WHO WE ARE
The idea behind TissueGraft products was born in autumn 2013 by a research group of the University of Eastern Piedmont, Department of Health Sciences. The company, made up by a chemist, a biologist and two medical biotecnologists, participated at the Start Cup Piemonte and Valle d’Aosta in 2014, won the third place and was formed in November 2014 as an academic spin-off.
With society development, the group has grown and, from 2016, TissueGraft hired a PhD student of University of Piemonte Orientale, with an apprenticeship contract, and from 2017 a second PhD student, in collaboration with University of Bari and Laval University, Canada.
Tech. Dev. and QC Manager
Born in Naples on 1982, after high school diploma, obtained in 2001 at the High School “Francesco Sbordone”, in Naples, he obtained in 2006 a BA in Chemistry from the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”. In 2008 he completed his master degree in Chemistry at the same university. He held an internship at the CNR of Naples, on the synthesis of new biomaterials. In 2009 he moved to Novara, where he won a three-year PhD grant in Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro “, with a thesis entitled “biocompatible scaffolds for tissue engineering”. In November 2012 he won a scholarship at the Department of Health Sciences, at the same university, on “Behaviour of cellular bioactive polymer surfaces: implications in adherence, proliferation and cell differentiation.”
He is partner and board member of the company, he is responsible for technological development, quality control and he is actively involved in R&D activities
Born in Novara on 1989, after high school diploma, obtained in 2008 at the Liceo socio-psico-pedagogico “Contessa Tornielli Bellini”, in Novara, she obtained in 2011 the bachelor degree in Biotechnology at the University of Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro “. In 2013 she completed his doctorate degree in Medical Biotechnology, at the same university. She held an internship at the Laboratory of Human Anatomy of the Department of Health Sciences. In 2013 she won a grant three-year PhD in “Science and Medical Biotechnology”, at the University of Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro”. She was named “Subject Expert (Human Anatomy)” for the academic year 2014/2015.
She is partner of the company and is actively involved in R&D activities.
Scientific and R&D Dept. Director
Francesca Boccafoschi is Associate Professor at Department of Health Sciences, University of Piemonte Orientale in Novara.
She possesses a degree in Biological Sciences (2001), and received a doctoral degree in Molecular Medicine (2007) at University of Piemonte Orientale.
Since 2014 Dr. Boccafoschi is adjunct Professor at Laval University (Quebec City, QC, Canada).
She is Member of National and International Scientific Societies, in some of them as member of the Advisory Board: Società Italiana di Biomateriali (SIB – Board Member), Società Italiana di Medicine e Chirurgia Rigenerativa Polispecialistica (SIMCRI – Scientific Board Member), Indo-Italian Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Forum (IIF – Board Member), Sociétè Canadienne de Biomateriaux-Canadian Biomaterial Society (SCB-CBS), Società Italiana di Anatomia e Istologia (SIAI).
She is member of Advisory Board of International and National Scientific Journals: The ScientificWorldJournal (section: Tissue Engineering) since 08/2011; Archivio Italiano di Andrologia e Urologia (section: Anatomical Sciences) since 09/2012; Biomedical Engineering since 11/2012; Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials JABFM (section: cardiovascular) since 03/2015; Chemistry (section: biocompatible materials and coatings) since 03/2015.
Reviewer for several scientific international journals: Biomaterials (ISSN: 0142-9612), Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ISSN: 1738-2696), Journal of Cellular Physiology (ISSN: 1097-4652), Cell Adhesion and Migration (ISSN: 1933-6918), Biotechnology and Bioengineering (ISSN: 1097-0290), International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067), Acta Biomaterialia (ISSN: 1742-7061), Journal of Applied Biomaterials – Functional Materials (e-ISSN 2280-8000).
Research interests mainly include cardiovascular tissue engineering, mechanical stresses applied to cell cultures, materials bio- and hemo-compatibility.
She has authored many original articles, holds 1 patent. Her H-index is 11 (2004-2014).
She presented more than 50 congresses worldwide, some of them as keynotes and invited speaker.
Born in Lu (AL) in 1950. After high school graduation, obtained at the “Leonardo da Vinci” Technical Institute of Alessandria, begins his career in the financial sector for the Banco di Napoli, subsequently for the Banca di Alessandria, later incorporated by the Banca Provinciale Lombarda and finally for the San Paolo Group of Turin, managing, within these Institutes, the Industrial Credit area, the Loans area for the large customer sector and, subsequently, he played increasingly important managerial roles. From 1986 until 1993 he held the position of Director of numerous branches in Banca Provinciale Lombarda until to Area Management. In 1994 the Banca Provinciale Lombarda was incorporated by the Istituto San Paolo di Torino; for the latter he held the role of Head of Area (Asti, Ivrea, Rivoli-Chieri, Southern Piedmont) until February 2007. In 2008 and 2009 he worked as a consultant for the Bank of Asti. Since August 2010 plays consultancy activities for a private industrial group. In 2010-2012 he deals with renewable energies (Chairman and Director of a company listed on the Milan Stock Exchange). Now he performs activities in the real estate sector: research, development, realization and turnkey delivery of structures for media and large food and no-food distribution.
Marta Calvo Catoira
Doctorate in apprenticeships - Università del Piemonte Orientale
Born in Vigo, Spain on 1988, after high school diploma, obtained in 2006 at the High School “Instituto Santa Irene”, in Vigo, she obtained a master degree in Chemical Engineering in 2014 with specialization in Medical Biotech at the University of Salamanca, Spain.
After some initial experience, she worked as a consultant for several companies in quality control and chemical optimization. She worked in Italy as a process engineer, in EPC contractor company operating in the wastewater treatment and biogas plants sector.
In 2016 she started the PhD program in Science and Biotechnology at the University of Piemonte Orientale “A. Avogadro “.
In TissueGraft she is involved in product design and development.
Chemical and Molecular Sciences PhD student – Università degli Studi di Bari
Born in Melpignano (LE) in 1988. After the scientific maturity, obtained in 2007 at the Liceo Scientifico “Leonardo Da Vinci”, in Maglie (LE), in 2014 she obtained a degree in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of “Aldo Moro” of Bari. In 2014 she carried out a post-graduate training internship at the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA) – CNR of Bari in the analytical chemistry laboratory. In 2015 she won a scholarship at the same institute. Since 2017 she won a scholarship for “Innovative PhDs with Industrial Characterization” in the PhD program in “Chemical and Molecular Sciences” – XXXII cycle – at the “Aldo Moro” University of Bari. The research project concerns: “Plasma processes for the implementation of tissue substitutes of biological origin in regenerative medicine”. Part of the internship is held at the company TissueGraft s.r.l. and at Laval University, in Quebec City, Canada