University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 03 November 2017 11:36

CTTE trains, recognizes UPLB inventors at Tech Transfer Day

The UPLB Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship (CTTE) celebrated its first decade by opening opportunities for and recognizing outstanding UPLB faculty members and researchers who have been creating knowledge products in the University.

This was done during the Technology Transfer Day on Oct. 17-18 at SEARCA, UPLB campus, where UPLB inventors were trained and linked to potential commercial partners, and given awards.

The intellectual property and technology commercialization training on the first day gathered 30 participants. Cedrik Ben Gayares of the UP System Technology Transfer and Business Development Office and Atty. Bayani Loste of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines discussed the importance of and how to conduct prior art search and patent drafting through a games-style format.

On the second day, CTTE organized a Fairness Opinion Board (FOB) in collaboration with the DOST Technology Application and Promotion Institute.  The FOB linked UPLB inventors to prospective licensees from industry to help them arrive at mutually beneficial and a satisfactory contract. Eleven transactions from the FOB passed the process and would be forwarded to the proper authority for filing, after which they would proceed to be licensed and commercially produced by their industry partner.

The recognition program, also on the second day, concluded the event. It recognized 19 UPLB inventions that qualified for the Invention Disclosure Incentive, a UP System program that gives financial incentive to those who disclosed their inventions to the University. In addition, nine UPLB inventions that had been granted patents were also recognized during the program.

The UPLB inventors come from BIOTECH, CAFS, CAS, CEAT, and CVM. Some of these inventions included Fruitect, a pectin-based coating formulation for postharvest application to fruits invented by the team of Dr. Veronica Sabularse, Dr. Hidelisa Hernandez, and Rhea Mallari; Acticon, which used Actinomycetes bacteria as biocontrol agents to combat fungal wilt in banana by the team of Irene Papa and Teofila Zulaybar; and Mykoplus, a multi-functional biofertilizer used as seed/planting material inoculant for all crops, developed by the team of Dr. Jocelyn Zarate and Dr. Reynaldo Dela Cruz.

The program’s keynote speaker was Dr. Gonzalo Serafica, a Balik-Scientist, consultant, and holder of multiple international patents. Dr. Serafica shared his success story in establishing Xylos, a company that manufactures his patented microbial cellulose technology.

He advised UPLB to put together teams composed of one researcher or principal investigator, one entrepreneurial lead, and one industry mentor. These teams, Dr. Serafica said, would help develop UPLB’s inventions and make them ready for commercialization, which shall become beneficial to the inventors, the University, and society.

Present during the program were Dr. Portia G. Lapitan and Dr. Rex B. Demafelis, vice chancellors for academic affairs and research and extension, respectively. Dr. Lapitan, who delivered the welcome remarks on behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez Jr., reiterated the roles of and the need to recognize UPLB inventors.

Asst. Prof. Glenn Baticados, director of CTTE, closed the program by saying that technology commercialization is about building relationships between researchers, industry partners, and other stakeholders. He also articulated their goal of building an innovation ecosystem for UPLB. The activity was funded by the DOST-Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development.(Albert Geoffred B. Peralta)