Manuel Pérez Alonso is one of the most important entrepreneurial scientists in the Valencian scientific scene. Chairman of Bioval, the first bioregion that gathers different biotechnology-based companies in the Valencia region, the researcher has actively taken part in the creation of different business projects, like Valentia Biopharma or Institut de Medicina Genòmica (Institute of Genomic Medicine). Pérez Alonso combines his private work with teaching in the University of Valencia, where he is Full Professor of Genetics.
The scientist defines himself as the catalyst of the I National Congress of Entrepreneurial Scientists entitled From Science to Business which will be hosted by the University of Valencia from the 7th to the 9th of November. In these conferences the difficulties of starting a new business in science will be talked about. The keys for understanding the transfer of research knowledge from a public sphere to a private one will be given as well in these conferences. This transfer may be the only way to make the survival of scientific research possible, which has been brought to a stand still due to government cutbacks.
What is your target audience?
How many attendants are you expecting?
When did you start to think about holding a congress for scientific entrepreneurs? Why did it come to be?
How much effort has been invested in organising this pioneer congress in Spain?
The economic crisis has also affected science. Do you think this is the ideal time to hold this congress on entrepreneurship?
The crisis has made young researchers a very vulnerable group. Which are the difficulties they have to face when they start their own businesses?
Is it possible to overcome those problems?
Do you think that currently we are wasting our scientific talents?
What do you think is to blame for this underestimation of our scientists?
Which are the factors that make our business network weak?
What do we need then to create a strong business network?
Have private companies the necessary resources to create knowledge?
Have the traditional differences between private and public sectors been overcome?
Laura Garsando. Student of Journalism at the Universoty of Valencia.
«We want to detect the obstacles that make scientific entrepreneurship difficult in this country and try to find ways to overcome them»
«The crisis is an opportunity because the only way to follow for scientists working in public institutions is to create their own businesses, that is, transferring their knowledge.»
«Right now there is a massive brain drain in Spain because we are not favouring the optimum conditions for scientific and technological entrepreneurship»
«I think that the view society has of the scientific entrepreneur has gradually changed with the years. Ten years ago some partners would think of you as a traitor to science because they considered you were only trying to make money»