New York, September 24, 2018. Innovating for the cure of pancreatic cancer, preserving the biosphere, and promoting innovation technologies among health centers, are the innovations awarded this year by Innovadores de América.

Christian Marín Müller (Costa Rica), Martha Isabel Ruíz Corzo (México) and Sebastián Torres Montoya (Colombia), are the three winners who were awarded this year with USD 20,000 prize and a trophy. The winners were selected from 368 nominations received from 19 countries, by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and jurors from Latin America and countries of other regions.

Along with a team of scientists, Christian Marín Müller worked on the development of a new therapy against pancreatic cancer, based on microRNA molecule, called miR-198. This technology named and patented as Speratum, makes the molecule acts as a tumor suppressor that regulates cell growth.

Martha Ruíz created a Basket of Products and Services of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. This project operates with the central axis of reconciling the economic development of local communities in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, in the State of Querétaro, with the conservation of its extraordinary biodiversity.

The Colombian Sebastián Torres developed a project called Health Co-Creation Laboratory that generates, mainly, a space where ideas, based on problems of the hospital environment, materialize in the form of solutions with appropriate technology. Hospital Co-Creation Laboratory strategy allows public health providers to create their own innovative products.

This year the award took place during the Plenary Session of Concordia Annual Summit, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. Hosted by Innovadores de América Director, Patricia Janiot.  The first lady of Colombia, Mrs. María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval delivered the trophy to Ms Martha Ruiz; Concordia Director Hanne Dalmut delivered the trophy to Sebastián Torres and Innovadores de América Director Felipe Pagés presented the trophy to Christian Marín.

Innovadores de América has become the most important movement and innovation platform in Latin America, rewarding innovations in the fields of social development, enterprise, science and technology. The prize is a tool for the exchange of knowledge and opportunities for institutions of the academic, public, private and governmental sectors. Since its first edition, nineteen Latin American innovators, from six different countries, have received the award.

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