About Us

Founders

PAOLO FIORINA, MD

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER & SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

PAOLO FIORINA, MD

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER & SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

Paolo Fiorina, MD, PhD is an endocrinologist. He is Director, International Center for T1D, Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi Pediatric, University of Milan, Italy; Professor of Endocrinology, L. Sacco Hospital, University of Milan; Chief of Division of Endocrinology, ASST Sacco-Fatebenefratelli, Milan, Italy and Lecturer on Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is actively involved in the Grant Committee of JDRF, Medical Science Review Committee (MSRC) for Islet Biology and Transplantation, Transplant Meeting Committee at the San Raffaele Hospital (Milan), American Heart Association (AHA), and American Society of Transplantation (AST).

He published over 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts (5700+ citations, h-index 44). He is focused in devising new immune-based preventive and therapeutic strategies for autoimmune diseases.

His publication track record includes seminal contribution to the field of immunotherapy for the treatment of type 1 diabetes and of transplantation and stem cells to prevent and treat autoimmune diabetes and allograft rejection.

AurorA-TT

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER COMPANY

AurorA-TT

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER COMPANY

AurorA-TT is a Technology Transfer Intermediation Company established in 2017 based in Milan, Italy. We identify promising scientific breakthroughs from academia and research centers in Italy and partner with academia, research institutions and biotech companies based globally.

We do invest in pre-seed and seed projects to bridge the gap between basic research and industrial drug development with industrial discipline.
Successful projects either become assets for the creation of stand-alone companies, partnership with financial investors, biotech and pharma companies, or translate into agreements of varying nature with synergic partners.

ALESSANDRA BIFFI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER & SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

ALESSANDRA BIFFI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER & SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

Alessandra Biffi, MD, is a pediatric hematologist and stem cell transplant physician. She is the current Director of the Gene Therapy Program, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, of the Program for Gene Therapy in Rare Diseases in the Department of Medicine of Boston Children’s Hospital, is the Faculty Director for Gene Therapy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Principal Scientist at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Chair of the Scientific Review Committee for Gene Therapy at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School.

She published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters. She is actively involved in gene therapy trials for neurological genetic diseases, hemoglobinopathies and immunodeficiencies and has developed a unique expertise in the pre-clinical development and clinical testing of hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy approaches.

Her publication track record includes seminal contribution to the field of cell and gene therapy.

Management

PAOLO RIZZARDI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & CEO

PAOLO RIZZARDI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & CEO

Paolo Rizzardi, MD, internist, is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of AurorA-TT, a Technology Transfer initiative fully focused in the biotech sector, and Co-Founder, Chairman&CEO of Altheia Science. He combines a strong scientific background with managerial skills gained in substantially contributing to successfully develop biotechnology companies and to achieve the market approval of advanced therapy medicinal products in the cell&gene therapy and oncology field. After spending more than 10 years in academia in Italy, UK, and Switzerland in developing programs for innovative immune-based/vaccination strategies in patients with HIV/AIDS, he worked for more than 15 years in the cell&gene therapy biotech sector, developing a unique expertise in R&D, CMC, clinical and business development, development, engineering, and IP from target validation to market approval.

He published over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters (4500+ citations, h-index 32), including seminal contribution to the field of immunopathogenesis and innovative treatment of HIV infection.

GABRIELE CAMPI, PhD

CO-FOUNDER & PROJECT MANAGER

GABRIELE CAMPI, PhD

CO-FOUNDER & PROJECT MANAGER

Gabriele Campi, PhD is an immunologist with an integrate background sharing 10+ years of academic research between San Raffaele Hospital, Milan and New York University, New York City and 6+ years in Venture Capital and Technology Transfer with different positions in VC funds in Italy, Switzerland and in UK. Gabriele also worked for TTFactor, the Technology Transfer Office of the European Institute of Oncology (IEO) and the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM) as a busness development manager dealing with the transfer of early stage/pre-clinical projects to industry. He published seminal papers within the concept of the immunological synapse and T cell activation and shares a solid expertise within the process of technology transfer and biotechnology related early stage investments.

