The Institute for Scientific Research and High Technology Services of Panama (INDICASAT) was created in 2002 by the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT) to promote the development of science in Panama, on the premise that development scientist from a country crucial to their economic and cultural development.
The INDICASAT-AIP has one of the most comprehensive research infrastructure in Central America in the areas of chemistry and biology. Additionally, it has researchers and technicians plant in critical areas of biomedical research. In recent years, it has generated a significant number of scientific papers, theses, and internships, among other achievements.
In 2007 the INDICASAT settled in its new legal form: Public Interest Association (AIP). The continuous growth achieved by the INDICASAT in recent years has been premised necessary to adopt the model of the legal figure AIP. Public Interest Associations (AIP) is an institutional innovation created by Executive Decree No. 440 of 2006. Two key aspects of this new figure is the mission and the management of AIP. First, these associations will be for activities which are not developed in the country or have been insufficiently developed (Article 2). Second, public funds will be given to the control of the Comptroller (Article 21), while private funds may be managed according to the rules of its regulations and not as public funds (Article 23).
With AIP model, INDICASAT can manage the services provided to private companies in an expeditious manner, making purchases and payments with agility to meet the demands of a competitive market. At the same time, it manages funds provided by state enterprises following the rules of governmental transparency. This has allowed INDICASAT-AIP to position itself as an organization with great potential to contribute significantly to the social development of Panama through scientific production way.
The INDICASAT-AIP includes among its strategic objectives two main aspects: the generation of scientific knowledge in areas of interest to the country, and the training of highly qualified personnel; all this through scientific research in biomedicine and other related fields of science, technology transfer and provision of technological services. The main objective of INDICASAT-AIP is established as a platform for scientific and technological progress of Panama, contributing to the formation of human resources of excellence in research and development applied to the different priority disciplines for the country’s progress. It also includes among its objectives support the competitiveness of the productive sectors, facilitating the interaction of academia (universities and research centers) with private enterprise through innovation.
The INDICASAT-AIP performs work in scientific research, clinical trials, and services for water analysis. The institute has the following research areas: Chemistry of Natural Products, Biotechnology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Parasitology. Clinical trials are conducted in collaboration with companies developing drugs and vaccines, and aim to meet vital aspects of new products such as its efficacy, safety, etc. In addition, the institute has the ability to provide various specialized services in areas of chemistry and biology, as water analysis, molecular detection and characterization of pathogens, among others.