About us

Platech was created in 2015 to become a leading company in biotechnology and complex bioprocess from its initial project N4Cells, supported by CORFO and private investments. We started developing a low-resolution prototype with a CORFO Seed subsidy, taking it to semi industrial scale with a CORFO Entrepreneurial Technological Innovation subsidy.

On the other hand, since 2019 we have a project portfolio of high R&D content and degree of innovation at different stages of development. Moreover, during 2020 we initiated the representation of an important biotechnological and bioprocess R&D and engineering Catalan company, called TECNIC.

In 2019 we also provide assistance and services to companies that require development of biological assays, specialized equipment and biotechnological consulting.

We have a great technical work team with the enough knowledge to carry out research work. The biotechnologists group has been working hard and professionally on development industrial bioprocess since 2015, also specializing in other business areas. In the beginning of 2019, our team managed to reach the limit of knowledge in matter of bioprocess with complex cells known to date worldwide and started creating new knowledge and developing the technology. Therefore, our capacities in cell biology, bioprocess and cell culture has evolved into a unique knowledge to lead this great project.

Company capabilities

Platech features a biotechnological laboratory, equipped with high-tech machinery. Our team has expert biotechnologists in cell biology and bioprocesses, including areas such as cell culture, biopharma, molecular biology, bio industrial processes, among others.

We have cutting edge laboratory technology in cell and molecular fields. Our equipment highlights: full equipment to analyze proteins through latest generation machinery in techniques such as Western Blot or General immunodetection. Furthermore, we have the capacity to analyze luminescence, colorimetry, fluorescence and radiation, in single format or multiplate. We have the complete capacity to perform cell culture, in a culture room sterilized through UVC radiation, biosecurity and sterilization certified machinery, liquid nitrogen tank and adequate refrigeration. Moreover, we have all the technology needed to development bioprocess project, meaning bioreactor, pumps, sensors, controllers, gas management, among others.

Mission

To increase the efficacy and precision of the worldwide biological experimentation, applying new knowledge in our research lines, developing biotechnological disruptive products and with the contribution of comprehensive services that will strengthen the R&D of our company, collaborators and clients.

Vision

To be a worldwide leading company in the generation of comprehensive biotechnological solutions through the implementation of our innovating bioprocesses and our entrepreneurial capacity.

Values

Innovation
Collaboration
Integrity
Precision
Resilience

Work Team

We have a great technical work team with enough knowledge to carry out research work. The biotechnologists group has been working hard and professionally on development industrial bioprocess since 2015, also specializing in other business areas. In the beginning of 2019, our team managed to reach the limit of knowledge in matter of bioprocess with complex cells known to date worldwide and started creating new knowledge and developing the technology. Therefore, our capacities in cell biology, bioprocess and cell culture has evolved into a unique knowledge to lead this great project.

Patricio Ávila Peña
General Manager

+56 9 6726 0554
patavilap@platech.cl

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Patricio has been characterized throughout his life by his scientific curiosity and the willing to always achieve a better understanding of what is happening in his surroundings. The above, added to his passion for science, lead him to wanted to become a Biotechnologist Engineer and later to go even further, encouraging the creation of new science business ideas, supporting by studies in business field. This is how he gathered a group of close colleagues and proposed them to start an entrepreneurship project, eventually creating Platech.

In Addition to being Platech Co-founder, Patricio is a professor at Universidad Andrés Bello, where he teaches and motivate new scientists to entrepreneurship in science. In Platech, Patricio leads the company, managing any development opportunity, being the visible face and managing the different areas. His role is to provide the best leadership service to Platech SpA and provide support in operational, administrative and research development areas. Plus, he has the task of executing the decisions of the Board.

Pablo González Morales
Commercial manager

+56 9 8219 4333
p.gonzalez@platech.cl

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"Nothing ventured nothing gained". Motto that he carries with him to all his projects, where he believes that taking risks is the step that everyone is afraid of taking when they encounter the unknown, being the opposite, it must be a step of curiosity and anxiety to learn something new.

