COMPANY MANAGERS

Alessandro Guerrucci  it

Administrative Manager & Director – Spain 

Alessandro is the Administrative Manager of the Alien TT Group, as well as Managing Director of our Spanish Subsidiary, Caravel Innovation S.L. He is an experienced Financial Analyst, graduated in Market and Financial Intermediaries Economics. He holds a Masters in Finance, Budget Analysis and Management Control. He started working as an independent Trader on financial markets, first in the stock markets and then in the currency markets. At the same time, he served the role of Branch Manager at Agos Spa and he worked as CEO for a training company on the Foreign Exchange Market in Rome. During his career, he developed remarkable skills in organizational and administrative sector, international financial market analysis, asset allocation, portfolio management, investment analysis, risk management, cost reduction plan, report and budgets writing, leadership, master classes held, personnel selection , working to targets within a team.

Arianna Tibuzzi, PhD  it

Chief Quality Officer

PhD in Sensors and Electronic Devices. Fulbright fellow within the “Technology Entrepreneurship” programme at Santa Clara University, USA, on transferring innovative technologies from labs to market. From 1999 to 2010, researcher in MEMS, silicon technology, electronic devices, (bio)sensors at: FBK, Italy; University of California Berkeley, USA; National Institute for Nuclear Physics-INFN, Italy; CNEA, Argentina; National Research Council-CNR, Italy. More than 10 years experience in project management, strategic R&D and industrial partnership building, tech transfer, business and product development. Independent Expert Evaluator in FP7, Horizon 2020, Eurostars.

Valentina Loisi  

Chief Marketing Officer & Director – Spain

Since the beginning of the Horizon 2020 SME instrument, Valentina became an expert in spotting interesting innovative SMEs all over Europe and the world: more than 50% of companies scouted by her have received the funding from the European Commission. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s in International Relations, both cum laude, from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, where she learnt how to tackle central aspects of the international and European public sphere from an economic, legal and political point of view. Eager to learn more about EU-funded projects, she worked in Skopje on a project for the Macedonian Ministry of Information Society and Administration, while writing her Master thesis on the use of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance funds in the Western Balkans. During her studies, she was able to experience directly how public organizations, such as the UN and the European Council, function and she also worked at the LUISS Career Services.

Igne Vaisnoraite  

Chief Operating Officer – Italy

Igne has a significant international experience, starting from her homeland Lithuania and ending “dream country” USA or exotic Brazil. She has graduated Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, a degree in International relationship manager, with the 6 months exchange at University of Porto. She already accounts 2 year experience as a business consultant, had been working at one of the most promising startup in Brazil and continues her career at AlienTT . Igne has worn many hats, from business analyst and European funding consultant to team driver or dealer with the most innovative startups in Europe. She always says innovations and inspirational ideas are her driving powers.

Alessio Caracci 

Chief Operating Officer – Spain

Alessio has significant experience in H2020 and the SME sector. He graduated with a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Rome La Sapienza in 2009. After graduation he worked as Project Manager in a SME environment, participating in assignments for both private and public institutions in Italy. He was also involved in social innovation projects, helping social entrepreneurs get projects started and funded. He has traveled over Europe and has lived in Rome, Berlin and Dublin before moving to Las Palmas in the Canaries. Alessio speaks Italian, English, some German and is now learning Spanish. He plays basketball and cultivates a small vegetable garden on his balcony.

Andrea Marchig 

Chief Sales Officer & Director – Lithuania

Andrea is a Project Financing Consultant at Alien Technology Transfer. After his Master Degree in Diplomatic Sciences and International Relations at Trieste University he immediately started working in international contexts. His career started in the field of renewable energies working for a company active on Russian and European markets. In such context he gained experience in B2B relations, customer care, sales and promotion. In these years he had the chance to experience small enterprises struggles in a competitive field as renewable energies and dealt with many manufacturers and traders different requests and expectations. He believes that it’s essential for small and medium enterprises to be supported in their business and development by professionals who personally experienced the situations they deal with. Therefore he’s glad to provide the best support to companies willing to develop their innovative business projects through European Commission funding opportunities.

