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Technologies and innovation, poles of growth in Yucatán

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To promote economic growth through the creation, consolidation, productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of companies in the information technology and related services sector, since 2013 the Program for the Development of the Industry of the Software (Prosoft) has invested more than 226 million pesos to promote 109 projects.

With this scheme, operated through the Secretariat of Economic Development (Sefoe) and that detonates a strategic branch that contributes to generate innovation ecosystems, the entrepreneurs of the sector have been favored with 15 times more resources, than in the period from 2008 to 2010, when only 14.7 million were allocated to benefit 31 proposals.

From 2013 to the present, the state authorities have contributed almost 56 million pesos, the federation an equal amount, while the private initiative has done the same with 114 million, which has generated 1,118 jobs and improved 610 more.

The support through subsidies, offered by the current administration, is due to the fact that it is one of the high-value strategic sectors not only of the Yucatan, but of the whole country, as part of a policy that includes the design and a regional agenda, and includes the promotion of innovative human capital and value chains.

Among the ideas supported by Prosoft stands out a genomic medicine for the detection of diseases at low cost of the firm Genomic Libraries (Essenx, by its trade name); a tool for early detection of diabetes mellitus type 2 and metabolic syndrome, to reduce the consequences caused by these conditions and improve the quality of life of patients.

Since its founding in 2013, Essenx is responsible for developing high technology that allows monitoring health from a genomic approach, as a plan that complements the traditional clinic. With the resources received, the company started the project called “Early detection tool for metabolic abnormalities related to metabolic syndrome (MS) and diabetes mellitus type 2 (DMT2) in the Yucatan peninsula”.


The commitment to innovation is key to the development of the state, therefore, in the second half of 2017, the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), in response to the interest of the Secretariat of Research Innovation and Higher Education of Yucatan (SIIES) and of the Southeast Regional Delegation of Conacyt, issued a call to compete with proposals for the integration of new Binational Innovation Nodes.

The Nodes work together to develop and sustain a national innovation program that improves the creation and exploitation of technologies that benefit society. Its main function is to train scientific personnel in technological innovation topics, taking as a starting point the curriculum used in the United States of America to support the I-Corps teams of the NSF, in addition to linking with the authorized nodes in the US that are in charge of the NSF financing and supervision.

The Binational Innovation Node (NoBI) of the Southeast is composed of ten scientific-academic institutions from the states of Yucatan, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Chiapas, which are the Scientific Research Center of Yucatan, A.C. (CICY), leader of NoBI Southeast; the Research and Assistance Center in Technology and Design of the State of Jalisco, A.C. (Ciatej) and the Mathematics Research Center, A.C. (Cimat)

Also, the South Border College (Ecosur), the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), the University of Quintana Roo (UQRoo), the Anáhuac Mayab University, the National Technological Institute of Mexico, the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) ) Mérida Unit and the National Institute of Agricultural and Livestock Forestry Research (INIFAP).

These organizations will work in a coordinated manner as a node and their work is to act as regional leaders in the development of tools and resources that impact and expand the benefits of innovation and technology-based entrepreneurship, with particular emphasis on the training of scientific personnel on issues of technological innovation.

Recently, NoBI Sureste joined the five innovation nodes already existing in the country: NoBI Universitari, NoBI Bajío, NoBI Norte, NoBI Salud and NoBI MAP (Advanced Manufacturing and Processes).

Source: mipuntodevista.com.mx

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