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Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into the 1st license agreement with Food & Nature Pvt. Ltd

University Business Linkage Cell, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka is passing a new milestone with its effort in exposing the university inventions to the external business stake holders to build a network in an increasingly interconnected business world. In line with UBLC’s continuous advancement as the linking partner of the university researchers with the industry, we have signed the 1st licensing agreement with Food & Nature Pvt. Ltd to commercialize an herbal low glycemic tea formulation.

The official ceremony was held on 15th February 2021 at the board room of the Vice Chancellor’s office of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Director and Manager of University Business Linkage Cell, Managing Director and Deputy General Manager of Food & Nature Pvt. Ltd and the research team of the Faculty of Applied Sciences were the key participants in the event.

The intention of this event is to sign a licensing agreement which gives an exclusive right to FADNA to commercialize an herbal low glycemic tea formulation developed by the research team of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. This product was especially developed as a healthy tea for people with diabetes mellitus and the research was funded by the Research Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) grant of the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) program. The “Diabe tea” was launched on 4th September 2020 and commercialized liaising with Food and Nature (Pvt.) Limited under the brand name FADNA.

Main herbal ingredients and their composition are not previously reported elsewhere in any herbal formulation currently available in the market (locally or internationally) for the treatment/control/prevention of DM or DM associated ailments.  Therefore, an upfront payment and royalty payment was made upon for the product valuation and SUSL shall be compensated by FADNA as agreed by the both parties.

This partnership will be continued for a period of fifteen years and this will remain as one of the praiseworthy efforts of the university business linkage cell in the history.

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Licensing Agreement between Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and Cap Organic Pvt. Ltd

In line with UBLC’s continuous advancement as the linking partner of the university researchers with the industry, UBLC has officially entered into a licensing agreement with Cap Organic Pvt. Ltd a leading manufacturer of a sustainable ‘end to end' value proposition for the development and production of Agri based organic products, in a pioneering initiative to commercialize the Soursop Based Medicated Wine Series with Anti-Diabetic Activity developed as a collaborative effort between Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, and Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) Operations. To this end, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has the exceptional status of being a sustainable university by signing the second licensing agreement for commercialization of university innovations.

The innovation has the capability of controlling diabetes and cancer and boosting the immune system and it is hoped that the product will win the international market to gain a competitive edge over their opponents.

The official ceremony was held on 27th April 2021 at the board room of the Vice Chancellor’s office of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor of Sabaragamuwa University Prof. Udaya Rathnayaka, the Director - University Business Linkage Cell Prof. D.A.I. Dayaratne, the Managing Director of the CAP Organic Pvt. Ltd Mr. Ranjan T. Hanchapola and his team, Dean Faculty of Applied Sciences Dr. Rasangi S Sabaragamuwa, Project Coordinator of the AHEAD Grant RIC No. 18 Dr. Namal Perera and his research team, journalists, and other dignitaries were present at the event.

 

 

Licensing Agreement between Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and Cargills Ceylon PLC

Fulfilling the priority discipline of disseminating the knowledge generated in the university for a broader community via cooperating with active industry partners, UBL Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka could officially enter into a licensing agreement with Cargills (Ceylon) PLC. The event was held on 03rd of November 2021 at the Vice-Chancellor’s office to officiate the commercialization of two Ceylon Cinnamon Beverages; “A Healthy Cinnamon Latte” and “A Cinnamon Leaf Tea” invented by Prof. Achini De Silva and her research team. 

The Vice-Chancellor of Sabaragamuwa University; Prof. Udaya Rathnayaka, the Director and Manager of the University Business Linkage Cell; Prof. D.A.I. Dayaratne, Lead of the AHEAD project; prof. Thusitha Abeytunga, the dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences; Prof. Asha Karanaratne, the Project Coordinator of the AHEAD Grant RIC No. 16; Prof. Achini M. De Silva, The Deputy Coordinator of the AHEAD Grant RIC No. 16; Dr. Chathurika Jeewanthi, deans of the other faculties, the members of the research team, the Managing Director of Cargills Ceylon PLC; Muhammed Imtiaz Abdul Wahid, Group manager of Cargills Ceylon PLC; Cr. Nelum and other dignitaries were present at the event.

