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PHILIPPINES : APEC delegates visit USC refinery

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Delegates to an APEC meeting on intellectual property rights visited yesterday a bio-refinery plant in Cebu that processes waste from the dried mango industry.

“The plant is a showcase of an academic institution that has successfully generated added income and new jobs from its intellectual property asset,” the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said in a press statement.

The tour participants are in Cebu for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Intellectual Property Rights Experts’ Group (APEC-IPEG) meeting.

The plant they visited “repurposes the dried mango wastes for a variety of products such as mango flour, butter, and tea”,  as well as ingredients like pectin and polyphenol for the cosmetics industry.

The University of San Carlos (USC) owns and operates the bio-refinery plant and is one of the partner universities of IPOPHL in its Innovation and Technology Support Office program.

“The USC plant is one of our ITSO success stories, which il…