Chief Executive Officer
Donato Bonifazi (MEcon), is an economist specialised in European Project Management and a certified Project Manager (CEPAS n. 9/2016). He is an experienced leader in trial management, having led the Studies performed within the EU-funded Projects: DEferiprone Evaluation in Paediatrics (DEEP) and GAbapentin for Paediatric Pain (GAPP) each involving more than 20 clinical centers from all over Europe and some Mediterranean countries.
He is a past President of AICRO, the Association of Italian Contract Research Organisations and member of the Paediatric Working Group of the EUCROF (European Clinical Research Organizations Federation). He is also member of the Working Group “Clinical Trial Preparedness” at the Enpr-EMA (the European Network of Paediatric Research at the European Medicines Agency) and coordinator of the TEDDY – European Network of Excellence for Paediatric Research, an independent Research Network (category 1 network member of Enpr-EMA), composed by 50 partners from 20 EU and non-EU countries aimed at facilitating the performance of good quality paediatric studies and research.
Donato Bonifazi is the Coordinator of EPTRI (European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure) a new Research Infrastructure aimed at increasing knowledge on human development and ontogeny, as well as their impact on drug effects and toxicity, implementing and providing services on paediatric basic and preclinical research, and accelerating the translation to the clinical phase to grant access to new treatments for the paediatric populations.
He was also involved in the PedCRIN (Paediatric Clinical Research Infrastructure Network – GA 731046, INFRADEV-3-2016) project as WP3 Leader, dedicated to the development of tools to facilitate paediatric clinical trials.
Elisa is Pavia’s Office Manager. She in charge of managing human resources, internal communication and material resources of CVBF offices based in Pavia. Since 2016, she is also a Trial Archivist, collecting and storing all the documentation related to clinical studies of which CVBF either is the Sponsor or acts as CRO.
Master of Fine Arts Degree in Set and Costume Design. Expert in communication with paediatric patients and experienced in the preparation of informative packages and assent forms in several European projects (DEEP-DEferiprone Evaluation in Paediatrics, GAPP-GAbapentin in Paediatric Pain, TEDDY).
She is Communication Manager in CVBF. She is coordinator of KIDS Bari, the first Young Persons Advisory Group in Italy, part of iCAN (International Children’s Advisory Network).
Past-President and Board Member of Fondazione per la Ricerca Farmacologica Gianni Benzi Onlus, Adriana Ceci had her academic carrier at the Aldo Moro University of Bari as researcher and PhD in Paediatrics and PhD in Clinical and Laboratory Haematology; she has been also lectured in many academic courses in the field of Paediatric and Regulatory Sciences.
She is Chair of scientific Committees in Paediatric Networks (INCIIPIT, the Italian Network of paediatric research and c4c – the pan-european paediatric clinical trial Network). Is Board member and funder member of TEDDY (Task-force in Europe for Drug Development for the Young–EU FP6) still running as Network of excellence for paediatric Research, participant in many research projects at national and international level. She is also Scientific Counselor of the Thalassemia Foundation ‘L. Giambrone’ Board and involved in international projects on Thalassemia and other haemoglobinopathies.
Past member of the Paediatric Committee at the European Medicine Agency (EMA) and of the Italian Ministry of Health – Commissione Unica del Farmaco, she also served as member of the “Commissione Nazionale del Sangue”, “Commissione per la Sperimentazione Clinica” at the Minister of Health, and other ministry technical commissions. She was also member of the CONI Antidoping Committee and of the Commissione Farmaco e Bambino appointed to Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA).
Former member and Vice-President of the Commissione Sanità of the Italian Parliement and also member of the European Parliament where she founded the EU Parliamentary Inter -Group on Health that she coordinated for 5 years.
She is referee of several international journals and author of more than 140 indexed publications mainly dealing with orphan and paediatric medicines, blood disease, thalassemia, paediatrics, regulatory issues.
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Trial Assistant
Arlinda Demeti holds a Master of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Tirana, Albania, and a Master of Arts in Health Sciences at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland with a major in Health Services and Systems Research.
