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About us

MirNat is a Start Up Company, established in 2012 by a scientific team from the University of Rome Tor Vergata with specific interests in Pathology, Genetics, Pharmacology and Bioinformatics.

We develop industrial prototypes derived from basic scientific research on plant microRNAs by using “soft” (bioinformatics programs), “hard” (pharmaceuticals) and “friendly” (nutraceuticals) approaches.

Through our team of researchers, MirNat has identified and patented microRNAs with beneficial effects in a wide range of pathologies. The delivery of such molecules through natural micro-vesicles is currently under evaluation in murine model and subsequently human clinical trials phase.

Our Team

Vittorio Colizzi

Position: CEO
Email: vittorio.colizzi@mir-nat.com

Vittorio was born in Rome the 7 February 1949.

He is married with 5 children. VC held the medical degree at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with full honor. VC is specialist in Clinical of Infectious Diseases (University of Rome) and in Hygiene and Public Health (University of Pisa), and PhD in Immunology (Brunnel University, England). His doctorate and post-doc experience have been carried out at the Clinical Research Centre in Harrow (England). He has been Assistant in Microbiology, and Associate professor in Immunology at the University of Pisa. Since 2000 to now, VC is Full Professor of Immunology and Director of the UNESCO Chair in Biotechnology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. VC has been also President (2007-2010) of the Board of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases “Lazzaro Spallanzani” in Rome, Italy, and Scientific Director (2009-2011) of the International Reference Centre for AIDS “Chantal Biya” in Yaoundè, Cameroon, and President of the academic spin-off Technology Development for Africa 2005-2011). He is consultants for several agencies of the United Nations (UNESCO, UNDP, OMS) and is scientific coordinator of several European and international Projects. Actually VC is President of the University spin-off Afroinnova (Cameroonian SA). VC published over 230 scientific publications on peer-review journals (Nature, Journal of Immunology, Infection and Immunity, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Immunology, Clinical Experimental Immunology, A, IDS, AIDS and Human Retrovirus Journal, etc.) in the sector of Microbial Immunology and Infectious Diseases, with special focus on AIDS and Tuberculosis. On 2012, VC has founded the research & development company MirNat.

Vittorio Colizzi

CEO

Vittorio was born in Rome the 7 February 1949. He…

Rosella Cicconi

Position: in-vivo specialist
Email: rosella.cicconi@uniroma2.it

Rosella Cicconi

in-vivo specialist

Roberta Bernardini

Position: in-vivo specialist
Email: Roberta.bernardini@uniroma2.it

Roberta was born in Marino on 9th of July 1982.

She is a Cell and Molecular Biologist specialized in Immunology and Biotechnology. She graduated in 2008 and got her PhD in 2012 at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. Her areas of research expertise is development of in vivo models for pathological studies.

Roberta Bernardini

in-vivo specialist

Roberta was born in Marino on 9th of July 1982….

Laure Deutou

Position: Junior Research Scientist
Email: andrillene.1@gmail.com

Laure Deutou was born in Banka (West Region of Cameroon) on 09 February1986.

Her high education was completed at the University of Yaoundé where she obtained the Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 2009. She then obtained the Master’s degree in Immunology at the Catholic University of Central Africa in Yaoundé. During her thesis, she worked on the contribution of immunochromatography techniques in the detection of human African trypanosomiasis in Cameroon.

From 2018, she is a PhD student in immunology, molecular biology and applied biotechnology, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Her project is focused on the profile of immuno and inflammatory microRNAs in COVID-19 patients and the potential cross-kingdom role of plant microRNAs in the regulation of the lung inflammation.

Since December 2016, she also manages the didactic laboratory of the Evangelical University of Cameroon.

Laure Deutou

Junior Research Scientist

Laure Deutou was born in Banka (West Region of Cameroon)…

Ivana Matic

Position: IP protection
Email: Ivana.matic@uniroma2.it

Ivana was born in Belgrade on 9th of September 1982.

