6 BCAARRD CMIs join DOST-PCAARRD Technology Pitch Days, bags awards
Aiming to promote Science and Technology (S&T) Innovations, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council on Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST – PCAARRD) hosted the S&T Creations for the People 3rd Technology Pitch Days.
The two-day event showcased various S&T creations developed by State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) throughout the nation.
Among the SUCs who presented their technologies are six Consortium Member Institutions (CMIs) of Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD).
The CMIs who participated are Bicol University (BU), Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA), Camarines Norte State College (CNSC), Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges (CSPC), Camarines State University (CatSU) and, Sorsogon State University (SSU). The said CMIs are collaborating in the implementation of the project titled “Sustaining BU’s IP-TBM Office and Enhancing IP-TBM Offices among Member Agencies of the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (BCAARRD)”.
As BCAARRD’s Host Agency, BU showcased two technologies. One of which won 3rd place in the Best Technology Pitch Category presented by Mr. Jomar E. Tuazon entitled “Multifiber Crop Stripping and Pressing Machine.” Also, from BU presented during the event is the Abaca Cutting and Carding Machine pitched by Ms. Christine B. Aycardo.
CBSUA presented two innovations; the Pasteurized Fruit/Vegetable Blended Coconut Water presented by Ms. Julieta M. Casual and, the Mechanical Chopper for Plant Foliage or also known as “Choppie” presented by Mr. Ian Carlo M. Lositaño. Both technologies won as the Best Improved Pitchers. Choppie placing 3rd and the Blended Coconut Water bagging 2nd place.
On the other hand, CNSC introduced one product; the Rambutan Chocolate Powder pitched by Mr. Leo Agustin D. Vela.
CSPC presented the Tmonade Refreshment Drink pitched by Mr, Kristopher T. Visaya and, the Engineered Water Hyacinth Fiber Laminate as Construction Material with Ms. Karen Kay O. Bagacina as the presenter.
Meanwhile, CatSU also led two innovations; the Processed Fish in Pili Pulp Oil pitched by Ms. Maria Monette Tugay, winning the 3rd Best Technology Poster. Also, the Digisoil: Potable Soil Tester for Abaca Plantation was presented by Engr. Dexter Toyado.
Lastly, SSU showcased the Cassava Ethanol-based Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera Gel and Orange Peel Essential Oil pitched by Ms. Sheryl S. Solano and, the MAH-GIC (Malunggay, Honey, Ginger, and Calamansi) Immuno Booster Drink presented by Ms. Ivy Rose B. Gonzales.
All innovations were grouped in three categories – the Agri-Aqua Inputs and Products, Food Products and Beverages and, Equipment and Machineries.
The activity culminates the 4 months 5 module technology commercialization mentorship series which capacitated 62 technology transfer officers and researchers on different pre-commercialization and commercialization strategies to push the local technologies toward commercial success.
Moreover, the event is part of DOST-PCAARRD’s on-going program titled “Support to the University’s Strategies in Technology Acceleration Initiatives by Nurturing (SUSTAIN) the Intellectual Property and Technology Business Management (IP-TBM) Offices of the Consortia Member Agencies – Phase II”.
Investors were also invited to join in the event for potential financers of the innovations they choose and would be willing to fund.
All in all, 35 S&T Creations were presented.