DOST-ASTI pitches technologies in Nat’l Tech Transfer Day
“Let’s make high-quality research and let’s make it fast,” encouraged Ms. Jessi Christa R. Rubio of the Research and Development Division (RDD) in DOST-ASTI during the 2nd National Technology Transfer Day last 04 April 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.
Rubio, together with other R&D projects representatives, pitched three DOST-ASTI technologies—the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation (PEDRO) Center, the Computing and Archiving Research Environment (COARE) and the Remote Sensing and Data Science: DATOS Help Desk.
Two of the technologies, PEDRO Center and COARE, were under the IT development category of the pitch talks while the DATOS Help Desk was under Disaster Preparedness. Other categories were Agricultural Productivity, MSME Competitiveness and Quality Healthcare.
The Technology Transfer and Business Development Unit (TTBDU) of DOST-ASTI’s Technology Licensing Office (TLO) also attended the event to assist its researchers in promoting their project outputs, which were meant for public good and government extension services but also has the potential of future commercialization. “DOST-ASTI is also looking at how the technology outputs can be utilized by the private sector and still be competitive in terms of affordability and sustainability because it is locally created,” Ms. Maria Irene S. Amatorio, TTBDU’s supervisor added.
The event was organized by the DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) led by its director Engr. Edgar I. Garcia. The event was also attended by prominent officials like Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña who is dubbed in the DOST community as the father of technology. Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina L. Guevara was also there to give her welcoming remarks), while Assistant Secretary for Finance Maridon O. Sahagun delivered the closing remarks, respectively.
Representatives from both private and public research and academic institutions (e.g. UP Los Baños, Mapúa University, UP Diliman) were also present to showcase their research and development projects in the five essential categories identified in the event.
After the program, DOST Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña also visited the booths of exhibitors.
Aside from pitch talks and exhibits, there was also the Signing of Term Sheets and Awarding of Fairness Opinion Reports to adaptors.