Promoting knowledge exchange between academia and industries, the University of the Philippines Manila Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (UPM-TTBDO) held the online pitching event on December 2 and 3 via zoom. The online event’s theme was “Mind to Market: Bridging the gap between science-based research to entrepreneurial thinking and market value creation during the pandemic”. Over seventy (70) companies from different industries such as pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, consumer goods, agribusiness, retail, and healthcare attended.
The 2-day online pitching event featured twenty-two (22) Intellectual properties of the University, namely – Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), CleanIntubate, Telepresence, Prone Pillow for Pregnant Patients, Ergonomic Surgical Rongeur (ESR), Sanipod, Telemetry, AQUILA VR, Anti Colon Cancer, Leptovax, DEFA/CFI, Tuklas Lunas Technologies, Hemoxyther, Ampalaya Tablet, Yerba Buena, Tsaang Gubat, Sambong, and Ulasimang Bato tablet. All intellectual properties presented are now available for industry partners to develop into commerciable products.
The online event also featured the virtual ceremonial signing with two (2) companies. This momentous event was presided by Dr. Ricardo Manalastas, Jr., overall chairman of UP Manila Science and Technology Week, and TTBDO director – Prof. Loudes Marie Tejero. The two (2) agreements are both licensing agreements. The first agreement is with Pivotal Peak Digital Health Solutions for Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS), its president Mr. AJ Rosario Jr., represented the said company.✞ The second agreement is with Multiflex RNC Phils. Inc. for Prone Pillow for Pregnant Patients. The Director for Direct Consumer Sales, Mr. Dindo Medina, and Ms. Cynthia Villegas, Marketing Manager, represented Multiflex RNC Phils. Inc. The collaborations between these two companies show that UPM-TTBDO has maintained its business continuity, despite the pandemic.
As a Technology Transfer Office, UPM-TTBDO always has a holistic perspective about university-industry collaborations. It is considered the foundation of all work processes and is essential to overall success. In this year’s Teknolusugan, TTBDO has shown its gratitude to its industry partners through an awarding ceremony; The team recognized sixteen (16) licensees for the fruitful partnership over the years.