The people we employ. With their expertise and experience, they make VisMederi a young, dynamic and innovative company. We are talking about a human capital of competent and motivated women and men, which over the years has grown and strengthened thanks to new highly technically and scientifically specialized professionals. The two main business areas – vaccines and food industry, safety and environment – are supported by an administrative area for all research activities. The high profile of the working group is one of the strengths of VisMederi, which chose to bet on young people and to enhance their talent to grow and successfully enter new markets.
Administrative Office / Human Resources
Giulia Addolorati - Head of Administrative Office / Head of Human Resources Office
Giulia graduated at the University for Foreigners of Siena in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation, and she specialized in “Translation for Business and Tourism”. During her studies, she has always worked in the fields of administration, tourism and translation. In 2010, she was awarded with a fellowship on the topic “Implementation of Capacity Building Processes at Navrongo Health Research Centre in Ghana” performed at the University of Siena, Department of Physiopathology, Experimental Medicine, Public Health, under the supervision of Prof. Emanuele Montomoli, mainly performing translations, management of the supplying processes and linguistic support. She is part of VisMederi’s staff since 2011, first as Administrative Assistant in the position of Specialist and as Head of Administrative and Human Resources Office since April 2016. Her tasks concern all administrative processes according to ISO9001:2008 standard and the management of human resources practices. Her activities mostly apply to approval and writing of administrative SOPs, coordination and supervision of Administrative Assistants and their activities, management of work relationships and documentation for consultants and service providers, supervision in drafting and management of contracts and documentation of the Company (customers/sponsors/consultants/conventions). She is also responsible for invoice emission and management. She is responsible for Human Resources processes, stage/internship/job voucher, internal documentation, relationship with Labor Consultant and management of time and attendance software.
Belinda Carnasciali - Administrative Assistant
She graduated from the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy at the University of Siena in 2001. After graduating, she was hired as a Commercial Officer for Tuscany in an international company specialized in document management and workflow solutions for companies and the Public Administration. After several years, she went back to work with a company in the Biotechnology sector in Siena as an Administrative Assistant, essentially following the entire process of reporting on EU Projects. In 2011, she was hired by a qualified company to provide Payments and Business Services, managing the Administrative Office. In July 2018, she has joined the administrative staff of VisMederi, where she currently deals with the management of Suppliers and the Purchasing Department, following the entire process, according to the ISO9001:08 standards, from the estimate request to the issue of the Purchase Order, until receipt and storage of the shipping documents and the corresponding invoice.
Maura Martini - Administrative Assistant
Maura graduated in Foreign Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at the University of Siena in 2004. She is also currently graduating in Psychological Sciences and Techniques (Social, Work and Organizational Psychology) at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Florence. After finishing her first step studies, she worked for various qualified import\export companies in Tuscany in their Export Sales Office. In 2005, she was hired by a renowned pharmaceutical company where she worked for ten years as a top management Executive Assistant. In 2015, she moved abroad managing her own Wellness Centre and, back to Italy a year later, she started working in the tourism sector with her own rental apartments. Since February 2020, she has been working at Vismederi s.r.l. as an Administrative Assistant supporting top executives in their daily activities and external guests during company meetings or events, in addition to helping the company staff with their daily administrative needs.
Simone Paletti - Head of Finance Office
He studied Business Administration at the Faculty of Economics “Richard M. Goodwin” in Siena, earning his Bachelor’s Degree with a thesis on International Accounting, research theme on methodological aspects and problems of the adoption of IAS / IFRS Accounting Standards for SMEs. While studying Management and Governance at the Department of Business and Legal Studies at the University of Siena, he gained experience on the field in a Business Consultant Studio. He obtained his Master’s Degree with a graduation thesis on the business model that characterizes the start-up phase of companies in the Life Sciences cluster. He has been working in VisMederi since March 2014, dealing with Corporate Finance and Management Control. From January 2015 to June 2016, he became a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Since April 2016, he is the Head of the Corporate Finance Area.
