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DOST and Novartis hold 4th Local BioCamp

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(2nd from left) is Director Ma. Christina F. Liwanag, Corporate Affairs and Market Access of Novartis while (in center) Senator Edgardo Angara grace the occassion during its awarding in 2011 Local Biotechnology Leadership Camp at AIM Makati.

Novartis Philippines in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) hosted the 2011 Local Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp) last July 11, 2011 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.

The BioCamp is an innovative and pioneering project of Novartis that helps develop future leaders in research and biotechnology in the country. Deserving postgraduate students are provided with the opportunity to interact and learn from industry leaders, expand their global network, and explore career opportunities.

At the end of the Local BioCamp, one student will be selected to participate in the International BioCamp in Basel, Switzeland which will be held in August 2011.

 “BioCamp is a great venue for our young colleagues here to meet the experts, learn the business aspect of biotechnology, work on cases, and get into the global network of biotechnology enthusiasts and experts.” said Dr. Francis Domingo, Chief Scientific Officer of the Novartis Healthcare Philippines, Inc.

In DOST Secretary Mario Montejo’s message (delivered by PCHRD Executive Director Jaime C. Montoya), he emphasized the need to introduce a mindset of innovation in the Philippines, “I challenge everyone to innovate. We must view globalization as a huge opportunity to showcase the Filipino creativity and ingenuity.”

National Scientist Dr. Ernesto Domingo spoke about research career in the academe, a field where he made significant contributions for fifty years. Dr. Domingo is currently a University Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine.

Dr. Cynthia Saloma shared her experiences as a researcher and how she grew in her career in science. Dr. Saloma is now the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Ms. Maoi Arroyo discussed the basics of commercializing biotech in emerging markets.  She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hybridigm Consulting, Inc.

Other distinguished guests who graced the Local BioCamp included Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Director Carmen Peralta of IP Philippines, Dr. Rey Garcia of the UP Technology Transfer and Business Development Office and Ms. Cristina De Guzman, Chemical Field Top Examiner, Bureau of Patents, IP Philippines. Rachel Ann Doreen D. Nadal, PCHRD, DOST/ Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila

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July 19, 2011 at 11:52 am

P-Noy Nagtalaga ng Bagong Mamumuno sa PhilRice

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Itinalaga ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III si Dr. Eufemio Rasco, isang plant breeder at academician, bilang bagong Executive Director ng Philippine Rice Research Institute o PhiRice noong July 4, kapalit ni Atty. Ronilo Beronio.


Samantala, pinangunahan naman ng Kalihim ng Agrikultura na si Proceso Alcala ang seremonya ng panunumpa ni Rasco bilang bagong ED ng PhilRice  noong July 13 sa kanyang opisina.


Sa isinagawang turnover ceremony noong July 18, nabanggit ni Rasco ang ilang bilin ni Kalihim Alcala sa kanya at ito ay ang kasiguruhan ng suporta ng PhilRice sa adhikain ng administrasyong Aquino na makamit ang kasapatan ng suplay ng bigas sa taong 2013. Kabilang dito ang pagkakaroon ng mataas na kalidad ng binhi at ang pagdebelop at pag-alinsunod ng mga teknolohiya para sa mga lupang katihan o upland rice farming.


Si Rasco ay nakatanggap na rin ng maraming gawad mula sa mga prestihiyosong organisasyon tulad ng National Academy of Science and Technology o NAST at Philippine Jaycees dahil na rin sa mga kontribusyon niya sa larangan ng plant breeding at agricultural education.


Nagtrabaho na rin siya sa mga kilalang institusyon tulad ng University of the Philippines Mindanao bilang propesor at dean, International Potato Center bilang coordinating scientist, Institute of Plant Breeding bilang direktor, at East-West Seed Company bilang founding director at miyembro ng board. Sa mga institusyong ito isinagawa ni Rasco ang mga komprehensibong pag-aaral at panunuri sa mga gulayan, patatas at kamote, mga di napakikinabangang pananim, dalisdis na pagtatanim, at pagpapanatili ng modernong agrikultura. Maliban dito, nakapaglathala na rin siya ng kanyang mga inaral sa mga libro sa ibang bansa, gayundin nakagawa rin siya ng general education course sa plant biotechnology kung saan ito ang pinakauna sa Pilipinas.