Degree in Biotechnology Engineering from Universidad Andrés Bello, where in his early years he established his conviction of wanting to change the world and generate his own new world. Entrepreneurship as a disruptive tool to create something new and innovative and the desire, along with a touch of hope and perseverance, would lead him to meet the team that makes up Platech.

Co-founding partner of Platech, in charge of commercial management, finance and accounting. His role includes managing and leading the financial and accounting teams that contribute to the stability and growth of the company, managing funds and deciding on associated expenses. In addition, he has an important job as a research assistant.

He always relies that with the numbers in place you can do much more. The ability to combine the scientific and financial roles is the cornerstone for Pablo to continue deepening his studies in the financial and commercial area.

Mª Ignacia von Unger Arellano
Corporate Affairs Manager

+56 9 9758 4602
mi.vonunger@platech.cl

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Co-founding partner and Corporate Affairs Manager at Platech. Mª Ignacia is a Biotechnologist Engineer from Universidad Andrés Bello and due to her strong attraction to Intellectual Property and technology transfer she accessed the WIPO Academy certified courses, attending: General Course on Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Management, Patent Information Search, Teaching course on the PCT, Fundamental Aspects of Patent Application Drafting, Advanced Course in Intellectual Property Management within the framework of the Advanced International Certificate Course (AICC) 2020, and finally the Patents course taught by INAPI.

 During her professional training, Mª Ignacia was always strongly attracted to entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer, which subsequently led her to be responsible for the strategic management of the legal and intellectual property areas of Platech. In addition, Mª Ignacia leads the creation of strategic plans for the correct development of the company, communication, its services, human resources and technology transfer.

Within her expectations, in addition to her work at Platech, she intends to provide useful tools in the entrepreneurial environment, helping future Chilean entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into real projects.

Pía Viera Villalón
General coordinator

+56 9 6331 8271
p.viera@platech.cl

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Platech General Coordinator. Pía is a Biotechnology Engineer by training from the Universidad Andrés Bello, developing her skills in university teaching and has subsequently devoted herself to managing and coordinating both the Platech company and the projects related to it. During his professional experience, she has managed to establish a close relationship with the CORFO entity, becoming a fundamental pillar for Platech when it comes to formulate and apply for the different calls.

She is currently in charge of maintaining communication and management of the activities carried out with CORFO, she also has an important role in training new entrepreneurs to achieve the development of new biotechnological products / services at the national level. Finally, Pía works in the scientific development of the company as a research assistant and also has a main role in coordinating all of the administrative tasks of Platech, working together with each of the managements that allow the growth of the company. As personal characteristics, she stands out for the great teaching vocation that allows her to contribute in the training of new entrepreneurs, she is also strongly attracted by the new challenges that arise every day.

Cristóbal Curkovic Peña
COO

+56 9 7697 4336
c.curkovic@platech.cl

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Co-founder of Platech. Trained in Biotechnology Engineering with a master’s degree in Biotechnology at Universidad Andrés Bello. Enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and company creation, new challenges and personal improvement.

He oversees and lead the research for the production and development of new products. Its main role is to guide experimental design and product development requirements. In addition, he leads the laboratory and the implementation of new technologies.

He has scientific experience since 2012 and has courses in innovation, as well as a Business Creation diploma, which allows him to have a broad perspective for the generation of new projects, addressing areas of science and business.

On a personal level, he likes entrepreneurship and the generation of new ideas and / or projects that can be implemented and brought to market, generating an impact on a social and technological level. "I enjoy the creative process that is generated when you find a problem and you must define the best combination of possibilities to achieve success"

Directorio

Jorge Peña G.

Chairman

Ricardo Guerra G.

Director

Samer Margieh A.

Director

Omar Lavín M.

Director

Patricio Ávila P.

Chief executive officer (CEO)