Sara Pugliese - Internal & External Communication / Administrative Assistant
Sara studied at the University of Siena. In 2007, she graduated in Literature and Philosophy, Curriculum of Sciences of the Historical and Artistic Heritage with final grades of 110/110 with honors. She carried out a stage for research purposes at the Commission for the Historic, Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological Heritage of Siena and Grosseto. After this experience, she moved to Milan where she worked for two years at a travel agency and, afterwards, she moved to Florence where she continued working in the field of tourism. In 2011, she returned to Siena, where she worked as an Administrative Assistant first at a Business Consultant Office and later at a Law Office. In February 2013, she started working as an Administrative Assistant at VisMederi Srl in the position of Junior Specialist. Currently Sara is Responsible for VisMederi Communication, taking care of promoting and spreading the Company’s identity, in line with the image and the management strategy as well as with budget items and costs. She coordinates the selection of information channels, organizes sponsorship, maintains and strengthens relations with institutions, organizations and media. She is also involved in writing press releases, texts for corporate advertising and corporate representation documentation. She manages the Social Channels (Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook) and the web site of the Company that she frequently updates with the insertion of news related to the activities of VisMederi at a national and an international level. She organizes events such as press conferences, meetings and conventions. In the Administrative Office Sara is Responsible for Suppliers Management and Purchasing Office, following the entire process, according to ISO9001:08 standard, from quotation request to placing of the purchase order, up to the receipt and storage of delivery notes and invoices. Furthermore, she is mainly involved in managing Sponsors visits and Audits organization, in the management of enterprise business travels and of enrolment meetings, conferences and seminars and in the administrative issues concerning receipt and shipping of viruses and samples.
Margherita Turillazzi - Legal
In 2015 she graduated from the Faculty of Law with a thesis on Tax Law entitled “Tax aspects of reverse merger. Analysis of a practical case”. The same year, after graduating, she had a five-month study experience in Australia. On her return she began working at a law firm in Siena. In 2018 she obtained a 2nd level-CMU2 Master’s Degree in Corporate Law at the 24Ore Business School. In January 2019 she moved to Modena, where she worked for a law firm specialized in corporate law and then returned to Siena in March 2020. She began working at Vismederi where she is responsible for the management of legal affairs, in particular the stipulation and revision of contracts with international Sponsors.
Emilia Aceto - Head of Quality Department
Graduated with honors in Biology at the University of Siena in 2005, she completed her studies obtaining a PhD and a Second Level Master in Biochemistry. Throughout this time, her scientific research focused mainly on proteins purification and characterization. She was also involved in the validation of HPLC methods and enzyme kinetics. She carried out her post-doctoral studies at “Department of Molecular Epidemiology”, University of Siena with Prof. Emanuele Montomoli. In January 2011, she joined the VisMederi’s team and she worked mainly on laboratory tests for clinical studies dealing with humoral and cell-mediated immune responses induced by influenza viruses. In addition to the role of Scientist, she was the person responsible for the propagation and storage of live viruses in VisMederi. With a background in method procedures and other laboratory documentation, she joined the team of VisMederi Quality Assurance in 2015. She is currently Head of the Quality Department and guarantees the control and efficiency of the company Quality System. She is responsible for the outcome of audits and coordinates the resources of the quality area in order to maintain the ISO and GCLP certifications and to support the Auditors during visits by Sponsors or Organizations.
Graduated in Geological Sciences at the University of Pisa, he decides to undertake a different path that brings him closer to the business world. Biotechnology is one of his interests and he succeeds in accessing a two-year course of Higher Technician for the Quality System of products and processes based on biotechnology, organized by Fondazione VITA, a Technical Vocational School for New Life Technologies based in Siena. The final part of the course consists of a long internship that Giovanni performs in VisMederi. Graduated with honors, he then joins the Quality Department of VisMederi, where he deals with managing and improving the Quality Assurance process in vaccine and food areas.
