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Research at BIOS becomes applied innovation that generates value for our clients and interest groups. The area of Technological Transfer at BIOS focuses on developing high impact proposals for the industry, academy, and general public. It represents an effort to promote a BIOS culture that recognizes the importance of labor and formation in life sciences, the development of high performance computing, and the incorporation of scientific knowledge into products and services that can transform Colombia into the first Bioeconomy in the continent.
Our human resources are in charge of enhancing entrepreneur development, as well as a cultural and social development of a new kind of business, in which life becomes the fundamental asset to create and measure development.

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The area of formation at the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology of Colombia –BIOS aims to promote scientific and technological education and formation in order to produce new generations of scientists and engineers that can drive the country towards a knowledge-based bioeconomy.
To achieve this goal, during 2014 and 2015, we have carried out a series of activities addressed at: 1. identifying the needs for academic formation and training at a national and international level; 2. establishing alliances to promote formation; 3. offering specialized formation in biotechnology and advanced computing; and 4. promoting scientific and technological interest. These activities are established in the Center’s Strategic Plan.
The following sections describe the activities assigned to the formation objective of the plan and the results obtained in the years 2014 and 2015. This portfolio of short courses, diploma courses, and post-graduate programs are aimed at offering the know-how of BIOS and its allies to the interested public.


  • Biobusinesses
  • Protection of biotechnological developments and products through intellectual property mechanisms
  • Basic bioinformatics
  • Scientific data visualization
  • Technological transfer
  • Use of the program R
  • Scientific journalism
  • Biotechnology: principles for understanding the future
  • Methodological concepts for the computational analysis of biological data
  • Management of data center, HA, and HPC architectures
  • Parallel computing
  • Scientific data visualization
  • Agro data visualization
  • Medical data visualization
  • Big Data
  • Computer vision
  • Scientific journalism
  • Biological data analysis
  • Biobusinesses
  • Scientific data visualization
  • Master in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. In collaboration with institutions from the SUMA Alliance of Manizales.
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The Administrative Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation –Colciencias, through the Direction for Research Promotion, has acknowledged BIOS as a Center for Technological Development by Resolution No. 253 of 2015. This recognition is important, because it allows BIOS to gain access to the benefits of the Tributary Statute of Science, Technology and Innovation, which establishes the following: The people or entities that invest in research and technological development projects will have the right to a tax deduction of 175% of the value invested in these projects.
Further, the Center has a research group that is acknowledged by Colciencias as Category B and is formed by 26 researchers, including biologists, microbiologists, system engineers, industrial engineers, electronics engineers, and bioinformatics. In the last years, the group has carried out activities in training, research, and biotechnological products development, through collaborations with different academic groups and entities from national and international business and government sectors, which have impacted in the development of Science, Technology and Innovation in Colombia. BIOS has personnel dedicated exclusively to focus, build, strengthen, and pursue fundraising through grants and fundraising guidance, based on technological vigilance at national and international levels, the identification of financial, legal, scientific, and commercial feasibility, and the identification of new product-scaling possibilities. In this manner, thanks to the country’s potential in biological and genetic resources and their derivatives, in addition to BIOS’ management capacity for obtaining economic subventions, we can facilitate the articulation of multiple sectors in order to develop projects in bioprospecting, with the use of modern biotechnology techniques in bioinformatics and omics sciences, as the first step in the added value chain, through:

  • High performance computational analyses focused on bioinformatics research
  • Enhancement of research and development processes
  • Reduction in computational time and cost
  • Efficient and scalable technological capacity
  • Availability of science and technology experts and access to advanced infrastructure
  • Alliance-building to facilitate and enhance products and services development
  • Total confidentiality and security of development processes
  • Expert support for scientific formation
  • Optimization of resources destined to science and technology, through the possibility of tax deductions from investments.

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In order to speak of Colombia’s development as one of the first bioeconomies of the continent, we must focus not only on progressing in high impact policies, projects and processes in the field of computational biology and biotechnology, but also on the creation of a culture that understands that the country’s true richness is found in our genes, in our biomes, landscapes, and ecosystems. Moreover, this culture must acknowledge that high-level research and products development are taking place in Colombia.
This is the objective of BIOS culture: it connects the Center’s processes and human resource with the community, allowing to create a collective conscience around our labor, which becomes a potential guide for a collective behavior towards science.
We seek to “cultivate” this culture, through signs, symbols, and meanings, forming relationships at every level that can turn into the language, acts, and minds of the people and groups of interest to the Center. The following activities aim to achieve this:

Permanent external communications, through radio, television and press
Strengthening the Center’s digital networks
Publications and active participation in events
Contact with the community through knowledge-transfer programs
Building BIOS as a primary source of Science, Technology, and Innovation information

The area of technological transfer at BIOS works hard so that the Center’s effect is not only acknowledged at a research-level, but also that it becomes a cultural, social, and human icon.