José Carlos Wharton Soto

Class of 2018-2019

Inter American University of Puerto Rico, 2016
Microbiology

Why I chose ESTEEM:

During my last year of undergraduate studies I decided that, even though I love science, I could not be confined to a research laboratory. After living through Hurricane María, I saw a myriad of problems that could have been prevented through the use of technology. I then realized that someone needs to ensure that great research does not stay in the lab, but is instead used to change lives for the better. This is what prompted me to join ESTEEM, learning the skills to commercialize innovative ideas that can #FixThingsThatMatter. Furthermore, the chance to develop business skills, while still learning science, was an advantage that I knew I could only get through ESTEEM.

My capstone thesis project and why I'm excited about it:

For my Capstone Thesis Project I’ll be working with Dr. Matt Webber in the commercialization of a technology which enables the application of drugs to localized sites in the body. This technology has the potential to be a game changer in how drug treatments are administered after surgical interventions. I’m thrilled to work on this project because it shows how technology developed in a lab can make a huge difference in a patient’s recovery. Additionally, beside building a business case for the product, I get to learn about the technology, thus expanding my knowledge about chemistry, drug delivery and physiology.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

Life after ESTEEM is still a big “to be determined”. However, if I were to take a wild guess, I‘d say that I will probably end up doing work which enables organizations (probably in the health industry) to adopt innovative technology.

What I like to do when I'm not working:

During my spare time (which hasn’t been much since 2014) I enjoy playing music. Whether it be singing, playing the guitar, or the piano, you can always count on me carrying a tune. In addition, I can be found reading about political science and public policy, working out, or watching educational videos on Youtube (#ProudNerd).