New Technologies

Research Labs

A lab collective dedicated to exploring cross-disciplinary applications of blockchain technology to revolutionize established industry.

The next phase of blockchain will see the technology vastly improve transactional inefficiencies.

Blockchain technology marks a paradigm shift for both the internet and the industries that rely on it. However, as this burgeoning technology continues to mature, there’s still much to done to integrate and consolidate new solutions that bring efficiency and transparency to cumbersome transactional processes. The blockchain ecosystem is still balkanized in a way that hurts further adoption.

The New Technologies Research Lab is dedicated to researching and developing open-source solutions that will foster innovation and advancement by bring user-friendly web and software applications into spaces that have so far been resistant to distributed ledger technology. This will bring increased efficiency and transparency to industries ranging from real estate to securities trading.

Simplify Things

Could your father operate it?

In addition to building trans-disciplinary bridges that will yield innovation, NTRL  aims to make the world of blockchain more intuitive and approachable. Distributed ledger technology will never achieve ubiquity if day-to-day human interactions of its applications aren’t as simple as current solutions. Our cognitive and behavioral  researchers, as well as UX specialists, aim to craft ease and simplicity.

Gifting The Blockchain

Part of NTRL’s mission to improve transactional efficiencies, transparency and security is providing a smart contractual basis for gift cards and consumer rewards. If implemented in a user-friendly and technically viable fashion, blockchain issued digital gift cards will lower costs, reduce fraud, and provide merchants and brands with new marketing opportunities. These dollar denominated digital gift cards are powered by the Internet and open protocols, and the experience of using one will be familiar to anyone who has paid for something with a smart phone.

Areas of focus for research and development.


Transaction Speed

Discovering new approaches to increase transactions-per-second at scale.


Conducting research to optimize usability of emerging ledger-based apps.

Integrating Solutions

At NTRL we look to make open source codebase, data and information more open.

Mobile Blockchain

We also look to bring distributed ledger technology further into the mobile space.

Meet The Board



Formerly Stefan was CEO for Latin America at Cdiscount, part of Cnova Group and sixth largest e-commerce company in the world. Stefan has also co-founded Farmalisto, Latin America´s fastest growing online pure player pharmacy operating in Colombia and Mexico’s.
Additionally, Stefan was the Co-Founder and former Managing Director of Dafiti LATAM, the Rocket Internet backed fashion e-commerce leader.
He also was the General Manager for global BPO provider Arvato Bertelsmann in Colombia. His academic background is MBA from WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany.


Academic Advisor

Dr. Sebastian Fourné obtained his PhD at the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University (The Netherlands) in 2014.
Sebastian is a strategy and corporate governance scholar and works as a full-time faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Toronto/Waterloo, Canada. Prior to this engagement Sebastian was Assistant Professor of Strategy Implementation at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany. He is a visiting scholar at SMU in Singapore.
2007-2010 Sebastian gained practical experience in global corporate finance and strategy projects for the world’s leading diamond company, De Beers, in London (UK).
He obtained his MSc in Strategic Management Cum Laude and his BSc in International Business Administration Cum Laude at RSM and completed a graduate level exchange at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).
Sebastian is intrigued by the notion that most organizations tend to focus on existing businesses and clients, and are not able to break away from existing routines and processes in order to explore new business models and markets (such as those enabled by digitalization).
He focuses on the governance mechanisms and incentives that can be used to trigger an ambidextrous orientation, maintaining stability, yet preparing for the future.
Sebastian is also interested in the governance of family and non-family firms, especially the internationalization of family firms. He also researches when and why breakthrough inventions that may appear undesirable by standard evaluation criteria may receive resource support, that is when investors make a leap of faith.

Artificial Intelligence

Also known as “Machine Intelligence”, Artificial Intelligence is now fundamental in the field of technology. Artificial Intelligence can be applied and exercised when the machine tends to display cognitive functions in such a ways of human would. With machines being capable in the fields ranging from healthcare to art, AI will bring an innovative change in an individuals lives.

Building Trust Through Blockchain Technology

The transparency afforded by Blockchain has the potential to transform not only the financial space. NTRL has begun dedicating resources to researching crucial civic applications tied to voting and polling that will help foster more trust at a time when people have grown increasingly skeptical, yet more motivated than ever.

Get In Touch

New Technologies Research Labs Inc

Calle Ricardo Arias, Area Bancaria, Ed Proconsa, Ofi 2-D, Panama City, Panama

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