Sergio Dominici it

Product Manager

Sergio is a technologist who, over the time, became more and more interested in processes and products.
With a degree in Software Engineering, when he eventually gave up his ambition to pursue a career in the music industry, he focused on software development and hardware hacking, and ended up working in many different industries (avionics, industrial automation, gamification, healthcare, oil&gas, online gaming and tourism among the others). Passionate about technical innovation and UX, South America and magic realism, jazz and MPB, he’s an avid reader and traveler, who lived in three countries and worked in four continents.

Indre Remeikyte it

Chief Sales Officer – Spain

Indre is a Project Financing Consultant passionate about supporting innovative SMEs in their quest to change the status-quo. Indre holds a Bachelors in Tourism and Hotel Management from Kaunas University of Applied Sciences. She has written her thesis on the application of innovative technologies in the Tourism sector and has experienced entrepreneurship first-hand as a project member for the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE). After working for two years with various applications to serve client needs in the aviation industry, Indre has turned to helping SMEs succeed in their innovation journey.  When Indre is not assisting the next big innovators, she enjoys traveling and experiencing unique cultures as well as an occasional lindyhop dance evening.

SPECIALISTS

Steve Johnson 

Corporate Legal Officer

Steve’s working life commenced back in the 20th century with several years in the British Army; on leaving the Army, he trained as a Commercial Diver with the intention of pursuing a glamorous highly-paid career in the oil industry – but instead found himself working in the cold, dark, dirty waters of various docks, harbors, rivers and canals throughout the UK (and for not a great deal of money). Steve then decided to continue with his education – having left school at the age of 16 – and so enrolled at university somewhat late in life as a full-time mature student; having left it until the last possible day in which to enroll there was only one course with any vacancies left, so Law it was…Upon graduating from university, Steve found himself continuing his studies on a PhD course in Criminology; unfortunately, lack of funding prevented completion. Steve then spent the next twenty years or so working in a variety of roles with a legal orientation, most of them connected with insurance law, but managed to sneak in a “year out” teaching Business English to corporate clients in Madrid, where he also failed to learn Spanish. Most recently – i.e., prior to joining ATT in Las Palmas – he worked for an American multinational insurance company, finishing up with 2 1/2 years working in their office in Prague, Czech Republic. In his spare time, Steve enjoys keeping fit (running, weights, hill walking), music (Classic Rock, Jazz, Blues) and reading (history, biography, crime novels).

Francesca Dini, PhD  

Quality Manager & Director – Italy

Francesca has a Biomedical Engineering degree and a PhD in Sensors and System Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She collaborated with the Linkoping University in Sweden within a Marie Curie Research fellowship, and then she continued her research work at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She was co-founder and CEO of a spin-off company, created with the aim of transferring scientific results to the market. During this time, she came in contact with technological innovation from research institutions and start-up companies. From this experience she decided to pursue brilliant business ideas to help them find their way to the market.

Guido Manzi, PhD 

Modeling & Simulation Analyst

Guido is one of our Quality managers, over seeing the IT infrastructure, and mathematical modelling of the internal procedures within ATT. With a Master’s degree in Physics and a PhD in Theoretical Physics fro Tor Vergata University under his belt, Guido then went on to complete a year’s post-Doc in Max Planck for Mathematics in the Sciences in Lepzig before returning back to Tor Vergata and completing another year’s post-doc in Tor Vergata University. After gaining years of experience as a Scientific coordinator, Researcher and consultant, Guido then went on to become a founding director and CEO of SUM S.R.L. . An innovative thinker, creator and mathematical whizz, Guido is a crucial voice relied on within the ATT Group.

Mary Ryan  ie

Business Development Manager

Mary is the Executive Assistant of Alien TT. She has completed an extensive Executive Assistant and Legal Secretary diploma. She has also completed courses in Health and Safety and First Aid Training. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Mary has lived in both London and Rome. Although enjoying working in her home town, she loves to travel and loves the busyness of the bigger cities. Her background includes many years in the Customer Service field and as such she has an expert manner in dealing with our clientele. Throughout her career Mary has been sought out to help create and develop many different projects in sales, business progression and HR areas. Mary enjoys being part of an exciting team that is ever growing and loves to be challenged. She speaks both English and Irish.