She is a cell and molecular biologist specialized in immunology. She graduated in 2006 at the University of Belgrade in Molecular biology and physiology, and got her PhD in 2010 in Cellular and molecular biology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Her areas of research expertise include regulation of inflammatory response to infections and neuropharmacology. In 2011, Ivana moved from the academia to industry to work on design and preclinical and clinical development of natural extracts and dietary supplements with anti-aging properties. She began working in patent law in 2013, while preparing a patent application for anti-age plant extracts and has been actively engaged in intellectual property in biotechnology since. In 2018 she completed a two-year course in European Patent Law at Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies of University of Strasbourg. Ivana has been a member of the MirNat team since 2016, when she joined the Company as the Intellectual Property Protection Consultant. Currently, she is working at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Ivana Matic

IP protection

Ivana was born in Belgrade on 9th of September 1982….

Giulia Carrera

Position: Junior Research Scientist
Email: giuliacarrera4@gmail.com

Giulia Carrera was born in Rome on 04 February 1999.

Her high education has been at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she obtained in 2021 the Bachelor’s Degree of Biological Sciences with a thesis focused on quantification of anti-inflammatory microRNAs in covid19 patients for the development of new therapeutic approaches.

She is currently involved in research activity about human and plant microRNAs and their modulation of immunologic pathways.

Giulia Carrera

Junior Research Scientist

Giulia Carrera was born in Rome on 04 February 1999….

Flavia del Gallo

Position: Partnership specialist
Email: flavia.delgallo@mir-nat.com

Flavia was born in Rome on the 3 July 1960.

She is married with two daughters. Her high education has been at the University of Rome La Sapienza where she took the degree in Biological Sciences with full merit in 1984. At the same University, FDG has been enrolled in the PhD course in Experimental Medicine at the Laboratory of Immunology and Pathology of the Faculty of Biological Sciences. During the PhD course, she was involved in the study of the autoreactivity and vaccine development in human tuberculosis with 3 publications in international journals. FDG obtained the PhD title in Experimental Medicine in 1990 and after, she moved from science to art by enrolling on the Art Academy in Rome on Internal Decoration. FDG worked as interior decorator in Italy and England where had been resident for many years. In 2005, FDG has been involved in the decoration of the International Reference Centre for AIDS in Yaounde (Cameroon) and she started to be interested again in science and traditional medicine (medical plants). In 2012, FDG founded the research & development company MirNat and is now acting as Manager for Scientific relations and Commercial partnerships.

Flavia del Gallo

Partnership specialist

Flavia was born in Rome on the 3 July 1960….

Arianna Guidi

Position: Research Scientist
Email: arianna.guidi90@gmail.com

Arianna was born in Rome on 23 November 1990.

Her high education has been at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she obtained in 2013 the Bachelor’s Degree of Biological Sciences and in 2015 the Master Degree in Biology and Human Evolution. During her thesis she approached to microbiology, molecular and cellular biology. At the same university, in 2020 she has obtained a PhD in Molecular Medicine, Immunology and Biotechnology.  She is involved in research activity about human and plant miRNA and their regulatory mechanisms.

Arianna Guidi

Research Scientist

Arianna was born in Rome on 23 November 1990. Her…

Andrea Galgani

Position: Technical Director
Email: Andrea.galgani@mir-nat.com

Andrea was born in Rome on 12 February 1966.

His high education has been at the University of Rome La Sapienza where he obtained the Degree of Biological Sciences and the PhD degree on Endocrinology and Metabolism. In 1998 he obtained the specialization degree on HCCP and Safety Management. Since 2000, AG is involved activity in genetics in diabetes and other metabolic disorders both at the University of Rome La Sapienza and at the Paediatric Vatican Hospital Bambino Gesù (Rome). In 2003 AG was a visiting scientist at the Roche Molecular System of Alameda, California. Actually, AG is technical personnel at the Animal House Department of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. AG has published more than 15 papers on international journals.

Andrea Galgani

Technical Director

Andrea was born in Rome on 12 February 1966. His…

Partnerships

Since its foundation, MirNat has recognized the importance of creating strategic relationships within the biotech and with academic institutions. This collaborative approach is making important contributions in our efforts to improve the technological knowledge and to propose innovative solutions in the functional food industry in order to improve the welfare globally.