The Department of Science and Technology – Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI)made it to the list of 2016 R&D 100 Awards, joining the ranks of 100 finalists from world-renowned R&D (research and development) agencies, companies, and universities from around the globe.
“By becoming an R&D 100 Award Finalist, your institution is now a member of a select R&D community recognized for their excellent contributions to advancing science and technology,” said Bea Riemschneider, editorial director of the ABM Science Group of the R&D Magazine which, through the awards, honors the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year.
“You should be very proud, indeed, of your exemplary R&D achievements and the teams that are responsible for these new products.”
DOST-ITDI’s innovative products that bagged the awards under the Process/Prototypingcategory are the Pack of Hope RTE Chicken ArrozCaldo as First Stage Disaster/Relief Food and the Philippine Mosquito Ovicidal-Larvicidal (OL) Trap System: DOST Anti-Dengue Device.
Developed by ITDI’s Chemicals and Energy Division, the OL Trap is an anti-dengue device that helps control the population of the Aedes mosquitoes through its ovicidal and larvicidal effect that prevents the next generation of mosquitoes from developing to the adult stage.
It has been successfully commercialized and rolled out nationwide in households and public schools. In partnership with selected schools, DOST launched a dengue vector surveillance website (dengue.ph) to provide information on mosquito density in a certain area. Mousing over certain locations in the map will draw up balloons that contain specific warning alerts, health advisory, and actions to be done by households in the area and the local government concerned.
Pack of Hope
Meanwhile, ITDI’s Packaging Technology Division developed the Pack of Hope Ready-to-Eat Chicken ArrozCaldo as a disaster mitigation/relief food that can be immediately available to hungry disaster/calamity survivors, responders, and emergency service providers (medical, military personnel, and volunteer groups) within the next 48 hours.Arrozcaldo (rice porridge) is a complete meal in the Philippines and considered as “comfort food” especially to the sick and unwell.
The Pack of Hope is categorized as a first-stage-disaster-food which means it is ready for consumption and can be eaten without preparation. Conveniently packed in an easy-open-stand-up retort pouch, the product can be directly consumed from the package. The retort pouch and transport packaging is designed to withstand grueling distribution by land, sea surface, and aerial drop.
The product went through field testing and validation studies in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and local government units, and had been successfully commercialized.
R&D 100 Awards
Now on its 54th year, the R&D 100 Awards, also often referred to as the “Oscars of Invention”, honors the 100 most innovative technologies and services. These can be promising new products, processes, materials, or software developed throughout the world and introduced to the market the previous year. Awards are based on each project’s technical significance, uniqueness, and usefulness compared to competing technologies or services, according to the R&D Magazine website.
This year’s R&D 100 Award Winners were presented with honors at the annual black-tie awards dinner held on November 3, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland (Washington, D.C.).
The finalists were selected by an independent panel of more than 50 judges and represent many of industry’s leading R&D companies and national laboratories, as well as many newcomers to the R&D 100 Awards.(VBConoza, ITDI S&T MEDIA SERVICE)
The OL Trap is an anti-dengue device that helps control the population of the Aedes mosquitoes by killing mosquito eggs and larvae.
The ready to eat (RTE) chicken arroz caldo was developed to give immediate satisfaction to the hunger of every disaster’s victim. It will also lessen their agony. (Photo by Ceajay Valerio, S&T Media Service, DOST-STII)