MARS42’s Faculty: introducing Ruggero Frezza.

The day we came up with the idea of creating MARS42 we set our goals very high, and that’s why we have been working very hard during the last months to involve the best professors and mentors for this exciting project.

In this blog post - the first one of a series where we will present all the MARS42 Faculty members - we are glad to introduce you Ruggero Frezza.

Ruggero Frezza graduated in Electrical Engineering in the University of Padova and became Master of Science and Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis.

During his career he was visiting scientist and researcher in several Universities: the International Institute for Applied System Analysis in Laxenburg (Austria), the Royal Institute of Technology in Stoccolma, the University of Groningen in Netherlands and the University of California in Berkeley.

In Italy he became Professor at the Department of Information Engineering in the University of Padova. In that period he founded with his students and collaborators six companies that operated in high tech industries, from biomedical to wood industry and CAE instruments for the automotive industry.

In 2006 he founded M31 in order to support young people to establish innovative technology projects and in 2008 Ruggero Frezza chose to abandon teaching to focus on M31. Today he is M31 Italia President and Ceo.

So far, the Padova based venture incubator has invested € 7 million since its foundation, found co-investors for more than € 14 million and the aggregate revenues of M31’s portfolio companies surpass 20M €.

Moreover, ventures supported by M31 own more than 20 patent applications.

In February 2017, M31 sold its participation in CenterVue to Zignano holding Spa. CenterVue is a hi-tech company that produces “robot diagnostici per l’oftalmologia” and that M31 has been supporting since the beginning.

Ruggero, as a faculty member, will help us understanding which is the right moment to leave the laboratory to dedicate our effort building new successful venture in scientific and technological fields.

I believe that MARS42 represents a very unique opportunity for PhDs who are striving to find a way to take their research on the market. This Summer Entrepreneurship School will help them acquiring the right methodology to develop a project in the field of hard sciences, transforming it into a new disruptive business.
— Ruggero Frezza

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