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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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 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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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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Alejandra Aguirre

Communications Manager

"Communication of achievements and challenges is essential to continue growing"

Journalist and Graduate in Social Communication, specializing in Economics from the University of Santiago de Chile. He loves APTA because it has a united and professional team, with the purpose of contributing to the construction of a society with more tools and opportunities, based on science and research.

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Néstor Roca

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Agent

"The passion for science and technology inspires us to deliver the best of ourselves to the ecosystem"

Biotechnology Engineer from the University of Santiago de Chile and Bachelor of Engineering Sciences, specializing in the areas of technological entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and business development. He loves APTA, because he is passionate about science and supporting projects that become sustainable startups. He also deeply believes that the hub's mission is aligned with his professional purpose of making things happen with thoroughness and commitment.

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Javier von Marées

Proyect Manager

"Innovation is the fundamental tool of humanity"

Biologist in bioprocesses from the Pontificia Universidad Católica with a master's degree in innovation management and entrepreneurship from the University of Manchester. He loves APTA because there is a strong team spirit and it is a motivating environment to work, ideal for giving your best. In addition, APTA's mission excites him, since facilitating Chilean technology transfer is a great step for the development of Chile.

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Giselle Miranda

Coordinator Operations and Relationship with the Environment Unit

"The challenge is to create opportunities for everyone"

Industrial Civil Engineer UDLA, Industrial Administrator and Food Technologist USACH. Specialized in areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and technology transfer. He loves Apta because we articulate and accompany actors in the r & e ecosystem, through relationships that transform and facilitate the transfer of technological solutions to society.

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Ana María Bravo

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Agent

"Persevere and never look away from your goals"

Commercial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Master in Management and Technological Entrepreneurship from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. Specialist in innovative ventures in early stages, business models, linking companies with startups and entrepreneurship programs for different territories. He loves APTA, because it shares its purpose of transferring Made in Chile technologies and allows it to contribute to the development of science-technology-based ventures that solve society's problems and promote the country's economic growth.

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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

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 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

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.

Learn more

Alejandra Aguirre

"Communication of achievements and challenges is essential to continue growing"

Journalist and Graduate in Social Communication, specializing in Economics from the University of Santiago de Chile. He loves APTA because it has a united and professional team, with the purpose of contributing to the construction of a society with more tools and opportunities, based on science and research.

Learn more

Néstor Roca

"The passion for science and technology inspires us to deliver the best of ourselves to the ecosystem"

Biotechnology Engineer from the University of Santiago de Chile and Bachelor of Engineering Sciences, specializing in the areas of technological entrepreneurship, corporate innovation and business development. He loves APTA, because he is passionate about science and supporting projects that become sustainable startups. He also deeply believes that the hub's mission is aligned with his professional purpose of making things happen with thoroughness and commitment.

Learn more

Javier von Marées

"Innovation is the fundamental tool of humanity"

Biologist in bioprocesses from the Pontificia Universidad Católica with a master's degree in innovation management and entrepreneurship from the University of Manchester. He loves APTA because there is a strong team spirit and it is a motivating environment to work, ideal for giving your best. In addition, APTA's mission excites him, since facilitating Chilean technology transfer is a great step for the development of Chile.

Learn more

Giselle Miranda

"The challenge is to create opportunities for everyone"

Industrial Civil Engineer UDLA, Industrial Administrator and Food Technologist USACH. Specialized in areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and technology transfer. He loves Apta because we articulate and accompany actors in the r & e ecosystem, through relationships that transform and facilitate the transfer of technological solutions to society.

Learn more

Ana María Bravo

"Persevere and never look away from your goals"

Commercial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and Master in Management and Technological Entrepreneurship from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. Specialist in innovative ventures in early stages, business models, linking companies with startups and entrepreneurship programs for different territories. He loves APTA, because it shares its purpose of transferring Made in Chile technologies and allows it to contribute to the development of science-technology-based ventures that solve society's problems and promote the country's economic growth.

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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

Gerente Desarrollo Negocios, 3B Tech

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

Gerente Desarrollo Negocios, 3B Tech

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