Raul V. Destura, MD, MBA, FPSMID

         Dr. Destura is a molecular microbiologist and an infectious disease specialist.  He took his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at the University of Sto. Tomas and his medical degree and specialty in internal medicine at the De la Salle Health Sciences Institute.  He went to the University of the Philippines for his subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases. He received a research scholarship to the International Training and Fellowship on Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Center for Global Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Ateneo Graduate School of Business.  He is a diplomate and fellow in Infectious Diseases. He joined the NIH Philippines and became director of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. He dedicated his work to identification of diagnostic targets and evaluation of diagnostic platforms best suited in developing country scenario. His most important work is the “Lab-in-a-mug” project which functions as a multi-infectious disease diagnostic platform with its principal product the Biotek-MTM Dengue aqua kit that received local and international recognition such as NSTW Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award given by the National Academy of Science and Technology (2016), as gold medalist in the 46th International Invention Exhibition in Geneva Switzerland in 2018, Gawad Dagisik for Medical Sciences given by the Department of Science and Technology in 2019. Through the Technology Transfer Act of 2009, he built the Manila Healthtek Incorporated, the very first university spin-off company from the University of the Philippines in the area of Health Biotechnology. He is a recipient of national and international awards including the Bill and Melinda Gates travel scholarship in Molecular Helminthology in 2005, Outstanding Young Scientist of the Philippines for Medicine in 2008; UP Manila Research Productivity award, the Top 20 Young Physician Leaders from the Inter-academy Medical Panel in Berlin, Germany, and The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) all given in 2011; Dr. Jose P. Rizal National Award in Research from the Philippine Medical Association and Dr. Eusebio Y. Garcia Award in Molecular Biology and Molecular Pathology from the National Research Council of the Philippines in 2015. In 2019, he received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award from the President of the Philippines.  His latest work is the local RT-PCR kit for the detection of the SARS CoV 2 virus.