PNCM collaborates with Dutch Scientists on Biosecurity
Recognizing the importance of biosecurity practices, the Philippine National Collection of Microorganisms (PNCM) of BIOTECH UPLB is collaborating with experts from the Netherlands to strengthen its capabilities. Dr. Mark W.J van Passel (National Institute of Public Health and Environment), Dr. Arjan van Wuijckhuijese (Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) and Ms. Tamara Neskovic (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute or UNICRI) were at BIOTECH on 11 September 2015 to boost the Institute’s capabilities on biosafety and biosecurity. Their visit was part of UNICRI project 15 "Strengthening the laboratory bio-security and bio-safety through development of a laboratory iso-bank system for research facilities and hospitals".
Upcoming Japanese Entrepreneurs visit BIOTECH
Participants of the program Enhancing Development of Global Entrepreneur (EDGE) under the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) visited BIOTECH UPLB last 10 September 2015. The EDGE program aims to develop talents who can promote company business developments and business startups based on research results, from resolution of issues discovered personally, or in collaboration. The EDGE program is being implemented with over 20 universities within Japan in collaboration with venture capitalist, manufacturing industries, distribution industries, think-tanks, and top overseas agencies.
From Building to Products
In 11 September 1982, the construction of the building which houses what is currently known as BIOTECH UPLB was finished through the Ferdinand E. Marcos Foundation. Now 33 years later almost to the day, the daughter of the former President, Ms. Irene Araneta has come back to BIOTECH. Apparently, after experiencing firsthand the effectiveness of BIOTECH products, Ms. Araneta bought Animal Probiotics, Microbial Rennet and Mykovam on 10 September 2015.