These innovations are mainly focused on enhancing the market value via value addition and in creating cinnamon beverages with a high local and international market demand due to the health benefits that they provide. The products are exclusively produced using high quality Ceylon Cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) in maintaining the uniqueness of the product. The product will be exported to 11 countries under the agreement of both the parties and in any further expansion in distribution of the product or in any change in the subject, the company shall keep the university informed in making any necessary amendments. 

 

Licensing agreement with StartupX Foundry

The University Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into an agreement with StartupX Foundry, an organization dedicated to uplift innovation and entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka, on 14th of November, 2019 at the 7th International Conference of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. As part of this agreement, StartupX Foundry will facilitate the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka to create viable partnerships with the private sector and where possible will open up opportunities for international collaboration.

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Memorandum of Understanding with Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries

In collaboration with Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, the University Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries to affirm the industrial, research and academic collaboration, on 26th August 2020 at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. 

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MoU with SULECO Pvt. Ltd

The University Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into a MoU with SULECO Pvt. Ltd to accelerate the commercialization process of the inventions invented by the research team of AHEAD Grant RIC STEM HEMS 24 (Faculty of Geomatics) on 27th October 2020 at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

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MoU with Cargills Ceylon PLC

In collaboration with Department of Agribusiness Management (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences) the University Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into a MoU with Cargills Ceylon PLC to commercialize two inventions titled “Cinnamon Tea Pod” and “A Healthy Cinnamon Latte” invented by AHEAD Grant RIC STEM HEMS 16, on 17th November 2020 at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. 

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MoU with Spice Lab by Ceylon Pvt. Ltd

The University Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into a MoU with Spice Lab by Ceylon Pvt. Ltd to commercialize the invention titled “A Herbal Soup Mix with Anti-Diabetic Activity” invented by the research team of AHEAD Grant RIC STEM HEMS 18 (Faculty of Applied Sciences) on 16th December 2020 at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

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MoU with Loops Digital Pvt. Ltd

The University Business Linkage Cell of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into a MoU with Loops Digital Pvt. Ltd to commercialize the invention titled “A Meat Substitute Food Product” invented by the research team of the Faculty of Applied Sciences on 07th January 2021 at Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Sabaragamuwa University and Hayleys Agro Farms Pvt. Ltd.

University Business Linkage Cell, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Hayleys Agro Farms Pvt. Ltd on 24th February 2021 at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka to establish mutually beneficial links through the research project with the aim of studying and identifying the opportunities of value addition of Potato grown in Sri Lanka. The objective of this project is to identify suitable potato varieties that fulfills required physico-chemical and morphological characteristics for the production of value-added potatoes such as potato chips, French fries, potato wedges etc. using local potato varieties to approach the local and international market. The project will be continuing under the guidance and supervision of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Faculty of Applied sciences and Hayleys will support in the financial aspect in order to get a fruitful result from this research project. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Udaya Rathnayake, Director – University Business Linkage Cell Prof. Indunil Dayaratne, Senior Lecturer Dr. Pushpa Malkanthi and Director - Hayleys Agriculture Holdings Ltd. Mr. Siriweera Gamage shared their views at this gathering.

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Memorandum of Understanding between Sabaragamuwa University and SUBASH GEMS

University Business Linkage Cell, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with SUBASH GEMS on 03rd March 2021 at the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka to establish a business relationship through the research project titled Value addition and commercialization of low gem-quality corundum in Sri Lanka using innovative heat treatment technology based on physicochemical analysis. The objective of this project is to commercialize the treated gems in local and international market while establishing optimized heat treatment conditions for value addition of Geuda varieties which were not properly examined in the past. The key is to get the assistance and support from the SUBASH GEMS to sell the treated gems provided by this project which is being funded by the Research Innovation and Commercialization (RIC) grant of the Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development (AHEAD) program. The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Udaya Rathnayake, Director – University Business Linkage Cell Prof. Indunil Dayaratne, Dean Faculty of Applied Sciences Dr. Rasangi Sabaragamuwa, Chairman – Subash Gems Mr. Subash Karunaratne, Director - SSK Holdings (PVT) LTD Mr. J. Kumara, Chairman - Tradebay International (PVT) LTD Mr. S. Abeymanna, Members of the research team from the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Manage – University Business Linkage Cell were the key participants in the event. 

