MMI Board Members

MMI is guided by a group of investors and professionals with years of experience in the bringing new medical devices to the market. Medical Microinstruments S.p.A raised €20M in Series A funding to advance its robotic platform for microsurgery. The investor syndicate was led by Andera Partners, with Panakes Partners and Fountain Healthcare, returning Seed investor Sambatech, and two industry veterans from world leading companies in surgical robotics and peripheral nerve repair.

MMI is guided by a group of investors and professionals with years of experience in the bringing new medical devices to the market. Medical Microinstruments S.p.A raised €20M in Series A funding to advance its robotic platform for microsurgery. The investor syndicate was led by Andera Partners, with Panakes Partners and Fountain Healthcare, returning Seed investor Sambatech, and two industry veterans from world leading companies in surgical robotics and peripheral nerve repair.


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Fabrizio Landi

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Landi is a Co-founder and General Partner of Panakes Partners, a venture capital firm headquartered in Milan, Italy. Fabrizio is the founder and former Managing Director and General Manager at Esaote, a leading medical imaging company and also serves as Director of several corporate and institutions including Toscana Life Sciences, Leonardo, and Menarini Diagnostics. Mr. Landi has a Master’s of Science in Bioengineering from Politecnico di Milano.

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GIUSEPPE PRISCO, PH.D.

President of the Board

Giuseppe M. Prisco is the CEO and one of the co-founders of MMI S.p.A. Before starting the company, he spent 10 years as the Managing Principal and Principal Engineer at Intuitive Surgical in California. In this role he lead several development projects including the ISI flexible robotics program. He invented and brought to market the daVinci Singles Site product offering for single port surgery. In addition, Giuseppe has 15 years of experience as an individual technical contributor to numerous robotics products such as the 6 axis Adept Robot, the daVinci Classic S and Si surgical robots. He is listed as the inventor on over 100 patents in the controls, robotics, endoscopy and surgery fields. Mr. Prisco holds a degree in Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Robotics and Controls from the Scuola Superiore ‘Sant’ Anna’di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento.

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Alessio Beverina

Board Member representing Panakes

Mr. Alessio Beverina is a co-founder and General Partner of Panakes Partners, a venture capital (VC) firm headquartered in Milan, Italy. Alessio’s VC experience was developed while working at Sofinnova Partners, one of the largest VC’s in Europe where he progressed from an Analyst to a Partner. His experience included both European and American exposure. Mr. Beverina has a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an MBA from ESCP-EAP. In addition, Alessio is a Kauffman Fellow.

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Gus Castello

Board Member

Since 2014, Gus Castello has successfully provided leadership and consulting services to small medical device companies for developing infrastructure and talent during moments of explosive new product growth. Mr. Castello has 30 years of experience in Product Operations for multi-national, medical device companies bringing disruptive technologies to the dental, orthodontics, and conventional and robotically assisted laparoscopy industries including: Sybron Dental Specialties 1995-1991 (acquired by Danaher), United States Surgical Corporation 1992-2002 (acquired by Medtronic), and most recently, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 2002-2014. Gus’ previous roles included serving as the Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Sybron (inventors of the first commercially available invisible orthodontic brace), as the GM for Caribbean Operations at United States Surgical Corporation (creators of the first successful laparoscopic stapling technology), and as SVP of Product Operations at Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (creators of world’s most successful laparoscopic surgical robot, the da Vinci Surgical system). Gus graduated from California State University in Long Beach with a degree in Mechanical Engineer.

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john engels

Board Member

John Engels is a founder and investor focused on new technology development and commercialization. In addition to MMI, he also sits on the Boards of Oxicool, a company providing disruptive cooling technologies; and BioFlorida, the voice of Florida’s life sciences industry. John is also on the Advisory Board of UF Innovate, supporting an innovation ecosystem at the University of Florida. John is a co-founder of AxoGen, a leading medical technology company dedicated to peripheral nerve repair. He held various leadership roles including managing product development, sales and marketing. He also focused on sourcing, negotiating, and licensing partnerships. Prior to AxoGen, Mr. Engels contributed to entrepreneurship and venture funding projects at the University of Florida. John started his career at CACM, a boutique investment banking firm that pioneered innovative emissions and energy trading markets. He holds an MBA in Management and Operations from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago.

