Maria Antonia Odelia Arroyo
Frustrated by seeing great technologies that could be scaled up to businesses sitting in the sidelines, Maria Antonia Odelia Arroyo decided to set up a company that will connect biotechnology innovators to venture capitalists and nongovernmental organizations.
“It’s very frustrating when you have all this ingenuity, Filipino ingenuity and Philippine natural resources and you don’t combine the two,” Arroyo shared to Devex. “Our mission and vision as a company is really to harness our natural resources and our researchers, the intelligence of our researchers, and to change the world one company at a time.”
The first biotechnology consulting firm in the Philippines, Hybridigm Consulting makes it possible for innovators to commercialize their technologies. The firm has since been able to serve 20 clients, developed policy for the Philippine government, facilitated more than $3.5 million in biotechnology investments and trained more than 15,000 aspiring entrepreneurs. For her work at Hybridigm, Arroyo was hailed by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 35 entrepreneurs under 35, and a 2011 The Outstanding Young Men awardee.
Arroyo is also an adjunct professor at the Asian Institute of Management, where she teaches innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy.