The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Thursday said it has been supporting the development of local beauty and health innovations, with two products set to be launched in July.
Doralyn Dalisay, a Balik Scientist, recently teamed up with local pharmaceutical firm Maridan Industries, Inc. to develop a skin invigorating solution called Skivios, which the DOST said will help address skin problems and infections.
The DOST added that it has funded a project, wherein the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City partnered with Maridan Industries to develop locally sourced beauty and health innovations ranging from pharmaceutical drugs to herbal, beauty and skin products.
“By improving scientific infrastructure, like the three laboratories at the University of San Agustin, we introduce new avenues for innovation and product development for the benefit of local industries,” said DOST Leah Buendia in a statement.
Buendia added that the DOST fully encourages tripartite partnerships among the government, the industry and the academe. “This is a way to nurture an environment of innovation and unlock profitable opportunities for our local businesses,” she said.
According to the DOST, the University of San Agutin is the only biobank in the country with more than 3,000 samples of good bacteria collected by both Balik Scientists and researchers. These good bacteria were harvested from different parts of the Philippines with the goal of developing locally sourced and developed antibiotics.
Skivios products such as facial toner and facial serum will be launched in July. These can be used as a skin-care and makeup routine, and can also be applied before going to sleep.
Kadios, an Ilonggo agricultural product, is said to mimic certain conditions of human skin. According to another Balik Scientist, Jonel Saludes, kadios (Cajanus cajan) has a natural antibiotic.
Saludes and Dalisay earlier worked together with another firm, GalenX, for the development of Honelle Wound Gel made from medical-grade honey to help fight wound infection. (PNA)