Elena Ciaralli Parenzi  

Administrative Assistant 

Elena was born in England. Lived in Italy, Switzerland and Brazil. She has traveled all over the world from a very early age in countries very different from each other, which has given her an understanding and deep respect for all cultures. She has worked in different fields and developed her skills in company efficiency analysis, monitoring of results compared to budgets, dealing with clients and suppliers, quality system, planning and problem-solving. The international structure of Alien TT and mission to support small businesses develop their ideas, is something that has appealed to her immediately.

Alexandra Lara  

 Administrative Assistant

Alexandra was born and raised in the small British overseas territory of Gibraltar. She was brought up bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish fluently. Eager to experience life in a big city, she moved to London to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Shortly after graduating, she decided to spend a year traveling and exploring Italy, whilst undertaking a diploma in Human Resources. Ultimately, deciding to settle down in Rome. During her free time, Alexandra enjoys traveling, reading and practicing Taekwondo.

Justina Sauciuvenaite  

Marketing Manager

Justina has been dedicated AlienTT team member for the last 3 years. Starting as one of our Project Financing Consultants, Justina rose quickly among the ranks at AlienTT. Currently, she is acting as Marketing Manager and supporting different teams within the Marketing Department.

Justina graduated from the University of Aberdeen where she gained a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, which gave a start for her hunger to know existing and future technologies to improve the life and safety. While having a great opportunity to work from Israel, a great start-up powerhouse, she became eager to bring all the extraordinary innovations to the daylight. Technologies bring the excitement to Justina’s life as it gives a chance to have a glance into the future and with AlienTT she can contribute to shaping the future by helping exceptional innovations to reach all of us.

Alessandra Pacilli, PhD  it

 Quality Manager

Alessandra matched her two main interests – Research and Entrepreneurship – in Technology Transfer. Her mission is to make people’s life better; her strength is her willingness to learn, which makes her an enthusiastic person and team worker. Her background is multi-disciplinary: after a MSc degree with honours in Biomedical Engineering in Rome, she took a PhD in Measurements for Space and Engineering from University of Padua, where she specialized in Robotics for Rehabilitation, realising from scratch an interactive robot. Upon winning an Invitalia-Fulbright scholarship, she studied Technology Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, and worked in an incubator for biomedical devices as a business analyst. Coming back in Italy, as PostDoc at “Sapienza” University of Rome, Alessandra had the opportunity to approach Research also from a managerial point of view, by supervising the team resources and writing successful grant proposals. That was the turning point that led her to completely dedicate herself to help teams in transferring powerful research ideas into successful businesses.

Bogomil Mihaylov  

Graphic Designer & Copywriter 

Bogomil hails from Sofia, Bulgaria originally but has made the rounds in several other countries first completing a BA in Psychology in Germany and then, pursuing his creative aspirations, honed his skills as a graphic designer and photographer in the UK, Gibraltar and Spain. Design for him is the quintessential meeting point between form and function, art and utility regularly presenting different challenges and sometimes solutions. Although he leans towards minimalism and functionalism, he always keeps an open mind and experiments with new ideas, methods and isms. Outside of design and photography, music, film, travel and nature is where he finds rapture and inspiration.

Antonio Florido

Software Developer

Technology and software development were always interesting topics introduced to Tony at an early age. During his studies as a Software Engineer in Las Palmas he worked for companies developing solutions to them and improving his own career as developer. Always considered a “Pythonist” he participated in international projects. Machine learning and Big Data technologies are other areas of interest that he actually learns deeper. Fishing is also another passion of his.

Giorgio Maria De Rango it

Software Developer

Born and raised in Rome, Giorgio started his university career at Engineering Management when he came across his passion for the tech world. Later on he engaged in a Master Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, finishing in December 2017, after an exchange period in Norway. During his last year of school, he worked at a consultant company. After graduation he deepened his research on  detection and profiling.

Victor Rodriguez 

Junior Software Developer

Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, he always loved the tech world so started his university degree in IT, while completing courses and attending seminars. Between years he spent a year in Krakow, Poland and completed an internship in several companies in Gran Canaria as Helpdesk Support and Software Developer. He is into running, cycling and exercising in general.

