Luca Benatti / Chief Executive Officer
Dr Luca Benatti is the Chief Executive Officer since June 2012. He has over 25 year experience in Pharma and Biotech. He was Co-founder and CEO of Newron Pharmaceuticals (NWRN, Swiss Stock Exchange). Under his guidance, Newron developed a pipeline of innovative therapies including Xadago, approved worldwide for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Luca graduated and performed his post-doctoral training at Milano Genetics Institute. He is an independent Board member at Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT, Nasdaq), Newron Pharmaceuticals, Chairman of the Italian Angels for Biotech, Member of the Strategic Advisory Board of Zambon, Member of the Board of Assobiotec, member of the Jury of the European Biotechnica Award and of the Open Accelerator Award. He has authored several scientific publications and holds numerous patents.
Mauro Magnani / Chief Scientific Officer
Prof. Mauro Magnani is the Company co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer and Director since 2007. He is Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Centre of Biotechnology, at the University of Urbino, Italy.
Prof. Magnani is an international leader in the development of drug delivery technologies using red blood cells. During his academic career he has been: Visiting Researcher, Dept. Biochemistry, Univ. Birmingham, 1980; Visiting Prof. Dept. Biology, Haifa, Israel. Since 1986 he is Full Professor of Biochemistry ; Dean, Faculty of Sciences University of Urbino 1995-2001; Director Interuniversity Consortium for Biotechnology (CIB) 1998-2004; Vice Rector of the University of Urbino 2001-2009. He is also a "Technical Director" nominated by the "Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco, AIFA" with n. AIDT-19/2005. Co-founder of various start-up companies, and author of more than 400 papers published in international refereed scientific journals and inventor of numerous patents; Co-editor of three books and reviewer for over 30 international Journals.
Guenter R. Janhofer / Chief Medical Officer
Guenter R. Janhofer is the Chief Medical Officer since February 2018. He has spent more than 30 years in the healthcare industry in roles of increasing complexity and scope. Before joining Erydel, Guenter served as the Head of Development and then Chief Medical Officer at BTG, a British healthcare company specialized in interventional medicine across a broad spectrum of disease areas, ranging from interventional oncology to pulmonology to vascular diseases, and comprising drugs, biologicals and drug device combinations. Guenter was responsible for the successful completion of the clinical development program of several compounds and subsequent regulatory approval by the FDA. Prior to his tenure at BTG, Guenter had a career at Merck, Inc., both in European subsidiaries as the respective Medical Director as well as at Merck’s US headquarters as Vice President for Global Medical and Scientific Affairs. He received his MD from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and holds PhDs in Climatology and Medicine as well as a post doc degree (Habilitation) from the University of Technology in Berlin.
Giovanni Mambrini / Chief Operating Officer
Dr Giovanni Mambrini is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of the Company. Giovanni previously served as our Head of Medical Devices from 2012 through 2017 and joined EryDel in 2008 as General Manager. Dr Mambrini gained over 20 year experience in medical device technology within multinational Companies and developed products for blood processing, cardiac surgery, anesthesia, intensive care, combination products and advanced therapies. Prior to joining EryDel, he was Manager of R&D at Covidien (from 1998 to 2002), Scientific Affair Manager at Dideco (from 2002 to 2005); Leader of "Biocompatibility & Biosensors, Centre for Innovation and Technological Excellence" at Sorin Group Italia (from 2005 to 2008).