Paola Occhetta is the Chief Executive Officer of BiomimX®. Prior to joining BiomimX’s founding team, she served as PostDoctoral Fellow at the University Hospital of Basel, where she was PI of a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Bridge Proof of Concept grant aimed at bringing her research on Organs on Chip closer to the market. Her main interests are the development, the validation and the commercialization of patho-physiological Organs-on-chip models as tools for drug screening. She got her PhD in Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano in April 2015 on the development of microfluidic platforms for 3D cell culture, after spending several months in in international laboratories (Cell ad Tissue Engineering Laboratory at IRCCS Galeazzi, Italy; Tissue Engineering Laboratory at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland; Tissue Engineering and Microfluidic Laboratory at the University of Queensland, Australia). She authored 21 scientific papers published on international peer-reviewed journals, she is inventor of uBeat™ patent and she serves as local coordinator of two H2020 grants.
Marco Rasponi serves as Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering of Politecnico di Milano since 2015. His teaching activities are in the field of Microfluidics for cell culture applications. Once attained his PhD title in 2006, he was awarded a fellowship for research activity at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he spent 16 months as Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2008 thanks to a Fondazione Cariplo research grant he went back to Politecnico di Milano starting, and subsequently consolidating, the microfabrication and experimental microfluidics research activities. Since then: i) he coordinated research projects on microfluidics for cell culture and regenerative medicine, for a total amount greater than 1.5M€; ii) he co-supervised the activity of 3 PhD students and is currently supervising 4 PhD students; iii) he submitted 5 patent applications in the field of microtechnologies; and iv) he contributed to the publication of 40 peer reviewed international papers (H-index 14) and 3 book chapters in the field of microfluidics. His main scientific interest is the development of microfluidic technologies for the development of enabling tools in the fields of cell and tissue bioengineering, with particular focus on in vitro patho-physiological models.
Roberta Visone is the Chief Operating Officer at BiomimX®. Before joining BiomimX’s team, she served as PostDoctoral Fellow at Politecnico di Milano, where she developed Organs-on-Chip platforms tailoring physiological or pathological cues, enabling for the generation and direct testing of functional 3D in vitro models. Her main interests are the development and commercialization of microphysiological systems, as innovative tools for drug screening and regenerative medicine studies. She obtained her PhD in Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano in July 2018 on the development of advanced cell culture platforms to engineer 3D cardiac models. During her formation as PhD, she acquired technical and biological skills by collaborating with several research groups in international laboratories (Cell ad Tissue Engineering Laboratory at IRCCS Galeazzi; Vascular Biology and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at IRCCS Monzino Cardiological Centre; Tissue Engineering Laboratory at the University Hospital of Basel) and she was awarded the Rocca fellowship to perform part of her research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Mechanobiology Lab). She co-authored 14 scientific papers published on international peer-reviewed journals, 2 book chapters and she in one of the inventors of uECG.
Commercial Science Leader
Erika Ferrari is Business Developer at BiomimX®. She is the referee for developing and maintaining client relationships. She participates at relevant business and scientific events to establish strategic partnerships and collaborations with corporations operating in the field of drug discovery & development and seeking to apply microphysiological systems. She negotiates contract terms with clients and communicates with stakeholders as well as following project teams to ensure contracts are executed as agreed. She also copes with the commercialization of uBeat® platforms to laboratories and institutes that are craving to elevate their research. In 2018, she graduated in Biomedical Engineering with a double master’s degree from Politecnico di Milano and the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA) with a thesis focused on the development of micropatterned in vitro liver models. She obtained her PhD in Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano in December 2022 with a thesis focused on the development of liver-based multiorgan-on-chip platforms as advanced in vitro tools to predict drug metabolism effects. During her formation as PhD, she acquired technical and biological skills by collaborating with several research groups in prestigious national laboratories (Cell ad Tissue Engineering Laboratory at IRCCS Galeazzi; Hepatobiliary Immunopathology Lab at Humanitas Research Hospital) and she was awarded the Progetto Roberto Rocca fellowship to perform part of her research project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Biological Engineering Department, Griffith’s Lab). She co-authored 5 scientific papers published on international peer-reviewed journals and 1 book chapter.
Lead Marketing Assistant
Micol D’Antonio is currently working in the Scientific Marketing of BiomimX® S.r.l assisting in the search of new clients, collaborative projects and partnerships. She participates in the development of marketing presentations and campaigns and takes part in business meetings and events. Micol obtained a Master Degree in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at Politecnico di Milano (2021) with a thesis on advanced materials to restore degraded photoreceptors of the retina at the FunMat Lab. Later she graduated at Politecnico di Milano with a Master Degree in Cells, Tissues & Biotechnology Biomedical Engineering (2023). During her second master thesis project, she gained experience in microfluidic systems by working on a project at the MiMic Lab. Specifically, she actively participated in the design and development of a Trans Epithelial Electrical Resistance (TEER) setup for the uGut model.
