Prof. Soomro Exhibits in Exposure of Industries to Scientists’ Achievement (EISA) held during 4th STEP in Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat-Oman

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During the 4th Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP) organized by Mustafa Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF) at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) Muscat Oman 2-5 Dec 2018, a sideline activity; “Exposure of Industries to Scientists’ Achievement” (EISA) was held. EISA is a platform to provide an environment for players in the industries to meet companies and investors along with technologists and scientists who have breakthrough in products and services from their scientific activities. The first edition of EISA was held in 2017 in Tehran and the second round hosted by Sultan Qaboos University focused on “Health, Energy and Water”. The objective of EISA is to facilitate matchmaking process between industries and scientists, especially in Islamic countries, and to expand the related markets and increase in financial gains of related parties.

President ECO Science Foundation Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro was especially invited to exhibit his invention in EISA “STI without Borders” and share his experiences of “Academia- Industry Liaison” during the 4th STEP conference. The invention of Prof. Soomro is Entomopathogenic Nematodes and their Storage.  The invention relates to method of prolonged storage of the species of entomopathegenic nematodes belonging to the genera of Steinernema and Heterorhabditis for use as bio-pesticides wherein storage in surfactant solution or antimicrobial solution on sterilized polyurethanefoam allows maintaining infectivity of at least 50% of the organisms for six months at 10-15 C storage conditions.

A good number of Omani entrepreneurs and Academia/participants of STEP4 visited the exhibition and learnt about the invention. Prominent among them was the CEO of “Oman Technology Fund” along with his team. It is pertinent to mention that Muscat is a good market for Organizc Agriculture food products, and such biopesticides stand a better chance of use in Oman.

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