She joined Consorzio per Valutazioni Biologiche e Farmacologiche – Albanian Branch Office as a Clinical Trial Assistant and she is also appointed as Clinical Research Associate for the German and Swiss sites in the cASPerCF study. Previously, Arlinda has been working under the Directorate of Health and Social Projects at the Ministry of Health and Social Protection in Albania where she was involved in several health projects focusing on the digitalisation of Albanian Health System (e-referral, e-prescriptionin, human resource management system, e-social services registry).
Further, Arlinda was part of the research unit at the Swiss Paraplegic Center in Notwill/Switzerland where she also performed practical work in the biobanking laboratory with the latest methodologies and devices to isolate cells, DNA, RNA. In addition, she has been working as retail pharmacist and technical manager pharmacist for 4 years in Albania in both pharmacy and pharmaceutical warehouse.
Moreover, Arlinda held the position of project coordinator of an EU funded project focusing on promoting entrepreneurship skills and entrepreneurial learning among young people and women in Albania.
Cinical Research Administrative Manager
Giusi Di Leo
Human Resources Head
Giusi Di Leo
Degree in Political Sciences, political-administrative address. Long-term experience in company-administrative secretariat and in the reporting of financed regional, European and national projects. From April 2012 she is Administrative Assistant for the CVBF.
Master’s Degree in Pharmacy from University of Medicine Tirana and a Master of Advanced Studies in Toxicology from University of Geneva.
Previously worked as a pharmacist and Regulatory affairs & Pharmacovigilance responsible in a pharmaceutical company.
In CVBF she holds the role of Clinical Project Manager, collaborating with the Regulatory & Pharmacovigilance and Trial Operations areas. She is involved in different projects mainly in the conect4children (c4c) clinical trial network, as a project manager in cASPerCF study and has developed several training courses in the c4c academy platform.
Clinical Research Director & Quality Assurance Head
Degree in Life Science in 1998, she received her PhD in clinical pharmacology and medical therapy from the University of Bari in 2002 and her Master degree in Pharmacovigilance from the University of Florence in 2003.
In 1998 she started her career as a contract researcher at the Università Cattolica of Piacenza, mainly in the fields of gene cloning and biotechnology, and subsequently, since 2000, at the Consorzio per Valutazioni
Currently she is the Clinical Research Director, QA Head and Responsible Person for Eudravigilance of CVBF, in charge of quality assurance activities in numerous paediatric clinical studies.
Dr Felisi is also lecturer at the Master in Regulatory Affairs of the University of Pavia and she holds lectures in national and international courses in her fields of expertise. She is author of several international publications in the field of paediatric research.
Clinical Research Associate & Data Manager
Paola Gandini is graduated in Biology and she has attended a master in Regulatory Disciplines. She currently covers the role of Data Manager at CVBF and she is involved in several multinational studies in the field of pediatric and rare diseases. Main activities: CRF designing, data cleaning and data reporting. Moreover, she interfaces day-by-day with clinical sites for any issue related to data management.
Bonka Georgieva graduated from the University of Veliko Turnovo ‘St. Cyril and St. Methodius’ with a master’s degree in ‘Cooperative Management’. She participated in a one-year Erasmus-programme scholarship with technical-economic address at the University for Foreigners Perugia.
After graduation, she moved to Italy where she had different work experiences in international relations between Italy and Bulgaria as well as on different European and national Projects. She is an expert in coordination and management of EU funded research projects.
She was the Project Manager of the FP7 GAPP Project (GAbapentin in Paediatric Pain) and part of the PM Team of the H2020 ID-EPTRI Project (European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure). Throughout her professional experience B. Georgieva developed great organisational, team working and communication skills. She speaks three languages including Bulgarian, Italian and English.
She attended High School in her hometown and finished it on 1992 with excellent results. She did successfully the competition and gained the right to follow university studies in Faculty of Medicine, in Tirana University (Albania). She obtained the diploma of Medical Doctor on 1998 with excellent results.
