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.
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.
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 Manenti - VMR - Scientist / Project Leader
Alessandro graduated in Biology obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in 2009 and a Master’s Degree in Molecular Evolution in 2013 at the University of Siena. He worked for six months in a big company in the field of Life Sciences. In November 2013, he won a competition for PhD students in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Siena. In the first year, he worked on a project of Influenza Viral Growth in cell culture. In the summer 2015, he spent five months at the Influenza Centre in Bergen, Norway, under the direction of Professor Rebecca Jane Cox, studying the field of validation of new serological assays for IgA and IgG detection. Currently, he is working as a Scientist on the development and standardization of serological assays for IgA and IgG detection in Nasal, Saliva and Serum samples and for anti-Neuraminidase antibody detection.
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.
Elisa Casa - VMR
She graduated in 2014 in Biotechnology at the University of Siena, with an experimental thesis carried out at the Department of Physiology, on the analysis of the effects of new anti-proliferative compounds on Chronic Myeloid Leukemia cells. She continued her training for her Medical Biotechnology Master’s degree, holding a thesis internship in the laboratories of Pathological Anatomy, where she practiced an analysis on the variation of gene expression in Burkitt’s lymphoma. After obtaining her Master’s degree in 2016, she started an extracurricular internship at VisMederi, mainly dealing with the development and optimization of different cell cultures for the evaluation of immunological vaccine response. In March 2018, she began working at VisMederi Research where she continues to deal with the growth conditions of human and animal cell lines.
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.
Chiara is a biologist with a master’s degree in Biology applied to Nutritional Sciences gained at the University of Milan. After an internship at the toxicology lab of the University of Valencia (Spain), she attained a master’s degree in Global Health at Maastricht University (The Netherlands), completed with a qualitative research thesis in collaboration with the Water and Health Lab in Limassol (Cyprus). In February 2020 Chiara began working in VisMederi, where she carries out serological tests for clinical trials.
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).
Inesa Hyseni - VMR
Graduated with honors in Biology, she achieved a three-year degree in Biological Sciences in 2014 and a degree in Health Biology at the University of Siena in 2017. After a post-graduate internship at the Pharmacology Laboratories of Angiogenesis and Pharmacogenetics, she obtained a scholarship for research activities at the University of Siena in 2017. In these same laboratories, she continued the study of “Cellular and molecular mechanisms of Angiogenesis in the presence of compounds able to release Nitric Oxide”. This study led her to a publication on Biochemical Pharmacology in 2018. During her research grant, she carries on some teaching activity for the ITS New Technologies of Life Foundation, where she holds the role of Professor of the Microbiology course for the “PROBIT 2.0 – Higher Technician for the quality system of biotechnology-based products and processes” project. Since July 2018, she has joined the VisMederi Research’s team focusing on the development of different types of cell cultures and on serological test learning.
Sindhiya Jan received her Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Pakistan in 2008. She cleared her National Board Dental Exams in the USA. Later she started working as a dental surgeon and public health officer from 2009 in public hospitals and academic settings with the Health Department, Government of Sindh, Pakistan, also supervising a number of infectious diseases and vaccine studies in urban and rural communities. She also worked as a Research Assistant at LUMHS for all these years. She has participated in scientific meetings on vaccines and has publications in peer-reviewed journals; in addition, she has also delivered a number of lectures, oral presentations and poster presentations at national and international forums. Dr. Sindhiya graduated with Advanced Masters in the Vaccinology and Pharmaceutical Clinical Development from the University of Siena, Italy in 2018. She has completed an advanced postgraduate training in Clinical Research Operations for Study Coordinators from the Institute for Global Health-University of Siena in 2019. She is a fellow of ADVAC by foundation Merieux and University of Genève and also a fellow of 3rd cohort World Health Organization Scholar Program (GRISP). She joined VisMederi in May 2018. She is currently working on clinical studies to evaluate immunogenicity and safety of new influenza vaccines against specific influenza virus strains by serological assays.
Agnieszka Maciola - VMR
Agnieszka Maciola obtained her MSc degree in Biotechnology in the Center of Oncology – Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Institute in Poland, where she gained experience in cell culture experiment. During her Ph.D., she was engaged in a project developing a subunit vaccine against HPAIV H5N1. In the course of her studies, she used various proteomic and protein purification techniques and was trained in animal vaccination experiments. She attended Summer School of Influenza in Siena in 2016 thanks to Lars Haaheim Travel Fellowship awarded by the Organizing Committee. Obtaining FEBS short-term scholarship, she spent two months in Influenza Centre, Bergen, Norway where, under the direction of Professor Rebecca Jane Cox, she worked on microneutralization assay. She received her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences, in 2018. Currently, she works in VisMederi Research and she is involved in virology projects including virus propagation, Micro Neutralization assays (CPE and ELISA based), and on serological assays for detection of IgA and IgG antibodies under supervision of Dr. Alessandro Manenti.
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 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.
Donata graduated in Biotechnologies in 2014 and she pursued her studies for a Master’s Degree in Medical Biotechnologies at the University of Siena. At the same time, she carried out a traineeship in VisMederi, mainly performing the development of cell cultures and serological assays to analyze the immunogenicity of influenza vaccines under the supervision of Prof. Emanuele Montomoli. Graduated in 2016, she immediately got a Ph.D. in Life Sciences in VisMederi. Currently she is working in VisMederi Research, focusing on the development and optimization of cell culture platforms for the evaluation of influenza vaccine immunogenicity.
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.
Giulia graduated in Biotechnologies (Bsc) in 2011, and in Medical Biotechnologies (Msc) in 2013 at the University of Siena. She obtained her Master’s degree with an experimental thesis based on the comparison of serological assays for the titration of anti-influenza antibodies, with the supervision of Professor Emanuele Montomoli. Since October 2012, she has been working in VisMederi. Within the company, her main tasks are related to cell culture, serological assays for the evaluation of influenza vaccines and typing of meningococcal group B antigens (MATS).
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.
Ilaria Razzano - VMR
Graduated in 2017 in Biotechnology at the University of Siena, with an experimental thesis carried out at the Department of Microbiology on the study of the immunity response to vaccination through ELISA immunoenzymatic assays and multi-parametric cellular analysis through flow cytometry. She is pursuing with her Medical Biotechnology Master’s degree, carrying out her thesis internship in the VisMederi Research company. She is currently performing classic serology tests for antibody detection against influenza virus hemagglutinin, together with the development of competitive ELISA immunoassays for the discrimination of antibodies against influenza virus Stalk domain and type A immunoglobulins.
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.