidential Commission on 'Science for the development of Chile' and as director of the port of Ideas Foundation, they are a reflection of his vocation to bring science to society and other worlds“.

Source: EMOL.com