Fernando’s Story

Born with albinism and legally blind, Fernando is from Ponce, Puerto Rico. Fernando’s interest and talent for STEM drew him to complete his degree in Chemistry- even though dissuaded by one of his instructors. He did a brief 2 year stint at the National Institutes of Health, where he developed expertise in laboratory management and began his volunteer advocacy work for persons with albinism who were visiting the NIH. Afterwards, he completed a graduate degree in chemistry and did his post graduate work in physics at Harvard University.

Fernando is a serial entrepreneur and founder of various companies. AS a founder, Fernando has taken his companies through some of the world most competitive accelerators. He is an alum of both TechStar and Y-Combinator, and other programs like Mass Challenge and the MIT VMS.

Envisioning a world without disabilities

My passion is developing technologies that enhance our human abilities. Human augmentation has been the focus recently for applications ranging from defense, sports, and improving daily living for persons with disabilities. Advances in materials, processors and manufacturing techniques are opening up a new world of possibilities ranging from exoskeletons, sensors, to brain-computer interfaces. I’m developing new devices, applications and products that enhance our abilities. One of our products called Sunu Band is a sonar-smartwatch that extends the senses for people who visually impaired. My vision is a world where technology is an enabler, taking our abilities beyond our wildest expectations and allowing people to be more efficient, smarter and even overcome illness and disease.


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