Company Managers

Arianna Tibuzzi, PhD   

President & 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 Executive Officer

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.

Alessandro Guerrucci  

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Igne Vaisnoraite  

Chief Operating Officer

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.

Srijan Bandreddi  

Chief People Officer

Srijan has an extensive experience around Business and Product Innovation, Business Development, Technical Development, Digitalization and Digital transformation in a matrix organization and startup environments. He has worked with a wide range of stakeholders from large complex organizations to nimble startups in multi-cultural environments across USA, Europe and India.Srijanhas a deep passion for technology and wide understanding of business alongside a strong track record of turn-around and end-to-end execution of green field Projects. With a Bachelor and Master degree in Engineering, he possesses a unique mix of hands-on experience in both worlds – Technology and Business. He enjoys endurance sports, culinary arts, DIY projects, programming and travel as interests.

Sergio Dominici  

Chief Information Officer

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.

Isabelle Gordge  

Chief of Project Consulting

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.

Indre Juozapaite  

Chief of Fund Consulting

Indre is a Funding 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.

Gabriele Piergiovanni, PhD  

Senior Project Team 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.

Steven Kiberd  

Senior Project Team Manager – Spain

Since 2015, Steven has supported companies from various sectors (such as transport, renewable energy, biotechnology, healthcare) through project management and successfully raising funds to commercialise world-class technology, primarily received through H2020 – the largest EU Research and Innovation programme to date with nearly €80 billion of funding available. Prior to joining Alien Technology Transfer, Steven completed a dual bachelor’s degree in Global Business Studies & Spanish, graduating from both Dublin City University (Dublin, Ireland) and Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid, Spain). Born in Ireland, Steven is a native English Speaker and also speaks Spanish.

Raviteja Donepudi, PhD  

Senior Project Team Manager – India

Raviteja is a PhD in Quantitative and Computational Biology and has a Masters degree from University of Hyderabad. During graduate studies, he received training across disciplines encompassing Natural Sciences and basic Social Sciences. He received highly competitive and prestigious Kishore Vaigyanik Prothahan Yojna (KVPY) fellowship during graduation and CSIR & Shyama Prasad Mukherjee research fellowships during PhD. He has also been at various academic institutions across South Asia and Europe and participated in executing many collaborative research projects. Raviteja is deeply interested in technology evaluation, data driven discussion making and institution building. He is an ardent follower of innovative technologies in fields of construction, agriculture, transportation and healthcare. When not science-ing or tech-ing, he is usually researching on minimalist lifestyles and binge-watching medieval dramas.

Arjun Ananth  

Senior Funding Consultant Manager – India

Born and raised in India, Arjun has an extensive experience in Sales, and had roles in Operations and in managing events. He is an MBA graduate from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, specializing in Leadership & Strategy, with minors in Marketing.During his time working for a couple of start-ups, Arjun has developed interested in the education space in India, particularly in helping kids pursue their dream of taking off-beat career choices.He is a sports maniac and watches all kinds of sports. He is also passionate about traveling, exploring different cultures, reading books and listening to music.

Sofía González  

Senior Funding Consultant Manager

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  

Funding Consultant Manager

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.

Vinaya Gedam  

Funding Consultant Manager

Vinaya is an experienced business professional with a demonstrated history of working in dynamic industries like aviation and now fundraising. She is a strong administrative professional with a Master of Business Administration – MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and a right mix of strong analytical and interpersonal skills. Skilled in Business Development, Business Strategy, B2B Marketing and Key Account Management, Vinaya likes to work in challenging environments which offers learning opportunities and an impetus to both professional and personal growth.

Riddhish Panchigar  

Funding Consultant Manager

Born and raised in India, Riddhish comes with a 5 years experience of working across industries like Events, VFX & Animation and Hospitality. He is known for being an achiever in his previous organisations. Skilled in Sales & Marketing, Operations Management, Leadership and Teamwork, he is a quick learner and a result oriented professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration for St. Xavier’s College, Goa.

He has a keen interest in travelling, sports and trekking.

Paul Cogswell, PhD  

Project Team 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 Consultant at a leading UK Technology Transfer Office. Paul is excited to help European SMEs achieve commercialization as a member of the AlienTT PM Team in Rome.

Adrien Raucoules  

Project Team 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 Consultant 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.

Alice Gervasoni, PhD  

Project Team 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.

Serena Perilli, PhD  

Project Team 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.

Giorgio Maria De Rango  

IT Team Leader

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.


Francesca Dini, PhD  

Senior Quality Manager

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.

Alexandra Knopova  

Corporate Legal Officer

Born and raised in Slovakia, Alexandra studied and worked in three European countries before settling in Italy. Alexandra’s professional life started while finishing her first Law degree in Bratislava where she interned in various local and international law firms. After obtaining her degree she started to work for the Bank Ombudsman of Slovak Republic and in the free time she taught business and legal English to the companies in Bratislava. Following this experience she relocated to Italy, where she started to work for an international consulting company with branches all over Europe. To further her education, Alexandra took the decision to continue to study Law in Italy, thus completing her second Law degree. The international experience helped Alexandra to become more open-minded and to obtain a creative approach for the resolution of the problems. Alexandra speaks 4 languages fluently – Slovak, Czech, Italian and English – and is always happy to learn a new one. In her free time she enjoys writing, traveling, tennis, and boxing.

