Ingeniería e Investigación
versão impressa ISSN 0120-5609
CASTELLANOS, Óscar; RAMIREZ, Diana C. e MONTANEZ, Víctor Mauricio. Perspectives in developing industrial enzymes by using technological intelligence. Ing. Investig. [online]. 2006, vol.26, n.2, pp. 52-67. ISSN 0120-5609.
Developing emergent technologies implies an ongoing challenge involving using new technological management tools. Enzyme engineering and its respective technology (within the context of biotechnology) is one of the areas of knowledge from which great expectations are constantly arising, such as providing competitive advantage in emergent economies like that of Colombia. However, several decades of research in this field have still not led to important results in terms of enzyme production and their application in industrial processes. This article proposes applying the components of a technological intelligence system to developing enzyme technology. Initial emphasis is placed on scientometrics, using exercises for mapping patents, technological monitoring and evaluating Colombian projects forming part of Colciencias ScienTI network, carried out for the enzymes being used in both the food industry for obtaining hydrolysed products and in the textile industry. An example of Delphi study is documented within the context of industrial enzymes future within biotechnology in general. The learning which can arise from analysing a sector leader is stressed by using organisational benchmarking. The basis of a technological intelligence system is then discussed in terms of how it can provide productive and competitive strategies aimed at applying industrial enzymes.
Palavras-chave : enzyme technology; alpha amylase; textile; food industry; scientometrics; futurology.