Agenda Preview

Preview | June 12

This is a preview of what we will discuss in the main event. Innovation and translational programs of top universities, our national system of technology transfer from the perspective of universities and companies, investors. The take home message will be how all the components of a successful ecosystem should interact to maximize reciprocal benefits.

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Registration and Welcome

Riccardo Zucchi

Rector, University of Pisa

Giuseppe Iannaccone

Deputy Rector, University of Pisa

Chairperson: Corrado Priami


Daria Mochly-Rosen

George D. Smith Professor of Translational Medicine Stanford University, Founder & co-Director SPARK Stanford, Founder & Chairman SPARK Global

Dr. Daria Mochly-Rosen is a Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology and the George D. Smith Professor of Translational Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. She leads a multi-disciplinary research lab that includes chemists, biochemists, biologists, and physician-scientists and has used her basic research discoveries to develop a number of drug leads for human diseases with a particular interest in mitochondrial biology and pathology. She has published over 300 papers and dozens of patents and patent applications. Dr. Mochly-Rosen was chair of her department (2001-2004) and the Senior Associate Dean for Research at Stanford University School of Medicine (between 2006 and 2013). Dr. Mochly-Rosen received her B.S. in life sciences from Tel Aviv University, her Ph.D. in Chemical Immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and was a postdoctoral biochemistry fellow with Dan E. Koshland, Jr. at UC Berkeley.

Dr. Mochly-Rosen founded three biotech companies, including KAI Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Amgen, and KAI’s product, Parasbiv, is approved). Her experience translating basic research to drug development efforts led her to found SPARK, Stanford’s translational research program. Now in its 17th, SPARK addresses local and global healthcare needs and has a greater than 50% success rate, which is measured by projects licensed and/or entered into clinical trials. In 2020, SPARK At Stanford won the Xconomy National Award for Ecosystem Development, as well as the Janet Davison Rowley Patient Impact Research Award from Cures Within Reach, and in 2022 was awarded the California Life Sciences (CLS) Patheon Award. SPARK’s model has been adopted in more than 60 institutes across 22 countries, and Mochly-Rosen serves as President and Founder of the SPARK GLOBAL organization.


Riccardo Pietrabissa

Rector, IUSS Pavia and CRUI’s Delegate for Technology Transfer

Riccardo Pietrabissa (1956) is Full Professor of Industrial Bioengineering since 2001 and Rector of the University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia since 2019.

His research has been focused on mathematical and experimental methods in biomechanics.

From 1990 to 2019 he was an academic staff member at the Politecnico di Milano where he founded the Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics (LaBS) in 2000, the patent office and the technology transfer office (2002). He was Vice-Rector of the Lecco Campus (2005-2010).

At CNR he was Director of the ICT Department and of the Production Systems Department (2011-2012), member and subsequently Vice President of the Scientific Council (2012-2021).

He contributed to the foundation (2002) and was President until 2013 of Netval, the Association of Universities and Research Institutes for the valorization of research.

Since 2016 he is President of the Eucentre Foundation in Pavia.

Since 2023 he is CRUI delegate for Research Valorisation and Technology Transfer.


Agostino Santoni

VP for Digital Transformation, Confindustria and VP, Cisco South Europe

Agostino Santoni is Vice President of Cisco Southern Europe, with responsibilities for Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, and Israel since November 2020. He is also the Vice President of Confindustria, with a focus on Digital.

He has decades of experience in the Italian IT industry. From late 2012 to March 2021, he served as the CEO of Cisco Italy. From 2009 to 2012, he was the CEO of SAP Italy. He began his professional career at Compaq Computer and then moved to HP, where he held roles of increasing responsibility for HP’s Italian subsidiary and the group’s headquarters, ultimately becoming Vice President & Enterprise Sales Director of HP Italy.

From 2014 to 2017, he served as the President of Assinform, and from October 2021 to May 2022, he was the President of Confindustria Digitale.

Building inclusive environments where people and teams feel involved and have the opportunity to grow is a key quality that characterizes Agostino Santoni’s leadership style.

He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cisco Foundation.


Andrea Corbelli

Director, IBM Infrastructure Technical Sales EMEA. IBM Quantum Ambassador

Andrea Corbelli is the Technical Director for IBM Infrastructure in Europe, Middle-East and Africa.

In the last 20 years, he has held numerous positions as Technical Director in Italy and at international level, in Europe and Global, coordinating IBM specialists, architects, and professional services in the relative countries, and in European Competence Centers.

He collaborates with private companies, government agencies, Fintech companies and startups, in the design and deployment of infrastructure architectures for Digital Transformation, Data Security & Privacy, with Hybrid Cloud, Confidential Computing, Blockchain.

He is a Quantum Ambassador and the Regional leader for IBM Quantum Ambassadors in EMEA.

Coffee Break

Chairperson: Giuseppe Iannaccone


Roberto Bonanzinga

Co-Founder and Investment Partner, InReach Ventures

Roberto Bonanzinga is co-founder and Investment Partner at InReach Ventures the first software powered investment firm to be fully focused on the early stage European sector. Previously Roberto spent 7 years as a partner at Balderton Capital (Benchmark Europe) where he invested in companies across Europe and the US. 


Gabriele Paglialonga

Managing Director, Industrio Ventures

Gabriele is the managing director of Industrio Ventures, an Italian startup investment company based in Rovereto (TN).

Before joining Industrio, Gabriele has worked as innovation manager and entrepreneur with several companies, including Henkel, Microtec, TIS Innovation Park, and others.

Gabriele holds a master’s degree in management communications from the LUMSA University of Rome and the University of Karlstad (Sweden), as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from HULT International Business School in Boston (USA).

He is a startup mentor and speaker at several innovation initiatives, including the Lean Startup Class at the University of Bolzano, the Startup Lab at the University of Trento and others.


13:30 to 14:30
Panel discussion


Deputy Rector, University of Pisa


Managing Director, Industrio Ventures


Rector, IUSS Pavia and CRUI’s Delegate for Technology Transfer


VP for Digital Transformation, Confindustria and VP, Cisco South Europe


CEO, SleepActa


Science and Technology Journalist, ANSA


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