Gregorio Rodriguez d’Acri, PhD it

 Lead Sourcing Specialist

Gregorio is a multi-disciplinary engineer working as the Lead Sourcing Specialist at Alien Tech Transfer. His evolving thirst for new knowledge has led him from classics high school studies in Italy to a Mechanical Engineering degree, followed by a Masters in Power Systems Engineering and culminating in an industrial PhD in Biochemical Engineering, all achieved in top UK universities. His personal experience with Horizon2020 includes winning his own grant for a post-doc at University College London for the study of the scale-up of stem cell therapies through applied fluid dynamics, performing his own research and disseminating findings whilst training the PhD candidates in advanced experimental methods and initiating research collaboration with industrial parties. Today he helps Alien Tech transfer in searching for the exciting new technology that will shape our future, providing support in transforming great ideas into innovative reality. His curiosity and ingenuity help him dig deep to filter out the hype from the plethora of today’s innovations and uncover the ideas that will make the successful enterprises of tomorrow. His passion for innovation is somewhat in contrast with his fondness for old motors, in particular his vintage motorcycle for which, albeit his best efforts, can’t find the source of the oil leak.

Paul Cogswell 

 Quality Manager

Paul comes from England and has a background in chemical research and technology transfer. His university career began in the UK with an MChem at Durham University, including an extended research project at an academic institute in Germany. He then moved to the University of Bristol for a PhD in multidisciplinary chemical synthesis, including aspects of research & innovation and intellectual property. His project was conducted in collaboration with a major pharmaceutical company. Paul concluded his time in research with a project at Kyoto University in Japan, where he also enjoyed travelling and learning about Japanese culture. He then spent three years helping university researchers to commercialise their research output through IP licensing and the creation of spin-out ventures as a Project Manager at a leading UK Technology Transfer Office. Paul is excited to help European SMEs achieve commercialization as a member of the AlienTT Quality Team in Rome.

Renu Gopal 

 Full Stack Developer

Hails from India, nicknamed Rego is a passionate coder who loves challenges. He completed his Electronics Engineering Degree in Bangalore,India and colloborated on a couple of innovative Tech startups during his degree. These startups were in the field of Industrial Automation Products and IOT security and on top freelanced as a Web Designer. Always has a zeal in him to achieve great heights. Plays cricket and football on weekends. Big fan of Harry Potter series, says that he will do the same magic with his code in our new office in Hyderabad, India.

Robert Wiersema it

 HR Manager

From a young age Robert always had the desire to connect and travel abroad!
Born in the Netherlands and with a keen interest in building start ups across in Europe. His professional experiences took him to all across the European continent and now currently in Italy.

After spending nearly a decade working in sales management and business development for multi million dollar brands and startups in e-commerce, telecom,logistics and energy ,Robert knows what really drives the business and the power of creating the right team that propels to massive growth.

Today he’s part of the Alien network and selecting the brightest talents across three continents to accelerate the funding of promising ventures within Europe and the USA. Ventures that make a real difference and improve peoples live.

Robert has advanced fluency in English,French,German,Italian,Spanish and Dutch and holds a Degree in International business.

Fabio Fucile it

 Financial Analyst

Fabio was born and raised on the shores of the Strait of Messina, eclectic, he studied experimental industrial electronics and specializes in microprocessor technology continuing his studies in Electronuclear Physics at the University of Messina. He began his  professional career as an analyst programmer but develops his knowledge by working in different fields, ranging from computer science, design of industrial plants , solid modeling to the CAD/CAM of naval components. Also there is no lack of experience overseas that brought him for about nine months to the Dominican Republic. His path changes direction when he gets into Forex trading and decides to merge finance with his knowledge of mathematical algorithms and computer science and develops considerable skills as an Financial analyst by successfully applying his theories to trading. A sports lover, he is a member of the CSAI and the Italian Timekeepers Federation of CONI.

