Medicina (Buenos Aires)
Print version ISSN 0025-7680
BARANAO, Lino. Science in Argentina: Where do we go from here?. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2012, vol.72, n.4, pp. 339-349. ISSN 0025-7680.
The Minister of Science described in detail his plans for the creation of closer bonds between science and society in a long term attempt to improve general quality of life. This will be accomplished by strengthening the infrastructure with diversification of the finances, multidisciplinary interrelations aiming to increase production, with special attention for social demands. One of these objectives includes the creation of research-private/public company interrelations, stressing the importance of multidisciplinary projects. Publication of results in high impact journals will always be a priority stressing the importance of basic research as a source of breakthroughs or technological inventions. The Minister also referred to the awarding of grants for scientific projects, the relation between research and production and the promotion of technological innovations. He defined three technological platforms, which are nanotechnology, biotechnology and communication. He also identified four problem/opportunity sectors, such as public health, energy sources, agro-industry and social development. Interaction between these has already led to an area of biotechnology applied to public health which will grow through translational medicine. He finally discussed the problem of patents and their importance in promoting successful business-research partnerships.
Keywords : Business-research cooperation; Science and production; Biotechnology and public health; Translational medicine.