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.

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.

Alessandra Pacilli, PhD  it

 Chief Operating Officer – SBIR

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.

Edward Emmanuel 

Chief Operating Officer

Born and raised in the the Asian tiger cities of Hong Kong and Singapore, a major blend of eastern and western sensitivities became part of his early livelihood and being. He completed 5 years of Technical Polytechnic and University Education in both his native Singapore, and current host city of Dublin, Ireland. He developed a keen interest in the dynamism and intricacies of management, business and technology, having seen out roles in Military Leadership, Quality Assurance, Software Testing, Sales Consultancy and Business Development; bringing him across the globe from Shanghai to San Francisco. Even deeper cross-cultural and business savvy was adapted from his decade-long experience, taking the best practices from all. He currently shares his commercial and technical acumen for the funding of promising ventures within the EU.

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.

Justina Sauciuvenaite  

Marketing Manager

Justina is our Chief Sales Officer and Director of the Lituanian branch. Starting as one of our dedicated Project Financing Consultants, Justina rose quickly among the ranks at AlienTT. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen where she gained a Bachelor of Science in Ecology. Justina spent a lot of time exploring the Highlands and its ecosystem, with science and innovations playing a huge role in her life. She has over 5 years’ experience in the customer service industry where she performed a wide range of tasks; handling complaints and inquires, assisting in sales, promoting and organizing events and finishing with team management. She also worked as an interpreter where she met many people with different needs, expectations and values. She believes in success through hard work and dedication, thus exceeding clients expectations is what keeps her motivated.

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.

Federico D’Arino  

Human Resources Manager

Born in Argentina and raised in Gran Canaria, Federico graduated in 2011 in Business Management from the University of Carlos III in Madrid. He spent his 3rd year in Stockholm as part of the Erasmus programme. After completing his degree, Federico moved and began his professional career in Germany as a IT Recruitment Consultant, where Frankfurt became his new home until 2015. Then he decided to move to Chile for love. Concurrently, he was able to further develop his skills and expertise in Human Resource Management until 2017, when the decision was made to put an end to the endeavors abroad and come back home.

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.

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.

PROJECT FINANCING CONSULTANTS

Andrea Marchig 

Chief Sales Officer – 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.

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.

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.

Ugne Urbonaite it

Project Financing Consultant

Ugne is a Project Financing Consultant at AlienTT. Three and a half years in ISM University of Management and Economics not only helped her earn her Bachelor of Science in International Business and Communication but also gave her a comprehensive knowledge on the global business environment. One Bachelor of Science wasn’t enough so currently, Ugne is trying to obtain another one in Logistics Management. Over the last couple of years she has been gaining professional experience in different positions in different countries, namely Latvia and Greece. She decided to join ATT because of a strong belief that she will be helping innovative technology’s to come to life and in this way improve people’s lives. Ugne is always seeking for challenging tasks in order to build herself as a strong and innovative person. In her free time you can find her volunteering in cultural events or taking tourists to see around Vilnius.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alexander Piro it

Project Financing Consultant

Alexander comes from the North East borders of Italy in the province of Gorizia where he completed his bachelor in International Relations and, since then, he started off working with small and medium enterprises in the sales and consulting field, supporting the opening of new markets and improving sales departments. The next step was moving abroad in order to be able to work with startups in Madrid, Wroclaw, Mumbai and Berlin.

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.

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.

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 throught 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.

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.

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. Hes is an active, motivated and curious person, who always searches for new challenges and adventures. Other interests include sports like football or biking.

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.

