The National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) or NIA, Ministry of Science and Technology, had published news and granted prizes in “the National Innovation Awards 2010”, in order to honor and encourage innovators, and make benefits for economy and society of Thailand. Also, it would make Thai entrepreneurs be aware of importance of creating innovation continuously.
On October 5, 2010,
Mr. Piyabut Chonwijarn, the chairman of board of trustees of the National Innovation Awards, had announced the best national innovation awards. The innovation, amino rice milk for babies who are allergic to every kinds of milk, which is created by Professor Doctor Phiphop Jiraphinyo, Babies Who are Allergic to Cow’s Milk Protein Treatment Center, Nutrition Department, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, received the second best award.
Background: The innovation is amino milk product that uses rice glucose polymers that can eliminate most protein in milk, by generating chemical reaction in rice glucose, and then disintegrate by amylase in appropriate state. These rice milk polymers are used as ingredient of amino rice milk for babies who are allergic to cow’s milk protein and any other kinds of milk.
Social benefits: Amino rice milk for babies who are allergic to every kinds of milk can be used for solving problem that some babies are allergic to cow’s milk and any other kinds of milk, and also helping parents who have to pay more than 100 thousands baht for amino milk from foreign countries which is 8 times more expensive than normal powdered milk, until the babies are cured from this symptom. According to statistic in each year, there are about 1,000 babies who have to drink amino milk. As a result, the country has to pay over 200 millions baht to foreign countries. Therefore, this awarded amino rice milk would help decreasing number of import amino milk. Moreover, it can be produced in industrial production, and export to other countries, in order to get a great deal of income to the country.
Winner in each category would receive a model of King Bhumibol, “Father of Thai Innovation”, and 200,000 baht prize. This year, there are 8 winners who received the National Innovation Awards 2010 from 311 contestants. The innovation of Professor Doctor Phiphop Jiraphinyo received 100,000 baht prize in cash.
Date : October 12, 2010