Who is Jorge?

Jorge Cortell

“Don't ask me who I am, or ask me to stay the same”

Michel Foucault. The Archaeology of Knowledge (1972)


about me

[Jorge's] strong commitment, efficiency, and energy were crucial for the successful work of the Expert Group on Venture Philanthropy and Social Investments and the high quality of its timely advice.”


Jean-David Malo

European Commission

Director DG Research & Innovation


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Kristin Burkland


Senior leader Partners

Rob Orwin


Technology Strategist

[Jorge] has ably demonstrated his capacity to meet the rigorous academic challenges found at Harvard.”


Harvard University

DCE Dean of Academic Programs &

Chief Academic Officer


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[Jorge is] way ahead.


Max Ma

Johnson & Johnson

Principal AI Engineer

Dr. Raminderpal Singh

Eagle Genomics

Vice President


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Count Markus Matuschka de


Lysando AG

Chairman of the Board of Directors

For years a reference in innovation.”


Juan Carlos de la Fuente Córdoba


Technical Leader - Aircraft Simulators

Paul Henderson


Director of Health Data and Analytics


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David (Dave) Wilson

Hitachi Healthcare Americas

Sr. Director, CC & IM

I am incredibly enthusiastic about having [Jorge] join the Innovation Fellows program [at Harvard University].”


Paul B. Bottino, Esq.

Harvard University (SEAS-TECH)

Executive Dir., Innovation Education

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe…

paraphrasing Roy Batty

I have advised a king to abdicate and establish a republic, I have been completely surrounded by snakes, I have survived earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, I have traveled through 5 continents circling the Earth over 30 times, I have been shot at and poisoned and drowned, I have overcome cancer, I've spent months in the hospital before I was even born, I have photographed archaeological excavations in a war zone and documented illegal deforestation in the Cambodian jungle, I have won international sports championships, I have created software that has been used to cure millions of patients inspired by my wife's cancer, I lived with a severely ill psychiatric patient for years, I have been held by an anti-terrorist squad in Turkey, I have won awards in different scientific disciplines, I've had breakfast with cabinet members on a private island in Bali, lunched with ambassadors, and dined in a palace with British Royalty, I have served food to homeless people in Bangladesh, I have partied in California beaches with billionaires, and I've surfed in Ibiza, the girlfriend of a Colombian drug lord did a striptease for me in front of him in Bogota, I have gathered evidence about an organized crime group and handed it over to prosecutors which led to arrests and political resignations, I have organized demonstrations in the streets of New York and strikes in Spanish classrooms, I've had more than a dozen surgeries and I have fractured my neck (twice) and all my limbs, I fled from the secret police during the performance of a censored theater play in pre-democracy Spain, the police thwarted a plan to kidnap me in Peru, I have been under so much stress that I have cracked five teeth, in Moscow my bodyguard (unbeknownst to me) stopped the traffic with an AK47, as a child I was beaten so badly that one of my eyes changed color permanently (traumatic heterochromia iridis), I developed software in collaboration with NASA to be able to give my fiancée an extraterrestrial engagement ring and for an anniversary I went down an active volcano and got lava to make another, I'm the first person in my family to attend university, I've given lectures to thousands of people in a stadium and to dozens in universities (like Stanford, Oxford, MIT and Harvard), I've witnessed the birth of my children and I've held a loved one in my arms as he exhaled with last breadth, a policeman has stolen from me and a thief has helped me, I have climbed into the ring to fight in several martial arts, I'm the father of a videogame character, as a child during a coup d'état I stared for hours through the window at a tank aiming towards my apartment threatening to shoot, I've bled under a waterfall in an Indonesian jungle, the university that forced me to resign later gave me two medals, I've been buried in the snow, I've seen my son sink into a frozen lake, I've been so rich that I went on luxury cruises, and I've been so poor that I could not afford basic utilities, I've lived in a skyscraper in New York, a castle in London, a house on the lake in Canada, and a sea view mansion by the Med, I sailed on a fishing boat during a storm in the North Atlantic, in a solar-powered catamaran, in superyachts, a hurricane has lifted me off the ground, I have snowboarded in Canada during a polar vortex… Above all, I've loved and been loved. I've found beauty.

