The Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the Modular Multi-Industry Innovation Center (MMIC), or “InnoHub sa Pinas,” specifically for MSMEs in the food and nutraceutical products industries.
This hub will be the first of its kind in the country and only the fourth in the world.
“We are joining the ranks of Canada, Malaysia and Mexico in setting up this kind of innovation hub,” said Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña during the event launch last February 18.
MSMEs can now avail themselves of the hub's reasonably-priced services, namely:
- Use of facility/equipment wherein technical assistance will be provided;
- Technical Service in the use of the facility plus ITDI expert;
- Technology Transfer that involves the use of the facility with the assistance of ITDI experts in adopting an ITDI developed technology. This will be subject to a Technology Licensing Agreement.
TDI Director Dr. Annabelle V. Briones said, “The establishment of the MMIC shall serve as a testament to ITDI’s commitment to improving the Philippine industry through our R&D [research and development] efforts and expertise,”
The MMIC will also be a venue for food and pharmaceutical industries to develop new technologies and improve their processes and products.
Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit expressed his hope that the Innohub will encourage more Filipinos to engage in research and to learn more about science and technology.
“It is for the best interest of ourselves and our children that we thrive for a better and brighter future. We look forward working with you and opening new opportunities for our scientific ventures to create an inclusive, resilient and sustainable economy,” he said.