Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Brazilian Health Devices Industry Growth Disappoints

The Brazilian Association of High Tech Industry of Medical Equipment, Products and Supplies (Abimed) has recently shown the unsatisfactory results of the Brazilian health devices industry in 2012. Although it has grown above Brazilian growth rate (around 2%), the sector expected a higher progress at the beginning of the year.

The health devices market presented an increase of 4,2%, the industry showed a rise of 3,2% and the sector has created 5 thousand new jobs, which represents an increase of 3,2%.

There are many explanations for this disappointing fact. The national economic growth presented a terrible performance (not only because of the international crisis, but also because of the Brazilian structural problems), the National Health Surveillance Agency strike which jeopardized the health market supply and the slowness on inspections at international factories. Abimed also indicates that the devaluation of the exchange rate and the absence of support for innovation and local production postponed the development.

However, the Association believes there is space for a 10% rate of growth in 2013.

Brazil is the sixth economy in the world and it represents a 2,8% in World’s GDP, but only a 0,5% in the world’s health devices market. (…) we believe in the economic recovery.
Carlos Goulart
President of Abimed

Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Biokyra wishes you a New Year full of peace and hope.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Team Biokyra.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Be welcome, Innovation.

From Europe 2020 to Strategy for American Innovation. From Brasil Maior to Industrial R&D Promotion Programme. All the governmental programs mentioned above try to create conditions and stimulate a national foundation for innovative industries in the European Union, United States, Brazil and India. Innovation seems to be the answer for national development and sustainable economic growth.

Seeking to increase a better understanding of innovative approaches and measurement, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) developed the Oslo Manual[1], which provides guidelines for collecting and interpreting innovation in an internationally comparable manner. Even with limitations, every new edition of the Oslo Manual represents a step forward to the understanding of the innovation process.

Using the meanings and criteria of the Oslo Manual, the UNESCO Institute of Statistics presented the 2011 UIS Pilot Data Collection of Innovation Statistics[2]. Comparing 12 countries from different regions and at different levels of development, it seeks to show the different stages of innovation process around the world, taking especial attention to developing countries.

As one shall conclude, innovation is a concern for both developed and developing countries. With different levels of innovation process, each one acts according to its needs and goals. Catching up is the main target for developing countries in order to not fall behind in international trade and development. As for developed countries, they have reached a stage of progress that the only way of not becoming outdated is with
“(…)Investments, technology development, innovation and good management practices(…)”
President Dilma’s speech, April 3rd, 2012

[1] For further information about the Oslo Manual, access http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/cache/ITY_PUBLIC/OSLO/EN/OSLO-EN.PDF
[2] For further information about the 2011 UIS Pilot Data Collection of Innovation Statistics, access http://www.uis.unesco.org/ScienceTechnology/Documents/Innovation-statistics-en%20(2).pdf