MODULAR INNOVATION CENTER. The DOST inaugurated the PHP64-million Modular Multi-Industry Innovation Center (MMIC) in its compound in Bicutan, Taguig on Thursday (Feb. 18, 2021). The facility aims to cater to the research and development needs of micro, small and medium enterprises and can be visited by the public for free. (Photo grabbed from DOST ITDI Updates' Facebook page

MANILA – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has just inaugurated the Modular Multi-Industry Innovation Center (MMIC) in its compound in Bicutan, Taguig.

The DOST spent PHP64 million for the MMIC, which houses multi-functional modular unit operation equipment that can be retrofitted to different manufacturing needs on food and nutraceuticals, using waste materials or by-products from food manufacturing companies.

"Calamansi juice processors, for example, can generate peels, pulps, and seeds as wastes or by-products. These wastes can be utilized into dietary fiber powder or tablets," DOST- Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) director Annabelle Briones told the Philippine News Agency on Friday.

The facility can assist the research and development (R&D) needs, particularly on by-product utilization, new product development, reintroduction, among others, she added.

While the public could visit the MMIC for free, DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the agency will set a fee for the use of equipment.

"We can accommodate four companies a day for the use of the facility, depending on the scope of work," Briones said. Apart from the use of facility and equipment, visitors can also opt to avail of technical services, technology transfer, and contract research.

She said interested micro, small and medium enterprises in food and health supplements industries, academe, interested investors, private individuals who need R&D assistance are all welcome to visit the center.

MMIC has three manufacturing lines -- the nut and seed oil; the liquid and emulsion line; and the mix blend powder line. Since it houses modular equipment, the equipment can be utilized for dual purposes, Briones said. (PNA