Patent mining indicates promising routes for research | 9/4/2018 | Staff
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A group of researchers affiliated with the University of São Paulo (USP) campus in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, has used big data tools such as data mining and network analysis to develop a method to identify technological routes, trends and partnerships in any knowledge area. For this purpose, it collected information from patent databases around the world.

In addition to mapping the patents in an area, this novel method identifies the technological routes used by companies and universities in several countries, as well as emerging trends and networks of partnerships between companies and scientific institutions active in the sector.

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Described in an article published in Nature Biotechnology, the method resulted from the postdoctoral research of biologist Cristiano Gonçalves Pereira at the University of São Paulo's Ribeirão Preto School of Economics, Administration and Accounting (FEARP-USP), supported by a scholarship from the São Paulo Research Foundation—FAPESP.

Pereira was supervised by Geciane Silveira Porto, a professor at FEARP-USP and coordinator of the Center for Research on Innovation, Technology Management and Competitiveness (InGTeC). The study featured collaborations from Virgínia Picanço-Castro and Dimas Tadeu Covas), respectively researcher and coordinator at the Center for Cell-Based Therapy (CTC), a Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center (RIDC).

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Researchers used the recombinant factor VIII research as a practical example to develop the method. Recombinant factor VIII is a protein produced synthetically from human cells to treat patients who suffer from hemophilia A, a blood clotting disorder caused by a genetic mutation in the region of the X chromosome DNA that should produce factor VIII.

The development of studies on technological routes for recombinant factor VIII—as well as for solar energy and biofuels—was supported by FAPESP, which also funded the researchers' use of a database covering patent applications and grants processed by patent offices worldwide.

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