Consorzio Italbiotec

The Consorzio Italbiotec is the Italian leading nonprofit organisation on biotechnology ecosystem. Established in 1998, Italbiotec has five operative offices located in hubs and research centres of excellence that brings together 55 innovators operating in Life Science, Bioeconomy and Agrofood sectors. It encourages cooperation, networking and expertise transfer among its members, which include representatives of academia, R&D actors and business sectors. On the bioeconomy sector, Italbiotec enhances solutions for a sustainable bio-based market while supporting the creation of new integral bio-based value chains and connections between chemistry, agro-food, bioenergy, biofuels sectors.

Ilaria Re

With a Master in Economics and Project Management, Ilaria is the EU project Office and Communication Director at Consorzio Italbiotec and consultant for the business development, with over ten years’ experience in public fundraising in the field of research, innovation and technology transfer, grant management and bid writing. She has managed over 40 innovation, higher education and research projects at national and European level, with a particular focus on industrial biotechnology, green chemistry, life sciences and agro-food field. Member of the board of director of the Technology Cluster Blue Italian Growth (, Ilaria Re contributes to set up marketing and branding initiatives.

Sara Daniotti

With a master degree in Advanced Biotechnology, Sara is Project Manager at LGCA. She has theoretical and practical knowledge in the Life Science industry with an expertise in biochemical and immunological technologies. Sara is involved in the development of innovative projects in the sectors: Bioeconomy, Life Science, Agrofood and Blue Growth. She is the reference point for writing numerous European research projects, as well as market research studies and position papers. She also collaborates in the activities of the Blue Italian Growth Technology Cluster (, supporting numerous projects and activities for the development of the marine biotechnology sector with a focus on sustainability and circular economy.

Veronica Antonello

With a Master Degree in Business Management and digital technologies, Veronica is Grant manager at Consorzio Italbiotec. She is an expert of theoretical models related to the economics of innovation, corporate management with particular attention to the use of ICT, the implementation of marketing strategies, the use of digital technologies in business management and elements of international accounting.

Melissa Balzarotti

iWith a Master’s degree in Reproductive Biotechnologies, Melissa is Project manager at Consorzio Italbiotec. She is part of the project management team and deals with the development of strategic projects in the industrial biotechnology field, elaboration of market researches in Life Sciences, Agro-food and Bioeconomy sectors and policy tools for the bio-based products sector, supporting the communication and reporting activities of R&D projects.

Martina Ferrini

With a Master’s degree in Science and Technology for the Environment and the Territory, Martina is Project Manager at Consorzio Italbiotec. She is an expert in the analysis and management of environmental resources and renewable energies, in the planning of activities oriented to sustainable development, in the analysis of the impact and environmental assessment. Martina is part of the project management team for the development of strategic projects in the industrial biotechnology field, elaboration of market researches and policy tools in the Agro-food, Bioeconomy and sustainable mobility sectors.

Fabiana Gatto

With a Master’s Degree in Advanced Biotechnology, Fabiana is a Project Manager at Consorzio Italbiotec. She has advanced skills, with a strong interdisciplinary connotation in the different areas of interest in Industrial Biotechnology. She has practical knowledge in the Clean Synthesis field, with the utilization of bio-derived platform molecules (building-block chemicals from biomass), and their conversion to products such as monomers and polymers, solvents and surfactants. She has an experience in the development and use of key enabling technologies such as heterogeneous catalysts, bio-based solvents and enzymatic catalysis in synthesis. Currently, Fabiana is part of the project management team of Consorzio Italbiotec and she is involved in the development of several innovative projects focus on Bioeconomy, Industrial Biotechnology and Green Chemistry.

Valentina Castellani

Expert in LCA studies with over ten years of experience both for research projects and consultancy for Italian SMEs. She coordinates data collection, modeling, impact assessment and interpretation of results for decision-makers for LCA studies on a wide variety of products.