Mary Ryan  

HR Manager – Spain

Throughout her career Mary has been sought out to help create and develop many different business lines in sales, business progression and HR areas. Starting as Executive Assistant in Alien’s beginning days, she helped develop many areas in the company, both externally and internally. With many years experience in customer service, Mary has a natural gift for understanding people and their needs which comes through in her position as HR manager. Mary enjoys being part of an exciting team and loves the challenge of helping the team grow not only in numbers but in personal and professional development. She speaks both English, Irish and is mastering Spanish.

Elena Ciaralli Parenzi  

Administrative Manager

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.

Justina Sauciuvenaite  

Senior Quality Manager

Justina has been dedicated AlienTT team member for the last 3 years. Starting as one of our Funding Consultants, Justina rose quickly among the ranks at AlienTT. Currently, she is acting as Quality Manager with a specific focus on 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.

Davide Simonetti, PhD  

Quality 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.

Gregorio Rodriguez d’Acri, PhD  

Senior Innovation Scout

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.

Alessio Caracci  

Quality Manager

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 Consultant 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.

Guido Manzi, PhD  

Machine Learning Specialist

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.

Anand Sekar  

Junior Full Stack Developer

Born and raised in the beautiful city of Chennai in India, Anand is pursuing his undergraduate degree in the field of computer science from SRM-IST. While in college he did various courses, including IMAD(Internet & Mobile app development) certified by NPTEL & IIT-M, Machine Learning, data mining & NLP. He is good at python,C++ and has a keen interest in competitive programming, participating in contests conducted on various online platforms. Apart from all these, he loves football & cricket. He likes to spend his free time learning new things and languages. Apart from website design & development, his other interests include robotics, artificial intelligence, and data analytics.

Rahul Arora  

Tech Lead India

Born and raised in India, Rahul is a well-qualified developer familiar with a wide range of programming utilities. He holds a Bachelor degree in computer science and engineering.
He worked for various organizations and have good experience in Web and Mobile App development. He is passionate about new technologies and enjoys learning new trends. Apart from work he loves playing cricket and badminton.

Bharath Kumar Govardhanam  

Front End Developer

Born and raised in Warangal,India. Holds a bachelor’s degree focused on Information Technology from JNTU Hyderabad.Front end developer with good experience of developing innovative solutions with HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery. Ever enthusiastic of coding with analytical assessment to understand the concept and never give up attitude. Associated with start up in creating client centric innovative solutions, defining standards and setting up Best Practices.Interested in reading and curious to learn new things.

Renugopal Siva  

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.

Antonio Florido  

Senior 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.

Arup Patel  

Junior Full Stack Developer

Arup is a geek from India. His interest in the tech world exists since the beginning of the universe. He is currently pursuing his B.Tech degree in SRM-IST. He is always eager to learn and work on new technologies. He believes in the idea: A day without learning is a day wasted. He had interned for a couple of organizations in the field of data analytics and web development. Apart from his work and academic life, he is an otaku and plays E-sports.

Sravan Kumar  

Tech Support Specialist

Born and raised in Hyderabad, graduated in Electronic and communication engineer in 2015.Interest towards software made me join HCL in the same year I graduated as a “Graduate Engineer Trainee” and become a senior analyst. Worked on Mobile device management for the client Cox Communication (US 3rd largest cable company) Worked as technical support engineer for an Enterprise Mobility Management product developed by Wenable Technologies.As I worked on support with direct interaction with customers, now I want to learn web development and my ambtion is to be a programmer as well. Interested to read novels and to play cricket in free time.

Raffaele Cingottini  

Graphic Designer

Raffaele is a passionate Graphic Designer, born in Italy, who travels a lot for work and personal interest. He is the result of a mix of scientific studies in Sciences of Communication, Computer Engineering and artistic attitude.
He was a graphic designer pioneer at the beginning of his career in the late 80s, when computer graphics were still a science fiction topic; he developed his skills through several collaborations in publishing and media entertainment business, having the chance to work for major companies like the Italian national television RAI, Mediaset, MTV and recently for Netflix.
With the advent of the web, Raffaele naturally moved into the digital world, starting a new enthusiastic phase, focusing on web design and social media.
He also has teaching experience in graphic design, web design and advertising at Studio Arts College International and Florence Design Academy.
He uses to say that he feels lucky to be part of Generation X because he can appreciate the best of both the analogic and digital world.

Shree Ghosh  

Associate HR Manager

Shree hails from India and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources. She has experience working with dynamic cross-functional teams, recruitment and has facilitated change in the organisational structure with the senior management in my previous organisations.

She strongly believes in the fact “Action speaks louder than voice” and has portrayed results. Working alongside motivated employees and keeping the work environment positive and learning-oriented have always been her prime concern.

What keeps her pumped up are indoor and outdoor activities like adventure sports, sports, painting, pulling random strings on the ukulele etc.

Hemang Kamat  

IT Support

Hailing from Goa, India, Hemang holds a Masters Degree in Computer Networking with specialisation in Cyber Security. He has been engaged in providing L2/L3 Technical Support for B2B EDI, WCS eCommerce websites, RPA with UiPath, Automation Anywhere & Blue Prism and Network Infrastructure Support in this previous organisation.

