The SPIRE closing Conference was held on university of the Philippines Los Baños on Jan. 10-11, 2020 providing a platform to debate the future and the challenges of IP and innovation management in HE. In addition, the Conference was an opportunity for the beneficiary’s universities to present the results achieved under the Project and the experiences that the partners have accumulated in the process of developing their IP policies.

The Conference opening program had some keynote speakers from Philippines who shared their expertise, viewpoints, and learnings.

 Dr. Gonzalo Serafica, an industry-government- university collaboration consultant, shared his experiences in turning research into products – in particular, biotechnology research turned into life-saving medical applications and products, which he then patented.

The second keynote speaker was Dr. Richard Abendan, chief of party of RTI International, who talked about the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program. His talk centred on how HEIs could compete in a more global market through research and innovation. He encouraged HEIs’ in-house researchers to focus on commercializing their research.

To boost IP management in the region and to sustain the project results, a parallel session was organized to discuss the future of the ASEAN University IP management network created within the SPIRE initiative.