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Brazilian innovation stifled by dearth of industry researchers

Most Brazilian researchers are working in academia and not private companies, which is hindering innovation, an official in Brazil’s health ministry has said.

Brazil suffers from “academic isolation” in that most of its scientists and researchers work exclusively in academia, according to health ministry representative Augusto Barbosa.

Barbosa, who works in the science and technology department within the health ministry, made the remarks on 13 June. He was speaking at a public hearing of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Brazil’s National Congress. The debate concerned innovation in Brazil, which is languishing despite the approval of a legislative package to stimulate it in 2016.

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