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Leon Kilat : The Tech Experiments » Highlights
max.limpag.com, 30 May 2013 [cached]
When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rene Catan proposed to create a local and cheaper total joint implant, nobody listened. “Way mutoo, way maminaw (nobody believed, nobody listened),†Catan said Friday while propping up the huge P500,000 mock check he got for being one of the 10 winners of IdeaSpace’s nationwide search for start-ups. Catan and his [...]
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When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rene Catan proposed to create a local and cheaper total joint implant, nobody listened.
“Way mutoo, way maminaw (nobody believed, nobody listened),†Catan said Friday while propping up the huge P500,000 mock check he got for being one of the 10 winners of IdeaSpace’s nationwide search for start-ups.
Catan and his teammates, epidemiologist Niño Ismael Pastor and engineer Vernie Reyes, were named winners for their entry Mirand (Metal Implants Research And Development Corp.) in the IdeaSpace nationwide finals last Friday at the First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo City, Rizal.
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Catan specializes in joint replacements and finds it frustrating that people who needed their knees replaced refused the procedure because of the cost. He said he had been grappling with the problem for close to 20 years. Many people, Catan said, became aware of the procedure when former president Joseph Estrada underwent it.
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NEVER TOO LATE. Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals. Catan, in an interview, said it’s never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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NEVER TOO LATE. Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals.
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Catan, in an interview, said it’s never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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Catan said he and his team were able to make a cheaper prototype because labor costs here are lower, they outsourced its manufacturing and their design was simpler and had fewer parts although still offering “greater range of motion to allow squatting and kneeling without compromise in quality.†The cost savings can amount to an estimated 50 percent, he said.
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When the finalists were subjected to a Skype interview, Catan said he tried to ask IdeaSpace whether he could come over to their office instead because he did not know how to use the VOIP and video conferencing software.
When told that they had to do the interview over Skype to be fair to everyone, Catan said he had to seek his child’s help.
Never too late
When Catan, who is 54, and his team went up on stage last Friday to claim their award from IdeaSpace chairman Manuel Pangilinan, they were the most applauded from a start-up field young enough to be their children.
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Catan, Pastor and Reyes, along with the nine other winning start-ups, got P500,000.
IdeaSpace winners show why it's never too late to chase your dreams | Leon Kilat : The Tech Experiments
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Dr Rene Catan of Arthrologic
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NEVER TOO LATE. Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals. Catan, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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Armtech, Earl Martin Valencia, IdeaSpace, Metal Implants Research And Development Corp., Mirand, Niño Ismael Pastor, Rene Catan, TimeFree
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When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rene Catan proposed to create a local and cheaper total joint implant, nobody listened.
"Way mutoo, way maminaw (nobody believed, nobody listened)," Catan said Friday while propping up the huge P500,000 mock check he got for being one of the 10 winners of IdeaSpace's nationwide search for start-ups.
Catan and his teammates, epidemiologist Niño Ismael Pastor and engineer Vernie Reyes, were named winners for their entry Mirand (Metal Implants Research And Development Corp.) in the IdeaSpace nationwide finals last Friday at the First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo City, Rizal.
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Catan specializes in joint replacements and finds it frustrating that people who needed their knees replaced refused the procedure because of the cost. He said he had been grappling with the problem for close to 20 years. Many people, Catan said, became aware of the procedure when former president Joseph Estrada underwent it.
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NEVER TOO LATE. Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals. Catan, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals.
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Catan, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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Catan said he and his team were able to make a cheaper prototype because labor costs here are lower, they outsourced its manufacturing and their design was simpler and had fewer parts although still offering "greater range of motion to allow squatting and kneeling without compromise in quality.
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Catan said.
He filed his IdeaSpace application and progressed through the process until eventually landing among 20 finalists out of 700 that submitted to the nationwide contest.
When the finalists were subjected to a Skype interview, Catan said he tried to ask IdeaSpace whether he could come over to their office instead because he did not know how to use the VOIP and video conferencing software.
When told that they had to do the interview over Skype to be fair to everyone, Catan said he had to seek his child's help.
Never too late
When Catan, who is 54, and his team went up on stage last Friday to claim their award from IdeaSpace chairman Manuel Pangilinan, they were the most applauded from a start-up field young enough to be their children.
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Catan, Pastor and Reyes, along with the nine other winning start-ups, got P500,000.
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Catan won last year a nationwide competition for startup ideas conducted by the IdeaSpace Foundation, the largest privately-backed technology incubator in the [...]
IdeaSpace Foundation looks for ‘next big idea’ | Leon Kilat : The Tech Experiments
max.limpag.com, 30 Nov 2014 [cached]
Dr Rene Catan of Arthrologic
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Dr Rene Catan of Arthrologic
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Arthrologic, IdeaSpace, Rene Catan Leave a comment Pinterest
When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rene Catan introduced to his fellow doctors some years back his plan to manufacture a local joint replacement, it was dismissed as a "backyard project. When he presented it to a group of physicians last week, they snapped up shares, even at P12,000 apiece, of the company he built to bring his idea to life.
The difference? Catan won last year a nationwide competition for startup ideas conducted by the IdeaSpace Foundation, the largest privately-backed technology incubator in the Philippines. IdeaSpace has a P500-million fund for five years, pooled together from the resources of Manuel V. Pangilinan's group of companies.
Catan's project was borne out of frustration - of the increasing number of people who need joint replacements every year, only about two percent get it because the process is expensive.
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Dr Rene Catan of Arthrologic
PAIN POINT, LITERALLY. Dr. Rene Catan talks about his product - a locally-designed and manufactured knee replacement. (Photo by Max Limpag)
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Catan said doctors approached him the day after his presentation in Cebu to ask why he did not invite them to his briefing for potential new investors.
