About us

IMMAGINA BioTechnology s.r.l (The Ribosome Company) is a company operating in the MedTech sector of Genomics, Proteomics and Enabling Technology, that is incubated in the Laboratory for Biomolecular Sequence and Structure Analysis for Health in Trento (Italy). Our mission is to deliver high-quality solutions to assess translational control of gene expression and translatome-associated biomarkers.
IMMAGINA was founded in 2014, when the founders started to develop RiboLaceTM, the only technology that enables the capture of active ribosomes.
RiboLace is on the market from November 2018. Starting from 2016, thanks to the levering investments from private investors (of whom the most relevant one is BAN/TN, TBA network and the Herman Hauser Investment) and the recruitment of new experienced scientists, two new technologies for translatome analysis (AHARIBOTM and circAID-p-seqTM) were developed and finally launched on the market at the end of 2019.
IMMAGINA offers a platform of products with the potential to accelerate the path toward the discovery of novel therapeutic strategies.

 

Directors

Massimiliano Clamer

Founder & President

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Mauro Cogoli

CFO

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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 Oberrauch

Board Observer

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

Team

Massimiliano Clamer, PhD

Founder

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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

Lutz Kirchrath, MSc

Director of Sales and Business Development

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I am a passionate and enthusiastic life science and genomics professional with more then 20 years of experience in cutting edge technology providers such as Affymetrix and NuGEN Technologies. I am biologist and received my PhD in molecular and microbiology from the University of Düsseldorf. Advances in genomics have strongly contributed to groundbreaking insights in biological and medical sciences and accelerated the translation into innovation in health and applied biotechnology. It is an exciting opportunity working with Immagina Biotech on developing new technologies which might result in a much deeper understanding of the complex interplay between gene expression, translation and protein synthesis.

Ruggero Barbieri, MSc

Data analysis

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I have started my journey as a research-oriented bioinformatician with an Internship at the ERIBA institute in Groningen, where I helped designing a pipeline for the new field of proteogenomics under prof. Victor Guryev and prof. Peter Horvatovich. I then moved to my full experience of 4 years as a bioinformatician in the Inflammatory Bowel Disease research group of prof. Dr. Rinse Weersma. There I had the opportunity to work with RNA-seq and WES from patient of the hospital. I helped with the establishment and maintenance of the 1000IBD cohort project, with a connected web portal and datasets in public repositories.

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).

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=viero+g

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

S.S. - NY

Proteomic analysis

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A.R. - Italy

Bioinformatic

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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.