(2nd from left) is Director Ma. Christina F. Liwanag, Corporate Affairs and Market Access of Novartis while (in center) Senator Edgardo Angara grace the occassion during its awarding in 2011 Local Biotechnology Leadership Camp at AIM Makati.
Novartis Philippines in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) hosted the 2011 Local Biotechnology Leadership Camp (BioCamp) last July 11, 2011 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.
The BioCamp is an innovative and pioneering project of Novartis that helps develop future leaders in research and biotechnology in the country. Deserving postgraduate students are provided with the opportunity to interact and learn from industry leaders, expand their global network, and explore career opportunities.
At the end of the Local BioCamp, one student will be selected to participate in the International BioCamp in Basel, Switzeland which will be held in August 2011.
“BioCamp is a great venue for our young colleagues here to meet the experts, learn the business aspect of biotechnology, work on cases, and get into the global network of biotechnology enthusiasts and experts.” said Dr. Francis Domingo, Chief Scientific Officer of the Novartis Healthcare Philippines, Inc.
In DOST Secretary Mario Montejo’s message (delivered by PCHRD Executive Director Jaime C. Montoya), he emphasized the need to introduce a mindset of innovation in the Philippines, “I challenge everyone to innovate. We must view globalization as a huge opportunity to showcase the Filipino creativity and ingenuity.”
National Scientist Dr. Ernesto Domingo spoke about research career in the academe, a field where he made significant contributions for fifty years. Dr. Domingo is currently a University Professor Emeritus at the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine.
Dr. Cynthia Saloma shared her experiences as a researcher and how she grew in her career in science. Dr. Saloma is now the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines Diliman.
Ms. Maoi Arroyo discussed the basics of commercializing biotech in emerging markets. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hybridigm Consulting, Inc.
Other distinguished guests who graced the Local BioCamp included Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Director Carmen Peralta of IP Philippines, Dr. Rey Garcia of the UP Technology Transfer and Business Development Office and Ms. Cristina De Guzman, Chemical Field Top Examiner, Bureau of Patents, IP Philippines. Rachel Ann Doreen D. Nadal, PCHRD, DOST/ Cathy Cruz, PSciJourn Mega Manila