Final nominees of the BCYF Innovation Award on 20 February 2017 at the Kalayaan Hall, Malacañang Palace, Manila
The Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation (BCYF) recognized the technologies assisted by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department and Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) during the first BCYF Innovation Awards on 20 February 2017 at the Kalayaan Hall, Malacañang Palace, Manila.
The Award was on the lookout for innovations that made significant impacts in uplifting the lives of the Filipino population.
True to its mandate of providing grants and venturing financing for new and emerging projects, four (4) TAPI-assisted technologies were nominated in the Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) and Technical-Vocational Education categories, having spearheaded innovations in healthcare diagnostics, micronutrient fortification, textile technology, and crop production.
Dengue, a disease transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, causes a severe flu-like sickness that poses lethal complications in humans. In the Philippines, it was reported that dengue had highest incidence in the recent years. Moreover, the Department of Health (DOH) revealed 84,085 suspected dengue cases from January to August in 2016 and 372 people died from these cases.
This scenario has initiated the experts from the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the National Institute of Health (IMBB-NIH) to invent Biotek-M. This medical diagnostic technology for dengue poses opportunities to early detection of the disease especially in the marginalized communities where dengue cases are most often reported.
Commercialization and transfer of Biotek-M can pave the way for emerging businesses in healthcare and biotechnology in the country and contribute to social and developmental growth of the country.
According to the 2013 National Nutrition Survey (NNS), one in every 10 Filipinos is anemic and infants, pregnant women, and male elderly were the most affected population groups. Anemia or iron deficiency anemia is a condition marked by the lack of healthy red blood cells.
The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) developed the iron-fortified technology to combat the problem on iron deficiency anemia in the country. With the commercialization and availability of the iron-fortified rice, a day’s intake of four to six cups of cooked iron-fortified rice can meet the daily iron requirement of the body and can ultimately eradicate iron deficiency anemia.
Neo-Ethnic Philippine Textiles
Sustaining the indigenous communities’ livelihood and providing them opportunities for better lives, the neo-ethnic Philippine textile technology rekindles the dying tradition of dyeing endemic natural fabrics in the Philippines. Furthermore, it has brought a platform in reviving the craft of weaving among indigenous people by providing the latest trends and design directions in capturing the modern local and even global markets.
Food loss occurs even before the food is placed on the table. According to the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 40 percent of food losses is already existing even in the production and postproduction stages in the Philippines. Fertilizers have a crucial role in crop production and management as they improve soil fertility for crops to grow. The National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH) developed a user- and environment-friendly plant growth promoter coined as BioGroe™ which can help increase farmers’ yield in crop production that can translate to an increased income and purchasing power.
Distinguished pool of experts from different fields of arts and sciences comprised the panel of judges led by Mr. Antonio Yap, BCYF Chairman.
DOST-TAPI S&T Media Service
Jund Rian A. Doringo