Since our foundation, in 2007, we work with the support of the universities from the National University Council (CRUCH), such as the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, the Santa Maria Technical University, and the Valparaiso University, in addition to the Agribusiness Research Institute (INIA) from La Cruz, in order to become an excellence technological and scientific center, both region and nation wide.
One of the foundational goals of CREAS lies on the need of strengthening the National and Regional Innovation Strategy in Valparaiso, through developing functional ingredients and producing healthy food that helps positioning Chile as a food power — thus incorporating an added value to the production chain.
To consolidate as an excellence platform, and a national and international model in food products and processes with positive impacts on human health, in order to strengthen the regional R&D&i capacities, improve competitiveness of the productive sector, and articulate a public-private science-business integration.
CREAS must be an excellence interdisciplinary center, and a national and international model on research, development, and innovation in the area of healthy food production, which will become self-sustainable, responding to the needs of the business, public, and scientific communities.
The CREAS’ research team is comprised by specialized professionals, process engineers, agronomists, biochemical engineers, and nutritionists, mainly specialized on food processing, bioactive products, innovation and technology transfer. In addition to them, we have expert researchers from the founding institutions: The Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso (PUCV), the Santa Maria Technical University (UTFS), the Valparaiso University (UV), and the Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) from La Cruz.
INIA’s National Director
Chairman of the board, PUCV representativeEvelyn Alfaro Carrasco
Head of the UTFSM’s Chemistry and Environment Department
Agricultral Research Institute Regional DirectorAdrián Palacios Vargas
Vice-rector for Research and Innovation of the University of Valparaíso
Representative from the productive sectorPedro García Muñoz
Fedefruta’s Regional CEO
Head of the Regional CONICYT ProgramRicardo Aliaga Cruz
CORE’s President of the Commission for Science, Technology, and Innovation.
Technology Transfer ManagerDominique Naves
Administration ChiefAndrea Muñoz
Project Management ChiefJulissa Santis
Biochemical Engineer, PhD on Biotechnology.Aracely Olivares
Ing Civil Bioquímico, Dra. en Cs de la Ing. m/Ing.Bioquímica
Biochemical Engineer, PhD on Engineering Sciences.
M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. PhD in Biotechnology.
Biochemist, PhD. Cellular and Molecular Biology
Development EngineerJeniffer Wilckens
Development EngineerDaniela Bernal
Laboratory AssistantNathalia Fernández
Laboratory ChiefVíctor Muñoz
Development EngineerNicole Gallardo
Pilot Plant ChiefJuan Ignacio Ramírez
Development EngineerYaritza Cepeda
Prototype Assessment ChiefRosa Arrieta
Senior AnalistAlejandro Silva
Pilot Plant Technician