DOST-TAPI eyes becoming a commercialization powerhouse in 2020

33rd Anniv

Stars shone bright as the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) celebrated the 33rd anniversary on 31 January 2020 at the DOST-TAPI, Audio-Visual Room, Taguig City.

With the theme, “TAPI turns 33: Trailblazing Accomplishments, Leveraging Advancements, the Institute recollects 2019’s highlights as milestones which are DOST-TAPI’s contribution to the Department’s efforts to be at par with the international standards and indices.

Founded in 1987 through the Executive Order 128, DOST-TAPI is mandated to promote the transfer and commercialization of technologies through the provision of technical and financial assistance among local innovators.

The passing of the Inventors and Invention Incentive Act of the Philippines in 1992 and the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009, the Institute has expanded the responsibility of developing and implementing programs which support the country’s innovative ecosystem.

“The past year witnessed our endeavors in addressing basic and crucial concerns relative to technology commercialization, resulting to a strong partnership with the academe, other government organizations, and the private sector, ultimately benefitting various stakeholders,” said DOST-TAPI Director Edgar I. Garcia during his Welcome Message and Accomplishment Report.

From ideation to commercialization, DOST-TAPI’s programs complement the needs of the stakeholders, making the experience more holistic and integrated as they continue to embrace their enterprises put their technologies in the market.

“In 2019, we have ensured the steady flow of project proposals for evaluation and approval, as well as the regular monitoring of on-going and completed projects, in order to meet the targets of all our programs,” added Garcia.

Particularly, the Institute’s Intellectual Property Rights Assistance Program and Innovation Support Office have filed 1259 intellectual property (IP) applications to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

Eight hundred IP applications of the total filed IPs were evaluated by the DOST-TAPI’s in-house agents and saved at least ten million pesos for the Institute from this initiative.

Eleven inventors were supported by the Institute’s pre-commercialization programs which provided funds for pilot-scale testing, field testing, and pilot production for market testing, among others, to develop an inventive enterprise.

Subsequently, the Venture Financing Program has provided financial support amounting to ten million pesos in accelerating the commercialization of new and emerging technologies developed and funded by the DOST system.

Through the Institute’s promotional programs, DOST technologies were featured in at least 13 fairs and exhibits and 252 media exposures nationwide, earning an estimated 58-million-pese media value for 2019.

“Our programs have proven comprehensiveness and efficiency in delivering quality services among our stakeholders as we put their success in the footprints of our services,” said Garcia.

He also reiterated his vision for the Institute in becoming the central powerhouse in technology promotion, transfer, and commercialization, leading towards the attainment of the prestigious Philippine Quality Award (PQA).

“We will continue to reinforce promotion of technologies, facilitate business development for inventions, and strengthen partnership and linkages with key players in the innovation framework,” he added.

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