Meet the team behind the idea.
Dr. Francesco Maria Petrini
Francesco has worked at the business development during the first steps of SensArs: IPs preparation and filing, funds raising, business plan preparation. During his entrepreneurial activity he was awarded with several prizes and grants: Brain Forum start-up award (2015), Best 3 IROS start-up award (2015), Innogrant (2014), IMD award (2015), Spin-fund (2015), Venture Kick (2016), top 25 Venture (2016), Top 100 Swiss startup (2017), EU FET Launchpad (2017), EIT Health Headstart (2018), EU FTI (2019). He holds a PhD in neural engineering (University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome) and specialisation in the technology transfer and business development. During his studies, he has visited for more than two years the most important schools of Europe, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) and Imperial College of London, obtaining certificates for business and management competencies. He has been for 2 years the manager of the SCRIPT European project for San Raffaele Pisana (Rome) and he has worked within several relevant European projects (TIME, EPIONE, NEBIAS). He holds 2 patent applications.
Dr. Stanisa Raspopovic
Stanisa has over 10 years of experience in neuroprosthetic field, especially in the algorithms development, modelling, animal and clinical experimentation. He was in charge of several relevant EU projects (Cyberhand, TIME, EPIONE, NEBIAS). Stanisa graduated at University of Pisa (Italy) with honours in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering (MSc) and got the PhD at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Italy) in Neuroengineering and Robotics. He was scientist at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH, Switzerland) and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), and visiting at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain). He holds 3 patent applications. He guided the first EU human implant for sensory restoration in 2013.
Prof. Silvestro Micera
Silvestro is currently Full Professor of Neural Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA, Italy) and Full Professor of Neural Engineering at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) where he holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Translational NeuroEngineering. His research interests are in the areas of development of neuroprosthetic and robotic solutions to restore sensory-motor functions in disabled people. In particular, he is a pioneer in the development of “bionic” hand prostheses based on the use of implantable neural interfaces.
Charles Carignan has always held senior positions during his career as President and Vice-President for various medical companies. He achieved his Bachelors in American studies at Yale University and then his MD in Medicine at Columbia University. Successively, he went on to become Vice President at EngenderHealth for 5 years and then worked at Conceptus, Boston Scientific Corporation, and Novasys Medical. There he held positions as a VP, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officers for a total of 12 years. He has an extensive experience with med-tech regulations, reimbursements systems, market strategies and sales. He then founded his own company NinePoint Medical Inc. that focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing medical devices to enable in vivo pathology. He then moved on to a new project and successfully worked as CEO for BionX Medical Technologies, which manufactured prosthetic devices. BionX was later sold to Ottobock Healthcare GmbH.
Dr. Dan Merrill
Dan has worked in academic, non – profit, and for – profit sectors of medical device development for 30+ years. Dan received his B.S. and M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell . He t hen spent 11 years in industry before returning to academia. Dan earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve studying electrochemistry of charge injection at the electrode/tissue interface. He then performed a post – doc at the University of Utah study ing the response of tissue to ch ronically implanted electrodes. In 2005 Dan joined the Alfred Mann Foundatio n as their Chief Scientist . In 2012 he joined Ripple as their Chief Clinical Scientist. Dan now works as a consultant to the medical device industry. As a distraction he was a v olunteer fir efighter/company officer/EMT with Snohomish County Fire District 7 , Red Cross Disaster Services lead in Salt Lake City, and an amateur radio operator supplementing the Los Angeles County Sheriff.