For 2020, DOST eyes commercialization of homegrown technologies

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) secretary Fortunato de la Peña has expressed his goal of intensifying the commercialization of DOST-developed products and technologies in 2020.

DOST secretary Fortunato de la Peña

During the flag ceremony at the DOST compound in Bicutan, Taguig City on Monday, Jan. 6, De la Peña enumerated some of the agency’s areas of accomplishments that he wants to fully commercialize this year.

  • Biomedical devices like the AGAPAY and TAYO that assist injured patients, and the local ventilator called Ginhawa (ReliefVent) which is way cheaper compared to imported ventilators.
  • Commercialization of mass transportation technology developed by the DOST is also a top priority. De la Peña said the Hybrid Trimaran, currently being developed in New Washington, Aklan, could be possibly launched on the first semester of 2020. The Hybrid Trimaran is envisioned to carry 150 passengers, four vans, and 15 motorcycles.
  • The 12-horsepower diesel engine developed by the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC) will have a crucial role in agricultural modernization. De la Peña said there are two private companies that are very eager to be licensed to manufacture the engine.
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