— When did you start working with biomaterials?
— I started with biomaterials since 2014 followed by my curiosity about materials. While studying in London, I started with small 'experiments' throughout initial workshops such as cultivating kombucha to make biotextiles in a workshop with Suzanne Lee; then I started growing slime mold throughout a workshop with Heather Barnett. Back in Ecuador, I was looking to work on a collaboration with someone using biomaterials. In 2017 I met Chemist José Francisco Álvarez, who leads the Biomaterials Laboratory IDEMA, at Universidad San Francisco de Quito, were we both work. His research focuses on bioplastics and biomaterials coming from polysaccharides such as starch and pectins from waste and agro-industrial by-products. When I saw the samples in petri scale (laboratory scale) they were amazing: transparent, flexible, fluffy, and textured. It came to my mind the thousand possibilities that these materials have. Thus, we brought together engineering and design, to scale the size of the material in order to generate applications from starch-based agro-industrial waste. In 2018, thanks to research funds granted by USFQ for collaborative projects, we managed to start scaling. From this moment on, I started working with biomaterials for real.