We bring decades of experience and our unshakable intention to develop products for better outcomes.
Our core team of engineers and scientists is focused on the development of key technical innovations that have the largest potential to enable an optimized use of technology in surgery.
Giuseppe M. Prisco, PhD
CEO & Co-Founder
Former founder of MEDra s.r.l., a medical devices engineering company he founded in 2011, upon relocating to the Pisa area. Giuseppe was Managing Principal at Intuitive Surgical in California, leading several development projects with yearly budgets in the $5M range for products with $~1B market potential. He has invented and brought to market the daVinci Single Site product offering, for single port trans-umbilical surgery. He has 15 years experience as individual technical contributor to robotics products such as the 6 axis Adept Robot and the daVinci surgical robot. He holds 41 patents, 64 published patent applications in the fields of controls, robotics, endoscopy and surgery and is co-inventor on 6 MMI patent applications. Giuseppe is a Member of IAG, Italian Angels for Growth, the largest Italian business angels group, where he applies his expertise to assessing investment proposals. He is an advisor for PANAKES Partners, a venture capital fund based in Milan, Italy, which is specialized in MedTech. Giuseppe has invested in 3 hi-tech Italian startups in the past 24 months. He is Zen Buddhist and a Tango dancer.
Hannah Teichmann, PhD
Chief Scientist & Co-Founder
Hannah co-founded MEDra s.r.l. and is an MMI Shareholder. She is responsible for the planning and execution of pre-clinical and clinical trials, medical clinical literature and comparative care analysis, the coordination of clinical centers and product feedback from surgeons to MMI. During her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Stanford she also became active in patient care and advocacy, consulting with clients on evidence-based medicine and healthcare decisions in the Bay Area, particularly on maternity care. She is trilingual English, German and Italian and speaks conversational French and Spanish, able to work effectively with international clients. Hannah has provided labor support to women at twenty hospital and home births and has danced ballet since she was four.
Massimiliano Simi, PhD
Senior R&D Engineer & Co-Founder
Massimiliano Simi is a Shareholder at MMI, where he does the technical design, development, and prototyping of the microinstruments. He has 3 years of previous relevant work experience at MEDra srl. During his Ph.D. he worked at the BioRobotics Institute at the University of Pisa and STORM labs in Nashville, TN. He has authored 9 ISI Journal Papers, 18 International Conference Proceedings and 5 Patents and was awarded Best Ph.D. in BioEngineering by the Italian National Bioengineering Group. He is the lead singer and guitarist in a rock band that he has been rocking with his brothers and friends for over ten years!
Matteo joined MMI in June 2015, as intern and then progressed to gain the title of Mechanical Engineer. Matteo merges his passion for design of precision mechanics with outstanding analytic skills and determination to make a difference with his technical contributions. He is an alumnus of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and an amateur basketball player.