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Alice Melocchi

Alice was born in 1986. After earning her high-school diploma (Liceo Classico Paolo Sarpi, Bergamo), she attended the faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Milan, focusing on more scientific subjects. After graduating cum laude with an experimental thesis, Alice was selected for a Ph. D. program in the field of pharmaceutical technology. Meanwhile she spent 9 months at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working within the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, and in 2015 earned her Ph. D. with a thesis on possible application of innovative manufacturing techniques, derived from other industrial fields, to the fabrication of dosage forms and drug delivery systems. Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Milan and lecturer (pharmaceutical technology classes) at the same university. Her research activity concerns the exploitation of hot-processing techniques for the production of innovative drug delivery systems. More recently, her work has been focused on the use of 3D printing, and in particular of fused deposition modeling. Thanks to the experience gained, in 2016 Alice co-founded the startup Multiply Labs, where she holds the position of CTO in addition to her academic roles. The startup was selected, in 2016, for the summer batch of YCombinator and successfully closed a seed round of investments in the same year. The company was first in the manufacturing of filaments based on pharmaceutical-grade polymers and 3D printing of capsule shells for controlled release of active molecules, receiving FDA audit and approval for production of nutraceuticals.

A few months ago Alice also joined a non-party list of people for whom the improvement of the area where they live, with a strategy based on innovation, startups and eco-friendly projects, represents the goal to pursue.