A Mexican 18-year-old has won the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Award (GSEA) for his patent-pending invention to detect breast cancer.
Julian Rios Cantu beats out 56 other student entrepreneurs from many countries to win this year’s award, which was presented on Saturday at a ceremony in Frankfurt, Germany.
According to the online regional daily Vanguardia, Rios, a native of Monterrey, in Mexico’s northern state of Nuevo Leon,“became the first Mexican as well as the youngest person ever to win the award,” which comes with a 20,000 U.S. dollar cash prize to develop his invention.
Rios, who was driven by his mother to develop an early detection system, spearheaded the design of “a breast cancer detection bra equipped with tactile sensors to map the surface of the breast and surrounding areas.”
Rios is the CEO of Higia Technologies, a company he set up to develop and commercialize the device, which resembles a sports bra.
The GSEA “is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university,” according to its website.
Earlier, researchers at Colombia’s National University began developing a bra being pitched as an early warning system for breast cancer by measuring body temperature, and interestingly, also has been described as an extension of Colombia’s rich fashion history.
The claim is that if breast tissue temperature is too high, the wearer will be notified by yellow or red lights. A yellow light means run the internal warning system again. Red means get to a doctor ASAP. Green means everything is OK. That’s the claim.