Pharma GalenX Innovations, Inc. and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently launched a cutting-edge 3D bioprinting laboratory in Iloilo City.

The lab is the first bioprinting lab in Western Visayas enabling the development of human skin equivalent for studies involving topical formulations.  It is equipped with the latest 3D bioprinting technology such as 3D bioprinter, ultra-low temperature freezer, microplate reader, CO2 incubators, among others.

Through DOST’s grant under the Business Innovation through S&T for Industry (BIST) Program of the Science for Change Program (S4CP), the lab was established.

On the same date, Pharma GalenX also unveiled a new product signifying the company’s success in its research and development (R&D) efforts. The product, Skivios or “skin invigoration from Kadios”, is formulated with locally-sourced legumes called Kadios (Pigeon Pea) which through series of studies was discovered to have antibiotic properties. The Skivios products such as facial toner and facial serum can be used as skin-care and makeup routine.  According to DOST Balik Scientist, Dr. Doralyn Dalisay, kadios has a natural antibiotic component that can mimic certain human skin conditions.

DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr., Undersecretary for R&D, Dr. Leah J. Buendia, DOST VI Regional Director, Engr. Rowen R. Gelonga, representatives from the DOST-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), and project partners from the University of San Agustin (USA) President, Rev. Fr. Frederick C. Commendador O.S.A and from the USA Tuklas Lunas Laboratories, DOST-Balik Scientists Dr. Jonel Saludes and Dr. Doralyn Dalisay joined the program.

Pharma GalenX President, Mr. Jan Vincent Sollesta, proudly shares their journey in the establishment of the bioprinting lab and the development of Skivios.  He commits to further strengthen GalenX’s R&D efforts with the intention to develop market-competitive Ilonggo products.  “The DOST’s Balik Scientist program makes this possible. We had the opportunity to work with scientists who are experts in turning concepts into reality.  We have collaborated on 3 projects over the last 8 years, and I think there will be more.  Our initiatives have materialized into useful goods that can assist Filipinos and help Iloilo’s pharmaceutical sector to grow,” Sollesta said.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Maridan Industries Inc., Building in Jaro, Iloilo City while the official launching program and Skivios unveiling was held at Diversion21 Hotel, Diversion Rd., Iloilo City. ###