Silvia Grappi - Scientist / Project Leader
Silvia Grappi studied at the University of Siena and she graduated in Biotechnologies in 2006. From 1999 to 2006, she worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Siena, under the supervision of Prof. A. Tagliamonte (Department of Neurosciences), where she studied the neurochemical, immunocitochemical, and behavioural changes associated to drug addiction, depression, and appetitive behaviour in animal models. She also studied animal models of obesity and relative potentially antidiabetic drugs. From 2002 to 2004, she worked at the Institut de Génétique et Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Strasbourg (France) as Research Engineer where she studied the characterization and the link between mu receptors and depression. She obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine, (Department of Neurosciences) in 2010. Her research focused on the characterization of dopaminergic transmission in feeding behaviour. From 2010 to 2012, she carried out a Post Doc under the supervision of Prof. E. Montomoli. (Dept. of Physiopathology Experimental Medicine and Public Health). Throughout this time, she studied the immunogenicity of influenza vaccines. She was the author and co-author of several scientific papers for international journals. In September 2012, she joined VisMederi, a highly qualified enterprise in the field of Research and Life Sciences, where she was involved in several serological activities. She also conducted a project for the characterization of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B strains. Currently, she is a Principal Scientist, and she is the main contact for a global leader company in the vaccine field. She is Project Leader of an important research project on the efficacy of flu-vaccine.
Giulia Lapini - Scientist / Project Leader
Giulia graduated in Biology, with a Physiopathology degree at the University of Siena in 2008. She obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine in 2011, while training at Epidemiology and Molecular Laboratories under the mentorship of Prof. E. Montomoli; her main task consisted in laboratory assays targeting humoral immune response for flu viruses. Since 2012, she has been working on a Post Doc in the areas of humoral and cellular immunity induced by influenza vaccine and research in correlates of protection; she is performing part of her internship at VisMederi, which includes the handling of biological samples to assess immunological and molecular response to exposure to flu viruses or specific viral antigens.
Alessandro Torelli - Scientist / Project Leader
In 2006, Alessandro began his studies in Mechanical Engineering at University of Perugia and he joined the Italian Air Force in the same year. After a period spent in the role of cadet pilot at the “Accademia Guardia di Finanza” in Bergamo, he signed his leave to continue with his studies at the University of Siena obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology in 2010. In the same year, he won the fellowship “Progetto Fixo” and began working in Siena Biotech S.p.a. in the Molecular Neurosciences Unit; during this period he acquired broader experience in Molecular Biology working mainly on nuclear receptors. In 2012, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Medical Biotechnology. After having had few Marie Curie ESR opportunities within the FP7 framework (Angiomattrain in Galway, Bone-Net in Sheffield), on October 2012 he joined the VisMederi team as a technician: during its time in VisMederi he acquired strong skills in the field of serology and clinical trials. Currently, he works as a scientist in VisMederi mainly leading Influenza and N. Meningitidis projects, writing animal testing protocols and performing cell mediated immunity assays (FACS).
Elisa Mennitto - Head of Laboratory
Elisa graduated in Biology, then obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2004 and her Specialization Degree in Medical Biology in 2006 at the University of Siena. In March 2012, she earned a Doctorate with the addition of the title “Doctor Europaeus” in Molecular Medicine at the University of Siena. In the first year of her PhD, using various serological assays, she performed several clinical phase II, III and some pre-clinical studies to analyze the immunogenicity of influenza vaccines at the Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Emanuele Montomoli. She spent the second year of her PhD program in London at the Health Protection Agency laboratories coordinated by Prof. M. Zambon, where she carried out several methods for the analysis of antibodies to avian and human Influenza strains, as well as for the growth and maintenance of mammalian cell lines, influenza virus propagation and harvest from cell culture and eggs. She finished the last year of her PhD at VisMederi, where her main tasks were related to cell culture and serological assays such as Single Radial Haemolysis assay (SRH), Haemagglutination Inhibition assay (HI), Microneutralization assay (MN) and also ELISA assay for serological detection of anti-Pertussis, anti-Diphtheria and anti-Tetanus antibodies. Currently she is working as head of laboratories. With the Project Leaders she plans the Lab activities. She keeps under control the expire date of calibration and maintenance of instruments ensuring that they are functioning properly. She manages the reagents and sera storage. She ensures all users of the lab are wearing the appropriate PPE in the laboratories BSL2, BSL2+, BSL3. She collaborates with quality system: SOP revision, change control and deviation related to laboratories.
