Director

Prof. Stefano Piotto
Director

Stefano Piotto is Associate Professor at the University of Salerno, Department of Pharmacy where he teaches General Chemistry (course of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies) and Biomaterials (course of Pharmacy). He receives the Master in Chemistry (110/110 cum laude) at the University of Rome in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he is responsible for the Chemical Analysis Laboratory for the Italian Army, and he is a software developer at IBM (Rome). He received the Ph.D. in Material Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in 2000.

From 2000 to 2003, he is a postdoc in Solid State Chemistry in the group of prof. R. Nesper (ETH Zurich). In the same period, he is also responsible for the project CCN@ETHZ in the framework of an e-learning project of Swiss Universities. In 2004, he obtained a grant as Advanced Researcher from the Swiss Science National Foundation to investigate lipid membranes as potential drug delivery systems, and he moves to the University of Salerno (Italy). Since 2006 is Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Salerno where he leads the SoftMatterLab. Since 2010 is recurrent Visiting Professor at the University of Balearic Islands, Spain. In 2007 he was a co-founder of e-Solving Srl, a company active in e-learning and advanced visualization techniques in teaching science. In 2016 he was co-founder and CEO of SmartVase Srl, a startup active in the field of biomaterials. Among several awards, in 2016 SmartVase receives the award “Premio dei Premi” as Best Innovative Company in Italy from the Italian President of Republic.

In 2019 he is co-founder and CEO of SoftMining Srl, a startup that combines Artificial Intelligence and Computational Drug Design.

SP regularly organizes the international conferences for biomaterials (Bionam2019, Bionam2016, Bionam2013). He is the editor of two book series by Springer and indexed in Scopus: Lecture Notes in Bioengineering and Communications in Computer and Information Science. SP is the author of scientific programs such as Curvis, Yada, and ProtComp. He is the author of more than 80 scientific papers, two books, and coauthor of a scientific movie (“Origin of life: what science has to say” Serpent of Gold, Best Scientific Film, 2001).