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5 Important technologic advances you didn't know where Costa Rican origined

This post is a very proud one because Costa Rica is a tiny tiny piece of land in the world, but we have some of the best scientists in the world, and two because I personally admire them for the advances I can't in a dozen lives begin to develop.

Satellite in orbit

Designed to monitor the growth level of trees and establish an approximation of Carbon fixation within the Costa Rican forests. Built by Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica engineers and the INA team, it was launched last April 2nd to orbit the Earth from space.

Read more about this accomplishment at the University's paper:



Penicillin predecessor

An important scientist in the medical research world during the first half of the 20th century is Dr. Clodomiro Picado. He was known for being a pioneer in the research of serpents and venoms, that's how he came out with a treatment that lead to penicillin discovery a year later by Alexander Fleming. 

He wrote many books, some of which were published in the year 2000 by doctors from the San Juan de Dios Hospital in San José


Plasma Motor & Hydrogen fueled bus

On scientific development, the latest years our pride, astronaut Franklin Chang has been researching and building a plasma motor, as well as doing AMAZING research on renewable energy. Just like the hydrogen-fueled bus Carlos Alvarado, our brand new president, to the Government Inauguration last Tuesday. 

Wanna get to know more about Costa Rica's Rocket Company? Check their researchers at



Pancreatic cancer treatment

A very young group of scientists has been successfully researching a treatment for pancreatic cancer, the company is called Speratum. They have mixed nanotechnology and microRNA-based therapeutics to develop an already patented pancreatic cancer treatment. 

They demonstrated that it can stop tumor growth and metastasis in vitro and in vivo. Meaning that tests in the clinic will be starting somewhat soon.  

Check more on this amazing research at


Or you could check out more on Christian's point of view to start this research, check his TEdEx presentation:


Studying life from the inside out

Passionate for how cells work and develop Rafael Carazo, a Costa Rican-English scientist has been observing how all living organisms develop from a single cell.

He's been working based in Cambridge since 2010 with a very skilled multidisciplinary team he's been building for years, they together are doing research on growth, split, proliferation and morphogenesis in cells.

If you want to see more on his research look at his TedEx Pura Vida presentation