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The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and the State Ministry of Gem & Jewellery Related Industries (SMGJ)

Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka through University Business Linkage Cell has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Ministry of Gem & Jewellery Related Industries (SMGJ) on 11th November 2021 to establish a mutual collaboration in enhancing the teaching and research activities with the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka and the gem community including miners, lapidary, jewelers, local and international traders and community involving in value addition sector in Sri Lanka. The official ceremony was held at the Board Room of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. 

During the same event, an open discussion was held with all the participants in initiating mutually beneficial links through sharing the expertise knowledge with FDRE Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MOMP), Ethiopia via skill transfer from skilled Sri Lankan gemologists and gem industry experts which is to be continued under the guidance of University Business Linkage Cell and the Faculty of Applied Sciences.  

The participants of the event were, 

  • Prof. Udaya Rathnayake - Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Indunil Dayaratne - Director/UBLC, Prof. Chandana Udawatte – Principle Investigator (AHEAD Grant RIC No:07), Dr. Rasangi Sabaragamuwa – Dean - Faculty of Applied Sciences, Dr. Enoka P. Kudavidanage – Head – Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Nuwan Wanniarachchi, Dr. Hasintha Wijesekara and Dr. Iromie Gunasekara on behalf of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.
  • Mr. S.M. Piyatissa - Secretary, SMGJ, Mr. Wipula Jayasekera - Director, SMGJ, Mr. Thilak Weerasinghe - Chairman, NGJA, Mr. G.W. Amarasiri - Director, NGJA, Mr. Wasantha Gamlath - Director, GJRTI, Mr. H. Janaka Hemachandra – Assistant / Germologist and Mr. Prasad Thenuwara – Director General, NGJA on behalf of the State Ministry of Gem and Jewellery Related Industries/ National Gem and Jewellery Authority of Sri Lanka/Gem and Jewellery Research And Training Institute
  • Prof. P.G.R. Dharmaratne, University of Moratuwa, Dr. Saranga Diyabalanage -University of Sri Jayawardenapura and Dr. Chamal Jaliya, Uwa Wellasa University on behalf of academia
  • Mr. Ananda Dela - President, Ratnapura Gem and Greenary Assocation, Mr. Punsiri Thennakon - Sri Lanka Gem Dealers and Miners Association, and Mr. L.M.C.S.A. Abeymanna - Managing Director, Tradebay International (PVT) LTD on behalf of industry.

The parties to this MoU intend to join together in a cooperative effort to support the Research and Development Project in the Gem Industry of Sri Lanka to establish a mechanism whereby the educational and research environment can be used to develop better understanding of gem and jewelry related fields, and stimulate industrial innovation. Moreover, at the end of the event three parallel courses were agreed to be implemented namely, “Gemology”, “Gem cutting” and “Heat treatment to Gemstones” targeting both local and foreign students interested in gem industry. The most important point of this agreement is to provide financial assistance through the Ministry for those who are interested on following the above course but lacking with financial support.

After a series of rationales of the open discussion on dissemination of our knowledge to the Ethiopian gem industry, all the participants in the meeting agreed to provide the training for the FDRE Ministry of Mines and Petroleum staff officers including identification, valuation and pricing of Gemstones considering the prospects that follow.  Hopefully, this collaboration will go down in history as the first step towards making a great contribution to the Sri Lankan gem industry through the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka.

Partners with Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries

Partners with Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries in helping SMEs for Intellectual Property issues in the Region: University Business Linkage Cell has held a meeting with Sabaragamuwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries on 13th August 2020 at 9.30 am in the Board Room of Vice-Chancellor's Office to create an environment where the university researchers and SMEs can meet together for mutual research collaboration and innovation. Depending on the above meeting UBLC has published a newspaper article in Daily News on 31st August 2020.

