At the ripe age of 18, Julián Ríos Cantú is already changing the world. After witnessing his mom battle breast cancer for the second time, the high school student invented an intelligent bra that can help detect the early stages of breast cancer. The bra, called ‘Eva,’ won the top prize at this year’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.
He teamed up with three friends to develop the product through his company Higia Technologies. The bra is equipped with around 200 biosensors that map the surface of the breast and monitor its temperature, shape and weight. More heat means more blood flow indicating that those blood vessels are “feeding” something, which could be some type of cancer.
“EVA is a network of biosensors that covers the woman’s breast, takes the temperature data, analyzes them, and sends the information to an application or any computer,” Rios Cantu told Infobae. “As soon as there is a malformation in the breast or a tumor, there is an over-vascularization; so to more [flow of] blood, the higher the temperature.”
Rios Cantu beat out 13 other student entrepreneurs from around the world and took home $20,000. He had previously won the first edition of Mexico’s Everis Award for Entrepreneurs.