The only candidate from the Philippines DOST-Newton PhD scholar Jopeth Ramis hopes their research can be a platform for testing new drugs to treat asthma ©

British Council

The Newton Prize awarding ceremony was held on 12 February 2020 at Westminster, London. It recognised outstanding international research and innovation partnerships in China, Indonesia and the Philippines. 
Out of the four finalists from the Philippines, China, and Indonesia, Prof Philip Lewis of University College London and Prof Zhongxin Chen of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences won the Newton Prize Chair’s Award for their collaboration research on Regional Crop Monitoring and Assessment. The research advocates better ways to monitor crops for global food security. 
Our DOST-Newton PhD scholar Jopeth Ramis was the only finalist from the Philippines for the Chair’s Award. His research on Tissue Engineering of Bronchi and Health and Sickness  was part of his PhD studies at the University of Nottingham which he’s set to complete this year. Jopeth and his team aim to develop a clinically relevant human tissue model of airway physiology and a platform for testing new drugs to treat asthma. He is set to return to his home institution, Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila once he completes his PhD studies.
In his ministerial keynote during the awarding, Science Minister Hon Chris Skidmore of the AUK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) talked about expanding international partnerships focusing on investing in people and new research collaborations.

Country Prize Winners

Separately, three country prize winners of up to £200,000 each were awarded to research initiatives in China, Indonesia and the Philippines. 
Prof Michael Angelo Promentilla of De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines and his partners from University of Surrey, United Kingdom won for their project that serves as a foundation for further research to address water pollution and poor sanitation coverage. 
The British Embassy Manila hosted the awarding ceremony in the Philippines on 28 January 2020.
Since 2017, the Newton Prize has been selecting the best Newton-funded research or innovation promoting economic development and social welfare in countries where the Newton Fund Programme is delivered. 
In 2020, participating countries that will compete for the Newton Prize 2020 are Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, South Africa and Turkey. 
The Newton Prize is a £1 million fund which celebrates the exciting research and innovation the Newton Fund has supported since its launch in 2014. It is designed to enable international research partners to continue working together on solutions to some of the world’s key challenges.

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