Click here to view the article: 

http://www.dailynews.lk/2020/08/31/finance/227367/ubsl-scci-assets-smes-iip-issues

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Discussions with StartupX Foundry

University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC) of Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka recently had two rounds of discussions with StartupX Foundry to create a collaborative program to link the University research and innovation activities with external business stakeholders. The discussion was headed by Prof. D.A.I. Dayaratne, Director - UBLC and several other academics from respective fields. StartupX Foundry is a Colombo, Sri Lanka based incubator/accelerator engaged in business incubation and IP monetization since 2017.

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Discussions with CAP Organic Pvt. Ltd

UBLC had the several discussions with CAP Organic Pvt. Ltd to expose an invention titled “Nutmeg Fruit Pericarp Wine” invented by the research team of the Faculty of Applied Sciences in a commercialization endeavours. The meeting was held on 24th July 2020 and was headed by Prof. D.A.I. Dayaratne, Director – UBLC.

Discussions with Food and Nature Pvt. Ltd

In collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Sciences UBLC has taken the initial steps to sign a Licensing Agreement with Food and Nature Pvt. Ltd to commercialize the invention titled “A Herbal Tea Formulation with Anti-Diabetic Activity” (AHEAD Grant RIC STEM HEMS 18). The 1st negotiation meeting was held on 17th November 2020 and the discussion was made around the terms of the agreement. 

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Discussions with CNR Construction Technology Pvt. Ltd and State Ministry of Urban Development

UBLC has liaised the AHEAD Grant RIC STEM HEMS 06 “Food Waste Compost Bin has” with CNR Construction Technology Pvt. Ltd and State Ministry of Urban Development for the purpose of the commercialization. The meetings with CNR Construction Pvt. Ltd was taken place on 06th October and 06th November respectively in collaboration with the research team of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. 

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In addition to that the UBLC has linked the above research team with State Ministry of Urban Development to attract the government intervention in the way of marketing the above invention. The discussion was had on 15th December of 2020. 

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Discussion with CAP Organic Pvt. Ltd

In collaboration with Faculty of Applied Sciences the UBLC had a discussion with CAP Organic Pvt. Ltd on 22nd December 2020 to commercialize the invention titled “A Soursop based Medicated Wine with Anti-Diabetic Activity - AHEAD Grant RIC STEM HEMS”.

First, Second and Third Advisory Board Meeting of UBLC

The first, second and third meetings of the Advisory Board of the University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC) was held respectively on 24th January 2019, 03rd January 2020 and 09th July 2020 at the Board Room of the Vice-chancellor’s Office. The meeting was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of the University and the Director UBLC, Deans of the Faculties, Industry Partners, Director/OTS and appointed Council members and internal members were the key participants of the meetings.

Photos of the 1st Advisory Board Meeting

Photos of the 3rd Advisory Board Meeting

Workshops and Awareness Sessions Conducted by UBLC

1. University Business Linkage Cell conducted a workshop on Intellectual Property Protection including Patents, Patent Prosecution system, Patent search and patent drafting on 05th December 2019 at the Board Room of Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. The program was conducted by Mr Nalinda Atapattu, Assistant Director (Information & Examination), National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka. 

2. Awareness meetings of the University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC) were held in each and every faculty to enhance the awareness about University Business Linkage Cell (UBLC) among the academic community. The Director/UBLC, Professor D.A.I. Dayaratne made presentations about University Business Linkage Cell, highlighting on the main functions, aims, the governing body, current progress, focal areas for business linkages and future plans of University Business Linkage Cell.

3. UBLC has conducted an online webinar for the undergraduates of the Sabaragamuwa University on “Monetization of Intellectual Property of Universities” on 06th July 2020 and conducted a webinar for the students of the Vishisht School of Management India on 24th June 2020.

4. UBLC has executed the online “ImagineIF” program in collaboration with Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) on 16th September 2020 for the undergraduates who are seeking to enhance their entrepreneurial mindset. Furthermore, we are expecting to carry out the physical interactive workshop for the above program within 2021. 

5. UBLC has conducted a workshop on “Intellectual Property Protection and Technology Licensing” to aware the University researches about the options available to protect and commercialize their Intellectual Properties on 21st October 2020 at the Staff Development Center of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. The workshop was conducted by Prof. D.A.I. Dayaratne/Director-UBLC.

