The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) awarded the Empretec Women in Business Awards 2010 silver medal to the Chilean entreprenuer María de la Luz Osses Klein, who received this important award for her work in the development of biotechnological products that facilitate the sustainable extraction of copper.
Thanks to this award, the Chilean entrepreneur will travel to New York, sponsored by the Spain-United States Chamber of Commerce, which collaborates with the Unctad and especially with the Empretec program.
Osses Klein, who has been working with a company in Antofagasta since 2005 and which currently employs 18 people, applied for the award by means of Empretec Chile, an agency that supports Chilean entrepreneurs with special emphasis on innovative proposals.
Osses Klein had formerly received awards from Corfo’s InnovaChile and the University of Texas IC2 Institute and was selected to develop her expert biotechnology know-how and specialization in metallurgical process and water treatment in association with business incubators, in order to enhance and install the same in the US market.
The Chilean businesswoman competed with another 10 entrepreneurs this time, placing second place in the classification process led by Beatrice Ayuru Byaruhanga of Uganda, who founded a school that now educates over 1,500 students living in poverty.
It should be noted that research related to copper, Chile’s main export product is commonplace in the country. Projects designed to test the bactericidal properties of copper have been executed and research has been done in order to find alternative uses for copper, such as the copper fish cages showcased at Expo Shanghai 2010.