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Olivier Litzka

Board Member Representing Andera Partners

ANDERA PARTNERS (formerly EdRIP, Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners) is a leading European Private Equity House, managing more than €2 billion in Life Sciences Venture Capital, Growth Capital, LBO, and Sponsorless Mezzanine. Olivier is a partner at Andera Partners' life sciences franchise constituted by its BioDiscovery funds. The team manages around Euro 700 m of assets. Previously he was a Partner at EdRIP in the Life Science fund franchise BioDiscovery, Paris based and investing in Europe and US. He also worked at 3i Group plc where he focused purely on investments in biotechnology, biopharma, medtech and healthcare companies. In addition, he is a member of several board for investment companies.

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justin lynch

Board Member

Justin Lynch is a partner in Fountain Healthcare Partners and serves as the CFO of the firm. He joined the team prior to the launch of Fund I in 2008. Justin has a particular interest in the medical device sector and led the firm's investments in MMI S.p.A., Vivasure Medical, Neuravi  (acquired by J&J, 2017) and Neurent Medical. He has over 25 years of experience in capital markets, corporate finance, entrepreneurial and venture investing across multiple sectors, particularly focused on life sciences. Justin has a BA in Accounting & Finance from Dublin City University, an MBA from Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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Carlo Alberto Marcoaldi

Board Member

Mr. Marcoaldi is an investment director with OPES-Low Carbon Enterprise Fund, an AngloItalian charity that invests in energy projects in developing countries, and with CoCreation Ventures plc, an impact investment company in the USA. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Linari Engineering Srl, Director of Sambatech Srl and Stadel Srl and is a Board Member at Contexo Advisors Srl, Sailsquare Srl and MMI S.p.A. During his career, Mr. Marcoaldi held the position of Vice President at Gastameco Srl and is a Founder/honorary Chairman of ERM Italia S.p.A. For over 25 years, Carlo was a Principal Partner of ERM Group where he held numerous roles including serving as a member of the Executive Committee, CEO of EMEA Region, President of LAC Region, and Global Sales Director for the oil and gas (O&G), mining, manufacturing, and chemical/pharmaceutical solutions. Mr. Marcoaldi was a senior consultant for Environmental, Social, and Health Impact Assessments (ESHIAs). Carlo Alberto also the Production Manager at Montedison, the largest Italian chemical company at the time. Carlo holds a degree in chemical engineering from Sant’Anna School in Pisa, Italy where he later served for one year as an Assistant Professor in Industrial Chemistry.

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HANNAH TEICHMANN, PH.D.

Board Member

Hannah Teichmann is the Vice President of Clinical Development and one of the co-founders of MMI. Before starting the company, she spent 7.5 years as a Patient Advocate to help women and families with healthcare decisions by providing research findings in evidence-based medicine. Dr. Teichmann holds a Ph.D. ini Neuroscience from Stanford University, a Master in Life Sciences from The Open University and a Bachelor of Art in Natural Sciences focused on neuroscience.

 
 

MMI Executive Team

The MMI executive team is enthusiastic about advancing the future of microsurgery by launching a unique surgical robot in the market. This group of seasoned professionals brings decades of experience from diverse backgrounds together to lead the company. They’re on a mission to improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs by expanding the accessibility and applications of microsurgery.

The MMI executive team is enthusiastic about advancing the future of microsurgery by launching a unique surgical robot in the market. This group of seasoned professionals brings decades of experience from diverse backgrounds together to lead the company. They’re on a mission to improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs by expanding the accessibility and applications of microsurgery.


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GIUSEPPE PRISCO, PH.D.

