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Date:10/22/2010

This release is available in German.

Professor Alfred Gossner, the CFO of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, announced "The new Fraunhofer Center for Systems Biotechnology in Chile will create links and bring forth innovations for new markets: links between Germany and Chile, between scientific disciplines, between pure research and the demands of private enterprises." Dr. Gossner signed the bilateral agreement with Juan Andrs Fontaine, the Chilean minister for commercial affairs, in the presence of the Chilean President Dr. Sebastin Piera and Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel in Berlin today. The agreement acknowledges the extensive preparation work on both sides, and clears the way for the new research center to be established in Santiago de Chile.

The Fraunhofer Center for Systems Biotechnology is funded by INNOVAChile, which was created by the governmental economic promotional society CORFO to attract world-class international research institutes to Chile for joint research and development partnerships. Several organizations have been evaluated, but Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the first and so far the only one to receive a funding commitment from the Chilean Government. Partners on the Chilean side are: the two iconic universities Pontificia Universidad Catlica de Valparaso (PUCV) and Universidad de Talca, and the private non-profit organization Fundacin Chile. The German partner is the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME, headed by Professor Rainer Fischer. The foundation of the Center was actively supported by the German-Chilean Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

The Fraunhofer Center for Systems Biotechnology is the first research center to be launched by the Fraunhofer Chile Research Foundation established on October 4, 2010, and it will work closely with Chilean research organizations and private enterprises. The rese
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Contact: Eckart Bierduempel
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Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
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