Pilar Parada Valdecantos
Fraunhofer Chile Research
As Executive Director of the Center for Systems Biotechnology of Fraunhofer Chile Research, I coordinate 3 main research lines in Agriculture, Food & Ingredients, Aquaculture & Marine Ecosystems and Industrial Sustainability.
Biochemist, UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE. Chile, 1998
Molecular Biology, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. España, 2001
Strategy & Innovation, MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. Estados Unidos, 2010
Business Administration, PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE. Chile, 2012
Invited professor Other
UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE
Chemical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
2009 - A la fecha
General Manager & CEO Full Time
2013 - 2016
Scientific Director Full Time
2010 - 2013
Biotechnology Manager Full Time
2005 - 2010
Lab Manager Full Time
2003 - 2005
Development Manager Full Time
Laboratorio Ballerina Chile Ltda.
2001 - 2003
Direction of Biochemist undergraduate thesis of Elba Patricia Piña Zapata, "Efecto de la urea en el crecimiento del consorcio microbiano A", Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, (2009).
Co-direction of a Master of science thesis for Biotechnologist of Camila Ortega, "Characterization of the genetic expression of Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans sp. DSM 17318 growth under two different energetic resources", Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, 2012
Co-direction of Master of Science thesis for Environmental Biochemist, "Physiological Characterization of Heterotrophic Strains isolated from Biomining Cultures"
Mentoring for girls in Tech (2015-2020)
Mentoring for Chrysalis incubator of Pontifica Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (2012-2018)
Mentoring for Open Beauchef entrepreneurship iniciative of Physics & Mathematic Sciences Faculty of University of Chile (2015-2017)
Director of following Board of Directors:
President of the Board of CeTA (Centro Tecnológico de los Alimentos) (June 2020 until today) https://cetalimentos.cl/
Board membar of CeTA (July 2017-June 2020)
Board member of Envirolift (spin-off from Fraunhofer Chile) (March 2020 until today)
Board memeber of CBT (Center for translational Biotechnology), lead by SOFOFA (August 2019 until today) https://sofofahub.cl/cbt/
Board member of ASEMBIO (Association of Biotechnology Companies)- Chile. (June 2011-March 2016)
Speaker partiicipation in Explora program for diseminating in science at school level (2010-2013)
Participation in several interviews for disseminating the importance of applied science and/or gender parity:
Premio INAPI a la inventora del año 2020
18 patent registrations and more than 140 international applications endorse the outstanding career of Pilar Parada, a Chilean scientist who was recognized with the INAPI Award for Inventor of the Year.
100 Mujeres Líderes 2020 en la categoría de Ciencias
DIARIO EL MERCURIO
Dr. Pilar Parada, general manager of Fraunhofer Chile Research and director of its Center for Systems Biotechnology, was awarded as one of the 100 Women Leaders 2020, which since 2001 has distinguished the newspaper El Mercurio and Mujeres Empresarias. The 2020 edition of the award focused on making 100 women visible who reflect "the enormous female contribution to the fight against covid-19 and its health, economic and social effects" in five categories: Entrepreneurship, Education, Science, Health, Social. Pilar Parada was one of the 20 awarded in Science. The 100 award-winning women were chosen from over a thousand names that were nominated.
Mujer del año por su contribución al Desarrollo tecnológico
CORPORACION DE FOMENTO DE LA PRODUCCION
Dr. Pilar Parada, general manager of Fraunhofer Chile Research and director of its Center for Systems Biotechnology, receives the Influential Woman award in the area of Frontier Technological Development for her participation in the presentation of 16 patents in Chile and 144 applications to international level #WomenInMotion
Foro de Innovación y TVN
Innovation in the Mining and Metallurgy category for dissolving copper contained in primary copper sulphides, using bacteria and at ambient temperatures.
Ramón areces fellowship for doctorate programs
Ramón Areces Foundation
The Ramón Areces Foundation is a private cultural foundation created by Ramón Areces, founder of El Corte Inglés, in March 1976, with the corporate purpose of developing education, culture and research in Spain. Part of my PhD was funded by this foundation
ICI fellowship granted by AECI for PhD students
Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional AECI
The Spanish Cooperation and the institutions that make it up (AECID, Fundación Carolina, FIIAPP) are firmly committed to training both Spaniards and citizens of partner countries, offering training opportunities both in Spain and abroad. My first 2 years of PhD were funded by this agency.