Rudinei Santos Carapinheiro

How to unite the best of both worlds

When thinking about technological innovation, one of the images that comes to mind is of a university with cutting-edge equipment and researchers developing solutions to revolutionize the market, which soon become common use to make people’s lives easier. Generally, it would be ideal if this were the case, but in practice, it’s different. Although academic laboratories have state-of-the-art equipment and high-level researchers, positioning Brazil as one of the largest publishers of academic white papers, unfortunately, these do not translate into patents.

One way to leverage this knowledge, confined within university walls, would be to bring universities and companies closer together, enabling many of these innovations. Besides technology transfer, universities can seek to involve companies in their research, fostering the interaction of different worlds.

However, there are barriers on both sides that impede this progress. Many academics view companies as part of a capitalist world averse to good practices, while many companies see universities as havens for theorists who are out of touch with the job market. Other difficulties include differences in objectives and timelines, and even clashes between organizational climates and cultures. For companies, the interaction can generate new technologies, and for universities, new curricula tailored to corporate needs.

Well-executed partnerships between the academic world and the corporate sector can meet societal needs and are a hallmark of developed nations. In Brazil, this relationship generally still needs to mature to bring more benefits to both sides and directly impact the professional future of university students and the transformation of the country. Despite the presence of top-tier universities in almost every Brazilian state, this is a significant challenge today that mainly requires a cultural transformation.


Skylane Optics Increases Revenue by 50% in 2017 and Expands Operations to Latin America

Skylane Optics has achieved its forecasted results for 2017, with a 50% increase in revenue even before the year’s end. The company anticipates maintaining this growth momentum into 2018, particularly in Brazil’s North and Northeast regions. Plans for international expansion are focused on extending operations into Latin America.

“The market crisis was beneficial for us, as the market sought local solutions to sustain their businesses. Since we manufacture equipment in our Campinas factory, we were able to be competitive, offering solutions up to 70% cheaper,” explains Rudinei Santos Carapinheiro, Skylane Optics’ Director of Business Development.

The strong results have driven a process of expansion into Latin America, which will be structured in the upcoming year. Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Peru are among the countries with existing Skylane clients, where business will be developed next year with products manufactured in Brazil.

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Skylane Optics Brazil has moved! Come visit us at:

R. James Clerk Maxwel 400 – Techno Park
13069-380 – Campinas – São Paulo


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