CEO

Giuseppe M. Prisco is the CEO and one of the co-founders of MMI S.p.A. Before starting the company, he spent 10 years as the Managing Principal and Principal Engineer at Intuitive Surgical in California. In this role he lead several development projects including the ISI flexible robotics program. He invented and brought to market the daVinci Singles Site product offering for single port surgery. In addition, Giuseppe has 15 years of experience as an individual technical contributor to numerous robotics products such as the 6 axis Adept Robot, the daVinci Classic S and Si surgical robots. He is listed as the inventor on over 100 patents in the controls, robotics, endoscopy and surgery fields. Mr. Prisco holds a degree in Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Robotics and Controls from the Scuola Superiore ‘Sant’ Anna’di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento.

 
 
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CFO

Mr. Landi has expertise in accounting and in implementing reporting activities for obtaining reliable and timely data including a strong focus on product costs rationalization. In addition, he has held a leading roles in production control systems, mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, corporate reorganizations (including union relations), company cultural change. His knowledge of Lean Production has enabled more efficient and cost-effective production flows. Gianluca holds a Master’s Degree in Audit & Management Control from Pisa University.

 
 
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Mauro Ercolani

VP Quality & Regulatory Affairs

Mr.Ercolani has a multidisciplinary technical background and 10 years of experience in Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining MMI, he worked as Project Manager and Chief Technical Officer in Innovation projects in the biomedical field. He is a co-inventor on several international patents. As a VP at MMI, Mauro will be responsible for shaping the quality system and designing a global regulatory strategy that leverages the clinical value of the robotic system. Mauro holds a Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering from La Sapienza University in Rome.Gianluca Landi

 
 
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donato Mazzeo

Vice President Strategic Projects

Mr. Mazzeo is an entrepreneur and seasoned executive with over 15 years of experience in high-tech and medical device companies. Donato is a passionate supporter/evangelist of innovations in the healthcare industry and introducing new products into the market. Prior to joining MMI, he served as a Board Member for several companies in the public sector and in 2010, he founded and became the CEO of WinMedical, a Medical device company focused on Patient vital signs monitoring. Donato’s contributions drove the company’s success from the start-up phase through global commercialization when the company was acquired in 2017. He earned an MBA in Innovation from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna and holds a B.S. in Information Engineering.

 
 
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Jamie Milas

Vice President of Marketing

Ms. Milas is a marketing professional who has lived and worked in the United States, Belgium, France and Italy. Her career has evolved around several strategic marketing roles, primarily in diagnostic imaging, 3D surgical planning software, and patient-specific implants/instruments. She served as the Global Marketing Manager at Materialise for 8 years before becoming a Vice President at EOS imaging where she continued to lead a team of global marketing professionals and product managers. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Dayton.

 
 
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Massimiliano Simi, PH.D.

Vice President of R&D

Massimiliano Simi is the Vice President of R&D and one of the founders of MMI and formally the Lead Engineer. Before starting the company he served as a Senior Mechanical Design Engineer at MEDRA srl. Dr. Simi has a Ph.D in Innovative Technologies and Medical Robotics from Scuolo Superiore Sant’Anna as well as a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Universita di Pisa. In 2016 he completed an Executive MBA at QUEC.

 
 
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HANNAH TEICHMANN, PH.D.

Vice President of Clinical Development

Hannah Teichmann is the Vice President of Clinical Development and one of the co-founders of MMI. Before starting the company, she spent 7.5 years as a Patient Advocate to help women and families with healthcare decisions by providing research findings in evidence-based medicine. Dr. Teichmann holds a Ph.D. ini Neuroscience from Stanford University, a Master in Life Sciences from The Open University and a Bachelor of Art in Natural Sciences focused on neuroscience.

 
 
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Giancarlo Testaverde

Vice President of Operations

Giancarlo Testaverde is the Executive Vice President of Operations at MMI. Before joining the team, he was the Manufacturing Director at Medtronic for 3.5 years, Director of Operations at Titan Italia S.P.A. for 4 years, Director of Quality and Plant Manager at Federal-Mogul for 5 years and the Logistics Manager at Valeo for over 8 years. Mr. Testaverde has a Bachelor of Engineering from Politecnico di Torino, a CPIM - CSC in Supply Chain Management from APICS Northern Colorado and an Executive MBA in Economics and Finance from SDA Bocconi.