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Daniel Pagliano Freire is the actual President of the Latin American Federation of National Biotechnology Companies Associations (FELAEB) and Director of the Uruguayan Association of Biotechnology Companies.
He is President & CEO of Scutia Biobusiness and Director of Nidetec, a holding that integrates plant biotechnology and fruit production (www.nidetec.com).
He was a Director of Zonamerica Business and Technology Park (www.zonamerica.com), a technology park in Latin America which host more than 200 companies, and where he developed the project and built up the Biotec Plaza Building, a leading infrastructure for biotech companies (www.biotec-plaza.com).
He founded and was the first President of the REDBIO Foundation (www.redbio.org), an organization that promotes plant biotechnology in Latin America with the sponsorship of FAO. This NGO actually joins more than 640 laboratories in this region.
Pagliano is a former Fellow from the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship and the European Union. He participated as project leader in the first regional biotechnology project for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture with support from the Inter American Development Bank.
He was a Professor of Microbiology in the Uruguayan University and co-founder of the Unit of Biotechnology at the National Institute of Agriculture Research.
Pagliano has a degree in Agronomy from the University of the Republic, and a Master’s degree in molecular biology from the Free University of Brussels in Belgium.
Opportunities of moving forward through a new biotechnology-based agribusiness matrix.
The knowledge pool which sustains agriculture production is being increased from emerging silicon-carbon technologies. The advances in life sciences are creating new economic, environmental, health and social benefits and also many challenges. The time concept is important in agriculture. The production of a singular food is a long process of decisions with different time scale. The agriculture chain concept involving academic institutions, farmers, industry, commerce and consumers, evolutes into a more smart matrix concept where are included the advances from many more broad sources. These experiences are reflected in many examples in Latin America. There is now a flowering season of new consortia which includes triangle partnerships with the academics, the industries and the governments sectors. These consortia are very useful to propel concrete initiatives in issues identified by communities as very relevant. Many examples of new agriculture-industry-commerce integrated business are available with the common characteristics of having a strong focus in markets demands. After ten years of using GMOs crops in the region, it is possible to demonstrate that the already produced genuine additional incomes have enhanced farmers’ capacities, developed local communities’ skills, prevented poverty sources factors and the most important issue; it has produced the sense to realize that the future belongs to them. The biodiversity present in many developing areas is an important resource of opportunities. To identify and to use this potential it is necessary to explore out of the box approaches. Leadership is a key issue to drive these revolutionary changes needed. Communities and their governments, international organizations, farmers and industrial sectors, academic and NGOs, all have to reinforce their skills to participate in these new bio-opportunities offered from human intelligence and goodwill.