Hi, I’m Emilia.
I work in entrepreneurship, science and literature
What brings you here today?
I founded Kaitek labs and Allbiotech. Kaitek closed in 2018 and Allbiotech is still going strong, bringing together young scientists from the region. You can find my blog posts, pitch videos, Tedx talk and Kaitek’s post mortem here.
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I have published several articles in biotechnology, synthetic biology and science in general in Nature Biotechnology and Synbiobeta. You can browse my articles and some of my favorite interviews in this section.
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I have written about a hundred short stories and poems. I won Santiago en 100 palabras’ Young Talent prize back in 2008, and in 2020 I published my debut novel, Silver Eyes (Ojos de plata). You’ll find more information on my book here.
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Emilia loves doing enough things to merit the dubious compliment of “difficult to describe”.
As an entrepreneur
Emilia is a young Chilean innovator working in the intersection of science and social impact, hoping to make the world a better place through biotechnology. At 22, she founded Kaitek Labs, one of Chile’s most renowned biotech startups, supported by a USD 350K grant from the Chilean government for research and development. Kaitek’s main project, the generation of a HAB detection kit through synthetic biology, boasted a 35+ alliance network and participated in business acceleration programs in the US, Europe, Asia and Chile. Kaitek’s Red Tide Detection Kit Project officially closed down in January 2018.
Emilia also founded Allbiotech, the first network for young Latin American leaders in biotechnology and life sciences. This network continues actively promoting innovation and supporting emerging leaders through international events, networking and knowledge-sharing.
She has been recognized as a leader both in her country and internationally in biotechnology, innovation and technology by Singularity University, Global Biotech Revolution, El Mercurio, among others.
As a consultant
After closing Kaitek in 2018, Emilia went back to college to finish her degree, and later switched to consulting to get more hands-on experience in management and strategy.
She worked at boutique consulting firms and technology-focused foundations during her (second) college years, and more recently worked at Boston Consulting Group. During her tenure at BCG, she supported senior leadership of global and regional financial institutions, mining conglomerates & telco giants in Advanced Analytics, Digital Transformation & Digital Ops, Agile, Fintech, Cybersecurity, among other topics.
Emilia also puts her management consulting + entrepreneurship experience to good use by mentoring multiple science and social impact-focused start-ups throughout the globe.
As a writer
Emilia started writing fiction at 12 and now continues writing science-focused non-fiction for various outlets, while slowly building up her fiction oeuvre. Her debut novel, “Ojos de plata”, came out in 2020; it’s a love letter to her 16-year old self and her obsession with monsters, violence and self-discovery.
As a freelance writer, Emilia covered biotech news for Synbiobeta and Nature, while sharing her personal science and entrepreneurship stories in her website, emiliadiaz.cl. She was also featured as a translator in Ginko’s Grow, an evocative magazine covering synthetic biology, art and society.
As a speaker
Emilia focuses on social impact through science and technology, her journey as an entrepreneur, gender equality in STEM, and exponential technologies. Her Tedx talk, “Feeding the right wolf”, focuses on social impact as the ultimate goal for scientific innovation.
Emilia is a certified PowerPitch coach and supported the namesake manual as a scientific pitch consultant and content editor.