Knowledge Transfer Plan
The Cabildo Insular de Tenerife supports the IPNA's research work with the creation of a Knowledge Transfer Plan specifically designed for the centre. This initiative is part of the Tenerife Innova strategy and is financed by the Canary Islands Development Fund (FDCAN) within the Strategic Framework for Island Development (MEDI).
The main objective of this Plan is to bring the scientific capacities as well as the technological achievements developed in the centre closer to all socio-economic sectors, mainly on a regional scale (companies, universities, public administration, etc.), in order to transform research into social and economic welfare.
Biotic and Abiotic Stress Tolerance Inducers
The Group of Agrobiotechnology arries out research in the field of Chemical Activators of Plant Defences, directed by Dr. Andrés Borges. The group collaborates intensively with the company Manvert, S.L. Together, they develop new formulations based on natural products capable of inducing resistance to (biotic) pathogens and pests, as well as to abiotic environmental stress factors such as salinity and drought, always in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.
Orfan Biotech is a company dedicated to the research and development of new compounds based on small molecules for the treatment of rare diseases.
Currently, the company is focusing on the preclinical study of a new set of compounds that prevent the deposition of calcium oxalate crystals in organs, as a prospective treatment for primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1) known as ‘orphan disease’.
Knowledge Transfer Programe
La Palma Island Council (Cabildo Insular de La Palma) and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), through the Institute for Natural Products and Agrobiology (IPNA), have maintained close collaboration in scientific research and technological development over the years.
Among other activities, collaboration areas between the Cabildo and the CSIC include specific studies, research and development projects, advice and training of technical personnel in areas of common interest, as well as activities for the social promotion of research and technological development.