February 17, 2019 – Science Park of Ubon Ratchathani University hosted the national 2019 Research to Market Contest. Assoc. Prof. Chawalit Tinpitakwong, Vice President for Research and Social Missions of Ubon Ratchathani University welcomed the participants. Mr. Tianchai Puttarangsri Governor of Ubon Ratchathani, conveyed the opening speech. Miss Tippawan Wechakaran, Director of Office of Science Park Promotion Committee, Miss Rungtip Sarawong, Deputy Director for Administration and Dr. Apirachai Wongsriworapon, Deputy Director for Operations of Khon Kaen University Science Park and regional science parks’ administrators were among the honorary guests.
The national 2019 Research to Market Contest was supported by Office of Science Park Promotion Committee, Ministry of Science and Technology, with the objective to extend and apply research results and innovations in businesses. Contesters in teams were asked to present their business plans in 7 minutes plus 5 minutes for question – answer.
There were 20 teams of students entering the contest from regional science parks. Khon Kaen University’s Science Park sent 2 teams: 1) Athena – a team of KKBS students who presented their business plan from the research study on streptomyces for control of plant diseases by Assoc. Prof. Saowanit Thongpim from Faculty of Sciences. 2) Healthcare Company – a team of students from Faculty of Technology and KKBS who presented the business plan for ‘Gaba Yogurt’ from dairy products obtained from fermentation of the special breed of probiotics microorganisms selected for gaba production. This study was conducted by Asst. Prof. Jirawan Apiraksakorn from Faculty of Technology.
Mr. Komchan Suksri, a third year marketing major KKBS student said, “R2M is a very good project and I’m lucky to have a chance to join and passed to the final round. We learned a lot from the committee and officers. More importantly, we were able to work in team and solve problems together. Although I call them problems, the time we worked on solution was fun. The project taught us that business running does not only follow the textbooks, but it also requires determination and attempts. Thank you for the good things from the project.”