About us

The team leading IMMAGINA is composed by an experienced group of scientists, and c-level professionals, offering a mix of competencies that range from molecular biology, chemistry, nanotechnology, technology transfer, marketing, and business development. Among them, members of TBA (http://t-ba.eu/), BAN-TN (http://www.iban.it/it/mappa-dei-ban) and I.E.C.T. (the Hermann Hauser – Institute for Entrepreneurship, http://www.iect.at/homepage/).
The achievement of the many ambitious goals is sustained by the already accomplished R&D activities funded by both private and public stakeholders.
IMMAGINA relies on a series of partnerships already established to help business and market development.


Massimiliano Clamer

Founder & President

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Mauro Cogoli


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Mauro Cogoli, M.Sc. Economics at Trento University. Mr. Cogoli has a long-lasting experience in finance and business administration that acquired serving different companies in over two decades of professional career. Mr. Cogoli, is also a lean management expert and he currently supports many medium and large companies in their growth and organization or in the reorganization of internal processes. As lean expert was involved in many projects aimed at improving the overall quality and efficacy of internal processes also enhancing the company business capabilities. Among his most relevant experience as manager, it is worth to mention his appointment as finance manager for SEA Group, and the role of administrative Director for Zobele Group. Currently director at Leanevolution.

Kurt Kofler

Director Strategy&Fundraising - IECT

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I.E.C.T. – Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol  - The I.E.C.T. – Institute for Entrepreneurship Cambridge – Tirol is a private institution based in Innsbruck. Its main objective is to help entrepreneurs achieve permanent economic success. - Co-Founder is Hermann Hauser.  He is a member of the Royal Society and with his many advices is supporting the company strategic plan.

Mr Kofler il the CEO of TBA – Tyrolean Business Angel and currently support the identification and funding of relevant high-technology start-ups business in the areas of biotechnology and life sciences. His background is mainly related to the management of innovation projects around medical application and especially within national and European public funding frameworks (FP7, FFG).


Harald Oberraouh

Board Observer

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President of Durst Group AG/ President of Alupress AG/ Founder of TBA - Tyrolean Business Angel


Massimiliano Clamer, PhD


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I'm interested in entrepreneurship and in improving the translation of cutting-edge science from academia to the commercial arena. I have a pharmaceutical background and a PhD in Biomolecular Science carried out between the University of Trento (http://www.unitn.it/en/cibio) and the University of Oxford (http://bayley.chem.ox.ac.uk/). My work has led to the submission of 3 patent applications and the raising of € 1M funding. I'm learning BioBusiness all days thanks to my job, our advisors and our investors.

ID card: Detection of 3′-End RNA Uridylation with a Protein Nanopore  - Active ribosome profiling with RiboLace

Luca Minati, PhD

R&D senior scientist, Project manager

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I received my master degree in Chemistry from the University of Padua in 2004. In 2010 I received my PhD in Materials Engineering from University of Trento. My research concerns the synthesis and functionalization of nanostructured materials for optical and biological applications. I published about 60 papers in peer review journal and two patents. I love science and I'm intrigued by its plethora of possible applications.

ID card: Multifunctional Branched Gold–Carbon Nanotube Hybrid for Cell Imaging and Drug Delivery

Alessia Del Piano, MSc

R&D - Head of strategic collaborations

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I hold a master's degree with honors in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology from University of Naples Federico II. Previously, I worked on the selection and characterization of RNA molecules as therapeutic, diagnostic and delivery tools.  I love the daily challenges that I am presented with, making this work much interesting on a constant basis and as a biotechnologist, I believe academic results must be translated into industrial success stories.

ID card: Targeting translation activity at the ribosome interface with UV-active small molecules

Claudia Firrito, PhD

R&D - Head of strategic services

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I obtained my PhD in Translational and Molecular Medicine in a joint project between the University of Milano-Bicocca and San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan. Since then my research focused on gene therapy and molecular biology of viral infection. I am a passionate, focused and curious scientist. I love learning something new every day, and while this is my first experience in a company, I’m excited to be part of this team of young innovators!