USA Training for UBLC Directors

All the directors of University Business Linkage Cells participated in two weeks training program in the United States of America hosted by New Hampshire Law School, CLDP, NSF and USPTO. The team could get a comprehensive training on Patent Drafting, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Licensing and some other important aspects related to Intellectual Property.

Patents Applied through University Business Linkage Cell

Patent Application No: Patent Title Principal Investigator
20883 Preparation of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles from Natural Ilmenite Professor C.P.Udawatta
20905 Cinnamon Tea Pod with Cinnamomum zeylanicum Professor D.A.M. De Silva
20906 A Healthy Cinnamon Latte with Cinnamomum zeylanicum Professor D.A.M. De Silva
20650 Novel and Low-Cost Method for Converting Natural Ilmenite Present in Mineral Sands to Pure Titanium Dioxide Nanomaterials Under Mild Condition Professor C.P.Udawatta
20919 Food Waste Bin: All in one Black Soldier Fly Larvae Mass Production Model Dr. A.W. Wijeratne
21011 All in One Artemia Hatching Unit Dr. C.N. Walpita
21010 A Composition of Components for a Fermented Beverage from Nutmeg Fruit Pericarp Dr. W.S.M. Senewirathne
21236 All in One Micro Worm Culture Unit Dr. C.N. Walpita
21235 Submersible Fish Tank Filter with Self- Cleaning Ability Dr. C.N. Walpita
21328 A Manufacturing Method of Herbal Soup Mix with Anti-Diabetic Activity Prof. R.M.U. S. K Rathnayake
21327 A Herbal Tea preparation method that a kind of controlling Diabetes Mellitus Prof. R.M.U. S. K Rathnayake
Pending A composition of components of making soursop flesh incorporated probiotic ice cream Mrs. A. Yvonne Lilani Fernando
Pending Black Soldier Fly Larvae Harvesting Unit and Method of Harvesting thereof Dr. A.W. Wijeratne

UBLC has already filed a PCT Application for the research project titled “Extraction of Nano Oxide Particles from Sri Lankan Mineral Sands” which is being funded by the University Grants (Grant no: SUSL/RG/2016/05). Therefore, the international application number is PCT/IB2020/057245 and it is published on 31st July 2020.

International Patent Applications (PCT)

Extraction of Nano Oxide Particles from Sri Lankan Mineral Sands

This is a low cost environmental friendly hydrothermal technique which is used to produce nanoparticles of well-crystallized titanium dioxide powders from the well-structured mineral of Ilmenite, with a composition of FeTiO3 beach mineral sands from Sri Lanka. This can be done at a relatively low temperature with saturated vapor pressure under hydrothermal conditions compare to the conventional methods. The results demonstrated that the process is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and promising in preparing high-purity TiO2 from ilmenite with a high content of gangues.

  • International Pubblication Number: WO/2021/028769
  • Publication Date: 18th February 2021

International Patent Applications (PCT)

https://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/detail.jsf?docId=WO2021028769&tab=PCTBIBLIO&_cid=P21-KLBXUK-95487-1

Trademarks Applied through UBL Cell

 

Establishment of Technology Innovation Support Centre (TISC) 

 

UBLC has already established the Technology Innovation Support Centre in Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka by signing an MoU with National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka.

Academic Staff - Student Collaborative Innovative Projects to be considered for Seed Capital under AHEAD Grant

University Business Linkage Cell has decided to offer seed capital out of AHEAD grants to upgrade the University inventions to a commercially viable product and to liaise them with the potential industrial partners. We have been granted the World Bank approval to allocate a maximum Rs. 50,000 for developing one product. Depending on that activity we have executed six evaluation sessions to select the academic staff - student collaborative research projects to be considered for seed capital and 18 projects raised from Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Faculty of Applied Sciences have been selected by the evaluation panels. The remaining evaluations have yet to be carried out. The evaluation sessions were held on 27th July, 31st July, 09th August, 08th December and 09th December of 2020 respectively.