Let’s discover the Jury of BioUpper 4

BioUpper 4 Selection Days will take place on Monday 4 May, with a renewed and fully digital format, which aims to respond positively to the extraordinary situation we are experiencing in this period. Jury members will meet the fifteen designated startups participating in the digital training days, selecting up to a maximum of ten innovative projects.

The startups, whose projects will be selected for their high potential, will start a personalized and modular path oriented towards the “go-to-market” phase. Subsequently, once the entrepreneurial training phase is over, the startups will meet again before the Jury for the Award Ceremony, in September 2020.


The BioUpper 4 Jury members



Pasquale Frega
Country President  &  AD Novartis Farma

After graduating in Economics, Pasquale Frega began his career in Ipsen, a company in which he held several managerial roles for 17 years. After an experience in InterMune Italia, as Senior Vice President, in 2012 he joined Celgene as VP and General Manager of the Italian branch, to take then the role, in 2017, of VP and General Manager of the Central and Northern Europe Region. In Italy he held – and still holds – important positions within the industry associations: he was, among other things, vice-president of Assobiotec, and is currently a member of the Farmindustria Presidential Committee. Since January 2018, he is Country President Novartis Italia and CEO Novartis Farma.



Gaia Panina
Chief Scientific Officer  Novartis Farma

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Brescia, Gaia Panina specializes in cardiology. She completed her training as a Research Fellow in Cardiology at the Cardiology Division, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (USA). For 18 years she has been operating in the pharmaceutical sector, first in Bristol Myers-Squibb, and then in Novartis. From 2011 to 2015 she was at the helm of the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Italia Medical Department. From 2015 to 2017, again in Novartis, she held the role of Director of the Immunology and Dermatology Franchise. From September 2018 she returned to the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Medical Department in the role of Chief Scientific Officer.



Carlo Mango
Director of the Scientific and Technological Area of Cariplo Foundation; Managing Director Cariplo Factory

Director of the Scientific and Technological Area of Cariplo Foundation, since 2016 Carlo has been Managing Director of Cariplo Factory, the Foundation’s instrumental company that was founded with the aim of creating 10,000 job opportunities and supporting the growth of the most promising innovation companies.
Carlo deals with strategic planning, management of research projects, training and technology transfer. He is responsible for grant-making activities in biomedicine, engineering, physics and natural and agri-food sciences. Member of several international scientific boards and fund investment committees, he is also an Advisor to the European Commission, as well as a member of the boards of directors of various research foundations.



Giuseppe Banfi
Commissioner of the Central Charity Commission of the Cariplo Foundation

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pavia in 1984, Giuseppe Banfi is a doctor, specialist in hygiene and preventive medicine and Professor of clinical biochemistry and molecular biology at the San Raffaele University of Milan. He is also General Manager of the Centro San Raffaele Foundation, Scientific Director of the IRCCS at the Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute in Milan and member of the Board of Directors of the Insubric Research for Life Institute Foundation. From 2008 to May 2019 he was also Scientific Director of the San Donato Hospital Group Foundation and, from 2013 to May 2019, member of the Board of the AISPO Association.

Daniela Scaramuccia
Director of Health & Life Science IBM Italy

Daniela Scaramuccia, who joined IBM in 2017, leads the unit that develops digital innovation and transformation projects for companies and institutions, taking advantage of all IBM’s solutions, resources and skills, from consulting to new technologies. Daniela promotes the application of IBM’s state-of-the-art research, from AI to computational biology and quantum computing, in order to accelerate the solution of complex problems. She plans and coordinates the development of new projects with Italian companies and institutions in all industrial sectors. Daniela has built a solid experience in the healthcare and life sciences sector, supporting – as a strategic consultant – pharmaceutical and medical devices companies and public and private bodies in McKinsey and in Value Partners, and directly, as Health Councillor for the Tuscany Region (technical appointment).
In the course of over 15 years of professional experience, Daniela worked on issues of strategy, marketing, technology, sales and organization, cooperating with Italian and multinational companies, particularly in the sectors of health, life sciences, infrastructure and energy.



Giovanni Todaro
Chief Digital Officer IBM Italy

Graduated in Statistical and Economic Sciences in 1999, Giovanni Todaro began his career in IBM Ireland. In 2003 he moved to Milan to hold the role of Operation Manager, and attended the Henley Business School for an MBA. In the first months of 2007, Giovanni managed the delivery unit of professional services for the implementation of solutions concerning the software development cycle (Rational). He then dealt with the integration into IBM of two important acquisitions in the area of Decision Management and Business Process Management (ILOG, Lombardi), and was responsible for the Software Division of security products (IBM Security) and then Software Marketing Manager and responsible for the network services. After an experience as Executive Assistant of the President and CEO of IBM Italia, he is now CDO and Director of the Digital Business Group division.