She obtained her Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences in 2013 at the University of Siena, with a dissertation thesis on Applied Ecology. In 2014, while pursuing her studies with a specialized degree course in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability, she gained a curricular internship in VisMederi, where she prepared her Master thesis. In 2015, she obtained her Master Degree with an experimental thesis on the validation of an HPLC-FD method for the determination of mycotoxins. After graduation, she joined the VisMederi’s team as a young technician and now she deals with chemical-physical and microbiological analysis in the food and environment sector. Currently she deals with the development and validation of analytical methods.
After obtaining his High School Diploma of Accountant and Business Consultant, he worked as Head of Finance and Administrative Office and Head of Human Resources Office in firms operating in the building industry. Subsequently, he was Manager of the same companies, with particular focus on the recovery and restoration both of civil buildings and assets with significant historical and artistic interest. Since June 2018, he has been working in VisMederi as a Technician.
After graduating as a Chemical Expert at the ITT Sarrocchi Institute of Siena, he continued his training by attending a six-month course at Farmatec in order to improve his expertise. He thus obtained the qualification of Engineering Technician for the Design and Development of Production Plants and their Validation. The topics covered during this course allowed him to deepen subjects such as the GMP qualifications rules, the identification of CCPs (Critical Control Points) and Working Dynamics in Quality. He has joined VisMederi in 2018, where he is responsible for the performance of serological and immunological tests for clinical trials using biological agents.
Carolina obtained her Master’s degree in Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy in 2016 at the University of Siena. She carried out a dissertation internship on analytical technique of capillary electrophoresis at the National Research Council of Italy in Monterotondo, Rome. In 2017, she obtained an internship in the Quality Assurance Department of a pharmaceutical company, where she acquired knowledge on the control and efficiency of the company’s Quality System. Currently, in VisMederi she deals with the development and execution of serological tests for clinical trials.
After graduating in Natural Sciences at the University of Siena in 2003, she worked for six years at the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of Siena as a Botanist. At that time, she was a member of a research team conducting analyses on lakes, rivers and forest vegetation in the province of Siena and on nearby areas, as well as carrying out studies on post-fire zones. Since 2011, she has been working at VisMederi, first as an Administrative Assistant covering maternity leave for another employee and then, with a temporary contract, as a Junior Technician dealing with cell cultures. Later, she became involved in serological assays such as Haemagglutination Inhibition, Single Radial Hemolysis and Single Radial Diffusion method.
Edoardo obtained his first degree in Biological Sciences and then the master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with an experimental thesis entitled “Identification and structural characterization of metabolites of Brassica oleracea var. acephala by advanced mass spectrometry”, developed together with the University of Siena and the National Research Council (Research Area of Pisa), under the supervision of Prof. Gianluca Giorgi and Prof. Lorenza Bellani. In 2015, year in which he obtained his master’s degree, he is Referent and participant of the “19th Mass spectrometry course 2015”, one of the most important mass spectrometry’s courses in Italy. In 2016 he is winner of a fellowship for young researchers, conferred to him by the Division of Mass Spectrometry of the Italian Chemical Society, and he continues his collaboration with the University of Siena and the National Research Council (Research Area of Pisa). In the same year, he takes part in the research group of VisMederi, in which he is occupied on serological tests for clinical studies.
Graduated in 2017 in Biological Sciences at the University of Siena, with an experimental thesis on the mortality of Multiple Sclerosis in Tuscany carried out at the Department of Epidemiology, she continued her training with a Master of Science in Medical Biotechnologies, carrying out her internship thesis at the Department of Molecular and Developmental Medicine with Prof. Montomoli working on a study on the evaluation of chickenpox immunity during pregnancy using the ELISA technique. In parallel with her university education, she has had her first experience in VisMederi (March 2020) working on the development and execution of serological assays for clinical studies through NM.
