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Philippine Strategic Development in the 21st Century Through Innovation

Photo shows (clockwise, from left) Academician Alvin B. Culaba of the National Academy of Science and Technology-Department of Science and Technology (NAST-DOST) and Chair of the 2015 Philippine Innovation Summit; Alen Peacock, co-founder and technology leader of Space Monkey; Dr. Joel L. Cuello, Professor of Biosystems Engineering of the University of Arizona; and Douglas Hockstad, Senior Director, Office of Technology Transfer Tech Launch Arizona, University of Arizona, exchanging views during the NAST 2015 Philippine Innovation Summit with the theme “Toward an Innovation Economy: Building the Philippine Innovation Ecosystem” held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas Center, Quezon City on Monday (Sept. 21, 2015). (PNA photo by Ben Briones)

The Philippine Innovation Summit

The Philippine Innovation Summit aims to bring together innovation professionals from the Philippines and the U.S.  It is designed as days of dynamic discussions and exchange of ideas for the creation of inclusive economic development utilizing innovation strategies and tools. An expected 350 delegates will constitute the attendance of the summit.

2 Parallel Conferences

The summit was composed of 2 parallel conferences that approached the topic from 2 directions. These are the following:

Conference 1: Seeking to Increase Innovation Throughput in the Philippines

This conference was organized in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office Philippines (IPOPHIL) with the aim of sustaining innovation in science and technology. Its objective is to attract individuals working at the intersection of university and industry innovation. This will provide the necessary space  for incubating partnerships and collaborative projects.

The panel of resource speakers for this conference were the following:

1.       IPOPHIL Deputy Director General Atty. Allan Gepty

2.       RTI International Senior Director of Innovation Advising Services  Don Winfield

3.       Former President of the U.S. Association of Technology Managers John Fraser


Conference 2: Toward an Innovation Economy: Building the Philippine Innovation Ecosystem

This conference  presented a range of innovation ecosystem models and assessments while drawing from the expertise and experience from the Philippines and the U.S. There were examples of successful ecosystems  presented and an assessment of the Philippine ecosystem. These were followed by specific presentations relating to Life Science BPM Innovation Cluster.

The conference was attended by innovation strategists and life science practitioners that identified improvement pathways which is a key element in the economic growth of the country.

The resource speakers for this conference were the following:

1.       Arizona Tech Launch Arizona Senior Director Douglas Hockstad

2.       Grove Labs Co-Founder and CEO Gabriel Blanchet

3.       Massachusetts Institute of Technology Deshpande Center for Technical Innovation Executive Director Leon Sandler

4.       University of Arizona Global Institute for Strategic Agriculture in Dry lands Director  Dr. Joel Cuello

5.       ADP Pharma Corp. Director for Research and Development Dr. Isagani Padolina

The summit concluded on September 21, 2015 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Quezon City

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