Every 29 seconds

A new case of breast cancer is diagnosed around the world

*Source: www.bcrf.org and www.nationalbreastcancer.org

It’s on!

Breast Cancer has a massive impact on a woman’s physical, psychological, social-cultural economical well-being. This extends to their families, communities and employers. In addition Breast Cancer impacts religious, cultural beliefs and societal values across the globe. This is why we take great care in how engage and implement our resources and technologies.

Every second counts…

The increasing costs healthcare and (needed) regulations have led to a situation where customisation, wearable technology solutions, apparel and textile innovation developers find it increasingly challenging to add value and bridge the innovation service gap between the medical/health and the lifestyle needs for Breast Cancer Patients & Ex-Patients.

This is why our call to action also extends to readily available solutions offered by stakeholders in Fashion, Lifestyle, Wearable Technology, Personalised & Digital Health industries.

Current project

The SBP Smart Breast Prosthesis Project is now the
catalyst for the new FiguraNova Lab+ Concept


“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.”
-Stephen Hawking


Why it Matters?

Since the start of Covid pandemic in 2020, the foundation
team, advisors and stakeholders have demonstrated an
unparalleled resilience, and unwavering commitment to
the realization of the Smart Breast Prosthesis Project.


The Big Picture

Building in this momentum, we are accelerating our strategy,
and using the SBP Project as the catalyst to launch the first-of-kind
lab in The Netherlands dedicated to the development of
Wearable Technology solutions, that enhance the quality of
life of Breast Cancer Patients & Ex-Patients worldwide.

Its's on

Global Vision & Local Impact

Our agile Research and Development strategy will enable
our international team, to become a ‘force multiplier’
focused on developing cost-conscious solutions that
have an enduring Social Return on Investment.


Core Activities and R&D Highlights

Enable rapid field testing, focused on
Point of Care Innovation, and scalability.

Connect our international partners, with
our local stakeholders, and expert network in
The Netherlands, and the United States.

Focus on soft tissue prosthetics design, and
how wearables, haptics, and smart textiles
enhance their performance and optimization.


Key statistics & insights

1 in 8

Number of women in the US & EU that will develop breast cancer before the age of 85

5K -15K

The cost range for reconstructive surgery per breast in the US


Number of women diagnosed with breast cancer who might lose their jobs in the US


Estimated number of women not satisfied when using an standard breast prosthesis


Number of women across the globe who will choose to have a custom breast prosthesis

Our goals

Fund & Stimulate R&D

Through continuous research and development of materials and technologies including wearable technology, artificial intelligence, garment technology, 3D scanning and 3D printing solutions.

Provide Accessibility

By making these materials and technologies accessible to all persons worldwide who, due to breast cancer or other diseases or accidents, experience breast asymmetry challenges and handicaps.

Create Awareness

By developing innovative solutions and sharing resources with stakeholders, we want to provide education, inspire communities and future generations to become long term collaborative partners.



– Victor Luis Portes, Chairman & Strategy Director

How it started

In the past 13 years, our Victor has lost 4 family members to breast cancer. He also experienced first hand the post surgery challenges that survivors face regarding garments, fit, comfort and self confidence (this includes his wife, sister and cousin).

Inspired and frustrated by this personal experience, Victor decided in 2015 to invest and use his 20yrs in communication design, product development, live communication, branding and teaching experience to tackle this global problem head on until there is a cure!

Our Board and Advisors

These people are the soul of our foundation. Their dedication, combined skills, backgrounds and international networks truly contribute to getting our message across the globe to women who needed the most. Remuneration Policy: Board members shall receive no remuneration other than compensation for expenses incurred in respect of the work they have performed.


Victor Luis Portes, Chairman & Strategy Director
Fundraising, Technology & Communications
Manuel van der Velde, Treasurer
Management & Policy Advisor
Mark Terberg, Board Member
Creative Industries & Global Partnerships



Dr. Kate J. Stephenson
Belmont Calif., US,
PhD Medical Engr., Founder of Dyad Engineering LLC
Tatiana Kelil MD
San Francisco, US,
Physician Women’s Imaging, Assistant Prof. Radiology at UCSF
Freeman Trullas-Raluy
City of Edinburgh, UK
, Advisor
ICT, Special Education & Digital Design
Hector Cuevas
New York City, US
, Advisor
3D & Digital Apparel, Design Innovation
Jossie E. Otero Portes, USAF Veteran, Puerto Rico, US, Advisor/Volunteer
VS. G. Komen Race for the Cure
Martin van de Beek
Utrecht, NL,
Healthcare Innovation, Social Inclusion Achmea
Johanna Belondrade
Amsterdam, NL,
French Language Expert, & Cultural Communications
Isabel Tejeda
Santiago, Dr,
Head of Graphic Design at Centro Leon Lecturer & Artist
Josefina Moreno
Almere, NL, Advisor
Spanish Language Teacher, Lecturer, Curriculum Developer  & Coach

Be Part of Our Story

The Figura Nova Foundation aims to lead the way in bringing these innovations to life, by build long term synergies and engaging subject matter experts, organizations with suitable corporate social responsibility programs.


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