Human Connection Nurtures STEM Scholars


H. Puentes, the Co-founder and CEO of SD2, intimately understands the hurdles that underrepresented students face. As the son of Colombian immigrants, he has raised over $8M to increase diversity in STEM, supporting entrepreneurs and students in accessing the resources necessary for success. In the summer of 2020, longtime Biotech executive Bill Rastetter and H. crossed paths and instantly connected over their shared backgrounds and belief that extraordinary talent can be found in all communities. In an interview with Illumina scientist and bioinformatician Dr. Janina Jeff, H. delves into the unique qualities of SD2 programs that differentiate it from other STEM initiatives aimed at underserved communities. Subscribe to the Illumina video channel A global genomics leader, Illumina provides comprehensive next-generation sequencing solutions to the research, clinical, and applied markets. Illumina technology is responsible for generating more than 90% of the world’s sequencing data.* Through collaborative innovation, Illumina is fueling groundbreaking advancements in oncology, reproductive health, genetic disease, microbiology, agriculture, forensic science, and beyond. *Data calculations on file. Illumina, Inc., 2015. View customer spotlight videos View Illumina webinars View Illumina product videos View Illumina support videos Facebook: LinkedIn: Instagram: Twitter: #Genomics #GenomeEra #Illumina #SD2 #DiversityinSTEM #SanDiegoSquared #BetterHumanHealth #CSR #Partnerships #IGF #IlluminaGenomicsForum #LightboxConversations