Iloilo Science and Technology University presented its research and development projects and activities to the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International team during its September 20, 2017 visit to the university.
The RTI is an independent, non-profit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition.
Heading the RTI team during the campus visit were Dr. Wayne Holden, President and CEO and Mr. Paul Weisenfeld, Executive Vice President for International Development. Other members of the team were Bradley Goehner, Sr., Communications Specialist; Dr. Richard Abendan, Partnership Manager, RTI International; Mr. Collin Anderson and STRIDE Program Coordinator, Dominic M. Barnachea.
The visit aimed to see and discuss school-initiated activities that complete loop of knowledge generation, protection and transfer which is the main concept of conduct of research and extension activities.
Five research and development projects with a total of 19.5 million pesos grants by USAID STRIDE were presented. These are the Phase I and II of the Bioactive Hyaluronic Acid from Heads of Silver-Banded Whiting for Nutraceutical Use: Characterization and Biocompatibility Assessment of the Extracted Hyaluronic Acid, Valorization of Brown Seaweeds Through Alginate Extraction for Fruit and Fish Post-harvest Preservation, Multi-Powered Drying System for Food Processing, and the Design, Fabrication, and Evaluation of a Water Driven S-Turbine/Pump.
The team also visited the Php 60 million Research Hub, which is expected to be completed before the year ends. It will house the laboratories and the Knowledge Technology Transfer Office (KTTO).
Also presented to the visitors were case writing, industry immersion and the 1K Cups Caffeination, which is an initiative that creates venue for discussion particularly with the business sector on research and development over a cup of coffee.
Members of the business sector were also invited to the presentation considering its importance to the research and development programs. In attendance were Mr. Juan Jose H. Jamora, Ma. Luisa C. Segovia, Iloilo Business Club (IBC) President and Treasurer respectively, and Miss Leah Lara.
Dr. Richard Abendan, Partnership Manager, RTI, encouraged the faculty and the research and extension office to maximize the opportunity given by USAID STRIDE.
On behalf of the university, Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VP for Research and Extension, extended his gratitude to RTI for the support and believing in the capacity of ISAT U in its research programs and activities.
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