Guillermo Herrera-Arcos is a Mexican technologist driven by how global health problems can be radically transformed with hard science and technology. He is the co-founder of Prothesia, a company developing the first digital fabrication laboratory for orthotic and prosthetic devices. By using 3D scanning, software alignment, and digital manufacturing, the company is delivering extreme adequate fitting, more affordable, and 100% personalized orthotic devices to children with cerebral palsy. Their goal is to democratize the access to these devices for people in need of them.The work done by Prothesia transforms the physical manufacturing of orthotic devices into a digital one. Instead of relying on plaster casts, they use 3D scans and software tools to design high-resolution orthotic devices never seen before. And thanks to 3D printing, they do it at a fraction of the cost and in less time than traditional manufacturers.
Guillermo holds a robotics engineering bachelor's degree from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico, where he studied and designed hardware and software solutions in the biomechatronics and neuroscience fields. His undergrad research includes the development of the first open-source paediatric robotic exoskeleton and a neuroscience study in collaboration with the University of Houston, the first experiment of its type in Mexico.
He is currently a graduate student at MIT and a graduate research assistant at the Biomechatronics group within the MIT Media Lab.