Ateneo launches first blockchain research lab

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Chaining ceremony Executives of Ateneo de Manila University and MediXserve hold a big chain as signature of support towards AMBERLab’s blockchain research projects. contributed photo

Healthtech startup MediXserve together with Ateneo de Manila University had launched the first university-based blockchain education and research laboratory in the Philippines at the university’s CTC Building.

The Ateneo-MedixServe Blockchain Education and Research Laboratory or AMBERLab will serve as a think tank and advanced research center that examines blockchain technology for developing countries and initiatives of the private sector. It encompasses health-tech, fintech, edutech, AI, data analytics and all other industries.

AMBERLab will design and build prototypes, develop training programs, curricula, and create a dynamic environment where researchers/scientists, entrepreneurs, academics, students, faculty, supporters and industry experts can come together and share knowledge as well as best practices in technology, health, finance and insurance, government, economics and even social enterprises.

It also welcomes research proposals and funds to promote the use of blockchain technology.

“Our motivation in establishing this research laboratory is that blockchain supports our vision in maximizing ICT for nation building. Most of the current services do not reach the underserved. And if it does, the cost is too high for an ordinary Filipino to receive its full benefits. To transform ICT solutions into blockchain technology, we eliminate layers of transactions, which mean lower cost of service delivery. This means that we are able to do more and serve more,” Dr. Regina Estuar, Head of AMBER Lab said.

MediXserve leads the mission of bringing affordable healthcare to everyone especially in developing countries and within reach by providing a blockchain powered health care platform. By founding AMBER Lab, the potentials of blockchain in leveraging the delivery of affordable healthcare services will be more carefully examined and studied.

“Blockchain is such a raw technology that companies require people, money and resource to go into research and development. ‘It takes a village’ to make meaningful R&D results.
MediXserve now has access to a large set of scientific and academic community to work on innovative products,” Jojy Azurin, MediXserve founder said.

On top of the research objectives, AMBER Lab will provide education programs and events. The facility also serves as an incubation center for blockchain-based startups.

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