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MMSU-ATBI team, led by Ms. Ethel Reynda Calivoso, together with the DOST Region 1 Provincial Director Engr. Benjamin S. Mercado, Jr. and MMSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Prima Fe R. Franco unveiled the ATBI Marker (Image credit: MMSU-ATBI)

MMSU unveils ATBI marker and signs memorandum of agreement (MOA) with incubatee

The Mariano Marcos State University’s Agri-Aqua Technology Business Incubator (MMSU-ATBI) unveiled its marker and formalized the enrollment of Mikiloco Instant Miki Noodles Processing as an incubatee of the ATBI program by signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on February 16, 2023.

The ceremony included messages from Director Noel Catibog of the Technology Transfer and Promotion Division (TTPD) of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD); DOST’s Provincial Science and Technology Centers (DOST-PSTC) Director Benjamin S. Mercado, Jr.; MMSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Prima Fe R. Franco; and MMSU-Science and Technology Park Director Dionisio S. Bucao.

In her message, MMSU President Shirley Agrupis expressed hope that through this initiative, MMSU will be able to transform the regional agri-aqua industry capable of fostering ecosystems of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.

The ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between MMSU-ATBI and Mikiloco Instant Noodles Processing (Image credit: MMSU-ATBI)

DOST-PCAARRD Executive Director Reynaldo V. Ebora acknowledged the officials, staff, and students of the university and emphasized that the marker is a symbol of their commitment to their partnership with DOST-PCAARRD in this undertaking.

“Each time we gather to unveil an Intellectual Property and Technology Business Management (IP-TBM) marker, we bear witness to the enduring commitment, partnership, and collaboration between the government and the academe to pursue technology commercialization,” Dr. Ebora said.

Dr. Ebora also discussed the importance of the sustainability of the IP-TBM offices as well as the need for innovation to keep up with the changing demands of our times.

Also present during the ceremony were the ATBI incubatees. Other participants witnessed the event via Zoom.

The activity was conducted at the Research, Development, and Extension Building of MMSU in the City of Batac, Ilocos Norte.