PIERLUIGI PARACCHI, DEc

CO-FOUNDER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD & CORPORATE CONSULTANT

PIERLUIGI PARACCHI, DEc

CO-FOUNDER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD & CORPORATE CONSULTANT

Pierluigi Paracchi is Co-Founder and Venture Consultant of AurorA-TT, a Technology Transfer initiative fully focused in the biotech sector, and Co-Founder, Board Member of Altheia Science.

He has more than 15 years of experience as Venture Capitalist and Biotech Entrepreneur. He was Founder & CEO of Quantica, the first Italian VC firm exclusively dedicated to research and academic spin-out companies and Venture Consultant at Sofinnova Partners. He was investors and Board Member at EOS – Ethical Oncology Science, acquired by Clovis Oncology for 470M.

He is Co-Founder and CEO of Genenta Science, spin-out from San Raffaele Hospital: gene therapy for tumor treatment; Board Member at Assobiotec and Chairman of the SMEs group.

MOUFIDA BEN NASR, PhD

PROJECT MANAGER

MOUFIDA BEN NASR, PhD

PROJECT MANAGER

Moufida Ben Nasr M, PhD, is an immunologist. She is Research Fellow at Nephrology Division, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

She published over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She is focused in immunology and stem cell biology to develop strategies for transplantation and the treatment of hematological malignancies and autoimmune diseases.

Her publication track record includes important contribution to the field of immunobiology and immunotherapy of type 1 diabetes, identifying mechanisms to be targeted to prevent the attack of autoreactive T cells.

Management

PAOLO RIZZARDI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & CEO

PAOLO RIZZARDI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & CEO

Paolo Rizzardi, MD, internist, is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of AurorA-TT, a Technology Transfer initiative fully focused in the biotech sector, and Co-Founder, Chairman&CEO of Altheia Science. He combines a strong scientific background with managerial skills gained in substantially contributing to successfully develop biotechnology companies and to achieve the market approval of advanced therapy medicinal products in the cell&gene therapy and oncology field. After spending more than 10 years in academia in Italy, UK, and Switzerland in developing programs for innovative immune-based/vaccination strategies in patients with HIV/AIDS, he worked for more than 15 years in the cell&gene therapy biotech sector, developing a unique expertise in R&D, CMC, clinical and business development, development, engineering, and IP from target validation to market approval.

He published over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters (4500+ citations, h-index 32), including seminal contribution to the field of immunopathogenesis and innovative treatment of HIV infection.

GABRIELE CAMPI, PhD

CO-FOUNDER & PROJECT MANAGER

GABRIELE CAMPI, PhD

CO-FOUNDER & PROJECT MANAGER

Gabriele Campi, PhD is an immunologist with an integrate background sharing 10+ years of academic research between San Raffaele Hospital, Milan and New York University, New York City and 6+ years in Venture Capital and Technology Transfer with different positions in VC funds in Italy, Switzerland and in UK. Gabriele also worked for TTFactor, the Technology Transfer Office of the European Institute of Oncology (IEO) and the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology (IFOM) as a busness development manager dealing with the transfer of early stage/pre-clinical projects to industry. He published seminal papers within the concept of the immunological synapse and T cell activation and shares a solid expertise within the process of technology transfer and biotechnology related early stage investments.

PIERLUIGI PARACCHI, DEc

CO-FOUNDER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD & CORPORATE CONSULTANT

PIERLUIGI PARACCHI, DEc

CO-FOUNDER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD & CORPORATE CONSULTANT

Pierluigi Paracchi is Co-Founder and Venture Consultant of AurorA-TT, a Technology Transfer initiative fully focused in the biotech sector, and Co-Founder, Board Member of Altheia Science.

He has more than 15 years of experience as Venture Capitalist and Biotech Entrepreneur. He was Founder & CEO of Quantica, the first Italian VC firm exclusively dedicated to research and academic spin-out companies and Venture Consultant at Sofinnova Partners. He was investors and Board Member at EOS – Ethical Oncology Science, acquired by Clovis Oncology for 470M.

He is Co-Founder and CEO of Genenta Science, spin-out from San Raffaele Hospital: gene therapy for tumor treatment; Board Member at Assobiotec and Chairman of the SMEs group.

