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.

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.

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.

Maria Elena Saija

With a Master’s Degree in Advanced Biotechnology, Maria Elena 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 is an expert in the planning of activities oriented to sustainable development, in the analysis of the impact and environmental assessment, supporting numerous projects and activities for the development of the bio-based products sector with a focus on sustainability and circular economy. Currently, Maria Elena 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

Maria Ciotti

is an industrial PhD Student in the Chalmers Graduate School of Energy, Environment and Systems and Consorzio Italbiotec, under Talent4BBI, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie program, that train a cohort of 10 highly skilled industry-ready ESRs equipped to lead the future of the European bio-based industry sector. Her PhD project aims to develop a prospective LCA methodology to assess the life-cycle environmental impacts due to the change from traditional, fossil-based chemical building blocks and solvents to their bio-based counterparts at different TRLs. She has an interdisciplinary and international background in the fields of biotechnology and quality education, with life, work and volunteering experience in Italy, Honduras, Spain, Finland, and Sweden.