EXPONENTIAL TECHNOLOGY

Research &
Development

Pushing the boundaries of Costa Rica's
biggest growth and transformation engine

R&D means: always be future-ready

In the new global scenario, companies have changed their strategies and started to delocalise more knowledge-intensive and smart manufacturing activities, including design and research and development (R&D), relying on Costa Rica´s capabilities to drive change and be future-ready for their next wave of solutions.

Along with rapidly evolving technologies, consumer preferences are rapidly changing, demanding faster product cycles, in a scenario of globalized operations and markets. Yes, R&D departments are under unprecedented strain. Costa Rica has proven to be the right partner for driving R&D, combining its high-skilled technical talent with its customer-centric culture. It is an innovation focus not just for the sole purpose of something new, but something relevant.

+15%
Medtech companies

In Costa Rica are doing R&D in collaboration with or for corporate offices worldwide.

20%
Services companies

Are delivering R&D and/or innovation services (Vital Statistics, CINDE, 2019)

6%
Growth since 2017

The number of people in this field is growing among services companies offering R&D processes in Costa Rica, (Vital Statistics, CINDE, 2019)

64%
Services companies

That offer R&D processes in Costa Rica plan on including new R&D activities in the next 3 years (Vital Statistics, CINDE, 2019)

34%
Growth since 2017

The number of people within R&D among life sciences companies offering research and development processes in Costa Rica (Vital Statistics, CINDE, 2019)

89%
Life sciences companies

Surveyed companies that offer R&D processes in Costa Rica plan on including new R&D activities in the next three years (Vital Statistics, CINDE, 2019)

18%
Manufacturing companies

Assert that they offer R&D and/or innovation services in Costa Rica (Vital Statistics, CINDE, 2019)

24%
Life sciences companies

Assert that they offer R&D and/or innovation services in Costa Rica (Vital Statistics, CINDE, 2019)

35%
R&D in Costa Rica

Takes place in Engineering, Technology and Medical Sciences fields (MICITT, 2019)

16%
Growth since 2008

R&D headcount in Costa Rica (MICITT, PEN, 2018)

20+
different specialties

R&D activities breakdown within science and technology (MICITT, PEN, 2018)

32
research institutions

And over 3800 researchers Costa Rica

R&D conections

Leaders in Research & Development present in Costa Rica:

TOP

Applications

The relevance of first movers: Intel and Costa Rica's 25-year-old love story

Featured success story

Intel hosts its only MegaLab globally outside of California in Costa Rica, this unique Mega Lab is remotely accessed by any Intel Design Center and manufacturing operation worldwide.
900
900 engineers are in charge of pre and post-silicon functions and software development, final test and validation of all Intel product portfolio
50%
The one-of-its-kind R&D lab represents 50% of Intel's operations in Costa Rica
6
The center provides a wide range of complex services to a broad range of geographic locations in the Americas, Europe and Asia in 6 languages including English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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