CU, Honeywell Partner on Reverse Engineering of Food Products
Covenant University and Honeywell Flour Mills Plc have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see the two organisations partnering on the use of Reverse Engineering for food production.
The Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID) is expected to harness the capacities of researchers in the Departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences to execute the terms of the MoU.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the Corporate Head Office of Honeywell Flour Mills in Lagos, the Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Samuel Wara, who represented Covenant University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, said the first phase of the partnership will entail using the process of reverse engineering to come up with various reliable sauces and ingredients that will enhance existing quality of the Honeywell brands.
Professor Wara said working teams will meet in a bid to establish an understanding and the expectations from both sides, towards reengineering various Honeywell products and help domesticate production.
He promised that the Departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences will strive to see that the relationship becomes a fruitful endeavour, which will possibly lead to having an endowed centre at the University for the sole purpose of carrying out reverse engineering activities in the area of foods and beverages.
The Head, Corporate Development and Investment, Honeywell Group, Mr. Teddy Ngu, said the teams need to get to work immediately as the company places premium on the MoU. He noted that there was need for partnering departments and units to meet and understand the scope of work, develop timelines and financial implications of the partnership.
He averred that a hundred percent domestication of production will go a long way in reducing the amount expended in sourcing foreign exchange and at the same time, proffering indigenous solutions to economic problems, no matter how simple they may look.
According to him, “These small things should not be taken for granted, as no one can determine how big they will grow into in the next 10 to 20 years.” He promised that various food product samples will be sent to the appropriate laboratories in the University for analysis.
The Memorandum of Understand will among other things see Covenant University engage the process of reverse engineering to replicate food product samples through its Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID); assist Honeywell Flour Mills Plc in product modification process, knowledge sharing sessions with its personnel in Research and Development Innovation team; and make available its laboratories and academic personnel for the purpose of the MoU.
Also, in attendance at the event were the Head, Department of Chemistry, Dr. Akan Williams; representative of Head, Department of Biology, Dr. Grace Olasehinde; Deputy Director, CUCRID, Dr. Obinna Nwinyi; Deputy Director, Commercialisation and Industrialisation, CUCRID, Dr. O. Ogunnaike; representative of the Legal Unit, Mrs. Faith Lawani; and Head of Operations, CUCRID, Mr. Vincent Olumuyiwa.