September 13-15, 2012

4th Annual NAAMBA Leadership Conference & Exposition (Hyatt Regency & Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, USA)

18-21 June 2012

21 Nov 2011
CONNECT: Enterprise-NarraVC Angel Pitch Event (IBM, Innovation Center, Ayala Technohub)

12-13 Jan 2012
Global MBA Leadership Conf & Expo (Marina Bay Sands Singapore)

1-3 Feb 2012

Scientific Entrepreneurship

Section Editor:  Michael Velarde

As scientists, we are very passionate in discovering new things and formulating new ideas. We often talk about how our discoveries and inventions will improve and impact society, but we tend to shy away from turning our ideas into marketable products. Research requires funding, and entrepreneurship can supplement this need. 

Business start-ups are simply research projects that can be solved through scientific methods. Transforming an idea into a marketable product does not require an MBA degree. As scientists, we have been trained to approach challenges through problem solving and generating hypotheses.

Innovation is important for a society's progress. Let us use our novel ideas for the betterment of our nation.

Below are weblinks to information to help you turn your scientific or technological ideas into marketable products.

   *If you have questions or comments on scientific entrepreneurship, 
      please CLICK HERE.
Legal & Government Information

        Philippine Patent and Regulation: Intellectual Property Philippines
        List of Philippine Patents: PhilPat Search

        US Patent and Regulation: US PTO 
        List of US Patents: US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Philippine university services and incubators

program, which supports innovation in the fields of Information and communications 
technology, Electronics, industrial machinery, materials/nanotechnology, Creatives 
and multimedia, learning/education, Health and biotechnology, Food technology, Energy 
and green technology, and Social enterprise. They rent out individual workstations and 
whole rooms. Workstations are Information and communications technology-equipped. 
Wet laboratories (i.e. chemistry, biotechnology, etc.) can be rented on campus.

Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC) focuses on research as part of Ateneo University’s goal of becoming a research university. It aims to promote and facilitate collaborative research and problem solving, involving the academe, industry, government and international partners. The center focuses on research areas such as Disaster Science, Sustainability Science & Technologies, and Biomedical Innovations.

UP Diliman National Science Complex (NSC) is envisioned to serve as the Philippines' national hub for the generation and application of new scientific knowledge in the natural and applied sciences and mathematics. It is operated by the University of the Philippines College of Science.

Ayala Technology Business Incubator (TBI) contains incubating facilities in partnership with the University of the Philippines and the Asian Institute of Management.


        Youth Entrepreneurship Support Project (YES) (Philippines, Dept of Labor & 
        Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps) (USA, National Science Foundation)
        Small Business Funding Opportunity (USA, National Institutes of Health)
        Lemelson Foundation funds U.S. and developing country organizations that 
             design and disseminate new and existing technologies that positively 
             impact poor people’s lives.


        Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education (REE)
Global MBA Leadership Conference & Exposition (National Association of Asian MBA)
Organizations & Centers

STAC Silicon Valley is part of the bridge between the Philippines and the diaspora for technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation to help jumpstart Filipino technology startups and foster innovation in the Philippines

Filipino Entrepreneurs Network supports leading-edge Filipino technology startups that are seeking venture funding in Silicon Valley. They assist fundable Filipino-American technology startups in securing financing and building their companies in the U.S.

Plug & Play Tech Center (engineering) is a thriving Silicon Valley community of over 300 startups from all over the world. Their mission is to help startups grow.

PhilDev is a public charity US registered organization focused on building an ecosystem of science and technology-based entrepreneurship and innovation for social and economic development in the Philippines.

University of California San Francisco QB3 (Biomedical) is an organization at UCSF, aims to enhance innovation and discovery by catalyzing the conversion of discoveries into products and services that address society’s critical needs. QB3 has two incubators that allow very small companies access to modern laboratory space in close proximity to QB3 investigators. These incubators, the QB3 Garage@UCSF (opened in 2006) and the QB3 Garage@Berkeley (opened in 2010) are the biological laboratory equivalent of garages: small spaces for entrepreneurs to lay the foundations for companies that may spearhead new industries.

Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) is the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering. They provide outreach programs, which includes annual conferences on several continents and a website that includes thousands of video clips and podcasts regarding technology entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Helpful Materials

2011, Focus Group Discussion #1 (FGD1)

Blank S. (2011) Embrace failure to start up success, Nature 477 (133)

*If you have questions or comments on scientific entrepreneurship, 
       please CLICK HERE.