The selection of commercially viable drug candidates and advancing their development
toward worldwide markets is a complex and challenging task that requires people with a broad
range of different qualifications and drug development know-how.

Jorge Ávila

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Jorge is Professor of Public Administration at the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Intellectual Property. Jorge was President and Dean of graduate programs of the Brazilian National Intellectual Property Institute (INPI). He earned a bachelor`s degree in Civil Engineering-Structures (1984) and an MSc in Business Administration (1994) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in Public Health (2003) from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. In 1987 Jorge joined Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobrás). From 1995-1999 he was Director, Industrial Development Company of Rio de Janeiro. From 1999-2003 he was Executive Director, National Innovation Financing Agency (FINEP). In 2004, Jorge became Vice-President, National Intellectual Property Institute (INPI), and in 2006 was in charge of the Presidency. He was formally commissioned as President INPI in 2007. Jorge has broad experience in areas related to the economics of innovation, industrial policy and technology and business management, including technology strategy, intellectual property management and innovation finance, corporate finance, capital markets and venture capital.