Francisco Javier Miranda Velazquez  

Project Manager

Francisco was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), where he completed a four-year degree in Civil Engineering. During his first professional experience at an engineering company, he developed a keen interest in Project Management and Planning from Polytechnic University of Madrid. During this Master, he learned the best techniques in organisation and control of business projects. After getting wide professional experience in Madrid, London, and his home town, he moved away from his technical background into areas of business, earning a Master’s Degree in international Business from Camilo Jose Cela Unicerity of Madrid, as part of a grant awarded by the Government, in which he learned how to address the main challenges faced by a globalized business. Nowadays, he is a Project Manager at Alien Technology Transfer. First in Dublin and now in Las Palmas, he is applying his knowledge and experience in support SMEs to turn strong, innovative business ideas into winners on the market.

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.

Colm Dodd  ie

Project Manager

A dynamic, energetic project manager, Colm’s work experience has spanned a range of responsibilities across a wide spectrum of industries. From hands-on skilled work in construction to mechanical and design engineering at a major chemical company, he brings his whole life’s experience to every project. The work ethic of a start-up founder, the focus of a lifelong martial artist, and the grit of a ground worker bound together by the mind of an engineer. Colm graduated with honours from the Dublin Institute of Technology, with a degree in Manufacturing and Design Engineering, he also draws on his skills as a creative writer to bring his work to life.

Adrien Raucoules  

Project Manager

Driven by efficiency, organization and an aptitude for learning, Adrien completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Tennessee in Mecahnical 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.

Gavin Nevin ie

Project Manager

An Irish native, Gavin started his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. During this four year course was when he was first introduced to entrepreneurship, business and project management. During part of his studies he and a few of his fellow students created a business model for an innovative solution, winning awards and recognition from heads of universities and businesses. Following on from this success the development of the company began with first-hand experience in writing business plans and proposals and working alongside chief executives, investors and organisations, receiving national recognition. Here at Alien TT he is in his element working on helping SMEs within Europe develop their business with funding to reach commercialization.

 

Noemi Quesada  

Project Manager

A project manager with Alien Technology Transfer, Noemi began her adventures with us from our Dublin office. She has a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, based in her hometown. She has experience managing different types of projects, thanks to her academic and professional background. Noemi has an inquisitive mind and she loves travelling. She spent two years in Australia, where she studied Accounts Administration and Accounting. She speaks Spanish, English and French.

Silvio Matassa, PhD  

Project Manager

Silvio developed an extensive research and work experience in the fields of Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology, where he finds inspiration and motivation in promoting social and environmental sustainability. After receiving a M.Sc. degree with honors in Environmental Engineering at the University of Cassino (Italy), he moved to Ghent (Belgium) upon winning a Marie-Curie PhD fellowship. During his PhD in Applied Biological Sciences and his subsequent work as R&D Engineer at Avecom (a spin-off of Ghent University), he worked on the development of new biotech platforms in the field of water treatment, spanning from lab to pilot scale applications. In the meantime Silvio also contributed as grant writer to several successful national and international research projects, triggering his passion in translating scientific research into real-life applications and businesses.

 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.

Lina Bickute it

Project Manager

Lina, a Finance graduate from Bocconi University in Milan is currently a Project Manager at Alien TT. With her dedication, quantitative expertise and extensive passion for innovation – she contributes to Alien Technology Transfer.  Her personal diversity and a wide range of hobbies (which include horse riding and skiing) prove her to be a great team member and a skilled communicator. Lina’s future plans include continuing her contribution to our clients, as well as upping her language knowledge to a total number of six.

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.

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.

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.

Angelo Gaetani, PhD  

Project Manager

Angelo is a polyhedral engineer whose interests range from seismic design to composite materials, from built cultural heritage to art and music. After the MSc in Architectural Engineering at University of Calabria (Southern Italy) and a four-month Placement at SINTEF in Trondheim (Norway), he was awarded a professional degree at Polytechnic University of Milan. Subsequently, Angelo had worked in Rome for more than three years as a Professional Engineer and three years later he earned the PhD degree in cotutelle agreement between Sapienza University of Rome and University of Minho in Portugal (where he spent almost two years). Besides the academic and professional life, Angelo is a violinist, marathon runner and volunteer for the Italian National Trust.