"We are not just making and selling the part," said Catan, "we are assisting with the entire process from planning, pre-operation, surgery, post-operation and physical therapy."
And from four hours of surgery needed for traditional imported prostheses, Arthrologic's replacement only requires one-and-a-half hours. It also offers quicker recovery with patients able to go home, walking he said, after a few days.
The biggest benefits are the 50 percent cut in the cost of prostheses and the better quality of living after the operation because the parts were designed to fit Asians. With traditional replacements, Catan said "we have been putting oblong prostheses in circular knees.
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Catan said his company hopes to help bridge that gap with their solution. They have so far used it on 18 patients and the feedback has been very good. "The doctors are excited," he said.
Catan said they are looking to go beyond the country. Joint replacements are a $30-billion global market because of the epidemic of osteoarthritis with an aging population. Catan said that what was crucial to his idea moving forward was the backing of the IdeaSpace Foundation. Apart from seed funding and incubation support, the foundation's network of companies provided legitimacy to his project.
In an interview after they were announced winners last year, Catan said their experience showed that "it's never too late to chase your dreams.
IdeaSpace Archives | Leon Kilat : The Tech Experiments
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Dr Rene Catan of Arthrologic
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Dr Rene Catan of Arthrologic
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Arthrologic, IdeaSpace, Rene Catan Leave a comment
When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rene Catan introduced to his fellow doctors some years back his plan to manufacture a local joint replacement, it was dismissed as a "backyard project. When he presented it to a group of physicians last week, they snapped up shares, even at P12,000 apiece, of the company he built to bring his idea to life.
The difference? Catan won last year a nationwide competition for startup ideas conducted by the IdeaSpace Foundation, the largest privately-backed technology incubator in the Philippines. IdeaSpace has a P500-million fund for five years, pooled together from the resources of Manuel V. Pangilinan's group of companies.
Catan's project was borne out of frustration - of the increasing number of people who need joint replacements every year, only about two percent get it because the process is expensive. Parts for the total knee replacement can cost up to P150,000, not counting the costs of the procedure, medicines and other related expenses. Continue reading →
NEVER TOO LATE. Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals. Catan, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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Armtech, Earl Martin Valencia, IdeaSpace, Metal Implants Research And Development Corp., Mirand, Niño Ismael Pastor, Rene Catan, TimeFree
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When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rene Catan proposed to create a local and cheaper total joint implant, nobody listened.
"Way mutoo, way maminaw (nobody believed, nobody listened)," Catan said Friday while propping up the huge P500,000 mock check he got for being one of the 10 winners of IdeaSpace's nationwide search for start-ups.
Catan and his teammates, epidemiologist Niño Ismael Pastor and engineer Vernie Reyes, were named winners for their entry Mirand (Metal Implants Research And Development Corp.) in the IdeaSpace nationwide finals last Friday at the First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo City, Rizal.
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Catan specializes in joint replacements and finds it frustrating that people who needed their knees replaced refused the procedure because of the cost. He said he had been grappling with the problem for close to 20 years. Many people, Catan said, became aware of the procedure when former president Joseph Estrada underwent it.
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NEVER TOO LATE. Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals. Catan, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals.
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Catan, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
Rene Catan Archives | Leon Kilat : The Tech Experiments
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Dr Rene Catan of Arthrologic
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Dr Rene Catan of Arthrologic
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Arthrologic, IdeaSpace, Rene Catan Leave a comment
When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rene Catan introduced to his fellow doctors some years back his plan to manufacture a local joint replacement, it was dismissed as a "backyard project. When he presented it to a group of physicians last week, they snapped up shares, even at P12,000 apiece, of the company he built to bring his idea to life.
The difference? Catan won last year a nationwide competition for startup ideas conducted by the IdeaSpace Foundation, the largest privately-backed technology incubator in the Philippines. IdeaSpace has a P500-million fund for five years, pooled together from the resources of Manuel V. Pangilinan's group of companies.
Catan's project was borne out of frustration - of the increasing number of people who need joint replacements every year, only about two percent get it because the process is expensive. Parts for the total knee replacement can cost up to P150,000, not counting the costs of the procedure, medicines and other related expenses. Continue reading →
NEVER TOO LATE. Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals. Catan, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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Armtech, Earl Martin Valencia, IdeaSpace, Metal Implants Research And Development Corp., Mirand, Niño Ismael Pastor, Rene Catan, TimeFree
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When orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rene Catan proposed to create a local and cheaper total joint implant, nobody listened.
"Way mutoo, way maminaw (nobody believed, nobody listened)," Catan said Friday while propping up the huge P500,000 mock check he got for being one of the 10 winners of IdeaSpace's nationwide search for start-ups.
Catan and his teammates, epidemiologist Niño Ismael Pastor and engineer Vernie Reyes, were named winners for their entry Mirand (Metal Implants Research And Development Corp.) in the IdeaSpace nationwide finals last Friday at the First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo City, Rizal.
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Catan specializes in joint replacements and finds it frustrating that people who needed their knees replaced refused the procedure because of the cost. He said he had been grappling with the problem for close to 20 years. Many people, Catan said, became aware of the procedure when former president Joseph Estrada underwent it.
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NEVER TOO LATE. Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals. Catan, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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Cebuano doctors Niño Ismael Pastor (2nd from left) and Rene Catan (3rd from left) with PLDT and Smart public affairs head Mon Isberto (left) and Smart chief wireless adviser Orlando Vea after the IdeaSpace finals.
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Catan, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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