Head of Special Projects at Chiesi Farmaceutici spa with more than 28 years spent in R&D of the Group. Co-founder and Chairman of Holostem Terapie Avanzate, an academia spin off specialised in the development and production of drugs for advanced stem cell and gene therapy-based therapies.
Long-time experience as entrepreneur and expert in the field of Culture and Art promotion. Member of the Board of Directors of the Prometeo Foundation for the Arts and President of Confindustria Emilia Romagna Ricerca, the regional Digital Innovation Hub.
Partner and coordinator of several European projects on tech. Transf.; innovation manager for public and private institutions; technologist at the Italian Space Agency, Head of “Innovation and Tech. Transf.”
Unit and Space Economy: start-up and incubators, patents, research valorization; Open Innovation advisor to ASI president. Partner of Innovation Hub INFINITE AREA
Industrial economist. She is Director-General at the Emilia-Romagna Regional Government and also the managing authority for the Regional Operational Programmes ERDF and ESF.
Previously, she was senior researcher at Nomisma (Institute of Economic Studies), Chairman at AIMAG and Counselor in the Province of Modena.
Maria Laura Fornaci
More than 20 years of professional experience in the field of Education & Training, focusing on entrepreneurship and digital teaching & learning. As Executive Director of the Triple Helix Association has coordinated the organization of 10 international conferences worldwide, onsite, online and hybrid. She is member of the Faculty of ISTUD Business School and senior consultant at Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini.
Former Investment Director, Healthcare Technologies at ENEA Tech Foundation. Degree and PhD in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. After the Fulbright BEST program, she co-founded and became CEO of the Cellec Biotek startup. She attended Singularity University at NASA, where she created and managed the community of alumni, founded Binella175, a consulting company on innovation.
Rector of the University of Bologna (2015 -2021) and full professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures at the University of Bologna, Francesco Ubertini is also member of the Academy of Sciences of Bologna Institute since 2015.
He is President of Cineca and iFAB (Foundation Big data and Artificial Intelligence for Human Development). He is member of ANVUR (Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes) Advisory Committee.
In 2021 he was appointed President of the Foundation for career-oriented University training (Fondazione Universitaria a orientamento Professionale – FUP).