Biotechnology in Minas Gerais
Biotechnology has a very important role in increasing agricultural productivity; In the health sector, through the production of new medication, vaccines and diagnostic kits; and in energy, increasing the production of biofuels.
In the strategic development plan of the State, Biotechnology and Life Sciences are a priority. Minas Gerais has six incubators and three accelerators, as well as three hubs and three technological parks carrying out synergic activities in the life sciences sector. Minas Gerais is considered one of the main life sciences hubs in Brazil, driven by the excellence of the science and technology institutions in the state. The map below shows the distribution of institutions funding life sciences in the state.
This sector benefits from public policies that stimulate growth and competitiveness of the technological industry. The 2008 State Innovation Law and the creation of the Minas Gerais Innovation System (SIMI) intend to promote the convergence of cooperation of various players in developing innovation in the State, as well as the Minas Gerais Innovation Incentive Program (PII). Minas Gerais also has a program supporting startups, known as “Startups and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development” (SEED), providing capital, training and space for coworking to the selected entrepreneurs; and, more recently, the BioStartup Lab, a program for the acceleration of ideas and projects focused on life sciences areas.
The Greater Belo Horizonte Region is considered the largest biotechnology cluster in Brazil, competitively operating in the Latin American market and other international markets in human health, animal health, environment and agribusiness.
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