Innovation Culture Creates National Independence

Vice Rector 1 of Academic Affairs, Prof. Aulani’am

Innovation culture builds a national independence character. The statement is delivered by Prof.Dr. Aulanni’am, drh.DES as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs of Universitas Brawijaya as well as acting as the webinar speaker in commemoration of National Technology Day 2020.

The webinar was attended by around 520 participants with the theme “The Role of Government and Industry in Improving Innovative Products of the Nation’s Children through Translational Research”, Tuesday (10/11/2020).

On this occasion, the Professor of Biochemistry presented material about research and innovation that is owned by UB.

“Research is the main motor to produce inventions and innovations which have an impact on increasing the nation’s competitiveness. To collaborate with researchers so that products can be used by the community, research must have good quality, the industry is ready to accommodate the works of the nation’s children, and together we support the launch of products of the nation’s children, “said Aulanni’am, starting the material.

In general, to produce appropriate and useful innovation products, researchers must synergize with other parties, in this case ABG (Academics, Business, and Government) and ABGC (Academics, Business, Government, and Community).

Furthermore, Aul explained, UB’s strategic plan in 2020-2024 uses innovation as the basic value of research development strategy.

“This time, UB’s strategic plan puts innovation as one of the main targets and issues. Therefore, innovation development must be carried out comprehensively and oriented towards solving community problems, “he added.

UB opens wide opportunities and doors for lecturers, students, and staff to produce innovations supported by institutional policies, organizational management and systems that apply in UB.

And, there are stages in its achievement that researchers must go through which are abbreviated with one word “GIRAFFE (Governance, Innovation, Reputation, Alumni, Faculty, Fund, Efficiency). The seven words have succeeded in building UB into a reputable university in the national and international arena.

In addition, UB can launch, realize and harmonize industries because of the organization and management of innovation which are well managed.

UB’s innovation management begins with the scientific discovery stage, then inventions and innovations are made, and the last stage is a technology application.

The development of innovation in UB cannot be separated from the support of big institutions of UB. In this case, researchers are assisted by LPPM, Haki Center, Research Group, Entrepreneurial Innovation and Incubator Agency, and business units to develop their products. Haki Center UB helps researchers get inventions / patents protected by the state.

Currently UB has four innovative products. First, UB Feed or animal feed. This product has been widely marketed through the marketplace and is able to increase the yield of both broiler and layer chickens.

The second product is Purple Sweet Corn, which is a cross product of various maize varieties which aims to increase nutritional content and yields.

This product has been contracted by the Ministry of Agriculture as a source of hybrid corn seeds. Furthermore, products that have been successfully produced and marketed in mass are Vacuum Frying and Bioscience Rapid Test GAD65 Medical Devices.

At the end of her presentation, Aulanni’am shared his experiences in creating biomarker-based product innovations.

Aulanni’am said, she had produced a biomarker-based product innovation. Collaborating with LPDP and PT Biofarma, she created a new product for early detection of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease through a rapid test based on Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Receptor (TSHR) to improve health services for pregnant women.

She chose biomarkers since it can be used to control or detect the onset of disease or control contaminants of processed products. Meanwhile, the reason for choosing a rapid test is because the research is easier to do, easy to get samples, and can be modified.

She added, biomarkers can be said to be ideal if they meet several indicators, including being seen to be correlated with the progress of disease or food products, can be measured quantitatively in clinical samples, and have high economic value, fast and accurate.

“The most important thing is that the innovations and inventions we do are known to people. So that people can read whether this product is good or not, it will make us easier to harmonize with the industry, “she said. (VIK / Humas UB/ Trans. Iir)