Apart from work he is passionate about Adventure Sports and has secured podium spots for the State of Goa in Baseball and Karate at National and Asian Levels.

Diane Tito  

Associate HR Manager

Diane, hailing from Kerala, is a people capability expert with experience in HR digital transformation and talent acquisition.

She completed her Post Graduation with specialisation in HR from XIME and has a keen interest in human behaviour. In her previous organisation she was able to transform employees’ experiences and HR services delivery.

Her work and skills were recognised by various management fraternities with awards like Re-Imaginer, Young Manager etc.

She is interested in various cuisines and is an excellent baker.

Harish Gopi  

DevOps Engineer

Harish was born and brought up in Chennai, India.

He holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science. In his previous organisation he was responsible for automating deployments, integrating pipelines, and managing microservices.

He is a Google certified Kubernetes Engine Architect and has worked with various cloud platforms and devops tools like docker, kubernetes, ELK, Ansible, Terraform. Harish is passionate about learning new technologies on the market. In his free time he likes playing cricket and badminton.

Neetu Sharma  

Front End Developer

Neetu is from India and holds a Master’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations Management.

She has served an instrumental role in the domain of Corporate Communications. Later she moved to the United States to pursue her passion for coding and web services.

She holds a Master of Science in Information Technology and Management – from Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA in the year 2015. Neetu kicked off her career with an internship at Valparaiso University.

Following her graduation she served in two projects as a Front End Developer in the United States for Northwestern Mutual and AON Corporation.

She firmly believes in updating one’s educational qualification to pursue a sound profession in the field of choice.

She is a fond traveler and loves cooking.


Innovation Scout

Sonu hails from India and has experience working in various fields like biomaterials, polymers, carbon nanomaterials, organic/inorganic corrosion inhibitors etc.

She holds a master’s degree in Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore. During her graduation, she worked on Size Effect Studies and Electron Microscopy Laboratory with her research focused on studying Electrochemical behaviour of PVD and CVD based coatings. In her previous employment, she worked as a Project Engineer working closely with their clients and providing rust preventive solutions for their assets. Within a short span of her employment, she was made the product development head at the firm.

Sonu is gregarious in nature and loves to travel, photography and binge on science-fiction movies and novels. She is a Crichton fan, and retro melodies keeps her up.

Rahul Singh  

Associate HR

Rahul hails from the city of Nawabs (Lucknow), he has completed his graduation and post graduation from Amity University(UG) & ITM University(PG) in Human Resource Management, respectively.

He has a keen interest in the field of Biotechnology and Life sciences and all the trends that follow through. He has over three years of experience working as a Human Resource professional with a dynamic & engaging audience which has given me a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow. What he is good at, and the reason why he is here, is getting the right people, businesses and great ideas in a room together. He believes in the idea of “Getting the work done” even if it takes a little more effort.

What keeps Rahul going is his undying passion for Football and Formula 1 racing sports which keeps one healthy and focused.

Aditi Banerjee  

Innovation Scout

Aditi has a PhD in Chemical Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and a Master’s in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

During her PhD Aditi also worked as a Commercialisation Analyst at the technology transfer office at her university, which propelled Aditi to seek a career in technology commercialisation. Aditi has also worked as a technology specialist at Shusaku Yamamoto a leading intellectual property law firm in Japan. Aditi has experience working on the patent prosecution for a number of pharmaceutical and chemical and materials chemistry technologies.

In her free time Aditi likes to travel, watch movies and read.

Funding Consultants

Sharath Rajan  

Funding Consultant

Born in a small town in Kerala, Sharath’s lived in 6 states across India till now and will be in his 7th for pursuing his work at Alien TT. He completed his Bachelors in Business Administration from SRM-IST, Chennai.At the age of 17, he was introduced to the stock market and since then he hasn’t stopped learning about financial markets and global economy.During his 2nd year in college, Sharath interned for one of the biggest stock broking firms in India. He believes that all knowledge is good knowledge, even if it’s bad knowledge because then, one learns to distinguish between what’s good and bad.He enjoys reading books, listening to music, playing eSports and learning Spanish in his free time.

Nikitha Devraj  

Consortium Expert

Nikitha pursued her Bachelors in Business Administration. Her interest in bridging the gap between technology and business prompted her to pursue Masters in E-Business and Innovation from Lancaster University, UK with a distinction. She has worked in startups across industries in different departments, including business research, marketing, human resources among others, in order to gain a deeper understanding of markets. She is always looking forward to learning something new and expanding her knowledge.

Ipsita Panda  

Consortium Expert

Born and brought up in the temple city of Bhubaneswar, Ipsita believes in the power of optimism and gratitude.
She holds a degree in bachelor of technology in Biomedical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela.
She developed deep interest for sales while helping an entrepreneur with his business as an amateur and hasn’t looked back since then.
She has experimented with sales in industries like hospitality, artificial intelligence and education with a tinge of technical background in information technology at the beginning of her career.
Apart from work, you will find her enjoying writing, dancing, singing and being a part of the learning journey to learn anything that comes her way.