Maliban sa mga nabanggit, si Rasco ay nagtapos ng Agrikultura sa University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna bilang magna cum laude at doctorate degree naman sa plant breeding sa Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.


Si Rasco ang ika-apat na Executive Director ng PhilRice. Yen Solsoloy, PhilRice

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July 19, 2011 at 11:39 am

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DOST, UP lay ground for mass railway transit

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DOST Secretary Mario Montejo and UP President Alfredo Pascual lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the Automated Guideway Transit prototype on July 18, 8AM at Jacinto cor. Lakandula Streets, UP Diliman campus. The event was sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement by Sec. Montejo, Pres. Pascual, DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center Director Arthur Lucas Cruz, UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma,  DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development Director Amelia Guevara, and UP Vice President for Development Elvira Zamora.

The AGT, developed by the Department of Science and Technology initially for UP Diliman, is a rail-based local mass transit very similar to the MRT and LRT, except that it runs on a single rail which acts as its sole support and guideway.  

“We are coming up with a local AGT to address the severe lack of less expensive and environmentally sustainable technology alternatives,” said DOST Secretary Mario Montejo. “The AGT is developed to show Filipino ingenuity and capability in engineering and as a model for adoption in other urban areas in the Philippines.”

DOST Asec. Robert Dizon, project leader, said that President Aquino wants the AGT project to be tested thoroughly. “The President wants quality to be translated to commuter safety and transport reliability” he said.

A group of engineers from UP Diliman are working with DOST on this project. The prototype will have two 60-passenger coaches to run on a 56-meter, to be extended into two-kilometer, test track in the campus. Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service

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July 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

Tiendesitas Pet Village Receives Registration Certificates

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Thirty (30) pet shops and a veterinary clinic of Pet Village in Tiendesitas, recently received their Certificates of Registration for Animal Facility. The said certificates were handed by the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) Director Efren C. Nuestro and Animal Welfare Division Officer-in Charge Dr. Angel B. Mateo during the turn over ceremonies held at People’s Village, Tiendesitas en  Frontera Verde in Ortigas, Pasig City .  


Registration of animal facilities is implemented by the bureau pursuant to the Republic Act(RA) 8485 otherwise known as “ The Animal Welfare Act of 1998” and Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) Memorandum Circular No. 2005-01.


The said turn over ceremonies is the result of previous dialogues with Mr. Henry G. Babiera, Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of Las Islas Tiendesitas and The Ortigas Group of Companies about the necessity of complying with the regulation.  


During the ceremonies, Mr. Babiera said that the awarding of certificates is a part of creating awareness to establishment owners, referred to as “locators” and the community that the facilities are registered for animal welfare.  This is a continuation of his advocacy to comply with government regulations, as he has previously done with his kennel in Tagaytay City and zoo facility in Guimaras.      


The Animal Welfare Division is tasked to implement the Animal Welfare Act with the objective of protecting and promoting the welfare of animals in the country by supervising and regulating the establishment and operation of all facilities used for breeding, maintaining, keeping, treating or training animals either as objects of trade or as household pets.    Under the said act, all animal facilities should secure a certificate of registration from the Bureau of Animal Industry.   


Further inquiries in relation to this can be obtained by calling (02) 924-79-51 or visiting the Animal Welfare Division, Bureau of Animal Industry, Visayas Ave. Diliman, Quezon City.  Outside Metro Manila, application forms can be obtained from the DA RFUs Regulatory and Licensing Division. DA-BAI

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July 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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ASEAN delegates consolidated results of R & D mapping for infectious diseases

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Last December 6, 2010, country coordinators of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Network for Drugs, Diagnostics and Vaccines Innovation (ASEAN-NDI) held its 2nd meeting at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel, Makati City.


35 participants attended the event, including 10 country Focal Points of the ASEAN Subcommittee on Biotechnology (SCB) and delegates from respective countries’ Ministries of Science and Technology and Ministries of Health.


The meeting reviewed and consolidated the ASEAN R&D landscape mapping results; share the lessons learned from other innovative networks being established from the other parts of the world, such as the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) and other regional networks; and discuss 2011-2012 plans for funding opportunities for future activities.


Dr. Carol M. Yorobe, Focal Point for the Philippines of the ASEAN Sub-Committee on Science and Technology Infrastructure and Resources Development, and Undersecretary for Regional Operations of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and H.E. Mr. Lim Kong, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in the Kingdom of Cambodia graced the occasion.


Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) Executive Director, Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, lead coordinator of the mapping activity and Focal Point for the Philippines for the ASEAN Subcommittee on Biotechnology, led the discussions.


The group was joined by Dr. Bernadette Ramirez, scientist of the World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO-TDR) and Mr. Jun Nakagawa, Technical Officer from the Western Pacific Region Office (WPRO).


Dr. Ramirez called for convergence in R&D activities in the ASEAN; she said, “It is very important for us to work together, to be linked together, because as a group, we can do bigger and greater things.” ASEAN can learn from ANDI, and use these lessons in the ASEAN context. Rachel Ann Doreen D. Nadal, PCHRD   


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July 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm

UP Manila signs first license agreement for the technology of Lagundi syrup

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The University of the Philippines Manila (UPM) signs its first license agreement for the technology of Lagundi pediatric syrup with Azarias Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc. last January 24, 2010.


Per the Resolution of its Board of Regents (BOR) on October 2010, UP Manila adopted the evaluation and recommendation of PCHRD to approve the license application of Azarias based on the policies and guidelines of the DOST.


In his acceptance message, Project Operations Head of the Azarias Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Inc., Engr. Jaime Joel C. Monje said,  “The therapeutic effects of Lagundi is indeed a testimony that the indigenous medicinal products developed in the Philippines can very well compete with the more established preparations coming from imported pharmaceutical companies. Our many thanks to UP Manila and to the office of the PCHRD, for making this long awaited event to be a reality.”


Concluding the signing ceremony, Professor Zorayda E. Leopando, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development, UP Manila stated, “This pioneering partnership with Azarias Pharmaceutical Laboratories Inc. is our proactive and committed response in the implementation of the Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009.”


Together with UP Manila’s signing of the license agreement with Azarias Pharmaceutical Laboratories Inc., PCHRD, also signed the formal transfer of technology entitlement on medicinal plant products generated from National Integrated Research on Philippine Medicinal Plants (NIRPROMP) researches to UP Manila in accordance with RA 10055. Rachel Ann Doreen D. Nadal, PCHRD   


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July 13, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Expert tackles the basics on technology and the cells

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Dr. Jose Enrico H. Lazaro, a doctor in experimental and clinical pharmacology and assistant professor at the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology – University of the Philippines Diliman (NIMBB-UPD) lectured on the different technologies on cell biology and genetics and the basic operational procedures in the study of cells during a seminar sponsored by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) entitled “Technology and the Cells” last February 2011 at the DOST Executive Lounge, Bicutan Taguig City.


According to Dr. Lazaro, “This seminar is very important to renew the knowledge of the project officers in the discipline of biotechnology and other molecular-based approaches elated to pre-clinical and clinical studies, crucial in performing their functions as front-liners in the management and processing PCHRD supported and monitored researches.”


Among the technologies highlighted were: the Confocal Microscope or Confocal Microscopy which is important in specific identification of sub cellular components like DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and protein markers, the Flow Cytometry System that is used in counting and isolating cell populations, PerkinElmer’s TopCount Scintillation Counter for cell reproduction and the Roche’s Xcelligence System that can be used in monitoring cell growth and morphological changes.


Dr. Lazaro also presented how 2D (two dimensional) PAGE works, the MuDPIT System for proteomics, the NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) for structural biology and diagnosis, the ELISA-BIOTEK System, the Western Blot System, the iBlot System or Invitrogen, the Southern Blot System, the SKY (spectral karyotyping) and M-FISH (Multiplex-FISH) Systems, PCR (polymerase chain reaction), Agarose Gel Electrophoresis and the different DNA sequencing processes.


“This is the first among the capacity building activities that we are going to pursue this year,” said PCHRD Director Dr. Jaime Montoya. “Being at the forefront of health research and development (R &D) in the country, it is important to equip people with the required skills and knowledge to effectively deliver quality products and services and to cope with the challenges brought about by rapid development in health R&D.” Dr. Montoya concluded.


This seminar series is part of PCHRD’s staff capacity building program; and this topic on “Technology and the Cells” prepares the staff for the R&D programs on genomics, drug discovery and stem cell. Edmon B. Agron, PCHRD   



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July 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm


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