Luisa Ganfini obtained her Bachelor in Biotechnology in 2010 at the University of Siena and continued her studies with an MS degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, achieved in 2013. During her MS degree, she completed a six-month thesis internship at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. In 2014, she started her PhD in Biomolecular Sciences with the University of Trento, in collaboration with Externautics spa (until May 2016) and with Toscana Life Sciences (TLS) in Siena, during which she was involved in an ERC (European Research Council) Project, completed at the end of 2017. Upon completion of her PhD, she obtained a Post-Doc position through the University of Trento, CIBIO (Centre for Integrative Biology) in collaboration with TLS (Toscana Life Science), completed in June 2018. Since mid-June 2018, she has joined the VisMederi’s team where has been improving her competences working on serological tests for the evaluation of immunogenicity in vaccines.
Elena graduated in Biology at the University of Siena in 2008 and she immediately obtained a PhD in Biomedicine and Immunological Science working on the involvement of adenosine and cannabinoid systems in dermal fibrosis. During her PhD, she spent 4 months at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg that has allowed her to confirm in vivo the results previously obtained in vitro and obtaining the title of Doctor Europaeus in May 2012. Between 2012 and 2013, she worked as Post Doc at the Autoimmunity Laboratory of Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital (in Rome) using various methods. She is the main author of several scientific articles. In November 2014 she joined VisMederi. She is currently working on the evaluation of immunological response after exposure to influenza vaccine by performing the Microneutralization serological assay, and on the characterization of Neisseria meningitidis serogroup B strains by Meningococcal Antigen Typing System (MATS).
Luciano la Magra
Luciano graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Siena and continued his training course with a Master’s degree in Health Biology with an experimental thesis entitled “The role of Sph-K/S1P pathway in the airway dysfunction associated with lesions induced by cigarette smoke”. During his studies, he carried out an internship at the laboratory of clinical biochemistry and pathological anatomy at the Department of Molecular and Developmental Medicine, focused on morphological, morphometric and immunohistochemical analyses on sections of lung tissue. After graduation, he joined the VisMederi team, and he is currently dealing with the evaluation of immunological response after exposure to influenza vaccine by performing the Microneutralization serological assay.
She obtained her Biotechnology Bachelor’s Degree in 2012 at the University of Teramo, where she carried out an annual experience in the department of agro-food microbiology. In the same year, she started her studies in Health Biology at the University of Siena and in 2013 she acquired experience in the serological field thanks to a curricular internship within VisMederi, performing tests for assessing the immunogenicity induced by influenza vaccines. After two years, she obtained her MsC with a thesis on the validation of the SRH (Single Radial Hemolysis) method for the assay of antibodies against influenza 2013-2014 seasonal viruses. After that, she worked at VisMederi Research for the development and optimization of human and animal cell line cultures. She is in charge of the propagation of influenza viruses in cell cultures and of the development and validation of serological assays such as VN (Virus Neutralization) and ELISA (Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay).
After graduating in Geological Sciences, she changed her educational path to begin her career in Biological Studies: she graduated in Biological Sciences in 2016 and she earned a Master’s Degree in Medical, Veterinary and Forensic Biotechnology (Medical Curriculum) at the University of Perugia in 2018, with a final mark of 110/110 Cum Laude. In 2019, she spent a 9-month internship abroad in Murcia, Spain, thanks to an Erasmus+ mobility programme in a Molecular Biology and Genetic Laboratory belonging to the regional hospital. Enhancing her knowledge and practical skills in Molecular Biology, she worked on genetic material extraction, amplification, and detection of genetic mutations in patients’ blood analysing samples for diagnostic and research use.
Her whole educational training has been devoted specifically to pharmaceutical chemistry. She graduated with Honours in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Siena in 2014, with an experimental thesis on albumin nanoparticles as a drug delivery system for tyrosine-kinase Src inhibitors against neuroblastoma cells. A year later, she obtained her II level Master in Regulatory Affairs and Market Access at the University of Piemonte Orientale with a thesis on cooperation procedures between Regulatory Agencies and WHO for the approval of medicines in countries outside the EU and the USA. In 2015 she began working in the quality control unit of several pharmaceutical companies and, thanks to this experience, she has acquired knowledge and skills on the quality management system (GMP, GLP, ISO9001) and on many laboratory techniques (Immunology, chemistry and biochemistry). In Vismederi she is currently dealing with the execution of serological tests for the immunogenicity and efficacy of influenza vaccines.