Adarsh Salla  

Funding Consultant

Adarsh was born and raised in India, where he earned his Master’s degree of PGDM in Marketing and Operations. He speaks 3 languages: English, Hindi and Telugu and has accumulated work experience in Business Development and Sales. Previously he worked in various IT System Integrator, Cloud Service and SAAS companies in Sales role. Adarsh is passionate about business and is a continuous learner. He is an avid Aviation Enthusiast. Loves plane spotting in free time.

Rafal Gajoszek  

Funding 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.

Andrea Marchig  

Funding Consultant

Andrea is a Funding 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.

Angeline Lee  

Funding Consultant

Born and raised in Singapore, Angeline holds a Bachelors degree in English with Business from The Open University, UK. With a keen interest in languages, Angeline is effectively bilingual in English & Chinese and has studied Japanese, Korean & German and is on her way to gaining fluency in Spanish after living in Spain the past 2 years.Angeline has 15 years of experience in the Travel & IT industries, starting from Market Manager in OTAs such as Travelocity, to Business Development Director in various IT companies including the IT research firm Forrester.Having worked in and with numerous multinational companies around the globe, Angeline now has a newfound passion for helping startups to bring their vision to fruition.

Andrew Cameron  

Funding Consultant

Andrew was born in Australia and has lived and worked for the past 15 years in London, Perth, Amsterdam and Barcelona. It was during this time he studied a masters degree in international management with the University of Liverpool. Andrew pursued an Entrepreneur dream to focus on social impact projects and worked with a number of startups assisting them in their growth and sustainable development. Prior to this he worked for Laureate international Universities as a team leader within the academic advising department and in various roles in international business development and account management.Andrew joined AlienTT as he is looking to continue making a positive impact with innovative companies and assist them in their long term growth.

Cristian Ducu  

Funding Consultant

Born in Romania, Cristian decided to leave his home country at the age of 19, to study in the UK, to gain international experience and to be faced with new challenges, to develop on a personal and professional level. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Business & Marketing at the University of Coventry. He spent his last 5 years in the UK, studying and working in various fields, gaining experience in customer service, sales and change management.Cristian is very passionate about helping companies reach their full potential and has now moved to join the company over in Las Palmas, to pursue his career goals and to make a positive impact on Alien Technology Transfer and its clients.A very focused and ambitious individual, he enjoys living an active lifestyle, playing different sports and travelling.

Cristina Vukić  

Funding Consultant

Despite being born and raised in Canary Islands having family abroad opened her mind from a very young age. She took a flight to London right after completing her degree in Business Management. During the last four and a half years she has worked for some of the most prestigious companies in the world (Harrods, Apple and Facebook). From Sales to Visual Merchandising, Cash management and IT Logistics she has developed a wide range of skills she will take on her new adventure as Funding Consultant and help Alien TT achieve excellent results. She has led sales ranking, successfully managed internal audits and was the first foreign and woman on her team. Challenges get the best of her. She is a travel addict. Before you blink she has already bought plane tickets. She enjoys photography and flying her drone. You can also find her playing sports.

Satyabrata Jena  

Funding Consultant

Satya was born and raised in India. He graduated from Lovely Professional University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

During his uni days he was parallelly working part time which introduced him to the world of business and made him keen on learning more about the factors that drive businesses.

His stint with OLX & Practo has gained him experience in B2B relations, customer success, sales and operations, where he scaled up business from ground zero by using technology to solve real life problems.

Satya is an avid traveller and has been to almost every corner of India; his plan is to travel around the globe.

Himanshu Yadav  

Funding Consultant

Born and brought up in Bhopal, the city of lakes, Himanshu is an Engineer with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Manipal (MAHE).

He has experience working as an associate sales manager in the eLearning industry, focusing on business generation and account management. He has a drive to learn, adapt, perform and grow.

A Marvel fan and talented home cook, in his spare time he likes to watch cricket, tune in to music and read. He also loves travelling and exploring new cultures.

Shankar Kaireddy  

Funding Consultant

Shankar hails from Kurnool in India and have Bachelor degree in Engineering.

He started his career at an education start-up. He chose to work in sales because of his intriguing desire to be an entrepreneur and has never regretted the decision.

He has worked at enterprise level to make start-ups nimble across education, IT hardware, technology services (SaaS) and e-Learning industries. From this experience he has gained expertise in sales, business development, relationship management, strategic partnerships and marketing.

As the founder of a thought-provoking blog – “Ideal Entrepreneur”, he inspires & encourages youth to become entrepreneurs by finding innovative solutions to everyday problems. Shankar enjoys singing, traveling and photography in his free time.

Kartik Bindra  

Funding Consultant

Born and raised in India. He describes himself as a global entity, versatile to mould himself in every environment and culture. He holds a key interest in global strategy and cross-culture management.Kartik holds a bachelor’s in engineering degree with specialisation in Information Technology.

Post his bachelors, he has worked in incident management for a renowned IT outsourcing firm and also holds a certification in software testing.
He has recently completed his MBA in international business from University of Greenwich, London. He further worked in the UK with an FMCG conglomerate whilst on his placement year and has hands-on experience with sales analysis and managing national accounts and clients.

On the personal side, Kartik is a solo-travel enthusiast who relishes to explore the countryside. He loves to watch and play football.

Gauransh Jain  

Funding Consultant

Gauransh hailing from India is a trained biotechnologist and holds a Master’s degree with majors in Intellectual property rights and Regulatory affairs. Having a good exposure of the Sales and Business development domain and, focusing specifically on the European market division, he is the youngest achiever of the annual employee appreciation at his previous organization.