During 1999-2003 she attended the post graduated school on pediatrics residency in Tirana, Albania.
From 2004 she works as a lecturer in Faculty of Technical Medical Sciences, University of Medicine in Tirana. She holds the Vice Dean’s position and is a professor of Pediatrics and Medical genetics. She works as a pediatrician in University Hospital Center” Mother Teresa” Tirana, Center of Congenital Blood Diseases.
In 2011 she becomes Doctor of Science (PhD) in Pediatrics and from 2016 she is Associated Professor. Since 2015 she is a Medical Director in Consorzio per Valutazioni Biologiche e Farmacologiche in Tirana (part of CVBF Italy).
She has been part of many round tables and scientific sessions regarding haemoglobinopathies inside Albania and abroad. She has an enormous activity regarding writing of scientific articles and publications. She is Principal Investigator in a multicentric clinical study (DEferipron Evaluation in Paediatrics).
She is author of some academic textbooks: Textbook of Medical Genetics and elements of molecular biology, Textbook of Pediatrics (both for University students) and two monographs (one in English and one in Albanian).
Training, Advocacy & Networking Coordinator
Master’s Degree in Political Science, International Relations. Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Languages – Linguistic Mediation in the European Union.
Senior Project Manager and Expert in management of European projects and dissemination of results. She is Coordinator of the Training, Advocacy and Networking Area at CVBF.
She is a member of the Coordination Team of the EPTRI – European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure. She is Networking Manager at TEDDY European Network of Excellence for Paediatric Research and Chair of the Working Group “Active engagement of children and adolescents in the themes of research”.
Clinical Research Associate
Degree in Drug Biotechnology, PhD in Molecular Medicine and Master of first level in Data Management for Clinical Research.
I have several years of experience in pre-clinical research as post-doctoral fellow and in clinical research as CRA, working and interacting with national and European centers.
In CVBF I am working as CRA and I am collaborating with the trial operations and medical writing area.
I obtained my degree in Mathematics and the PhD in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Pavia. I worked as a data manager in clinical environment and then as a biostatistician at the University of Milan dealing in particular with the statistical evaluation of immune variables as prognostic biomarkers in tumor patients and clinical databases management.
In CVBF I am working as a biostatistician and I am collaborating with the data management and the clinical research area.
She is a researcher with over ten years of experience in clinical research. She started her professional experience in 2007 under a PhD in Pharmacological Sciences at the Department of Medicine of the University of Pavia. Concerning her background, she received a BA in Biological Sciences and a Master’s degree in Neurobiology, both from Pavia University.
She came across CVBF in November 2018 and currently she is working on the Pharmacovigilance and Regulatory Team as Regulatory Manager and Safety Contact participating in several national and international projects. Prior to CVBF she worked in Milan for the European Institute of Oncology as Data Manager and for San Raffaele Hospital as Senior Data Manager and Head of Training.
Regulatory and Pharmacovigilance Coordinator
Cristina is Coordinator of the Regulatory & Pharmacovigilance Area and Pharmacovigilance Deputy at CVBF.
Registered in EudraVigilance and Safety Contact in different paediatric clinical trials, she provides support to Project Managers and liaises with external parties on regulatory and pharmacovigilance needs and aspects.
Working at CVBF since 2004, she has also gained experience in project management.
Cristina holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communication and since she started her employment at CVBF she has attended specific training courses focused on the activities she is involved with and coordinates.
Yuliya graduated in medicine from the Medical State University in Belarus specializing in clinical epidemiology.
She also obtained a master degree in preclinical and clinical research and development of drugs from the University of Milano-Bicocca. She has extensive experience in HIV prevention, epidemiological control and treatment.
In CVBF she works in the pharmacovigilance sector.
Giovanni Migliaccio is the Scientific Director of the Centro Valutazioni Biologiche e Farmacologiche, (CVBF Pavia, IT) and a Senior Advisor for the European Translational Medicine Research Infrastructure (EATRIS, Amsterdam NL).
