Ximbio is the world's largest non-profit dedicated to the transfer of life sciences research tools. The organization is part of Cancer Research UK, the largest independent funder of cancer research in the world.
“In the research world, research tools are like ingredients in a kitchen, where you can find some better than others and it is possible to 'experiment' by mixing ingredients to create new flavours. In this process of experimentation, new ingredients are generated for research, which can be transferred to the scientific community. Thanks to the agreement signed with Ximbio, the PUC will have the possibility of transferring these new research tools to any research team in the world”, explains Macarena Mosqueira, from the Directorate of Transfer and Development of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, who facilitated this partnership.
To date, Ximbio has signed agreements with over 150 universities and research institutes around the world. With this partnership, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile became Ximbio’s first South American partner.
Ximbio's mission is to make life science research reagents widely and easily available to you and other scientists to accelerate life science research. By expanding the accessibility of these research tools, scientists can save time and resources, and focus on making new discoveries faster.
“We are very excited by this partnership, that will allow PUC to expand the transfer of its research tools globally. In addition, we hope to support PUC in finding and defining the commercialisation potential of its reagents, which may mean royalty income for the University in the future. In the medium term, we are excited to work with PUC researchers to help increase their impact and reputation globally,” remarks Bob Bondaryk, Global Head of Ximbio.
“This agreement lays the foundations for how to transfer reagents in Chile, which is something that has not been done so far. In Europe and the United States it is very common, but in Latin America there is no systematisation of the transfer process of this type of tool. Through this agreement, the PUC has the opportunity to spearhead a solution for the development of applied biological sciences”, Macarena Mosqueira comments.