Coming from a management consulting background, he has managed end-to-end business establishment and enablement for various Life sciences companies to penetrate their products across new markets, while managing their regulatory needs. Being passionate about learning and making/ managing relations with his clients and peers, he firmly believes and focuses on being emotionally intelligent to create a sense of trust among his mates.

Gauransh will easily find his space in the deep-minded conversations and likes to travel and tune into movies during his free hours.

Michael Lino  

Funding Consultant

Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. Michael graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Strategic Management, after his completion of a Higher Certificate in Business Principle and Practice. During these years, he developed a great interest for sales and the industry around it.

While working for a franchise and also a real estate agency in South Africa, Michael gained extensive knowledge and was able to further grow his professional career.

Michael is a passionate hardworking individual who in his free time enjoys being active, traveling and experiencing new cultures and adventures.

Carla Fernandez Falcon  

Funding Consultant

Carla received her law degree in her native island, Gran Canaria.

After receiving her degree, Carla decided to move to London driven by the passion for living in a multi-ethnic environment and learning new cultures. It was during this time she studied a Master’s degree in International Relations and developed an interest in fighting for human rights. She then moved to Malta to undertake research in European policies and to actively help the migrant community. Back in her native city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, while completing her academic training with a second Master’s degree in European Studies and determined to improve her personal and working skills, she gained experience in sales, management and customer service.

Carla joined AlienTT as she is eager to support SMEs bring their innovative products and ideas to the market.

She is also passionate about traveling, sports and music.

Project Consultants

Marco Abate  

Senior Project Consultant

>Born and raised in Potenza in Italy, Marco completed a BSc in Economics and Business Administration, awarded by  the “Università degli Studi della Basilicata”, with a thesis on innovation in Italian firms. He then continued his studies by undertaking a MSc in “Strategic Project Management” attending three different Universities across Europe: Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, Politecnico di Milano and lastly the Universitet of Umea (Sweden). He graduated with distinction and his master thesis was published by all three Universities.
Marco spent his last 2 years working as Project Consultant for a public company, expanding his knowledge on direct and indirect funding programmes of the EU. He focused specifically on environmental sustainability and green energies. Among other things, he had the pleasure to work closely with Ferrari and Lamborghini on sustainability in means of transports.
He combines a sweet temper with a strong work ethic, deriving from years of training in basketball and martial arts.

Beatrice Avagnina  

Senior Project Consultant

>Beatriceis a Project Consultant at Alien’s Las Palmas Office. She holds a Master’s in International Relations from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy). She previously worked for a Spanish SME specialized in smart, sustainable and inclusive strategies for territorial development, where she was in charge of developing and managing H2020 and Interreg Europe research projects. She also collaborated with the International Relations Office of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.Beatriceparticipated in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme as a would-be entrepreneur and, thanks to this experience, she decided she wanted to help SMEs and start-ups convert their innovative business ideas into successful realities. When possible, she goes travelling; she also likes books, arts and languages (Russian in the first place).

Giovanni Graziano  

Project Consultant

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.

Vidyadhari Mudigonda  

Project Consultant

Vidyadhari is a Project Consultant at Alien’s Hyderabad Office. She holds a Masters degree in Systems Biology from University of Hyderabad, India and has worked as a Research Fellow in Computational Neuroscience at IISER-Pune, India. She has considerable experience in research and has carried out academic projects in various institutions. She now aims to leverage her experience to drive innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she likes to read, swim and travel.

Anshul Sarin  

Project Consultant

Anshulfirmly believes that ideas change the world. Pursuing his passion for things on wheels, he completed his Bachelors in Mechanical and Automation Engineering from New Delhi, India. As part of his degree, he developed a revolutionary oven cum refrigeration system. Afterwards, he moved to Berlin, Germany to pursue his Masters in International Technology Transfer Management, in which he graduated top of the class. He gained expertise in various aspects of technology management such as Intellectual Property Rights, commercialization strategy among others. Following his interest, he started working with Alien Technology Transfer’s Hyderabad office where he assists in developing business concepts and writing project proposals. An ardent nature lover, you will find him dreaming about jungles when he is not helping in the development of the next successful startup.

Gerasimos Mantzaras  

Project Consultant

Born in Greece and being interested for the rising in public awareness topics of sustainability and environmental issues, Gerasimos obtained his M.Eng and M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Democritus University of Thrace in Greece.During his M.Sc. his research was related with developing optimization models for hazardous healthcare waste transfer and had his research presented to an international audience, through conferences and a publication.Wanting to move professionally from research to the actual labour market, Gerasimos worked on a plethora of different sectors including the food industry, environmental consulting and project management. Feeling restricted with the boundaries of his home country and wanting to pursue an international career that would satisfy his interest to engage on different topics, he decided to move to Florence to enroll to an International Master in European Project Planning and Management.After his master he worked in the Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland as assistant European Project Consultant on various projects funded by the European Commission.Gerasimos joined Alien Technology Transfer to satisfy his passion into bridging the gap between cutting-edge research ideas and the actual market needs.