PROJECT FINANCING CONSULTANTS

Sofía González  

Project Financing Consultant

Raised in Gran Canaria, Sofia moved back to her native city of Madrid to complete a Bachelor Degree in Business Management at Universidad Complutense. During that time, she worked as a financial adviser for a leading German finance company, gaining a deep understanding of financing to launch and carry out projects successfully. With a strong commitment to further develop her skill-sets, along with a desire for adventure, Sofia continued her postgraduate studies in Australia, completing a Diploma in Business & Operations and currently finalizing a Diploma in Graphic Design. Over the course of five years, Sofia continued to develop her professional career, specializing in business development in industries such as tourism, higher education, foreign affairs, investment and funding.

Sandra Hryniewicz 

Project Financing Consultant

Sandra was born and raised in Poland, where she earned her bachelor’s degree of Business Management and master of Human Resources Management at Wroclaw University of Economics. During her academic career she had an opportunity to study at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as an Erasmus scholarship holder. She speaks 4 languages: Polish, English, Spanish and German and has accumulated work experience in international environments. Previously she worked as Fund Accountant in one of the biggest international investment banks. She also has experience in the fields of business administration and sales. Sandra is passionate about business and always eager to learn.

Lukas Kulertas it

Project Financing Consultant

Lukas is a Project Financing Consultant at Alien technology transfer. He earned a bachelor of science in International Business and Communication at ISM University of Management and Economics, with exchange experience at EDHEC Business School in France. While doing his internship at one of the leading fruit and vegetables wholesale companies in Baltic States, Lukas wrote his bachelor thesis focusing on B2B sector to acquire extensive knowledge on market research and business expansion solutions. He decided to join ATT because of a strong belief that he will be contributing to the good of society by helping innovative technology’s to reach the market and improve people’s lives. Lukas is extremely dedicated to every task in order to reach the best outcome for his clients. His tenacious attitude from the previous experience as a basketball player, gives him a strong desire to constantly improve and exceed client’s expectations.

Thomas de Saavedra ie

Project Financing Consultant

Thomas was born in Victoria, the retirement capital of Canada, a land of lush forests, beautiful coastlines, and boredom. He moved to “Cowtown” Calgary for university, emerging with a Bachelor of Science in General Science–this is where his interest in scientific innovation stems from. Before joining Alien TT, Thomas was a beer slinger by trade, and enjoyed swing dancing, snowboarding, music festivals, and psychoanalysis. Wanting to spend time with family, and believing travel broadens the mind, Thomas moved to Gran Canaria last October. He spends downtime reading about cultural hybridity and writing fiction.

Jussara Alayon  

Project Financing Consultant

A Project Financing Consultant with Alien TT, Jussara finished her degree in Journalism and continued to learn the different strategies and intricacies of Marketing, a field in which she calls home. She has been gaining professional experience in Sales and Marketing over the last couple of years in different countries; namely Spain and Australia. Following these adventures, she decided to join ATT to pursue her interest in helping new and innovative projects climb to the top of the market, keeping her clients positive on a day to day basis with her sunny disposition. She is proud knowing that she has assisted her courageous clients to reach their goals doing what she knows best; finding different alternatives and the best solutions available.

Monica Santella 

Project Financing Consultant

Born in Center – Southern Italy, in 2011 Monica graduated in Tourism Planning and Management at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome. After completing her degree, she moved to Malta through the European Project Leonardo da Vinci where she started her professional career. After almost five years spent working in Malta in both Sales and Customer Service, in 2017 Monica decided to fulfill her dream to move to the Canary Islands. She is passionate about travelling, discovering new cultures and working in international environments.

Jovita Karpaviciute

Project Financing Consultant

Jovita has a Bachelor degree in Finance Economics and international experience. She has knowledge in the banking industry, compliance, finance and customer service. Loves challenges so she’s been living in the United Arab Emirates for a little over a year in order to get to know different cultures and get some new skills.

Francesco Sfriso 

Project Financing Consultant

Raised in the north-eastern Italian countryside, among corn fields and big rivers, Francesco comes from a small town near Venice once awarded as “Italy’s most boring city”. After graduating in Diplomatic Sciences and International Relations, he worked as a Junior policy officer in Brussels for the Venetian Chamber of Commerce. He got back to Italy afterwards to start working as an external consultant for ERDF projects in the Regional PA in Venice. There he had the chance to get in touch with people working and investing on R&D to improve their businesses and strengthen their enterprises.

