Mario Calderini is Full Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management at Politecnico di Torino. He is also the President of Finpiemonte, the Regional Development Agency and Financial Holding Company of Piemonte Region.
Calderini holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester and a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino. His Doctoral thesis, titled "Competition, Learning and the Organisation of R&D Activities", was supervised by Prof. J.S. Metcalfe.
Calderini’s main research interest is in the Economics and Management of Innovation. His numerous publications in highly ranked international journals cover several topics: technology and innovation policies, empirical studies on the determinants of innovative activity, technology and knowledge transfer, the strategic management of intellectual property rights and finance for innovation. During his years as a Research Fellow, Mario Calderini was a permanent visiting student at PREST, University of Manchester and afterwards at the Centre for Research in Innovation and Competition (CRIC, University of Manchester), where he was nominated honorary research fellow and associate member.
Pier Angelo Biga is Managing Partner of ICM Advisors, an international business advisory and research firm specialized in valuation, valorization and financing of Intangible Assets and Intellectual Property.
Mr. Bigahas more than 35 years’ experience in leading edge global advisory firms and industrial corporations. He worked with senior executives concerned about improving their business strategy, product/service innovation, M&A and intangible asset valuation and leverage.His specialties include business & marketing strategies, business and intangible asset valuations, management of intangible-intensive businesses, customer portfoliomanagement, multichannel strategies and digital business models. Previous positions have included: Executive Director and member of Directors Committee for Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Group, Senior Vice President for ATKearney Europe, Senior Executive for AT&T Europe, Partner for Nolan & Norton Company, South-Europe Director forDigital Equipment Corporation, Associate Scientist at CERN.
He has authored a wide array of articles that appeared in industry, business and technology publications. Mr. Biga has led several senior executives/entrepreneurs development programs in leading corporate universities and management schools.
Isabel Maria Bodas Freitas received her PhD in Science and Technology Policy at SPRU, University of Sussex, UK, in 2005. She is currently a senior Research Fellow at the Politecnico di Torino. Prior to that she was a post-doc researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology, in the research group of prof. Bart Verspagen.
Her main research interests include processes of knowledge development and transfer, adoption and diffusion of innovations, university-industry links, organisational and managerial innovations, and innovation policies.
Federico Caviggioliis a PhD student in Economics and Management of Technology at "Università degli Studi di Bergamo".
After his degree in Industrial and Management Engineering at “Politecnico di Torino”, he worked for three years as an organizational consultant in the ERP software industry. In May 2007 he joined the Innovation Studies research group led by prof. Mario Calderini at “Politecnico di Torino” and in January 2008 he started his PhD program.
Since his collaboration with the Innovation Studies members, he has participated to several projects concerning, in the peculiar, technology transfer in nanotechnology industry, scientific and economic impact of university on the surrounding region and Intellectual Property awareness dissemination. In connection to IP studies, his PhD research theme focuses on the analysis of the drivers of international patenting activities.
Maria Cristina Odasso is currently business analyst of ICM Advisors, an internationalindependent business consulting and research firm specialized in valuation, management and financing ofIntangible Assets and Intellectual Property.
She is also a PhD Student in Economics and Management of Technology at the Politecnico di Torino and Università di Bergamo. After her Master Degree in Management Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, she joined the Innovation Studies research group led by prof. Mario Calderini.
Odasso's research interests range in the area of finance and innovation with a particular focus on IP valuation and patent securitization.
Giuseppe Scellato received a PhD in Economics form the University of Turin and is presently assistant professor at the Politecnico di Torino, where he teaches Corporate Finance and Economics and Management of Innovation.
His main research interests are in the area of industrial dynamics, innovation and the economic analysis of intellectual property rights. He has contributed articles to international refereed journals, such as Cambridge Journal of Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change,International Review of Law and Economics, International Small Business Journal. He is presently scientific coordinator of research projects funded by the European Investment Bank and by the European Union under the 7th FP.
Elisa Ughetto is currently Research Associate at Politecnico di Torino-DSPEA and visiting scholar at European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund. She teaches Management Control at undergraduate level at Politecnico di Torino. She has a Ph.D in Economics and Management of Technology, Università di Bergamo. She is also Research Fellow at Fondazione Rosselli in LEI- Laboratory for the Economics of Innovation “Franco Momigliano” and IFIP-Istituto di Finanza Pubblica.Her current research interests are in the area of finance and innovation, with a particular focus on banking, private equity and IP securitization.