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R&D Management

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Dr. Francis de los Reyes III’s research focuses on biological processes in environmental biotechnology and engineering. He uses molecular tools, modeling, and bioreactor experiments to address these issues, particularly in microbial ecology, environmental engineering, and global sanitation. His team has developed a new technology for safely emptying pit latrines in Africa and Asia. This interview showcases how R&D management is vital for addressing Sustainable Development Goal No. 6. – Clean Water and Sanitation. 

What Will You Learn?

  • Making administrative and support staff true members of the R&D team, along with the research staff is crucial for the success of the innovation process.
  • Patents and IP rights play vital roles in R&D; balancing the commercial interests of a patent with its humanitarian goal is essential.
  • Collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches in R&D to promote partnership among the academe, government, and the industry.

Course Content

A brief history of toilets
On sunny days, citizens of ancient Rome could be found exchanging news and gossip while attending to more urgent business at the public latrines. Today, most cultures consider trips to the restroom to be a more private occasion. But even when going alone, our shared sewage infrastructure is one of the most pivotal inventions in human history. Francis de los Reyes shares the history of the toilet.

  • A brief history of toilets

How the water you flush becomes the water you drink
In 2003, Singapore’s national water agency launched an unprecedented program to provide more than 50% of their nation’s water supply by recycling wastewater. The program had been planned for decades to ensure the island nation never ran out of clean water. But is it really safe to reuse anything we flush down the toilet? Francis de los Reyes explains the science of wastewater treatment.

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