Team

Varinka Farren

Executive Director

"Collaboration is the key to success"

Commercial Engineer from Universidad Católica del Norte and MBA from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In 2016 she was chosen as Best Technology Manager by Corfo and Red GT. She loves Apta because of the diversity of its team and partners, and the fact that everyone roll up their sleeves on to continue working to export technologies made in Chile abroad.

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Ignacio Urbina

Coordinator of the Operations and Environmental Relations Unit

"Having to make it happen"

Mining Engineer from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez   He loves Apta because it is a space to face great challenges. The work team that has been formed stands out as it believes it is of excellence.

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Samanta Elgueta

Coordinator of the Technological Strategy Unit

"Without organization, there is no success"

Biotechnology Engineer from Universidad Santiago de Chile and Master in Environmental and Energy Engineering from University of Sheffield, England.   She loves Apta because she feels that his team is committed and they deliver 110%; In addition, she points out that it is a place where something new is learned every day.

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Francisco Santana

Innovation Agent

"Our success is the success of our clients and associates"

Biochemist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master in Biotechnology from Universidad Andrés Bello. He loves Apta product of the diversity of projects, business models and opportunities that can be created from this platform, as well as the possibility of interacting with various people.

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Victoria Lucena

Innovation Analyst

"Let's take the risk, the worst thing that can happen is that it doesn't work"

Chemical Engineer from Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela, and Master in Innovation from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. She loves Apta since she believes that diversity is what leads to continuous learning.

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Francisco Rodríguez

Innovation Analyst

"Applied knowledge and holistic analysis in Innovation"

Biochemical Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. He loves Apta because it is the place where technology transfer can be practiced and applied, in a dynamic and challenging environment, promoting local developments to position Chile internationally.

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Felipe Smith

Innovation Analyst

"Express and develop your talents because they are not random, they are connected with your purpose"

Biotechnology Engineer from Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Master in Industrial and Intellectual Property for the Universitat d'Alacant, Spain. He loves Apta because it makes him grow and positions him in a strategic point for the country's development: technology transfer.

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Óscar Solar

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Agent

"Let's go for it!"

Biochemical Engineer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Master of Science, Biological Systems Engineering, for University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master in Business Management for Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. He loves Apta because he has noticed the energy and enthusiasm that everyone puts into work. Furthermore, he feels that the mission of this institution identifies him.

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Pamela Cartes

Financial Analyst

"The first step to achieve the goals is to visualize them"

Commercial Engineer, Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad Alberto Hurtado. She loves Apta because she claims to belong to a team of excellence, which encourages the generation of opportunities.

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Varinka Farren

"Collaboration is the key to success"

Commercial Engineer from Universidad Católica del Norte and MBA from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In 2016 she was chosen as Best Technology Manager by Corfo and Red GT. She loves Apta because of the diversity of its team and partners, and the fact that everyone roll up their sleeves on to continue working to export technologies made in Chile abroad.

Learn more

Ignacio Urbina

"Having to make it happen"

Mining Engineer from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez   He loves Apta because it is a space to face great challenges. The work team that has been formed stands out as it believes it is of excellence.

Learn more

Samanta Elgueta

"Without organization, there is no success"

Biotechnology Engineer from Universidad Santiago de Chile and Master in Environmental and Energy Engineering from University of Sheffield, England.   She loves Apta because she feels that his team is committed and they deliver 110%; In addition, she points out that it is a place where something new is learned every day.

Learn more

Francisco Santana

"Our success is the success of our clients and associates"

Biochemist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master in Biotechnology from Universidad Andrés Bello. He loves Apta product of the diversity of projects, business models and opportunities that can be created from this platform, as well as the possibility of interacting with various people.

Learn more

Victoria Lucena

"Let's take the risk, the worst thing that can happen is that it doesn't work"

Chemical Engineer from Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela, and Master in Innovation from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. She loves Apta since she believes that diversity is what leads to continuous learning.

Learn more

Francisco Rodríguez

"Applied knowledge and holistic analysis in Innovation"

Biochemical Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. He loves Apta because it is the place where technology transfer can be practiced and applied, in a dynamic and challenging environment, promoting local developments to position Chile internationally.

Learn more

Felipe Smith

"Express and develop your talents because they are not random, they are connected with your purpose"

Biotechnology Engineer from Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Master in Industrial and Intellectual Property for the Universitat d'Alacant, Spain. He loves Apta because it makes him grow and positions him in a strategic point for the country's development: technology transfer.

Learn more

Óscar Solar

"Let's go for it!"

Biochemical Engineer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Master of Science, Biological Systems Engineering, for University of Wisconsin-Madison and Master in Business Management for Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. He loves Apta because he has noticed the energy and enthusiasm that everyone puts into work. Furthermore, he feels that the mission of this institution identifies him.

Learn more

Pamela Cartes

"The first step to achieve the goals is to visualize them"

Commercial Engineer, Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad Alberto Hurtado. She loves Apta because she claims to belong to a team of excellence, which encourages the generation of opportunities.

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Board of Directors

Christian Schmitz

President of Board of Directors and Rector of Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción

Jorge Tabilo

Rector of Universidad Católica del Norte

Luis Alberto Loyola

Rector of Universidad de Antofagasta

Carlos Saavedra

Rector of Universidad de Concepción

Werner Creixell

OTTL Director / Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

Fernando Cortez

General Manager of Association of Industrialists of Antofagasta

Marcos Illesca

ASEXMA General Manager

Esteban Ramirez

General Manager of INTESAL Salmón Chile

Carlos Carmona

Gerente General at Hexagon Mining

Christian Schmitz

President of Board of Directors and Rector of Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción

Jorge Tabilo

Rector of Universidad Católica del Norte

Luis Alberto Loyola

Rector of Universidad de Antofagasta

Carlos Saavedra

Rector of Universidad de Concepción

Werner Creixell

OTTL Director / Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

Fernando Cortez

General Manager of Association of Industrialists of Antofagasta

Marcos Illesca

ASEXMA General Manager

Esteban Ramirez

General Manager of INTESAL Salmón Chile

Carlos Carmona

Gerente General at Hexagon Mining

Alternate Directors

María Cecilia Hernández

Vice-Rector for Research and Technological Development, Universidad Católica del Norte

Alejandra Portillo

Coordinator of Transfer and Licensing Office, University of Antofagasta

Mónica Tapia

Vice-Rector for Research and Postgraduate Studies, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción

Claudio Maggi

Director of Innovation and Development, Universidad de Concepción

Claudio Acuña

Academic, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

Osvaldo Pastén

First Vice President, Association of Industrialists of Antofagasta

Patricia Sánchez

Project Manager, ASEXMA

Juan Pablo Aránguiz

Innovation Engineer, CODELCO

María Cecilia Hernández

Vice-Rector for Research and Technological Development, Universidad Católica del Norte

Alejandra Portillo

Coordinator of Transfer and Licensing Office, University of Antofagasta

Mónica Tapia

Vice-Rector for Research and Postgraduate Studies, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción

Claudio Maggi

Director of Innovation and Development, Universidad de Concepción

Claudio Acuña

Academic, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

Osvaldo Pastén

First Vice President, Association of Industrialists of Antofagasta

Patricia Sánchez

Project Manager, ASEXMA

Juan Pablo Aránguiz

Innovation Engineer, CODELCO

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