Fernando Albertorio’s Story
I am serial founder, entrepreneur with a deep scientific and technology background. I am a unique problem-solver. I bring creativity and 20-years of entrepreneurial, business and scientific/technical experience to the job. I thrive on digging into customer needs. I love creating, optimizing and scaling products that matter.
I’ve created three successful ventures, serve on the board of companies and have created programming for early-stage innovators. I’m an active alum of the world’s leading innovation networks at Y-Combinator, Techstars and MassChallenge. My company Vacca Technologies provides early-stage innovation strategy and business consulting.
Born with albinism and legally blind, I am from Ponce, Puerto Rico. My interests and talent for STEM drew initially drew me towards completing my degree in Chemistry- even though I was dissuaded by one of my instructors. My early science career involved a two-year stint at the National Institutes of Health, where I developed expertise in laboratory management. While at the NIH, I also began my volunteer advocacy work for persons with albinism and rare disease. I then completed my graduate degree in chemistry and my post-graduate work in physics at Harvard University.I’ve raised over $1.5 Million in research funding, managed research teams and designed some of the state-of-the-art laboratories for nano-fabrication.