Riccardo Reale, PhD  

Project Consultant

Riccardo is a curious engineer with a multidisciplinary background and a passion for R&D. He obtained a BSc in chemical engineering and a MSc with honors in nanotechnologies engineering from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’. He then moved to Ireland where he worked on protein molecular dynamics at the University College Dublin. Successively, he moved to the UK for a PhD at the University of Southampton focusing on the development of a highly integrated organ-on-chip platform for personalized drug development. He continued developing lab-on-chip devices in his post-Doc at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, where he worked on multiparametric single-cell analysis using microfluidic impedance cytometry. He spends most of his free time travelling, gaming or trying new extreme sports.

Claudia Canzonetta  

Project Consultant

Claudia is a Chemist with a passion for Biology.After completing her master degree in Chemistry at the University of Rome La Sapienza she left Italy to join some of the most prestigious universities in UK. She spent two years at the Pharmacology department of Cambridge University and then enrolled at Imperial College London where she completed her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology thus bringing together her two main interests, getting to know new people and their culture and discovering the hidden secrets that regulates biological systems.She strongly believes that progress and new discoveries come from the joined effort of a multidisciplinary team where different expertise work together for the same goal. She put her analytical skills and her drive for quantitative results into clinical research at the Bart’s and the London and Bambino Gesù hospitals with impressive results.Claudia thrives in a multicultural multidisciplinary environment, her goal here at AlienTT is to use her various skills to convert interesting scientific research into a successful and useful business.

Dipankar Sarmah  

Project Consultant

Dipankar is a Project Consultant at Alien’s Hyderabad (India) Office.
He holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (India).
He was previously working at an Indian multi-national company’s Open Innovation platform, where he engaged with global talents such as startups, to develop innovative solutions to real world complex challenges faced by the company.
He has done various projects with reputed organizations and institutions with international clientele. He likes to do photography, endurance sport activities, event organizing in his spare time.

Michael Lee  

Project Consultant

Michael was born in Malaysia. He grew up in the UK and completed his BSc in Forensic Science and MSc in Analytical Chemistry.From 2007 to 2008, he obtained a Marie Curie host fellowship for early stage research training in Barcelona.In 2013, he was awarded his PhD in Analytical Chemistry and Bioengineering at the University of Lyon1 and continued as a postdoctoral research fellow in the same laboratory until 2015. He then worked as a post-doc at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.Afterwards, he moved into industry and gained experience as a medical writer supporting global pharmaceutical companies based in southeast Asia. Michael has over 10 years of grant writing experience for both profit and non-profit organisations.During this time, he completed the writing of various grants based in Diagnostics, Biosensors, Biochips, Biotechnology, Biotoxicology, NanoBiotechnology, and Electronics. In doing so, Michael is excited to create business project proposals for clients as a member of AlienTT in Spain.

Akhila Bommakanti  

Project Consultant

An optimist who believes that impactful ideas need impactful execution.
Born and brought up in Hyderabad, India with an M.Tech in Bioinformatics from University of Hyderabad, Akhila is about to receive her PhD in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. From being selected to MIT-Harvard Entrepreneurship Bootcamp to working for a Healthtech startup, she has accumulated interest in technology-based ideas and products.
During her PhD, she has gathered over three years’ experience in writing, sanctioning and executing research projects with constructive outcomes. Major areas that rouse her interest include ideas and products in Agriculture, Healthcare and Environment sectors. Loves reading and writing Science Fiction.

Marine Gueguen  

Project Consultant

Marine has a passion for leveraging technology innovations within SMEs. In 2015, she co-launched a consultancy project powered European banks aimed at meeting and analysing most disruptive financial technology start-ups. This included 100+ fintech interviews with a wide range of stakeholders across Asia Pacific and European countries, market research, business analysis and commercialization strategy. She also participated in the launch of an SME-crowdlending platform in Spain. In addition to her background in fintech, she gained international experience working in the renewable energy, organic food and cosmetic industries as well.

Marine holds a Double Masters Degree in Business & Management (Essec Business School, Paris) and Economics & Finance (University of Queensland, Australia). Born in France, she speaks French, English and Spanish fluently. She loves writing and recently composed a novel about Fintech. She is also an adrenaline sports lover and yoga teacher: when she is not on a meeting with disrupting start-ups, you might find her surfing on a wave or flowing on her yoga mat.

Laetitia Gonzalez, PhD  

Project Consultant

Born and raised in Belgium, with Spanish origins, she started her career in the capital of Europe. After her Cell and Developmental Biology studies, she pursued a PhD in Sciences, focusing on the genotoxic effects of nanomaterials and the adaptation of tests for their correct safety evaluation. As a researcher of the Research Foundation Flanders, she worked at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and the National Research Council in Rome. She has been solicited as an expert for the evaluation of European projects and for the adaptation of OECD test guidelines. She developed a keen eye for detail through her experience as scientific editor for a global company and as reviewer for several international journals. She is fluent in Dutch, French, English and Italian and in her free time, she loves to travel and explore the underwater world

Aditya Jaiswal  

Project Consultant

Born and brought up in Calcutta, Aditya pursued his Bachelors from his hometown eventually moving to Hyderabad for Masters.

After completing his MBA he joined an IT services company where he worked as an Analyst and was involved in various projects which span across multiple industries. Working on providing solutions for such diverse challenges increased his interest in the startup dynamics and the roadblocks faced by them. He wants to work on addressing such kind of challenges and keep on widening his learning curve.

