/ Aquiles Carattino, PhD

Physicist, Entrepreneur, and everything in between

I am a constant learner and focused entrepreneur who seeks positive impact in society and the world.

I am interested in creating and bringing to market new technologies to democratize access to healthcare and to speed the development of new medicines.

I help companies and other entrepreneurs with the hardest challenges they face at every stage, from finding product-market fit to developing partnerships.

I am always open for an initial chat to explore opportunities together. Contact me.
Things I've done

Projects and Companies

These are some highlights of the things I have been doing in the past few years. From deep tech company creation to software development.


Biomarker detection

Python for the lab

Software development

Since 2017 I organize workshops to help young scientists who struggle controlling their instruments.

As part of this project, I have published a book and maintain a website with tutorials and general information.

I am a scientist and an entrepreneur. I launched a high-tech company based on research done at the University of Leiden. Developed both products and the business, focusing on extracellular vesicles.

After completing my PhD, I began looking for alternative careers. I started my own project developing software and organizing workshops. I joined an incubator and learned what it takes to get started in the challenging world of scientific entrepreneurship.

I am an avid learner, I like exploring ideas, building teams, and finding solutions to complex problems.

As a physicist, I like getting involved in deep discussions about technology. As an entrepreneur, I like keeping an eye on the bigger picture.


Latest articles on this website

These are the last essays I have written on my blog. To know more about what I am currently thinking, visit my digital garden.

A professor, a bit old, sits in front of an audience of people who listents to him.

Professors can enable scipreneurs

Professors can become enablers for the creation of startups without becoming entrepreneurs themselves. With their networks, access to grants, and institutional support, their value can revolve around softer aspects.

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AI generated image of scientists working on surface enhanced raman spectroscopy of extracellular vesicles

The path to Surface Enhanced Raman for exosome characterization

Extracellular Vesicles are a fascinating object of study. A paper in which they used #SERS to identify samples from cancer patients through machine-learning algorithms shows great promise, but raises many questions. Is there a path forward for using label-free methods with EV’s? I think so, but the tools are not there yet.

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I am a scientist at heart. I am driven by curiosity, the seek for innovation, and out of the box thinking. I am interested in understanding how technology can shape our future. I am mostly interested in translating complex scientific results into products and services that can have a very broad reach and impact.

I believe that one of the largest challenges faced by deep-tech entrepreneurs is the lack of a roadmap and exemplary roles models. I don’t only have first-hand experience, I have also supported younger companies, and engaged in the elaboration of workshops.

I consider myself a polymath, continuously learning about different topics. My digital garden is the manifestation of this process. I can be equally motivated to learning about the latest on single-molecule characterization, or how to integrate an AI API into my website.

I believe in the value of paying it forward through education (such as by organizing workshops), mentorship, or just by engaging in meaningful discussions with a diverse group of people.

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