A team of research and development specialists from Unilever Philippines visited the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) explore areas for possible research collaboration particularly for the production of new products or improvement of existing with S&T innovations.
The team was led to facilities that they can access for their R&D activities, namely:
• Advanced Device and Materials Testing (ADMATEL)
• Nanotechnology Laboratory (NANOLAB)
• Food Innovation Center (FICs)
• Packaging Technology Division in ITDI
• Electronics Product Development Center (EPDC)
• Innovation Center for Yarns and Textiles (ICYT)
• Modular Innovation Center for Oils, Blends, and Sauces
PCIEERD Executive Director Carlos Primo David facilitated the discussion on possible partnership, stating that the Council is now geared to having more interaction with the industry to make sure that government resources will be put in good use.
In general, collaboration with DOST could start in addressing Unilever’s current challenges in the food and personal care sections, that is in nutrition content and use of local flavors and ingredients.
DOST-PCIEERD and Unilever Philippines are yet to set another meeting to further discuss the possible collaboration.
Facility Tour with Tokyo Tech High School of Science and Technology
Also on August 1, a facility tour was conducted for exchange students from Tokyo Tech High School of Science and Technology and De La Salle University-Integrated School to explore the current trends in research areas related to energy production and its impacts to the environment.