Message from the VP for Research and Technology.
Biotecnologia (Analisis de casos)
|Publication:||Name: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal Publisher: Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Medicas Language: Spanish Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Ciencias Medicas ISSN: 0738-0658|
|Issue:||Date: Sept, 2009 Source Volume: 28 Source Issue: 3|
|Geographic:||Geographic Name: Puerto Rico|
In the last decades, the powerful tools of biotechnology have
revolutionized medicine, agriculture and environmental protection.
Milestone discoveries and novel inventions have marked
biotechnology's early history. These advances, boosted by public
and private incentives, have increased attention and sustained research
activity. According to a recent report from Ernst & Young, despite
worldwide economic turmoil the global biotechnology industry delivered a
solid financial performance in 2008, with revenues of publically traded
companies growing to $89.7 billion. But biotechnology is about more than
jobs and the economy; it provides the resources for an improving human
longevity and health. Recent advances in understanding, preventing and
treating diseases such as cancer, cystic fibrosis and Alzheimer's
have been made possible by long-term investments in fundamental
biomedical and biotechnology research. In addition to improving health,
biotechnology has provided more abundant, appetizing and healthy foods
produced with less dependence on pesticides and herbicides. Through
biotechnology, microorganisms are used to remove oil spills and other
hazardous wastes. In the future, many products and processes from
plastic to energy will be cheaper and easier on the environment.
The full potential of biotechnology will only be realized if we continue to invest in a strong research agenda and extend our efforts into innovative application areas. To reach these goals, we must sustain education and training in disciplinary sciences while recognizing the need for communication and collaboration among disciplines. With well-recognized programs in health care, engineering, marine and environmental affairs, and agriculture, as well as research in cancer, neurological disorders, and infectious diseases, we stand to be a major player in many areas of biotechnology.
The University of Puerto Rico is committed to ensuring that Puerto Rico does not lose its competitive edge, not just because of the economic gains, but because of the many ways in which biotechnology contributes to the health of our people and the environment.
Emma Fernandez-Repollet, Ph D
Vice President for Research and Technology
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