Students Anahí Mejía Contreras, Mónica Guadarrama Acevedo and Raisa Mendoza Flores, graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry (CF) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a project consisting of a membrane developed based on curcumin to reduce the healing time of wounds and prevent inflammations and infections. The membrane, named NanoSkin, obtained the second place of the Santander Award for Business Innovation 2019.
The project uses two technologies: one for the membrane itself and another to encapsulate the curcumin in nanoparticles. They received the award in the original idea category, from the hands of UNAM Rector Enrique Graue Wiechers.
NanoSkin highlighted in the contest, which this year received 2,643 projects from students from public and private universities throughout the country.
The idea of this patch began as a thesis project, and now its developers are about to start the clinical stage. “UNAM gives us all the tools to prepare in an excellent way. The opportunities are there; we just have to look for them. We have all the foundations to win,” said Anahí Mejía, visibly happy.
The event was attended by the Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Luisa María Alcalde Luján; Marcos Martínez Gavica, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Financiero Santander México; and Jaime Valls Esponda, executive general secretary of the National Association of Universities and Institutions of Higher Education (ANUIES); Héctor Grisi, executive president and general director of Grupo Financiero Santander México; and Enrique Fernández Fassnacht, general director of the National Technological of Mexico, among others.
Source: Agencia ID