Aditya enjoys running, reading and travelling in his spare time.

Suman Inala  

Project Consultant

Born in Hyderabad and raised in different parts of India.

He holds a master’s degree in Biotechnology from Osmania University and industrial R&D experience in a startup and multinational conglomerate.
With a strong understanding of scientific concepts in Molecular Biology for the development of Bio-industrials and Agri-biotech products and a flair for turning science to business, he envisions to associate with organizations involved in technological innovations.

He likes to read, listen to music and follow national politics during his free time.

Akanksha Walia  

Project Consultant

Indian born and raised, in 2012, Akanksha ventured to complete her Bachelor in Biotechnology. Volunteering to take the Indian GATE exam, she excelled, landing herself a government aided scholarship towards her Masters in Biotechnology which she completed in 2018 with flying colors.

During her Masters, Akanksha underwent publication for her innovative work on a gene of a plant that had, until this point, been undiscovered. Following all the newest trends, inventions and discoveries excite her and her unlimited curiosity in the field gives her the upper hand in grasping the concepts of the newest of innovations.

Akanksha’s curiousity does not stop at innovation. A social character, she devotes her spare time to traveling, making new friends and learning new things be it professional or extra-curricular.

Eduardo Villamor Medina  

Project Consultant

Born in Canary Islands. Eduardo holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Industrial Engineering. While completing his MSc in the Universitat Politècnica de València, he worked as a R&D engineer for a multinational company in the marine industry. Afterwards, he obtained a research grant and started a PhD in the same University, focusing on the development of ICT applications for healthcare through advanced biomedical modelling.

Eduardo feels passionate about helping others and improve their quality of life. In this period, he collaborated with private clinics, implemented one prototype for in silico trials and was awarded at conferences for his research. Moreover, he gained experience at writing grant proposals and supervised students projects. Now he is committed to help SMEs launch their innovative projects as a member of Alien TT in Las Palmas Office. During his free time, he enjoys reading, swimming and discovering new cultures.

Suresh Raman  

Project Consultant

Suresh is a life-science specialist who hails from the beautiful coastal city of Chennai, India. After completing a Bachelor of Biotechnology degree from Anna University, he moved to Brisbane, Australia with an international scholarship to complete the Master of Biotechnology program at the University of Queensland, where he had the opportunity to research glycosylation biology and Dengue vaccine prototypes.

After obtaining a competitive “La Caixa” scholarship for PhD research, he moved to Madrid, Spain to work on recombinant protein and virus-based HIV vaccines at the Spanish National Center for Biotechnology during which he secured, managed and successfully completed international projects funded by European grants. He looks forward to learning new skills and gaining key experience managing international projects.

His personal interests include travelling, hiking and reading. He is passionate about learning new languages and experiencing new cultures.

Lorenzo Stramucci  

Project Consultant

Lorenzo was born and raised in Italy where he got his Master’s Degree in Biology and his Ph.D. in Oncology.

After moving abroad and spending 3 years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland (USA), he returned to Italy to continue his career as a scientist at the Regina Elena National Cancer Institute in Rome. His successful research activity in the field of Oncology granted him the “Alice Triangi” Award from the Italian Society of Cancerology in 2018.

He is a life enthusiast and he loves science and technology. He strongly believes that everything that is different can make a difference: his passion for innovation and cutting-edge projects led him to join our team as a SME Project Consultant in Rome, where he puts his scientific expertise at the service of highly innovative ideas.

Shanmukh Mutnuri  

Project Consultant

Shanmukh holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, USA, during which, he worked on projects related to Computational Fluid Dynamics, Process Control, Semiconductor Fabrication, Advanced bio-chemical processes and Sustainable Energy Systems.

After graduation, Shanmukh worked with JP Morgan Chase & Co in New York as a Developer-Analyst in the line of corporate investment banking technology.

Shanmukh also has experience working with the MNC Amazon during which he acquired excellent exposure working with clients globally on an international platform.

During free time Shanmukh likes to engage himself in sports and music.

Chenthamarai Pandian  

Project Consultant

Chen was born and raised in Madurai (Temple City), India.

He has a background in the field of space, with a bachelor’s in aeronautical engineer and Master’s degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Glasgow, with a specialisation in orbital dynamics. He has written a thesis on asteroid trajectory manipulation.

Chen has experience working on the development of a labyrinth air seal component for India’s first Jet Engine (Kaveri engine GTX35-VX) and with a short stint dealing with amazon kindle devices. He has also handled web based IT projects and satellite orbit visualisation projects.

He loves to be outdoors and spends his free time travelling and camping, you can usually find him in one of the city events during the weekends.

Balaji Sompalle  

Project Consultant

Balaji Sompalle was born and raised in India.

He gathered his formal training and experience from India, the UK, Europe, and Australia. With holistic tech industry knowledge, he helped start-ups to gain momentum and assist them in their sustainable growth. He is an accomplished R&D researcher/ engineer with an excellent academic record.

He has firm knowledge of semiconductor and has over 5 years’ experience in advanced thin-film and two-dimensional materials deposition, process development, optimization, and scaling up. He is an expert in the development of diverse novel materials. He is Lean Six Sigma certified and possesses exceptional ability of critical thinking and problem-solving.

