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Pascual backs USTP’s technology transfer efforts

COUNCILOR Jay R. Pascual, chair of the City Council committee on agriculture, expressed his full support to the Technology Adoption of USTP-NMFIC (University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines-Northern Mindanao Food Innovation Center) and DOST-ITDI (Department of Science and Technology-Industrial Technology Development Institute) Developed Ready to Eat Nutritious Packed Food of Bestfriend Goodies in Cagayan de Oro City.

The endeavor was part of USTP’s drive to push its innovations out of the laboratories and into the hands of industry partners through the process of technology transfer.

It was learned that USTP and Bestfriend Goodies, a company that sells pasalubong treats in the city, signed four (4) Technology Licensing Agreements for the adoption of food technologies developed by the Northern Mindanao Food Innovation Center.

These include the Ready-to-Eat Mung Bean Based Food with Coconut Milk, Ready-to-Cook Mixed Fruit with Coconut Milk, Shelf-Stable Sweet Chocolate Rice (Oryza sativa) Porridge in Pouch and Ready-to-Eat Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk.

The signing of the Technology Licensing Agreements is a significant milestone not only for the USTP community but for the whole research and innovation ecosystem in the region which represents a formidable base of support for the academe, industry and community collaboration. Collectively, this is envisioned to leapfrog the University and the country’s goals towards socio-economic development.

This landmark success is also seen as a trailblazing event which can stimulate and fortify collective efforts in providing value to society through research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The technology transfer program of USTP is led by its Technology Promotions and Commercialization Office (TPCO) which has a two-fold mandate of protecting the University’s intellectual property and transferring its technologies for community or commercial use.

“We consider this achievement as a milestone in our journey symbolizing hope and promise for the nutrition of the future generation, the improvement in the lives of our fellow countrymen, and the recovery of our economy from this pandemic,” the CEO of Bestfriend Goodies cited.

“Dako kaayo ni matabang sa atong mga igsoon nga mag-uuma tungod kay ang Bestfriend Goodies mopalit sa mga harvest nila,” Pascual added.

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