Merlita Opeña

Merlita Opeña

As the head of the technology transfer program even before the Technology Transfer Act of 2009, Ms. Opena gave the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) a lead in research and industry linkages, technology commercialization and intellectual property management. She helped research organizations transfer research results to the marketplace into tangible products, e.g., lagundi ( for cough) and sambong (for kidney stones) tablets to Pascual Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company, and other licensees; Vitamin A fortified cooking oil; knee replacement system (joint research with the private sector), and a spinoff company for dengue diagnostic kit. She was part of the working group which crafted the Technology Transfer Act of 2009, and lobbied for its passage in Congress.