He is an adventurer and travel buff.

Giulia Carola  

Project Consultant

Giulia grew up in the north of Italy where her family’s background in academic research and medicine provoked a deep interest in biological sciences.

She obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Brescia before winning a fellowship to study a Phd in Biomedicine and Neuroscience at the University of Barcelona. Giulia won another fellowship to study for half a year at the University of California, San Diego, giving her access to cutting edge tools and techniques for stem cell research. In order to complement her scientific knowledge and better understand the wider business environment and its interaction with science, she undertook a part-time MBA program at the EAE Business School in Barcelona whilst finishing her PhD.

Giulia is looking forward to using her deep scientific background in combination with her passion for business and organisation to help to develop new scientific businesses.

Laura Baiges Sotos  

Project Consultant

Born and raised in Spain, Laura obtained her BSc in Biology at the University of Barcelona. Even during her undergraduate, she collaborated with academic departments both at her home university and the University of Oulu (Finland), specialising in the anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system of vertebrates.

Her passion for research took her next to the UK, where she did her MSc and PhD in Biological Anthropology at the University of Sheffield. Her research has mainly involved the study of the anatomy and mechanobiology of the human and primate body, focussing on joint degeneration. Her career and interests have taken her to different places around Europe, the USA or Rwanda.

Laura loves nature and when she’s not working you might find her on a hike, bird watching or snorkelling.

Juan Manuel Torres  

Project Consultant

Juan is a biotechnologist with great interest for innovation of products and processes for the industry.

He was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, where he completed his BSc Chemical Bacteriology and Parasitology. He considers the turning point in his career the international experience of studying a MSc Biotechnology degree in Wageningen, Netherlands. It defined Juan as a world citizen and gave more focus on participating in the creation of sustainable and innovative businesses and products.

At Alien Technology Transfer he combines a technical and research background with experience of working in a wide range of scientific areas in order to get EU funds for projects that are of critical interest.

Juan’s interests also include hiking and scouting, they had a great impact in his formation as a person.

Gagan Agarwal  

Project Consultant

Born and brought up in the city of joy, kolkata, Gagan is passionate about learning new software and its applications.

He holds a bachelor degree in the field of accounts and finance. He also completed his MBA from Institute of Management Technology, Hyderabad in Finance and Marketing. He has an experience in designing and building business process management and digitising the asset management system through a customised ERP.

During spare time Gagan binges on mystery thrillers and stand-up comedy.

Vinayram Narayanan  

Project Consultant

Vinay was born and brought up in Tuticorin, India also called as the Pearl City.

He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management with specialization in Banking and Financial Services from TA Pai Management Institute, Manipal and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi. During his masters he wrote a thesis on Impact of Basel III on Indian Banks Profitability. He has a keen interest in stock markets and has also undertaken internships in EY, BSE and SBI.

His personal interests include photography, graphic designing, reading books, online gaming and following the latest trends in technology.

Alessandro Russo  

Project Consultant

From a young age, Alessandro has always been interested in nature and technologies of any kind and applications. Driven by this, he decided to turn his gaze to Biotechnology to get both comprehension of biological systems and knowledge on how to engineer them wisely to develop innovative processes.

Right after his graduation in Biotechnology in Italy, Alessandro moved abroad to complete a Masters in Biotechnology, specializing in Environmental and Bio-based technologies at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands. Empowered with experiences in both highly rewarded research institutes (as the Wetsus, European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology in Leeuwarden (NL), and the Fondazione Santa Lucia in Rome(IT)) and biotechnological companies (as DSM in Delft (NL)), he has acquired skills related to project management and teamwork in an international and multidisciplinary environment. Being highly motivated and rooted on principles such as innovation and sustainability, Alessandro is nowadays a project consultant among Alien Technology Transfer, where he can get in touch with a wide spectrum of highly innovative technologies and acquire the knowledge to guide them throughout the go-to-market process successfully.

He believes that innovation can dramatically shape our lives, and thanks to a gentle push and guidance it might move us towards a better world!

Alok A N  

Project Consultant

Alok was born and brought up in Karnataka, India. He pursued Bachelors in Engineering in Electronics and Communication from P. E. S. Institute of Technology, Bengaluru.

He has worked for four years as a Systems Validation Engineer at Broadcom Inc., Bangalore, where he gained expertise in WLAN-LTE coexistence and telecommunication domain. Alok completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from T A Pai Management Institute, Manipal where he pursued his interest in IT and Data Analytics domain. Implementation of Data Analytics in different business sectors fascinates him.

He is passionate about working for diversity and inclusion in the society to normalise queer culture in Indian milieu through his paintings, anecdotes and stories.

Hemanth Boyapati  

Project Consultant

Born and Brought up in Guntur, City of chillies.

Hemanth is a Chemical Engineer from National Institute of Technology,Calicut and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management,Hyderabad. During his Internship at Mindmap Consulting, HR recruiting Firm,he was strongly influenced by the founders’ attitude to make an impact in the society, he developed an ardent interest to help startups.

He lives with integrity and the belief ‘It is attitude and not aptitude that makes a person great’. With firm belief in ‘Be the change that you wish to be’ he one day aims to launch his own startup and make an everlasting impact.

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