On September 2, 2020, Professor Anek Laothamatas, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, was present as chairman in the Demo Data and Awarding Ceremony of Life Sci. Level Up Challenge 2020 Project. The project was held by Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Science, and Srinakharinwirot University to support and nurture new start up life science business. In this occasion Associate Professor Supinda Koonmee affiliated at Department of Pathology, the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, had led a team, namely, “Save Earth, Save Us” to show off a new personal protective equipment (PPE) suit that was invented amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The newly invented PPE suit costs around 700 bath and can be washable and reusable up to 20 times compared to other single-disposal PPE suits that cost around 500 – 700 bath. This newly synthesized fiber can also be converted in other medical equipment i.e. bed sheet, surgery suit and other industrial equipment. With aforementioned product and a well-thought business plan, the team Save Earth, Save Us finally took home 1st place from the competition. Professor Anek also praised them that “This type of innovation is important for the stability of a country”. He added “If a country cannot come up with new invention of their own, they can face various challenge and affect the country growth as well”.
Life Sci. Level Up Challenge 2020 Project is a project to prepare new entrepreneur of life science business to enter the industrial following 20-year national strategic plan. This also doubles as preparation for them to enter international market with readiness.