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UPRM and UPR-MC' Partnership agreement during the 2009 Bioengineering Symposium

The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus (UPRM) held the Bioengineering Symposium on May, 2009. The activity served as a prelude to the establishment of the first graduate program in that discipline in Puerto Rico.

The symposium, which was aimed at teachers and students interested in that field, addressed the underway efforts in the island to develop this area. The activity was also the setting for the signing of an agreement between UPRM and the UPR Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MC).

Chancellors of the UPRM and UPR-MS, doctors Jorge Iván Vélez Arocho, and José Rafael Carlo, during the signing of the partnership agreement (Photo courtesy of Prensa RUM)
Chancellors of the UPRM and UPR-MS, doctors Jorge Iván Vélez Arocho, and José Rafael Carlo, during the signing of the partnership agreement (Photo courtesy of Prensa RUM)

Among the guest speakers at the symposium were Dr. Alyssa Panitch, Associate Director of Biomedical Engineering Department at Purdue University in Indiana, who gave a presentation on the economic impact of the program in this state. In addition, Dr. John Hertig, Director of the Alfred Mann Institute, also of Purdue, spoke about the commercialization of new technologies in medicine. The Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust, Luis Rivera Rodriguez, who was the keynote speaker during the activity, gave a lecture on science and engineering as instruments for economic development.

Other speakers were doctors Tony Ragheb and Reynaldo López, Directors of Research and Developent at Cook's Med Institute and the Puerto Rico Cancer Center, respectively; and Nelson Perea, Director of the Puerto Rico Technoeconomic Corridor talked about business opportunities in that area in Puerto Rico.





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