During the opening ceremonies of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) revealed the outstanding technology commercialization awardees for 2019 on 17 July at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, Pasay City.
The Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award recognizes the efforts of technology generators and developers whose technologies have been commercialized and played significant roles and impacts to economic and social development.
This year, one citation and two Gregorio Y. Zara Medals were given to individuals who made utmost contributions by creating innovative solutions in the priority areas of the Department particularly in agriculture, industry and engineering, health and nutrition, social sciences, and information and communication technology.
Dr. Merlinda A. Palencia of Adamson University and Mr. Robertson Chiang of Dragonpay Corporation bagged the medals for their technologies on natural biogenic materials for wastewater effluence or “Vigormin” and “Dragonpay,” a digital payment solution provider, respectively.
Dr. Erlinda S. Paterno of the University of the Philippines Los Baños was also awarded a citation for BioGroe, a plant growth promoter.
Vigormin and BioGroe are beneficiaries of the Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM), one of the premier programs of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI), which fast-tracks the commercialization of technologies through financial grants and technical support.
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