October 15, 2008


Alltech Philippines brings latest science to students

Press Release

As part of its commitment to furthering scientific education, Alltech Philippines organized a series of lecture tours at top universities in the Philippines on 16-18 September, 2008.  Dr Keith Filer, Research Manager of Alltech's Asia-Pacific Bioscience Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, was the guest speaker during the three day event. In total, 500 students and faculty members attended the tours.


The lecture tours also provided Alltech with the opportunity to promote education and innovation through their international and regional programs such as the Young Scientist Award, Post Graduate and Internship Programs.


Dr Keith Filer highlighted industry issues such as the use of alternative raw materials and adopting new technologies.  He emphasized that the global food crisis is one of the pressing issues today followed by escalating prices of raw materials.  In addressing the audience, Dr. Filer discussed how to reduce feed cost and improve performance. 


The lecture series was conducted in Central Luzon University in Munoz, Nueva Ecija; De La Salle -Araneta University in Malabon, Manila and the University of the Philippines- Los Banos.


The lecture tour series is being run throughout Asia-Pacific and so far has visited China, Indonesia, India, Taiwan and the Philippines. It will continue in Australia, Korea, Thialand, Vietnam and Malaysia before the end of 2008.


"The lecture tour not only brings cutting edge science directly to students, but also aims to encourage students to actively participate and embrace science and we are further promote this through our educational programs," said Dr Filer. 


The Young Scientist Program has become one of the highlights of our University Lecture Tour Series.  Last year, the program received 727 entries from over 80 distinguished universities globally, with over 150 entries from Asia Pacific.


Speaking during Alltech's Annual Symposium earlier this year, Alltech President, Dr. Pearse Lyons said the Young Scientists Award come "at a time when we need the brightest young minds in the world to engage in scientific study, it's truly wonderful to see so much interest and enthusiasm coming from students around the world."


To participate for the 2009 Alltech Young Scientist Award competition, visit www.alltech.com/yas
Dr. Keith Filer, Research Manager of Alltech's Bioscience Centre in Bangkok,
Thailand was awarded by Dr. Conrado Valdez, Dean,
College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of the Philippines
Los Banos as their guest speaker during UP's Centennial Lecture Series.
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