UC Engineering academic, Daniel Hurtado, who in 2015 was one of the winners of our R+D+i Competition for young researchers with his “ Early warning system for accidents for patients with tracheotomy “, an autonomous device, with its own battery that gives complete mobility to its user.

On September 17 and 20 in Tianjin (China), the world’s most avant-garde and advanced young scientific minds will gather in what will be a new meeting of the World Economic Forum. Chilean engineer and researcher of the Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering of the Catholic University, Daniel Hurtado, will participate in the appointment. This organization recognized him as one of the world’s 50 best sub 40 scientists, for their important contributions like the first mathematical modeling of a virtual heart in Chile, which allows to better understand the functioning of this organ and its predisposition to cardiovascular diseases one of the leading causes of death in Chile.

Hurtado also developed an “early warning system of accidents for patients with tracheotomy”, a project with which he won the Fundación Copec UC R+D+i Competition for young researchers, supported by UC Transference and Development Department, in addition to be part of Corfo’s 2030 Engineering program and a leading innovation in Silicon Valey for its contribution to the health of children suffering from this disease.

“This technology consists of a device that connects directly to the cannula at its outer end, which constantly monitors the respiratory flow that passes through the cannula, instantly detecting and alerting any abnormality in the flow that may represent a risk for the patient”, explained UC Professor at the time.


Another of its innovations is also the development of a digital platform designed to reduce lung damage, in cases of critical patients receiving mechanical ventilation in intensive care units.

Being part of the World Economic Forum will allow Hurtado to access an exclusive group of young scientists, under 40 years of age, and to have important support networks in academia, politics and business.