After his High School Diploma, he enrolled in the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the University of Siena, where he had the chance to take part into an internship program aimed at improving the studies on pollution. After this internship, he worked for several firms where he developed organizational and control skills on impact and environmental safety. In 2011, he began to work for Pharmaceutical Firms, first in Novartis and after in Kedrion Biopharma, in the field of flu vaccines, as a Quality Controller. He supervised the whole vaccine packaging process, ensuring high-standard quality on Health and Safety. Since February 2016, he has been working in VisMederi, as a Logistics Coordinator and Responsible for storage operations.
Ginevra obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science in 2014 at the University of Siena and continued her specialization with a Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, achieved in 2016. During her Master’s Degree, she spent six months at Ruprecht Karls Universität of Heidelberg, in Germany as an Erasmus student in Molecular Biosciences. In 2017, she won the International Soldera Case Basse Award for Young Researchers and she obtained the qualification to practice her profession as a biologist the same year. From 2017 to 2019, she worked at Glaxosmitkline – GSK (in Siena) where she took part in the AS&T Team working as a lab technician on analytical method validation for an FDA commitment (mainly on colorimetric, chromatographic and ELISA assay methods). She worked in compliance with GMPs and company SOPs and supported Quality Control activities.
Since October 2019, she has been working in Vismederi where she is currently involved in the development and execution of serological assay (ELISA-based MICRONEUTRALIZATION ASSAY) for the immunogenicity evaluation of Influenza Vaccines.
She performed a pre-graduate internship at VisMederi in September 2018. She obtained a Specialist Degree in Pharmacy at the Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Siena in 2019, with a thesis on the subject “Influenza vaccination, new frontiers, effectiveness and security”. Whithin VisMederi she is involved in the implementation of serological tests with the aim of testing the immunogenicity of influenza vaccinations.
She graduated in 2012 in Biological Sciences at the University of Siena with a compilation thesis at the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences. She then obtained a Master’s Degree with Honors in Health Biology in 2015 at the University of Siena, with a thesis carried out at the Department of Molecular and Developmental Medicine. In July of the same year, she achieved the qualification for the profession of biologist. After graduating, she obtained a project contract at the Department of Medicine, Surgery and Neuroscience of the University of Siena, on the subject: “Evaluation of New Markers of Bone Metabolism and Interrelations with the Cardiovascular System”. She joined VisMederi in November 2016 with a cooperation agreement and subsequently, in February, she obtained a research grant with the theme “Evaluation of Cytotoxicity of Antiviral Compounds”. She is currently working for VisMederi with a PhD in Life Sciences, on the subject “Development and Standardization of new Anti-Influenza Test”
She studied at the University of Siena where she obtained her Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technologies in 2004 and her PhD in Molecular Medicine with the certification of Doctor Europeaus in 2009, as she spent some time at the Helmholtz Centre for Infectious Research, Braunschweig, Germany, and at the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. She started her career studying the pharmacology of angiogenesis and endothelial functionality, acquiring strong skills in the field of in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo methods necessary to study the cellular, molecular and biochemical aspects of the angiogenic process. She is author and co-author of several scientific papers published in international journals. She has joined Prof. Montomoli’s laboratory at the University of Siena as a post doc in 2017, and VisMederi in 2018, where she has acquired new skills in the field of the study of immunogenicity and efficacy of new influenza vaccines through serological tests.
Graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Parma in 2011, with an experimental thesis on Plant Genetics, she continued her studies with a degree course in Biology and Biomedical Applications in Parma and graduated in 2014, with an experimental thesis on identification of light k and lambda chains for the characterization of myelomas. In 2016, she took part in a training course in Clinical Research Associate, where she acquired knowledge in clinical trials, pharmacovigilance, GCP and GMP standards. She joined VisMederi with an internship in 2017. She currently deals with the development and execution of serological tests for clinical trials.
