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.
specializes in joint replacements and finds it frustrating that people who needed their knees replaced refused the procedure because of the cost.
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.
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)
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.
, in an interview, said it's never too late to chase your dream. (PHOTO BY MAX LIMPAG)
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.
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
tried to ask IdeaSpace
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
had to seek his
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.
Catan, Pastor and Reyes, along with the nine other winning start-ups, got P500,000.