On April 27, 2016 the 1st DOST Technology Transfer Day was held at the Soﬁtel Philippine Plaza Manila, CCP Complex, Pasay City. The whole day event brought together the diﬀerent stakeholders in research and development that led to the forging of partnerships between industry players and the technology generators.
One of the highlights of the event is the technology showcase wherein diﬀerent DOST technologies and services were featured. Among those featured technologies is FNRI’s Optimized Brown Rice which was presented by Engr. Rosemarie G. Garcia, Supervising Science Research Specialist and technology generator.
During the break-out session cum luncheon consultation/negotiation, several deals with the invited prospective licensees were closed. Six (6) of those deals were FNRI’s, namely: fortiﬁed rice-mongo curls (Nutridense Food Manufacturing, Corp.), rice-mongo-sesame blend (Nutridense Food Manufacturing, Corp.), stabilized brown (Nutridense Food Manufacturing, Corp./JBM Foods/LGU – Jaro, Leyte), and the enhanced micronutrient growth mix (MGM) (Nutridense Food Manufacturing, Corp.).
In the afternoon, diﬀerent licensees and beneﬁciaries of the DOST technologies and services gave their testimonials. One of them is Mr. Racky D. Doctor, President of Nutridense Food Manufacturing, Corp., the licensee of several FNRI technologies. He talked about his experiences in the adoption and production of the iron fortiﬁed rice premix.
The event also served as the venue for the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the agencies of DOST, other national government agencies and the private sector, wherein the ceremonial signing of the MOU for the partnership between FNRI-DOST and DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) was included.
The success of the 1st DOST Technology Transfer Day served as an assurance that government-funded R&D are translated into useful products and services that will beneﬁt the Filipino people.