MOUFIDA BEN NASR, PhD

PROJECT MANAGER

MOUFIDA BEN NASR, PhD

PROJECT MANAGER

Moufida Ben Nasr M, PhD, is an immunologist. She is Research Fellow at Nephrology Division, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

She published over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts. She is focused in immunology and stem cell biology to develop strategies for transplantation and the treatment of hematological malignancies and autoimmune diseases.

Her publication track record includes important contribution to the field of immunobiology and immunotherapy of type 1 diabetes, identifying mechanisms to be targeted to prevent the attack of autoreactive T cells.

Board of directors

PAOLO RIZZARDI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & CEO

PAOLO RIZZARDI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & CEO

Paolo Rizzardi, MD, internist, is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of AurorA-TT, a Technology Transfer initiative fully focused in the biotech sector, and Co-Founder, Chairman&CEO of Altheia Science. He combines a strong scientific background with managerial skills gained in substantially contributing to successfully develop biotechnology companies and to achieve the market approval of advanced therapy medicinal products in the cell&gene therapy and oncology field. After spending more than 10 years in academia in Italy, UK, and Switzerland in developing programs for innovative immune-based/vaccination strategies in patients with HIV/AIDS, he worked for more than 15 years in the cell&gene therapy biotech sector, developing a unique expertise in R&D, CMC, clinical and business development, development, engineering, and IP from target validation to market approval.

He published over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters (4500+ citations, h-index 32), including seminal contribution to the field of immunopathogenesis and innovative treatment of HIV infection.

ALESSANDRA BIFFI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER & SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

ALESSANDRA BIFFI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER & SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

Alessandra Biffi, MD, is a pediatric hematologist and stem cell transplant physician. She is the current Director of the Gene Therapy Program, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, of the Program for Gene Therapy in Rare Diseases in the Department of Medicine of Boston Children’s Hospital, is the Faculty Director for Gene Therapy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Principal Scientist at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Chair of the Scientific Review Committee for Gene Therapy at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School.

She published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters. She is actively involved in gene therapy trials for neurological genetic diseases, hemoglobinopathies and immunodeficiencies and has developed a unique expertise in the pre-clinical development and clinical testing of hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy approaches.

Her publication track record includes seminal contribution to the field of cell and gene therapy.

PIERLUIGI PARACCHI, DEc

CO-FOUNDER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD & CORPORATE CONSULTANT

PIERLUIGI PARACCHI, DEc

CO-FOUNDER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD & CORPORATE CONSULTANT

Pierluigi Paracchi is Co-Founder and Venture Consultant of AurorA-TT, a Technology Transfer initiative fully focused in the biotech sector, and Co-Founder, Board Member of Altheia Science.

He has more than 15 years of experience as Venture Capitalist and Biotech Entrepreneur. He was Founder & CEO of Quantica, the first Italian VC firm exclusively dedicated to research and academic spin-out companies and Venture Consultant at Sofinnova Partners. He was investors and Board Member at EOS – Ethical Oncology Science, acquired by Clovis Oncology for 470M.

He is Co-Founder and CEO of Genenta Science, spin-out from San Raffaele Hospital: gene therapy for tumor treatment; Board Member at Assobiotec and Chairman of the SMEs group.

GAUDENZIO ROVEDA

MEMBER OF THE BOARD

GAUDENZIO ROVEDA

MEMBER OF THE BOARD

Gaudenzio Roveda is a chartered accountant, having qualified in 1993 and auditor, registered in the Register of Chartered Auditors since 1995.
He is the co-founder and the managing partner of an Italian firm, based in Milan, providing accounting and audit services, tax and legal consultancy.
Over the years he has been active as venture capitalist or investor, mostly focused on companies developing innovative technologies, such as bio-tech and clean-tech.
Among others, investor (since inception) in AAA - Advanced Accelerator Applications: an innovative radiopharmaceutical company developing, producing and commercializing molecular nuclear medicine theragnostics, recently acquired by Novartis.