Antonio Barone
Head of the Regional Welfare Services Division of ARIA SPA

Antonio Barone is Head of the Regional Welfare Services Division of ARIA SPA, the company of the Lombardy Region for innovation and purchasing, and today he has also the task of guiding the data-driven transformation program of the Regional Information System. Starting from a background related to engineering and business administration, he specialized in the health innovation and data strategy/management areas and gained his experience on Digital Transformation in more than 20 years of activity in the public and private sector, the last 15 of which were dedicated to Digital Health issues.


Gianna Martinengo
Founder Didael KTS e ideatrice di Women&Tech

Founder and President of Didael KTS – Creator of Women&Tech, technological humanist, entrepreneur, digital pioneer. Proactive in relation to the transformations of society, Gianna anticipated the development of technologies at the service of citizens, with research and experimentation activities and a dual humanistic (Bocconi and Cattolica) and technological (Stanford, Ca.) training. She founded several start-ups in Italy and abroad, developed 800 projects in the business sector and in the internationalization, technological and social innovation areas. Since 1999 she dedicated herself to supporting women and young people. In 2007 Gianna conceived and implemented the international project “Women & Technologies” and launched the “Le Tecnovisionarie” Award; in 2009 she founded the Women and Technologies Association, in 2010 she conceived the “Ready4Future” project, and in 2018 “The Tram of Innovation”. She is one of the 50 women who have been indicated as InspiringFifty in Italy in 2018. Knight of the Republic, she has been awarded with the Ambrogino d’Oro by the Municipality of Milan.


Alberto Tozzi
Head of the Multifactorial and Complex Diseases Area at the Children’s Hospital Bambino Gesù
Alberto Tozzi is a pediatrician and an epidemiologist, with experience in the field of vaccinations and communicable diseases. He worked as a researcher at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità for over 15 years and participated in – and coordinated – several projects on the prevention and surveillance of infectious diseases. In 2004, Dr Tozzi moved to the Bambino Gesù Hospital, where he continued to work on communicable diseases and began developing eHealth and digital medicine projects, and where he is currently responsible for a multidisciplinary research area. Together with his group, Dr. Tozzi organized an international congress on innovation in pediatrics, which was held in Rome in October 2019 and which hosted over 40 speakers from different disciplines. Dr Tozzi represents the Bambino Gesù Hospital in the international Society for Pediatric Innovation, and collaborates with the World Health Organization in the digital communication field.



Luca Cinquepalmi
Director of Innovation, Planning, Organization and Control of the ENPAM Foundation

Luca Cinquepalmi is director of Innovation, Planning, Organization and Control of the ENPAM Foundation and of the physician’s welfare institution and is one of the main investors in Innovative Startups in Italy. Expert innovator, in particular in the Information Technology sector, consultant for large and small businesses and entrepreneur, he is also engaged in training activities in several international business schools and supports startups personally, as a mentor and consultant.



Nando Minnella
Management Committee of Human Technopole
Member of the Management Committee of Human Technopole, Nando Minella is an economist, former head of the technical secretariat of the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). In 1994 he graduated in economic-organization-oriented sociology at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, and in 2002 in business administration at the same university. In 1997-98 he attended a post-graduate course in economics and business history at the Institute for culture and business history “Franco Momigliano”, and is currently pursuing a research doctorate at the Catholic University of Milan in management and innovation. Since 2017 he has been a member of the management board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and of the Board of Auditors of the National Agency for Regional Health Services (AGENAS). From 2016 to 2018, he was head of the technical secretariat of the Ministry of Health. Previously, he was company liquidator of the Mediterranean Institute of Hematology Foundation of Rome (2016-18) and of the Arsenale di Venezia SPA (2013-15). Between 2005 and 2015 he worked for the State Property Agency.



Roberto Tiezzi
Head of the Technology Transfer and Third Mission Department of the University of Milan

After a legal education, Roberto Tiezzi specialized in the field of intellectual property, with training experiences acquired internationally and carrying out educational actions in several different national contexts. He is responsible for the Technology Transfer and Third Mission Department at the University of Milan, where he deals with intellectual property management, licensing and support for the creation of innovative companies and public engagement activities. Previously, he was head of the Technology Transfer Office – TTO of the Politecnico di Milano and Director of UNIMITT – University Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer of the University of Milan. In 2019 he obtained an Executive MBA at MIP – the Politecnico di Milano School of Management.