FOCUS TECHNOLOGY / FURNISHINGS
Arch. Luca Colombo
Luca Colombo was born in Tradate, near Milan, in 1969. Studying architecture at Milan Polytechnic University, he took his degree in 1994 and has been registered with the Milan Chamber of Architects since 2000. After several years of working experience in different architecture practices, Colombo joins the team of Matteo Thun in 1999. Sharing the same conceptual approach, he becomes business partner at Matteo Thun & Partners, working on medium and large scale projects and assuming the role of office manager, handling all technical, administrative and organizational aspects of the Architecture and Interior Design Department of the studio (definition of budgets and contracts and project management of major projects). In 2013, Luca Colombo and Matteo Thun found MTLC, a firm for architecture and interior design focussing on the Italian market. With this in mind, special attention is paid to the hotel sector, reclamation and renovation. Constructive dialogue is the goal in each and every MTLC operation, as well as maintaining strong ties to the surrounding context. This allows for the creation of architecture that is rich in long-lasting – and therefore sustainable – aesthetic values. In the name of greater environmental sustainability and while searching for economic sustainability, MTLC also favours natural, local materials and optimizes energy efficiency with low-tech solutions.
FOCUS TECHNOLOGY / TECHNOLOGICAL DEVICES
Prof. Arianna Menciassi
Prof. Arianna Menciassi is Full Professor of Biomedical Robotics at SSSA and team leader and research principal investigator of the “Surgical Robotics and Allied Technologies” group at The BioRobotics Institute. For some months between 2013 and 2014, she was Visiting Professor at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Mecaniques et des Microtechniques (ENSMM) of Besancon (France), in the FEMTO Institute, and Visiting Professor at the ISIR Institute at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris. She has considerable experience in leading interdisciplinary teams toward successful outcomes. Furthermore, she has a substantial devotion to training and education, both at SSSA and at the University of Pisa, having served as preceptor to 10 postdoctoral associates, 15 PhD students and 40 graduate degree recipients. Her main research interests involve biomedical robotics, bio-hybrid systems, microsystem technology, nanotechnology and micromechatronics, with a special attention to the synergy between robot-assisted therapy and micro-nano-biotechnology-related solutions. He also focuses on magnetically-driven microrobots and microdevices, as well as on biomedical integrated platforms for magnetic navigation and ultrasound-based treatments. She carries on an important activity of scientific management of several projects, European and extra-European, thus implying many collaborations abroad and an intense research activity. She is co-author of more than 270 scientific publications (more than 130 on ISI journals) and 6 book chapters on biomedical robots/devices and microtechnology. She is also inventor of 25 patents, national and international. She has an H-index of 43 and a total of 6,006 citations according to the Scholar source and an H-index of 34 and a total of 3,796 citations according to the Scopus source. She served until August 2013 in the Editorial Board of the IEEE-ASME Trans. on Mechatronics and she is now Topic Editor in Medical Robotics of the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems; she is Co-Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Surgical Robotics, she is the Nanotechnology Technical Committee representative of the steering committee of the IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience. In the year 2007, she received the Well-tech Award (Milan, Italy) for her researches on endoscopic capsules, and she was awarded by the Tuscany Region with the Gonfalone D’Argento, as one of the best 10 young talents of the region.
FOCUS EATING & NUTRITION
Prof. Enrico Roda
Prof. Enrico Roda has done intensive research and teaching at the Faculty of Medicine of the University 'of Bologna. In particular, from 1986 to November 2010 he was director of the Chair of Gastroenterology at the University of Bologna, and head of the Gastroenterology Service at Policlinico S. Orsola-Malpighi in Bologna. From 1995 to 2001 he was the Director of the Department of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology of the University of Bologna From 1999 to 2006 he was head of, Department of Metabolism and Digestive and Infectious Diseases at the S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, From 2000 to 2004 he was Program Director for liver tranplants at the S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital, From 2002 al 2008 he was Director of the School in Gastroenterology at the University of Bologna. At the national level prof Roda has held the positions of President, of the Italian Society of Gastroenterology (SIGE) from 1999 to 2001 and President of the Italian Federation of Digestive Diseases (FIMAD) from 2003 to 2005. Since January 2011 he is consultant in gastroenterology and clinical nutrition at various nursing homes affiliated with the NHS, director of the Network of laboratories “ Functional Foods and Global Health" and President of the Foundation “ Istituto di Scienze della Salute”. Bile acids physiology and pathology of was the area in which Prof. Roda was more qualified at national and international level with fruitful practical results leading to the development of new therapies for cholesterol gallstones.
FOCUS SKIN CARE
Prof. Carla Scesa
Graduated at University of Milan, whit a diploma in Industrial Chemistry. Specialist in Cosmetology. Teaching assistant at the university. Afterwards, for 18 years she worked in cosmetic industries as researcher first and as R&D Director afterwards. From the private sector she went over to the public sector as scientific coordinator of the Fine Chemistry Project and Cosmetology National Project managed by the Italian National Research Council (CNR). From 1980 on, she has been Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Ferrara, Salerno and Urbino. Actually she is Adjunct Professor at the University of Siena, at the Catholic University of Rome, and at the International Fatebenefratelli School of Aesthetic Medicine in Rome. Her main activity consists in working as a consultant for innovation and R&D for leading cosmetic industries. She is Editor in Chief of the international magazines Chemistry Today, Agro-Food Industry hi tech, Household and Personal Care Today.