Graduated in Biological Sciences at “Seconda Università degli studi di Napoli”, she specialized in Pharmaceutical Biotechnologies at “Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II”, where she attended an internship in the field of peptide synthesis in solid phases in the Department of Pharmacy. She moved to Siena in 2015, where she obtained an MSc in “Drug Design and Synthesis”. Throughout this time, she also did her first experience in VisMederi as a trainee. She currently deals with the development and execution of serological assays for clinical studies.
Graduated in Biotechnology (Bsc) in 2011 and in Medical Biotechnologies (Msc) in 2013 at the University of Siena, she received the opportunity to join Vismederi in 2012. Within the company she is mainly involved in the development and standardization of serological assays to evaluate the immunogenicity of vaccines against viral and bacterial diseases, in the context of research projects and clinical/pre-clinical studies. Meanwhile she is also engaged in the MATS (Meningococcal Antigen Typing System) project, for the characterization of surface proteins of circulating Neisseria meningitidis type B strains. In 2017 she obtained the international certificate in “Laboratory Animal Sciences”, through a specialized course provided by the IBMC institute of Porto (Portugal) accredited by the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Sciences Association (FELASA). This allowed her to receive a professional theoretical and practical training for the design and conduction of animal experiments according to the European laws (category C of directive 2010/63/EU). During the following year she successfully completed the Executive Master in Project Management, certified by the QUEC company (Florence) and accredited by the National Council of Engineers. She is author and co-author of scientific articles published in international journals, aimed at promoting the dissemination of knowledge of invasive meningococcal disease. In 2020 she received the PhD in Life Sciences at the University of Siena, with a study focused on the validation of the Enzyme-Linked Lectin Assay (ELLA) based on lentiviral pseudotypes to quantify the antibody response against the influenza neuraminidase.
After obtaining her diploma of Chemical Expert at the ITT Sarrocchi in Siena, Elena started her job experience at the Molecular Biology Department of the University of Siena in the year 2000. She then worked at Siena Biotech as a Research Technician from 2003 to 2015, where she could improve her knowledge working in the field of research on rare disease drugs using several laboratory techniques applied both to cell cultures and to enzymatic assays. Elena subsequently moved to GSK in 2015, where she worked until 2019 as a QC Expert in the QC Immunology department running quality checks and stability studies using the ELISA method and working in compliance with GMPs and company SOPs. Since March 2020 she has been working in Vismederi where she is currently involved in the development of serological assays (ELISA-BASED MICRONUETRALIZATION ASSAY) for the immunogenicity evaluation of Influenza Vaccines.
Pietro obtained his University Degree in Statistical and Economic Sciences at the University of Siena (1992) with a thesis on econometric models for the analysis of company efficiency. After some experience as a consultant in the tertiary sector, his interest in scientific research led him to the collaboration (2000-2002) at the LIASA university spin-off (Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Applied Statistics). He took part in the implementation of data mining techniques and artificial neural networks for the construction of a pilot model of internal ranking for an Italian bank according to the rules of prudential supervision provided by the “Basel 2” agreement. His statistical activity continued at the Department of Medical, Surgical and Neuroscience of the University of Siena, where he applied and developed methods for the classification of data and the provision of data structures. In 2012, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Applied Neurological Sciences – Neurosciences presenting a diffusive model of the neuronal activity involved in decision-making processes. Subsequently, he continued research in neuroscience at EVALab (Eye-tracking Visual Application Laboratory) of the Department of Medical, Surgical and Neuroscience of the University of Siena, gaining further practice in the analysis of complex phenomena in both temporal and frequency domains. He contributed to studies on neuropathology and on cognitive functions such as perception, attention and memory related to the activity of the neuronal system that presides over eye movements. In 2018, he joined the VisMederi’s team as a Data Analyst, bringing his experience and skills in data management and analysis.
Valerio graduated in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Bologna. He worked in 2003-2004 as a sales representative for a small company that develops medical and serological diagnostic kits. He also received a university fellowship in 2004 in Molecular Biology based out the University of Bologna. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Quality Certification for Food Producing Organizations in 2005. After having completed his PhD in Molecular Medicine (2009-2013); he joined VisMederi in 2013, where he has developed competence and expertise in laboratory instrument management necessary for his current position in VisMederi.