Francesco founded Elypta with his Ph.D. advisor Jens Nielsen in 2017 after spearheading the early entrepreneurial activities as interim CEO since 2015. As Chief Scientific Officer, he oversees the technical plan and leads all scientific projects at Elypta. He acts as deputy CEO. Francesco is also Visiting Researcher at Karolinska Institute, Sweden in Jonas Bergh lab.
Francesco obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Systems Biology at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2015. In 2016, he was Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego in Bernhard Palsson lab.
His research resulted in 4 patent families paving the way to the foundation of Elypta. He has authored 30 scientific papers on cancer research. He lectured in international advanced courses in systems biology, co-organized 2 national conferences, contributed to the National Encyclopedia of Italy, and was an invited speaker in several congresses and symposia - including for the EU Joint Research Centre.
Francesco is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, the European Association of Cancer Research, the European Association of Urology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Aspen Institute (Italian Talents Abroad).
Francesco was enlisted in the MIT Technology Review 35 Under 35 (Europe) in 2018 andin the GEN A-List Top 10 Under 40 in 2019. He was the 2019 recipient for the Karin Markides Prize and for the 2019 National SKAPA Innovation Prize in Memory of A. Nobel.