R&D Product Engineer
Stefano Piazza is R&D Product Engineer at BiomimX®. He coordinates production activities of microfluidic devices and control systems, defines standard protocols and procedures, and takes care of design and prototype creation of novel products. At present he is also working on the validation of a novel microfluidic platform to test in the efficacy of intra-articular Medical Devices in BiomimX®’s uKnee model. He obtained a Biomaterials & Biomechanics Biomedical Eng. master degree at Politecnico di Milano in Oct ’19 and during his master thesis he acquired expertise both on development and validation of microfluidic devices and realization of in vitro physio-pathological 3D cardiac models, thanks to a collaboration with Unit of Vascular Biology and Regenerative Medicine of IRCCS Centro Cardiologico Monzino. After that, he spent his first year in BiomimX® as Junior R&D, refining his skills on design optimization and product development, and learning how to manage all the production line stages from the design to post-sales. He was also introduced to Marketing & Sales activities, that now periodically conducts. He also fine-tuned the definition and performing of in vitro preclinical tests for services and/or research, that presently are part of his supporting activities as well. He created this website and he periodically manages it together with BiomimX LinkedIn profile.
Junior R&D Product Engineer
Caterina Pernici is Junior R&D Product Engineer at BiomimX®. She takes care of the development and optimization of uBeat®-related control systems, focusing on both hardware and software design and development. She is also working on the development and validation of physio-pathological 3D cardiac models within uHeart system. She obtained a Cells, Tissues & Biotechnology Biomedical Engineering Master degree at Politecnico di Milano in Apr ’22. During her master thesis, she acquired expertise on development and validation of microfluidic devices, mainly applied to the realization of in vitro physiological 3D cardiac models. In particular, she focused on the design, development, and validation of an electronic system for integration of electrical stimulation within uHeart.
Junior R&D Scientist
Marco Mondini is Junior R&D Scientist at BiomimX®. He is involved in the design and implementation of pharmacological studies on advanced in vitro models of Organs-on-Chip. He graduated at Politecnico di Milano in October 2019 with a master degree in Cells, Tissues and Biotechnology Biomedical Engineering. During his master thesis project, the result of a collaboration between Politecnico and IRCCS Galeazzi, he was involved in the realization, optimization and validation of an organotypic microfluidic model of the osteochondral interface. Later, he worked for 2 years as Scientific Specialist in a company specialized in the organization of courses and scientific events in the healthcare field. During this period, he refined his skills in planning and managing a project in all its phases. In June 2023, he joined BiomimX® to resume working on the Organs-on-Chip field.
Scientific Advisor, Co-Founder
Alberto Redaelli is full professor in Biomechanics in the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering since 2014. He currently chairs the Biomedical Engineering Division of the Department and coordinates the Research Group on Biomechanics.Over his academic life, he has mainly focused on the development of new enabling tools, with the aim of finding new solutions to biological and clinical problems. His research is mainly in the field of cardiovascular biomechanics and computational fluid dynamics, both experimental and computational. In recent years, his research interests have been extended to smaller scales to include molecular modeling of molecular motors and collagen, and microfluidics for the study of blood damage mechanics and myocardial tissue physiopathology. All these activities have rebounded into an intense publishing activity with more than 170 papers published on peer-reviewed journals (Scopus: h-index 40, 5000+ citations), 14 patents, most translated to products, and an intense research project coordination activity (7 European project as local or global coordinator and manifold national grants).
Junior R&D Engineer
Alessandro Cordiale is a Ph.D. candidate at the Microfluidics and biomimetic Microsystems Laboratory (MiMic Lab). He earned his bachelor (2018) and master (2021) degrees in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. During his master’s program, he conducted his thesis project at the Zentrum für Zahnmedizin of the University of Zurich. The focus of his research was on the design and validation of an Organs-on-chip, aiming to generate a 3D in vitro model of dental pulp. After graduation, Alessandro gained practical experience by working as a Research and Development (R&D) engineer intern at BiomimX®. Subsequently, he was employed as research fellow at MiMic Lab, where he actively participated in the design of electronic systems tailored for controlling both biological and mechanical culture parameters on OoC. Currently, Alessandro is engaged in a collaboration with BiomimX®, actively contributing to the industrialization of the production process of the devices.
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