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.
The products proposed by TissueGraft involve the use of biological matrices appropriately decellularized, in order to eliminate the risk of immunogenic reaction in the implant site. The TissueGraft biological matrices can be activated and subsequently enriched with bioactive substances (eg. Antibiotics, peptides, growth factors, etc.) in order to optimize their use in surgical clinical need; this technology, is unique in the world and representing a new application field.
The functionalization of the biological matrix is an highly innovative technique, which is still absent in the biomedical market, but offers significant potential for the development and production of highly innovative biological substitutes, able to drive properly tissue regeneration and better control outcomes immediately after surgery.
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.
Marta Calvo Catoira
Technology Transfer Manager
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 “.
Her role in TissueGraft ranges from technology transfer, to innovation management to feasibility analysis.
Born in Turin on 1964, he is engaged in management activities for Startup and Small-Medium Enterprises. He played professional experience as a consultant both as a manager and founded service companies. From 2014 he is part of Enne3, certified Incubator of Innovative companies in University of Eastern Piedmont, achieving schemes of project management and organization, developing business plans, definition of financial strategies for Startup and innovative SMEs from different branches.
From 2010 to 2013 he held management positions first and then the post of Director in a company in the luxury sector (jewelry), operating in international markets.
In 1998 he founded the company Bentley Consulting Srl, then merged into CESDI & Srl playing the role of CEO until 2010: the company offered financial consulting services for enterprises, and socio-economic studies for public authorities and Chambers of Commerce.
In Tissuegraft he plays the role of CEO.