TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER and Business Development was boosted in November with the offer of an opportunity to create an Innovation Center on-campus from the HEI Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship (HEIRIT) program of DOST-PCIEERD. For this, Chancellor Concepcion signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PCIEERD at the 1st Philippine Technology Business Incubator, a.k.a. TBI Summit, in Cebu City on 24 November 2017 alongside colleagues from the University of the Cordilleras, University of Southeastern Philippines and other higher education and research institutions. The TBI Summit gathering was organized by the Innovation Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies (DOST-PCIEERD) to further enhance entrepreneurship and innovation in the Philippines. The UP Mindanao Technology Business Incubator Team was led by Chancellor Concepcion with Asst. Prof. Ritchie Mae Gamot, Asst. Prof. Miguel Guillermo (both from Dept. of Math., Physics, and Comp. Sci.), and TTBDO Chief Lynda Buenaobra. Prof. Guillermo and TTBDO OIC Lynda Buenaobra will undergo training to craft the proposal for the Innovation Center.
In preparation for this, OIC Buenaobra attended the training on Strategic Intellectual Property Management for Effective R&I in Asian Higher Education (SPIRE) on 26-29 November at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Indonesia. SPIRE is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
At the PANAGTAGBO UP-Mindanao Alumni Association homecoming in December 2017, Chancellor Concepcion invited the alumni to participate in the upcoming Innovation Center by creating a holding company for the products of knowledge to be nurtured towards commercial success.
Also, University Researcher Melvin Pasaporte (BSFT 2009, MM 2013) was accepted to the Leadership in Innovation Fellowships (LIF4) of the Newton Agham UK development assistance for the Philippines. Mr. Pasaporte was chosen on the basis of his intellectual property, “Direct Lactic Acid Fermentation from Sago Starch..” that is undergoing patent processing at the IPO-PHIL.
THE ROYAL ACADEMY of Engineering (London) hosted the LIF4 residency program on 18-27 January 2018. Mr. Pasaporte completed the residency which included coaching on developing a business model, creating the executive summary, and the “pitch” presentation, in addition to training on entrepreneurship, presentations, intellectual property, finance, and planning. Previous to departure to the UK residency, a Reception Night was hosted by British Ambassador Daniel Pruce for the Newton Fund awardees and Philippine science & innovation proponents on 11 January 2018 in the British Embassy Manila.