Peru has thousands of miles of Pacific coastline, but it was high-altitude tourism in the Andes that made hyperbaric oxygen therapy a natural pursuit for entrepreneur Gary Urteaga, CEO of Equipar Medical SAC in Lima. Last month Urteaga was awarded the 2010 MYPE President Prize. He earned it by installing the country's first modern hyperbaric chamber and organizing its first International Congress on Hyperbaric Medicine.
Urteaga has worked closely with Life Support Technologies Group (Mount Vernon NY), for whom he created an Advanced Hyperbaric Technologies division to develop low-cost, high-quality HBOT chambers designed in the US and engineered and manufactured in South America and Asia.
[Photo: Urteaga, left, with President Alan Garcia of Peru]