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 representativeAdrián Palacios Vargas
Vice-rector for Research and Innovation of the University of Valparaíso
Agricultral Research Institute Regional Director
Representative from the productive sector
Head of the UTFSM’s Chemistry and Environment Department
Agronomist EngineerDominique Naves
Administration ChiefVíctor Muñoz
Project Management ChiefJulissa Santis
Biochemical Engineer, PhD on Biotechnology.Alejandra Arancibia
Bióloga, Licenciada en biología, Magister en Ingeniería Bioquímica. Dc (C) en Cs. de la Ing m/ Ingenieria Bioquimica. PUCV.
Biochemical Engineer, PhD on Engineering Sciences.Mauricio Vergara
Biochemical Engineer, PhD on Biotechnology.
Biochemical Engineer, PhD on Engineering Sciences.
Biochemist, PhD. Cellular and Molecular Biology
Laboratory ChiefJuan Ignacio Ramírez
Development EngineerNicole Gallardo
Pilot Plant ChiefRosa Arrieta
Senior AnalistYaritza Cepeda
Prototype Assessment ChiefNathalia Fernández
Pilot Plant Technician
Development EngineerDaniela Bernal