Twenty-three inventions were awarded incentives by the University in the 5th Invention Disclosure Incentive Awarding Ceremony, organized by the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO) and held on February 5 at the Philippine Genome Center, UP Diliman (UPD).
Of the 23, six were invention disclosures while the remaining 17 were technology transfers.
UPD had two awardees for invention disclosures: “Pyoluteorin and Mindapyrrole B and their Use in Single and Combination Antimicrobial Chemotherapy” developed by Noel Lacerna II, Jortan Tun, Dr. Gisela Concepcion, Jose Miguel Robes, and Albebson Lim of the Marine Science Institute (MSI); and, the collaboration between the Institute of Chemistry and MSI, “Neuroactive Synthetic Analogues of TRPV1 Antagonist Nobilamide B” developed by Oliver John Belleza and Dr. Aaron Joseph Villaraza, also with Tun and Concepcion.
Three invention disclosures were from UP Los Baños (UPLB). These were “Organic Pest Management for Eggplant Fruit and Shoot Borer” developed by Dr. Pio Javier and Evangeline Punzalan of the Institute of Weed Science, Entomology, and Plant Pathology; the joint work of the Institute of Chemistry and Institute of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering titled “Water Evaporation Retardants for Agricultural Applications (AquaSave)” by Dr. Milagros Momongan Peralta, Vicente Ballaran Jr., Moises Dorado, Maris Asuncion Bayhon, and Ronaniel Almeda; and, “HormoGroe” by the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology’s Dr. Lilia Fernando, Dr. Erlinda Paterno, Herald Nygel Bautista, Juan Miguel Parami, Dr. Florinia Merca, and Teofila dC. Villar.
UP Manila was recognized for the invention disclosure of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BIOTECH) and the Institute of Human Genetics’ “CFI Marker for Leptospirosis Prognosis” by Dr. Jose Nevado Jr., Dr. Nina Gloriani, Dr. Jamie Trifalgar-Arches, Dr. Evalyn Roxas, Dr. Catherine Lynn Silao, and Dr. Maridel Borja.
The six tech transfer awardees from UPD were:
“KamoTea” by Dr. Casiana Blanca Villarino, Prof. Abigail Rustia, Fredelyn Gascon, and Jan Carlo Aningat of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition with Fresh Q Enterprises;
“CharM” by Engr. Leo Allen Tayo, Asst. Prof. Niño Christopher Ramos, Engr. Rovinna Janel Cruzate, Engr. Emmanuel Brian Arceo, Engr. Billy Joel Esquivel, Engr. Karl Lyndon Pacolor, and Engr. Raphael Victor Canseco of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, with CHRG Electric Vehicle Technologies, Inc.;
“Smart Surface” by Dr. Nestor Michael Tiglao and Charles Kevin Verdad of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute with Adapsense Technologies, Inc.;
“Fish-i” by Dr. Prospero Naval Jr. and Dr. Laura David of the Department of Computer Science and Marine Science Institute with Fish-i, Inc.;
“CLINN-GEM” by Engr. Herman Mendoza of the Department of Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering with the local government of Benguet and the Benguet Federation of Small-Scale Miners, Inc.; and,
“LEAP” by Dr. Susan Festin, Dr. Rowena Guevara, and Prof. Mario Carreon of the Department of Computer Science and Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, with the Department of Information and Communications Technology, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) IV-A; DOST VI, and Cebu IT BPM.Organization Foundation Inc.
UPLB had 11 tech transfer awardees. They were:
“Trichoderma” by Professor Emeritus Virginia Cuevas and Dr. Alfredo Sinohin of the Institute of Biological Sciences and Institute of Plant Breeding with Biospark Corporation;
“Nutrio” by Dr. Virginia Padilla of BIOTECH with Fullbloom Agricultural Corporation;
“ACTICon” by Irene Papa and Teofila Zulaybar of BIOTECH with Golden Agricon;
“Mykoplus” by Dr. Jocelyn Zarate and Dr. Reynaldo Dela Cruz of BIOTECH with Bio-Z Resources Corporation;
“Fruitect” by Dr. Veronica Sabularse, Dr. Hidelisa Hernandez, and Rhea Mallari of the Institute of Chemistry with QPro Tech Philippines Inc.;
“Pectin from Mango Peels” also by Sabularse, Hernandez, and Mallari, joined by John Kris Bartolome, and also with QPro Tech Philippines Inc.;
“Microbial Rennet” by Dr. Susana Mercado of BIOTECH with Aust-Phil Food Manufacturing Corporation;
“Sinta Papaya” by Dr. Violeta Villegas of the Institute of Plant Breeding with East-West Seed;
“Hirang Papaya” by Dr. Pablito Magdalita of the Institute of Plant Breeding, also with East-West Seed;
“Timyas Papaya” also by Magdalita with East-West Seed; and,
“Liyag Papaya” again by Magdalita with East-West Seed.
The event also featured the kick-off of the TTBDO-supervised University Innovation Fellowship Program, which is open to faculty members and researchers on a tenure track in identified fields of expertise. The program will connect University innovators with potential industry partners.