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Bioproperty Strategy Group visits the Philippines

Richard Cahoon, president of BPSG recently visited the Philippines on an international tech-transfer project. He writes about his experience:

I’m writing this from Cebu City, the second largest city in the Philippines. The city is on the east coast of the island of Cebu, a long and narrow island in the middle of the Philippine archipelago. Due east, off the coast a few miles from Cebu City is the Olango Island Wildlife sanctuary, one of the primary stopping points for birds migrating between Siberia, Northern Asia, and south Pacific lands. It’s also a large mangrove preserve....

I’m in Cebu City on the last of a three stop visit to Philippine universities which are embarking on an initiative to develop their intellectual property creation and technology transfer capability. The initiative is a joint effort of the Philippines Intellectual Property Office and the US Patent and Trademark Office through the non-profit International Intellectual Property Institute. I’m the lead expert in the effort to advise six Philippine universities as they establish their IP-based technology transfer function. Tomorrow, I will meet with representatives of San Carlos University to begin the consulting project. Yesterday, I was in Legazpi, visiting Bicol University. The trip began with a visit to University of Santo Tomas, in Manila.

In addition to the nuts and bolts of advising these universities on policies, operations, strategies, etc., I have seen a number of interesting inventions. Innovative pili nut cracking machines, methods for breeding scallops in captivity, and novel methods of turning mango processing waste into useful products are just a few that I’ve encountered.

I’ll be back here in July for an extended one-month stay divided among the six universities.

This is my first visit to the Philippines. I’m enloying learning about their customs and cuisine. Last night I enjoyed the freshwater crab stewed in garlic and coconut sauce and barbecue-grilled squid. I found the pork organs stewed in a pig blood sauce unappealing...

Thanks for the update on your travels, Dick! We look forward to hearing more as BPSG continues its work in the Philippines.

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