And I'm only getting started… but all those moments will be lost in time,

like tears in rain.


General Partner (GP) of UnveilPharma (biotech VC fund based in Singapore) and Jinsei (a MedTech VC fund based in Tokyo). Member of the Board of Advisors at Lysando (Liechtenstein), world leader in the development of antimicrobial proteins. Former Technology Advisor and ex-Venture Partner at NLC.health (The Netherlands), Europe's most active early stage investor in healthcare, with over 100 healthtech ventures, of which I've personally helped co-build (in my portfolio): FlashPathology, Pryfiber, Matermend, PathBrite, GenoTell, WaveFront Microscopy, and OmicSystems, while also managed University accounts like Columbia, Harvard, NYU, CSIC...

CEO 6 times and Entrepreneur 6 (5 exits) in 5 industries (fashion, marketing, architectural tech, music production, and healthtech) in Spain, England and the USA. My last company, a Covid-19 victim, was chosen among the Top 18 EU Startups, bootstrapped via multi-million $ sales in 15 countries and profitable, being valued at $1.2B by a NY investment bank and receiving a buyout offer by a Japanese corporation, earning 4.9/5 stars and 100% approval rate as CEO from my coworkers and 85/100 (top in the industry) by my competitors and peers.

I have advised governments in Latin American countries, as well as the European Commission, IBM, Microsoft, and UBS bank customers, on matters related to copyleft, technology, innovation and healthcare.

I speak 3 languages fluently, traveled to over 50 countries in all continents, lived in 4.

If you want to know more, take a look at my business profile in LinkedIn.

Art & Activism

Hacktivism: I've lobbied against software patents in the European Parliament, lectured against restrictive copyright throughout Europe and the USA, founded a citizen participation platform and Valencia's hacker lab, given lectures at hacker conferences, documented environmental abuses in Cambodia, copyright-lobby illegal activities in Spain, and police abuses in the USA, defied jail time as conscientious objector of compulsory military service...

I have been an Advisor for the Saint Charles Royal Academy of Arts. I've curated art exhibits in Lithuania and Spain, edited and wrote the texts for Nebula's first photography art book 'Gaze, Reflexion, Fusion', and had some of my art works exhibited in some of the main museums and galleries around the world (Singapore Art Museum, 2014, Contemporary Art Museum of Santiago de Chile 2016, Ludwig Museum in Cologne 2016, Konsthall in Malmö 2021, Contemporary Art Museum of Copenhagen 2021, Saatchi Gallery in London 2021, Die Neue Sammlung and Haus der Kunst in Munich 2022, Hermitage and Straat in Amsterdam 2022).

Science & Technology

Appointed by Harvard Business School as Senior Advisor to lead Healthcare & Life Sciences advising for the 13 Harvard University schools at Harvard Innovation Laboratories.

Former Innovation Fellow at Harvard University John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH), Expert in Residence at Harvard iLabs and Mentor at Harvard HealthLab.

Privileged to having had the opportunity to play a part in advancing the field of Computational Bioinformatics for Precision Medicine at Kanteron as inventor of the first precision medicine software platform (2014), first vendor-neutral digital pathology dicomizer (2012), and pioneer developer of commercial augmented reality via surface projection in live surgery (2009). Our technology helped save millions of lives and received innovation awards from: NASA, HIMSS, IBM, DPA, F&S, WSJ...

I've been invited to deliver Guest Lectures over 60 times in universities such as Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, and MIT, and in events like HIMSS, RSNA, Longevity World Forum, etc. I have been assistant professor in 3 universities, and studied in 7 even though I'm a first-generation college graduate...

If you want to know more, take a look at my profile in : Harvard Scholar, Orcid, ResearchGate, Google Scholar, y Academia.edu.

& more…

I've been former pro-basketball player (ACB Preseason Pamesa Valencia 1993, Spanish NBA), child-actor, writer, husband, father…

But there is only so much one can fit in a website, or is even willing to share with complete strangers.

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