He obtained a PhD in Biological science in 1977 at the University of Naples (Italy). His interest in science developed around stem cell proliferation and differentiation mechanisms. He spent two years as Post Doc at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) and 5 years as Associate Scientist at the New York Blood Center (New York, NY). He continued his studies at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) in Rome resulting in more than 150 scientific publications over the years.
He is involved in the regulatory aspects of using cultured cells as part of human therapies and acts as an expert for the Italian government in the area of Cell and Gene Therapies. He is also an expert for these products for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). He was also the Chair of the CTP group at the European Department for Quality of Medicines (EDQM) from 2010 to 2018.
Degree in Business administration at Bocconi University in Milan. She is the Coordinator of the Administrative Unit and Office Manager at CVBF. Expert in financial reporting for FP7 Projects, European Projects founded by Horizon 2020, Projects funded by Erasmus + programme, National Project funded by AIFA and other Projects of consulting.
She is member of the Project Management Team for FP7 and Horizon 2020 Projects, Financial Manager of the ID-EPTRI Project, Administrative Manager of the DEEP Project, member of the DEEP Trial Management Team. Member of the EUCROF Finance Audit Committee.
Clinical Research Associate & Data Management Coordinator
Degree in chemistry, she has several years of experience in Clinical Research. In CVBF she covers the role of Clinical Trial Project Manager and CRA in pediatrics and rare diseases trials, medical device and observational studies. Main area of activities: set-up of local/international project activities according to the company standards and regulations. Managing tasks/activities according to project-specific quality standards as well as relevant SOPs, ICH/GCP and local requirements. Preparation/Review of regulatory documentation for EC/AC submission. Editing and Review of trial documentations: protocol, CRF, ICF, IB. Contract negotiation and finalization with study sites.
Scientific Development Manager
Valeria Pignataro is a biotechnologist with a master degree in Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine achieved at the University of Bari. She holds a second level Master in “Preclinical and clinical development of the drug: technical-scientific, regulatory and ethical aspects” from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome.
She worked in the clinical field supporting the activities of drug management on two paediatric projects, DEEP-2 and GAPP, and in the regulatory and pharmacovigilance.
She is member of the TEDDY – European Network of Excellence for Paediatric Clinical Research, an independent Research Network, participating to the working groups: Off-label medicines use in paediatrics, Health data and Regulatory procedures for paediatric clinical trials.
Within the Development and Networking area, she was part of the project management team of the ID-EPTRI project in which she was also Reference Person in CVBF of the Work Package 8 about “Paediatric Medicines Formulations and Medical Devices” and Work Package 9 related to the activities “Underpinning Medicines Development to Paediatric Studies”.
Currently Valeria is Scientific Manager and support the scientific development of the Preparation Phase of the European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure, manage activities in European projects, and write projects’ proposals in the field of formulation and medical devices.
Clinical Research Associate & Trial Operations Coordinator, SOPs & Training
Clinical Research Associate & Trial Operation Coordinator
Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, she worked 15 years in a pharmaceutical company first in Pre-Clinical Research, then in Clinical Research as monitor and associate manager for clinical trial management. From 2008, she collaborated with San Matteo Hospital in Pavia, for 9 years, working at the Scientific Secretary of the Ethics Committee. She was involved as part of the Clinical Trial Quality Team of the Hospital in activities for improvement of quality of non-profit studies. She also collaborated in the activation of the San Matteo Phase I Clinical Trial Unit.
In CVBF, she is responsible of Trial Management & Monitoring Area and she collaborates with Quality Assurance for preparation and revision of Standard Operating Procedures. She also acts as Project Manager for profit/non-profit studies.
Clinical Research Associate & Monitoring Coordinator
She is responsible for the monitoring area in CVBF. She started as CRA in 2017 and became an expert CRA as per Italian decree in 2018. She maintained this qualification till January 2021, mainly working on oncological studies.
She has a master’s degree in biology and a qualification as Clinical Research Specialist obtained together with the CRA certification. She started her career at the University Hospital as cell biologist in the translational research field. Then she worked in clinical research area as Study Coordinator for the same Hospital.