JAKARTA – Ministry of Research and Technology as well as National Research and Innovation Agency of Republic of Indonesia has placed Center for Excellence in Higher Education Science and Technology (Pusat Unggulan Iptek Perguruan Tinggi / PUI-PT) CBIOM3S (Center for Bio Mechanics, Bio Materials, Bio Mechantronics and Bio Signal Processing) of Diponegoro University (UNDIP) as one of the best Research and Development Institute in Indonesia in 2020. This recognition is stated by the awarding of 2020 Innovative Research and Development Institute Award to CBIOM3S UNDIP.

This year, Ministry of Research and Technology / National Agency for Research and Innovation (National Research and Innovation Agency) give recognition to three PIU-PT Research and Development Center groups in Indonesia for their innovations. In addition to CBIOM3S UNDIP, Minister of Research and Technology / Head of National Agency for Research and Innovation, Prof. Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro, SE, MUP, PhD, also give a similar award to Center for Seismic Science and Technology of Bandung Institute of Technology and Innovation Center for Pharmaceutical Services of Padjajaran University.

Chairman of PUI-PT CBIOM3S UNDIP, Dr. Rifky Ismail, ST, MT, said he was grateful for the award he received from the institution that he led. Rifky stated three points are noted for several CBIOM3S innovation works. The first is from the commercialization aspect for bionic hands through Kamatecno worth 270 million Rupiah, production of robots for Semarang City Government worth 330 million Rupiah, production of graduation robots through Undip Maju worth 50 million Rupiah, production of UVC robots for sterilizing Mall Building in Jakarta  through Redesema Teknologi worth 60 million Rupiah, as well as production of robots for delivery of food, beverages, and medicines for Covid-19 patients.

The second point is by the accomplishment of superior patents for three works. The three works are prosthetic bionic hand below the elbow, anthropomorphic prosthetic hand based on three-dimensional printing, and Parkinson disease detection method using sound signal patterns and signal electromyography.

The third point that made Undip CBIOM3S win an award is social and economic impact resulted from the establishment of this institution. Its success in exporting bionic hands to South Korea is a strong promotion that Indonesia is advanced and great in health technology. Another impact of Undip Team’s innovation is supporting disabled people with amputation of hands and paralyzed hands to be able to live independently, work again and earn income to support their families.

Rifky said that the award does not only refer to the innovation, but also regarding the acquisition of patents, the ability to commercialize and the socio-economic impacts are important considerations. “The usage and benefit for community are as important as the discovery itself”, added Rifky Ismail.

The awarding ceremony for Indonesian Innovation Award in category of Innovative Higher Education was held in Soemitro Djojohadikoesoemo Auditorium, BJ Habibie Building, 3rd floor of Central Jakarta on Tuesday (10/11/2020), followed by an annual exhibition in commemoration National Technology Resurrection Day 2020. In the exhibition, innovative works of the nation’s children are displayed.

When giving a speech at the opening of 2020 Inovasi Indonesia Expo (I2E), President Joko Widodo stated that innovation is the energy to create change, innovation is a solution to solve problems and innovation is the spirit to win the competition. Therefore, President Joko Widodo hoped that the awarding of I2E will be an encouragement to create conducive ecosystem for research and to produce innovative works.

The President hopes that the collaboration will occur so that the innovators’ works will not be limited to prototypes, but can be continued to mass production as commercial investment. He believes that innovation is created not only to solve problems in society, but also to provide higher value to national economy growth, including the development of employment.