Board of directors

PAOLO RIZZARDI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & CEO

PAOLO RIZZARDI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD & CEO

Paolo Rizzardi, MD, internist, is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of AurorA-TT, a Technology Transfer initiative fully focused in the biotech sector, and Co-Founder, Chairman&CEO of Altheia Science. He combines a strong scientific background with managerial skills gained in substantially contributing to successfully develop biotechnology companies and to achieve the market approval of advanced therapy medicinal products in the cell&gene therapy and oncology field. After spending more than 10 years in academia in Italy, UK, and Switzerland in developing programs for innovative immune-based/vaccination strategies in patients with HIV/AIDS, he worked for more than 15 years in the cell&gene therapy biotech sector, developing a unique expertise in R&D, CMC, clinical and business development, development, engineering, and IP from target validation to market approval.

He published over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters (4500+ citations, h-index 32), including seminal contribution to the field of immunopathogenesis and innovative treatment of HIV infection.

ALESSANDRA BIFFI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER & SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

ALESSANDRA BIFFI, MD

CO-FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER & SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR

Alessandra Biffi, MD, is a pediatric hematologist and stem cell transplant physician. She is the current Director of the Gene Therapy Program, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, of the Program for Gene Therapy in Rare Diseases in the Department of Medicine of Boston Children’s Hospital, is the Faculty Director for Gene Therapy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Principal Scientist at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Chair of the Scientific Review Committee for Gene Therapy at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School.

She published over 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters. She is actively involved in gene therapy trials for neurological genetic diseases, hemoglobinopathies and immunodeficiencies and has developed a unique expertise in the pre-clinical development and clinical testing of hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy approaches.

Her publication track record includes seminal contribution to the field of cell and gene therapy.

PIERLUIGI PARACCHI, DEc

CO-FOUNDER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD & CORPORATE CONSULTANT

PIERLUIGI PARACCHI, DEc

CO-FOUNDER, MEMBER OF THE BOARD & CORPORATE CONSULTANT

Pierluigi Paracchi is Co-Founder and Venture Consultant of AurorA-TT, a Technology Transfer initiative fully focused in the biotech sector, and Co-Founder, Board Member of Altheia Science.

He has more than 15 years of experience as Venture Capitalist and Biotech Entrepreneur. He was Founder & CEO of Quantica, the first Italian VC firm exclusively dedicated to research and academic spin-out companies and Venture Consultant at Sofinnova Partners. He was investors and Board Member at EOS – Ethical Oncology Science, acquired by Clovis Oncology for 470M.

He is Co-Founder and CEO of Genenta Science, spin-out from San Raffaele Hospital: gene therapy for tumor treatment; Board Member at Assobiotec and Chairman of the SMEs group.

GAUDENZIO ROVEDA

MEMBER OF THE BOARD

GAUDENZIO ROVEDA

MEMBER OF THE BOARD

Gaudenzio Roveda is a chartered accountant, having qualified in 1993 and auditor, registered in the Register of Chartered Auditors since 1995.
He is the co-founder and the managing partner of an Italian firm, based in Milan, providing accounting and audit services, tax and legal consultancy.
Over the years he has been active as venture capitalist or investor, mostly focused on companies developing innovative technologies, such as bio-tech and clean-tech.
Among others, investor (since inception) in AAA - Advanced Accelerator Applications: an innovative radiopharmaceutical company developing, producing and commercializing molecular nuclear medicine theragnostics, recently acquired by Novartis.

Scientific advisors

Alessandra Biffi and Paolo Fiorina are world-renowned scientists and key-opinion-leaders with deep expertise and experience in autoimmune diseases and gene&cell therapy.

Biffi_a

Alessandra Biffi is the current Director of the Gene Therapy Program, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, of the Program for Gene Therapy in Rare Diseases in the Department of Medicine of Boston Children’s Hospital, is the Faculty Director for Gene Therapy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Principal Scientist at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Chair of the Scientific Review Committee for Gene Therapy at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School.

Fiorina_p

Paolo Fiorina is Director, International Center for T1D, Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi Pediatric, University of Milan, Italy; Professor of Endocrinology, L. Sacco Hospital, University of Milan; Chief of Division of Endocrinology, ASST Sacco-Fatebenefratelli, Milan, Italy and Lecturer on Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. He is actively involved in the Grant Committee of JDRF, Medical Science Review Committee (MSRC) for Islet Biology and Transplantation, Transplant Meeting Committee at the San Raffaele Hospital (Milan), American Heart Association (AHA), and American Society of Transplantation (AST).