Mis Pasos por una Innovación Disruptiva | Nadac Reales del Canto | TEDxAntofagasta

Mis Pasos por una Innovación Disruptiva | Nadac Reales del Canto | TEDxAntofagasta

Nad Rales' Journey in Biotechnology

  • Nad Rales, a biotechnologist and entrepreneur from Antofagasta, Chile, highlights the importance of education and perseverance in her professional journey.
  • Despite challenges and discrimination as a woman in the mining industry, she successfully implemented a bioleaching process in a major mining company.
  • After facing a setback when her boss patented her technology, she continued her work and gained national and international recognition for her innovative developments.

Sustainable Steel and Rubber Recycling Technology

  • The speaker shares their development of a sustainable process to recover steel and rubber from vulcanized steel.
  • They identified the environmental issues caused by the accumulation of industrial waste, particularly vulcanized steel with rubber.
  • The current practices of burning rubber to extract steel are harmful to the environment and pose health risks.
  • Their technological development involves using bacteria that biodegrade the steel without generating harmful waste.
  • The process is eco-friendly, cost-effective, scalable, and easy to implement.
  • The technology is patented in Chile, the United States, and the European Union.
  • The first industrial plant processing industrial waste is being implemented in the Antofagasta region, with global impact.
  • Despite challenges, the speaker chose to develop the technology in the region to demonstrate its viability and potential for broader adoption.
  • The technology has received international recognition and has been presented at COP27.
  • It generates zero greenhouse gas emissions, unlike traditional steel foundries which contribute to climate change.

Entrepreneurial Journey and Personal Growth

  • The speaker, a woman from Antofagasta, Chile, shares her journey as an entrepreneur and the challenges she has faced.
  • She emphasizes the importance of having strategic allies and support from friends, family, or mentors when pursuing technological advancements.
  • Despite facing a near-death experience and health complications, she persevered and continued to work on her technological development project.
  • Her project gained recognition and she was invited to present it at the COP conference and the United Nations in the United Arab Emirates.
  • She secured a partnership with Chinese investors interested in commercializing her steel and rubber recycling technology.
  • The speaker reflects on her personal growth and the hardships she endured, including being bullied as a child and experiencing workplace harassment in the mining industry.
  • She emphasizes the value of self-belief, resilience, and perseverance in achieving one's dreams and making a positive impact on society.
  • She encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to focus on personal development, continuous learning, and building strong relationships, rather than solely relying on formal education or traditional success metrics.

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