AANR forum introduces trends and tools for technology commercialization

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DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevara delivers the opening message

The first national forum for agriculture-aqua sectors focused on the new and emerging tools and strategies on technology assessment and commercialization on 25 January 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

The forum was organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development’s (DOST-PCAARRD) entitled, “Technology Assessment and Intellectual Property (IP) Rights Protection Forum in Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (AANR).”

“The government is in the process of enhancing technology transfer initiatives to enable stakeholders, technology adopters, researchers, and technology owners to benefit from their innovations,” said DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina L. Guevara in her opening message.

Speaking before selected researchers, policy makers, and technology-transfer professionals, Guevara expressed hopes on further intensifying the Department’s thrust on technology transfer and commercialization.

“Commercialization is still new in the local science and technology (S&T) sector but we (DOST) are continuously enhancing the system for effective implementation of the various programs aimed at promoting the advancement of research and development (R&D),” Guevara added.

Emerging trends in technology commercialization such as patent landscaping and artificial intelligence were discussed in the forum.

“We are happy to announce that DOST-TAPI was able to develop a very handy tool to access individual technologies as well as technology portfolios,” said Mr. Caezar Angelito E. Arceo, Supervising Science Research Specialist and lead organizer of the forum.

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Participants of the forum

Represented by Mr. Roberto R. Verzosa and Engr. Elizabeth I. Garcia, the Institute has engaged with over a hundred experts nationwide to assess the industrial feasibility, and IP, marketing and commercialization potentials of DOST-PCAARRD-funded technologies.

The forum also served as a platform for the agricultural investors, private inventors, businessmen, patent agents, agricultural consultants, and other specialists from both public and private sector.

DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Maricon R. Avila