Michael Slattery ie

Project Financing Consultant

Completed a Business Diploma at University College Dublin, Ireland. After discovering rock climbing whilst studying, Michael eventually turned his passion into a professional experience. Some interesting work experiences in Dublin led to a 6 month contract touring the pacific ocean, circumnavigating Australia. Travel highlights include rock climbing meccas Kalymnos (Greece) and Thailand. But seeking better opportunities and a climate to match, he arrived to Gran Canaria in early 2018.

Rafal Gajoszek 

Project Financing Consultant

Rafal graduated from the Cracow University of Economics where he gained a Bachelor of Commodity Science. During his university years he was introduced to various business branches and manufacturing. After finishing studies he started working at an international corporation where the chance was given to cooperate with clients from all around the world. After two years the decision to move abroad was made and a new journey began in Spain.

Aneta Zacharevic

Project Financing Consultant

Born and raised in Vilnius, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Management and Business Administration at Vilnius University. After getting the diploma, Aneta moved abroad to get some international work experience and fuel her passion for traveling. For nearly 5 years she had been living in Shenzhen, so called Silicon Valley of China, and for the last 2 years working for an innovative medical device company there. Besides that, she has experience in Customer Service working with clients from all over the world.

Evaldas Bakanauskas

Project Financing Consultant

Evaldas is currently finishing his third year at Vilnius University in social policy and politics, a degree that has allowed him to broaden his views on the issues and events that are happening globally. Learning languages such as French is another passion of his. He is an active, motivated and curious person, who always searches for new challenges and adventures. Other interests include sports like football or biking.

Fernando José Hernández Lugo

Project Financing Consultant

Born and raised in Venezuela, Fernando decided to leave his country at the age of 16. He then spent a couple of years travelling and living in countries such as Canada, Switzerland, the USA. He finally moved to Spain to attend his degree where he completed a Bachelors in Business Administration. During such nomad years, he gained working experience in sales, customer service, finance, tourism, and managed a team of fraud analysts at a startup. In 2016, he moved to Las Palmas, his family’s hometown, as he had always wanted since childhood. He is passionate about learning new cultures, IT, sports, music, and film.

PROJECT MANAGERS

Steven Kiberd ie

Project Manager

Steven is a business analyst, assisting in project proposal writing and the development of business plans. He was born in Ireland where he began his undergraduate degree studying Business Studies & Spanish at Dublin City University. As part of a dual-degree programme, Steven completed his studies in Madrid at Universidad Pontificia Comillas where he graduated in June 2015. During his summers Steven completed internships in both Dublin and Madrid. Upon graduation he relocated to Rome and looks forward to creating new international experiences. Steven is a native English speaker and also speaks Spanish.

Adrien Raucoules  

Project Manager

Driven by efficiency, organization and an aptitude for learning, Adrien completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Tennessee in Mechanical Engineering with exchange experience at Politecnico di Torino. During his schooling, Adrien was able to get a broad range of hands on technical experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Army Research Laboratory in the areas of research and development, 3D printing, and project management. Having been born in Lyon, France and living in the southern United States, his desire to connect with internationally and scientifically inclined professionals lead him to a Project Manager position with Alien Technology Transfer in Rome, where he helps bring innovative ideas to life. Living an active and culturally diverse lifestyle is the key to his personal and professional development, where he strives to excel and minimize learning curves with whatever tasks are at hand.

Isabelle Gordge  

Project Manager

Isabelle works as a business analyst applying her engineering expertise to evaluating and writing H2020 project proposals. She was born in England and attended the University of Manchester where she studied Civil Engineering and spent her summers working in Madrid, Barcelona and Biarritz. After graduation, Isabelle travelled around South America before returning to Europe and settling in Rome.powers.

 Ryan Wilcox 

Project Manager

Ryan graduated in Business Studies from the University of the West of England in 2014. He spent his 3rd year in Barcelona as part of the Erasmus programme where he fell in love with Spain. Upon graduation, Ryan moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where he worked as conversation teaching assistant. More recently, he worked for the Association for Project Management (APM), coordinating teams of volunteers across the UK in order to organise events for APM members. After missing the sun, Ryan relocated to Las Palmas in August 2017 and joined the Alien team as a Grant Writer. Ryan likes to spend his free time hiking, camping and listening to music.

