Mr. Francesco Micheli
Co-founder, Chairman of the Board
Francesco Micheli has served as chairman of the board since Genextra's inception in 2003. Previously, a key player in the financial sector (Gruppo Montedison, IMI, Morgan Grenfell, IWG-Sviluppo), he participated to the setting-up and launch of successful businesses such as e.Biscom-Fastweb in 2000. Francesco is a member of the Board of Directors of a number of companies including Futurimpresa SGR as well as philanthropic institutes such as Associazione Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, MilanoMusica, Fondazione Amici della Scala, Fondazione Teatro Parenti, Vidas, Istituto Europeo di Neuroscienze, Fondazione Basso, Fondazione Mazzotta. Through the Musical Foundation of Umberto Micheli, together with Maurizio Pollini, Francesco launched Milan's world renowned International Piano Competition Umberto Micheli. He is also President of the Association for the International Milan Music Festival "MITO" and member of a consulting committee for Expo2015.
Mr. Lorenzo Tallarigo, M.D.
Dr. Tallarigo has joined Genextra in may 2009 as Chief Executive Officer.
Previously Dr. Tallarigo worked at Eli Lilly since 1985 where he held various positions in areas of clinical research, pharmaceutical product management and marketing and general management, most recently as its president of international operations.
Dr. Tallarigo is a member of the board of trustees for the University of Indianapolis and is a member of the international committee of the Indiana University Foundation.
Dr. Tallarigo received a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pisa (Italy).
Mr. Paolo Fundarò
Chief Financial Officer
Paolo Fundarò has been Genextra's Chief Financial Officer and General Manager since its inception, in 2004. He is also Chief Executive Officer of three of the four companies that Genextra controls. Before joining Genextra, Paolo was Director of Finance and Strategic Planning for the FASTWEB Group, from 2000 to 2004, where he was responsible also for the initial phases of the its international development. Previously, he acquired a great level of corporate finance experience working for investment banks such as Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup) and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette (now Credit Suisse First Boston). Olivetti's take-over bid for Telecom Italia and e.Biscom's (now Fastweb) IPO in 2000, are among the major operations Paolo participated to. Paolo Fundarò has Degree in Business Management from University "L.Bocconi" of Milan.
Dr. Federica Draghi, PhD MBA
Federica joined Genextra in May 2006 and since then has been involved in a number of activities ranging from evaluation of new investing opportunities to partnering, licensing as well as strategic development of Genextra's subsidiary companies. Federica is also Chief Operating Officer of Congenia s.r.l. and member of the Board of Directors of Erydel S.p.A.
Before joining Genextra, Federica acquired experience in the technology transfer area at Windham Venture Partners, a NYC based life sciences technology commercialization firm, and before that with Science and Technology ventures, Columbia University's technology transfer office. Prior to that she was a postdoc at the MRC in Cambridge (UK.) and has been published in several journals.
Federica holds an MBA from Columbia University and a PhD in Biochemistry from La Sapienza, University of Rome.