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Participants discuss possibility of technology commercialization with support from interested investors during TransDI Demo Day.

To support and promote Filipino ingenuity, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducted a 3-day Virtual Demo Day featuring innovative technologies directed for transfer and commercialization last April 2022.  

Endorsed to participate in the said Demo Day were the 62 winning entries of the Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE), a biennial nationwide activity organized by the DOST to recognize the outstanding Filipino inventions and innovations.

Through the “Transforming R&D Outputs into Innovations through Technopreneurship and Customer Validation (TransDI)” initiative, DOST aims to fully capacitate and further assist willing and interested RICE winners by providing training to develop their technopreneurial capability. 

Participants were also assisted with patent search and patent drafting to facilitate application for Intellectual Property (IP) protection of technologies. The TransDI initiative also provides avenue to link RICE winners with potential adoptor-investors, relevant programs of DOST, and other potential collaborators such as State Universities and Colleges.

One of the projects featured during the Demo Day was the innovation dubbed as “QR Health: A Method for Transferring Medical Records Using 2D Image Codes” which was developed by Engr. Jason T. Occidental, Director of the Innovation and Technology Support Office of Ateneo de Davao University. The innovation targets a fast and easy way of transferring medical data between healthcare facilities using QR code.

DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, believes that the researchers’ efforts are meaningless if the products, services, and processes do not reach their intended users. 

The TransDI initiative, which ran from September 2021 to April 2022, was facilitated by the DOST together with UP Sustaining Collaboration in an Advanced Learning Environment ​(UPSCALE) team headed by Dr. Luis Sison. The program caters to different industries such as education, food, health, commercial, construction, automotive, energy, agriculture, and earth science, among others.

With the technology and entrepreneurship interventions through the TransDI Project, bigger opportunities for promising Filipino researchers and scientists are expected to flourish- one step at a time.  

 

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