Gabriele Piergiovanni, PhD  

Project Manager

Gabriele has a strong background and an extensive research experience in Life Sciences. After an MSc degree with honors in cell biology at the University of Milan, he moved to England where he enrolled at the University College of London to perform a PhD in molecular biology. During his graduate studies, Gabriele became an expert in genome stability and cancer biology by working on the DNA replication mechanisms of tumour cells at the London Research Institute, funded by Cancer Research UK. He came back to Italy for a three-year post-Doc at the Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM) in Milan. Here, he led research projects focused on discovery of new genes associated with rare diseases working in collaboration with the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona. After several years of active laboratory research, Gabriele decided to apply his scientific knowledge to the business world. Within AlienTT, he works to make sure that promising scientific research is made available to everybody by launching it into successful businesses.

Alice Gervasoni, PhD  

Project Manager

Alice was born in Italy where she obtained her BSc and MSc in molecular biotechnology. Her dedication to research together with her passion for travels led her to move to Madrid and Barcelona, where she studied the potential of stem cells as therapeutic approach to Parkinson´s disease. In 2013, Alice decided to pursue a PhD in regenerative medicine at King´s College London (KCL). During her PhD, Alice specialized in the regeneration of auditory sensory cells after trauma and she identified a key epigenetic regulator involved in the process.

Lavinia Petrizzi  

Project Manager

Lavinia’s academic path is marked by an international and interdisciplinary mindset, maximally exploiting resources coming from different locations and scientific fields. After undergoing a heart surgery during her BSc in Chemical Engineering at La Sapienza in Rome, she began to explore the great potential of the application of engineering notions in the medical field. With this objective she decided join an innovative program in Human Health Engineering at KU Leuven (Belgium), achieving a MSc with honors in Bioscience Engineering. Dynamic and determined, Lavinia strongly believes in communication and team work. She translates her life experiences into useful skills at work and draws energy and creativity from her several passions, such as sports, music and art.

Davide Simonetti, PhD  

Project Manager

Davide is a biomedical engineer with a strong motivation to learn. His main interest is to develop technological solutions for improving people’s quality of life. After a MSc with honours in Biomedical Engineering at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, he joined Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma (UCBM) where he took a PhD degree in Bioengineering with a thesis focused on the development of mechatronic solutions for rehabilitation and functional assistance of neurologically injured people. During his PhD he spent 6 months as a visiting fellow at ETH Zurich, one of the most important worldwide technological university, where he gained expertise in mechatronic design of wearable robots. After the PhD, Davide continued working in the research as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Rehabilitation Engineering.

 

Serena Perilli, PhD  

Project Manager

Serena’s love for Life Sciences started during secondary school and it was sealed with
an MSc degree with honours in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of
Rome “La Sapienza”. Her passion for Research led her to pursue a PhD in Genetics
and Molecular Biology in Rome. During this time, Serena focused her studies on the
genetic networks controlling the rate of cell differentiation and organ growth during
plant development. She then moved to the Netherlands for a three-year post-Doc at
Wageningen University, where she investigated the dynamics of stem cell behaviour
in plant stem cell niches.

Giovanni Graziano  

Project Manager

Being fascinated by scientific subjects and industrial technologies, Giovanni started his international BSc in Engineering Sciences at Tor Vergata University in Rome. After having successfully completed his BSc, he kept his career on an international mindset starting a joint Nordic master’s degree in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering, between the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) of Stockholm in Sweden and Aalto University of Helsinki in Finland. In this period, he had the opportunity to work on various projects on the development of sustainable practices in the energy sector and to join several entrepreneurial and technology conferences that made his interest in innovative solutions grow. Thus, for his MSc Thesis, he worked on a H2020 project in collaboration with several stakeholders and research institutes. In this project, as well as throughout his degree, he has also developed excellent communication and team work skills by working with people from different ethnical and academic backgrounds.