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Innovations in the Private Sector in Uruguay: Nanotechnology in Cosmetics
Volume 9, Issue 3

Adriana Chiancone and Enrique Martínez Larrechea

The objective of this article is to examine how and in what ways the Uruguayan business sector, generally not very innovative, is supporting innovation in nanotechnology. The article also identifies the main local enterprise innovation challenges in this new field. To that end, the article analyzes the case of the application of nanotechnology to a line of cosmetics produced in Uruguay, made with the medicinal plant marcela (Achyrocline satureioides). This line of cosmetic products was recently launched into the local market, the result of an alliance between academic actors and the productive-private sector, and promoted by a public agency. In Uruguay, where the development of nanotechnology is relatively recent, researchers and institutions work toward the creation of local capacities and resources.

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