ID card: Targeted genome editing in human repopulating haematopoietic stem cells

Alberto Peretti, PhD

Communication and data analysis

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I earned a master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Turin in 2010. After receiving a PhD degree in Clinical and Experimental Medicine from the University of Eastern Piedmont in 2014, I worked for four years at the National Institutes of Health (USA), where I carried out biomedical research in virology. I love applied science, and firmly believe that research must aim for the development of practical solutions and innovation.

ID card: Characterization of BK Polyomaviruses from Kidney Transplant Recipients 

Paola Bernabò, PhD

Product development, customer Support & Administration

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I received a MSc. degree in Evolutive biology and a Ph.D. at the University of Modena-Reggio Emilia. My academic background mainly concerns evolutive biology and environmental sciences. While serving the Laboratory of Translational Architectonics at National Research Council (CNR) in Trento, I was involved in the study of gene expression/protein synthesis related to neurodegenerative diseases. I was then further involved in a series of studies related to the evaluation of eco-genotoxicity impacts. I published more than 20 articles on relevant scientific journals

ID card: In Vivo Translatome Profiling in Spinal Muscular Atrophy Reveals a Role for SMN Protein in Ribosome Biology

Advisory Team

Graziano Guella

Full Professor of Organic Chemistry – Department of Physics, University of Trento , Italy

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His Lab has a long research experience in bioorganic chemistry. https://www5.unitn.it/People/en/Web/Persona/PER0004880#INFO

Gabriella Viero

Researcher at Institute of Biophysics, CNR Unit, Trento

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Gabriella Viero got her Master in Biology in 1999 (Italy) and the PhD in Biotechnology applied to biomedical sciences in 2006 (Italy). She is interested in RNA biology, translation and motor neuron diseases. The Lab studies polyribosomes by nano-imaging and ribosome profiling. The Lab is interested in interdisciplinary research with labs expert in mathematics, IT, neuropathology and cell biology. The Lab has developed methods for studying polysomes in difficult samples and their characterization by POLSeq and RIBO-Seq. Recent combined output includes papers in top journals (J. Cell. Biol., NAR, Bioinformatics, Nat. Comm., Cell Reports, Mol. Cell).


Personal web page: https://www.facebook.com/LabTranslationalArchitectomics/

S.S. - NY

Proteomic analysis

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A.R. - Italy


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L.M - Italy

Software development and prototype

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Students & Former Members

Daniele Gubert

Bachelor's degree thesis (2016)

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Daniele has studied Computer Science at DISI in Trento.  Although he’s new in this field, he decided to try an Internship as Computational-Biologist, which gave him an excellent opportunity to enter this biology’s wonderful branch

Oriol Mane Benach

Erasmus Plus internship (2016)

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My professional passion is science research. Due to this, I am now studying to become a clinical and biomedical laboratory technician in Barcelona (Jesuïtes El Clot). In 2016 I was awarded an Erasmus scholarship to do my practical training abroad. Thanks to that, I had the opportunity to work for Immagina Biotech in collaboration with the  National Research Council – Institute of Biophysics. Through this experience, I could learn many innovative research techniques that will improve my professional development.

Elisa Ronga

Student internship (2016)

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Elisa is a first year Bioengineering student at Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Germany. She wants to follow a Biomaterials study there. She spent two months voluntary-working in the lab as a research assistant.

Rodolfo Gomez

Scientific advisor (2013-2014)

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Short fellowship (2-months) at Immagina BioTechnology, Research Consultant, Trento, Italy (2013)
Previous: University of Oxford, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oxford, U.K. 2012 – 2013

Divya Kandala

Application Scientist (2017-2018)

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I have graduated with Honours degree in Biotechnology from University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. I am amazed by multiple regulatory mechanisms a cell employs to endure diverse conditions and fascinated with gene expression regulation, particularly at co/post transcriptional and translational level. Previously, I have studied the mechanism and various factors associated with co-transcriptional mRNA processing at 3ˈUTR. I would like to bridge my experience from basic sciences to conceptualize applied research for myriad array of challenges.

Maria Alejandra Villabona

Student Internship (2018)

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I want to work and help people in the future, that’s why I am now studying to become a clinical and biomedical laboratory technician in Barcelona (Jesuïtes El Clot). In 2018 I had the chance to work for Immagina Biotechnology; thanks to the ERASMUS + programme I  improved my lab skills and learned a lot of new many techniques that will help me in my professional development.