Celebrating the Success of Skivios®: A Significant Milestone for USA Highlighted during the 42nd DOST PCHRD Anniversary at PICC

The University of San Agustin (USA) and its industry partners Pharma GalenX Innovations and Maridan Industries were highlighted during the 42nd anniversary celebration of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD). Their concerted efforts in the development and commercialization of the scientifically proven product marketed as Skivios® is a milestone in Philippine natural drug discovery, hence it was featured during the aforementioned event held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) last Monday, March 25, 2024. Skivios® is a product line formulated skin products developed from the antibiotic components of kadios seeds. This nature-inspired innovation comes in the form of a serum gel and toner spray, offering a comprehensive skincare solution. Released to the market on July 13, 2023, these products provide a glimmer of hope for people dealing with persistent skin problems, such as acne.

The groundbreaking research behind Skivios® was conducted by a team of senior scientists and young researchers from USA’s Center for Chemical Biology and Biotechnology (C2B2) under the leadership of its Director, Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay. Through extensive scientific research and testing, the team discovered the antibiotic properties of kadios seeds, leading to the formulation and development of a safe and effective product by USA’s industry partner Pharma GalenX Innovations Inc. led by its President, Mr. Jan Sollesta. On the hand, Maridan Industries Inc. is handling the large-scale manufacturing and packaging of Skivios® in a facility located in Jaro, Iloilo City. The product commercialization of a discovery from a natural source was made possible by the unwavering support of the DOST-PCHRD Tuklas Lunas Program and the successful partnership with Pharma GalenX and Maridan. The relentless commitment to scientific innovation has not only brought national recognition and prestige to USA but has also positioned it as a leading research university in health product discovery and development in the Philippine countryside.