Executive committee

Riccardo Palmisano Presidente Assobiotec per sito

Riccardo Palmisano - Agc biologics

Riccardo Palmisano is Board Member at Agc Biologics, a medical biotechnology company focused on research, development and clinical validation of novel anticancer therapies. Graduated in Medicine at Parma University,  his career in the Italian pharmaceutical industry started in 1986 at Farmitalia Carlo Erba (1986). He then moved on to Gruppo Menarini (1988) where he contributed to the development and internationalisation of the first Italian pharmaceutical Group, becoming Director of the Pharmaceutical Division Italy in 1993 and General Manager at Lusofarmaco in 1995. His career in multinational companies started in 2000: he set up the Italian branch of Shire Pharmaceutical (2000), then he was appointed Vice President Commercial Retail Market in GlaxoSmithKline Verona (2003) and, lastly, Vice President & General Manager Italy at Genzyme (2005), a U.S. biotech company specialized in research and development of orphan drugs for rare diseases. After the acquisition of Genzyme by Sanofi he was appointed Director of Business Strategy and Development at Sanofi Italia (2012-2013). Until 2020 he held the position of CEO of MolMed, now part of AGC Biologics. During his career, he successfully launched a large number of important products in many therapeutic areas, in both retail and hospital markets, participated and supported several international projects, and successfully negotiated pricing and reimbursement for several innovative drugs with the Italian Authorities. In 2008, he joined Assobiotec, becoming Vice President, responsible for biotech pharma and health, in 2010. In 2016, was appointed President of Assobiotec. He was recently appointed Vice President of the Lombard Cluster of Life Sciences in Assolombarda.

Luigi Boano - Novartis Farma
Executive Vice President

Luigi Boano is the Oncology General Manager at Novartis Farma. In this position is the Head of the Management and Development of the overall performance of the business unit, the current portfolio and products in development, coordinating  the Marketing, Sales, Market access, Finance and Medical areas. He currently leads a staff of 300 employees, with a turnover of over 500 Million Euros. He gained experience of over 25 years in managerial positions in the Sales and Marketing Areas of Pharmaceutical Industry (Merk Sharp & Dohme, Sandoz, Novartis). Luigi Boano has a degree in Pharmacy and an MBA at the Bocconi University. He has attended several managerial courses at the most prestigious American universities: Marketing Excellence Program at Stanford University; One-X at Columbia University; Business Leadership Program, ED Finance Executive Forum V at Harvard University.

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Elena Sgaravatti - PlantaRei Biotech
Vice President

Elena Sgaravatti is PlantaRei President, Co-founder and shareholder of Demethra Biotech Srl. After graduating with a Pharm. D. degree from Padova University, she developed more than twenty years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector, from business development to strategic marketing in multinational companies such as GSK. She was CEO at IRB Spa (Biotechnological Research Institute) until June 2016, a company she launched in 2009, when she joined as General Director, which was acquired by Croda Int. Plc, in 2012. In 2016 she founded, together with Cereal Docks Group, Demethra Biotech S.r.l., an innovative start-up of green biotech. She is the inventor of eleven patents, she is member  of the Academic Commission of the University of Medical Biotechnology of Modena and as well as of the Scientific Committee of the Cluster Bioinnova (Biological Cluster Veneto). She has been a member of the working group for the accreditation and evaluation of the Master’s Degree Program in Biotechnology for Food at the Agripolis University of Padua since 2019. Winner of  #GreenBiotech Award Tecnovisionarie 2020.

Ugo Gay

Ugo Gay - DiaSorin

Ugo Gay is Senior Vice President Industrial Operations in DiaSorin. Born in 1965, he began his career in 1985 in the family business. In 1995 he moved to the Istituto Biologico Chemioterapico di Torino (Chemotherapy Biological Institute), where in 1998 he held the position of Chief Executive Officer in a company of the group. He joined DiaSorin in 2000 as Sales Director for the Italian market, holding various positions within the Group: Managing Director of the JV between DiaSorin and Byk Sangtec (2002), Country Manager - Italy and General Manager - Iberia and Czech Republic (2003- 2009) and VP Commercial Operations for Europe and Africa (2009-2012). In the same period, he is also member of the board of Assobiomedica and of the European Association of Diagnostics (EDMA), with the role of Vice President.
From 2012 he continues his career in DiaSorin’s Industrial Operations (Europe and Africa). In 2019 he is appointed Senior Vice President of Industrial Operations, at a corporate level, a position he still holds.

Giulia Gregori - Mater Biotech di Novamont

Giulia Gregori in Director of Strategic Planning & Corporate Communication in Novamont, a global market leader in bioplastics and in the development of biochemicals. Starting as a research centre in the 90s it became a profitable company, awarded and recognized at international level. Novamont is currently involved in several projects which entails conversion of petrolchemical sites in biorefineries in Italy with the aim to restore growth through bioeconomy. Giulia Gregori entered in Novamont in September 2000, after graduating in Pure Chemistry with a specialization in Bioinorganic from the University of Milan, in collaboration with Leiden University. Within Novamont she is responsible for Strategic R&D and Researcher Training Projects and Corporate Communication, and undertaking also external relationships with Public and Private Funding Institutions. She has been a member of several Associations and she is member of Biobased Industries Board, as well as member of the board of directors of Enne3 – Incubatore di impresa Novara-  and P.U.MA.S. (Polo di Innovazione Umbro Materiali Speciali e micro-nano Tecnologie).

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