PhD for Innovation


PhD FOR INNOVATION, promoted by SISSA, is a programme that aims to match the best PhD skills with companies: the two languages of academia and business meet in the field to create impact, with the goal of creating concrete opportunities for the future of PhD students.

The 2023 Edition has brought together 42 PhD students from the six Italian Schools of Excellence and their talents on the one hand, and 6 innovative companies from the national territory on the other, in a "training & learning by doing" programme.
A call for ideas that gathered the innovation needs of the participating companies. The students responded to the 9 challenges coming from the 6 companies. Companies and teams worked together to develop innovation projects.


Mini-Spring Innovation School SISSA, 20th and 21st April 2023

The PhD on the labour market Speaker: Eva Ratti - Co-founder of Find Your Doctor s.r.l.

Kick-off meeting PhD FOR INNOVATION for registered teams and companies

Presentation of the book "Eppur s'innova. Viaggio alla ricerca del modello italiano" and panel discussion on synergies between research and innovation and how PhDs create impact. Moderated by the author Luca De Biase




PhD FOR INNOVATION 2023 Edition - Teams and Companies 


The Company: Aindo Srl

Challenge number one: "Similarity metrics among relational datasets"

The Team: Warren Cattani (SISSA - Geometry and Mathematical Physics); Riccardo Ciccone (SISSA - Theoretical Particle Physics); Lorenzo Correale (SISSA - Statistical Physics)


Chellenge number two: "Privacy loss measures on synthetically created datasets" 

The Team: Stephane Alexandre Bajeot (SISSA - Theoretical Particle Physics); Luca Capizzi (SISSA - Statistical Physics); Davide Dal Cin (SISSA - Astroparticle Physics); Paolo Muratore (SISSA - Cognitive Neuroscience)



The Company: Cereal Docks Spa

The Challenge: "Creating value from vegetable oils and fats: the future of green chemistry?"

The Team: Silvia Mazzotta (IUSS - Sustainable development and climate change); Federica Montanaro (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Law); Benjamin Kwaku Nimako (IUSS- Sustainable development and climate change); Stefano Porfido (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Law)






The Company: CyNexo Srl 

The Challenge: "Characterisation of optogenetic response, with LED stimulation, PWM-controlled"

The Team: Andrea Blason (SISSA - Theory and Numerical Simulations of Condensed Matter); Enrico Drico (SISSA - Theory and Numerical Simulations of Condensed Matter); Denise Ferrarini (SISSA - Neurobiology); Alfredo Fiorentino (SISSA - Theory and Numerical Simulations of Condensed Matter); Davide Giana (SISSA - Cognitive Neuroscience); Matteo Manzati (SISSA - Neurobiology)





The Company: Henesis Srl

Challenge number one: "Need in ambito brain computer interface (EEG + AI)"

The Team: Enrico Donato (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Biorobotics); Sara Mazzuccato (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Biorobotics); Luca Pierantoni (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Biorobotics); Luigi Privitera (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Theoretical and Applied Neuroscience); Luca Scopis (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Health science, technology and managaement)


Challenge number two: "Need in ambito teleriabilitazione"

The Team: Edoardo Fazzari (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Biorobotics); Lorenzo Mocellin (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Biorobotics); Jasine Pozzi (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Biorobotics) Camilla Signoretta (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Law); Giorgia Spreafico (Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Biorobotics)


The Company:  Nanodent Srl

Challenge numer one: "Study and design of a cellular test applied to 3D bioprinting to evaluate the cancer invasiveness index"

The Team: Audrey Franceschi Biagioni (SISSA - Neurobiology); Cesare Malosso (SISSA - Theory and Numerical Simulation of the Condensed Matter); Adam D'Armada Moreira (SISSA - Neuroscience); Paolo Pegolo (SISSA - Theory and Numerical Simulation of the Condensed Matter); Irene Schiavo (SISSA - Neurobiology); Giacomo Tenti (SISSA - Theory and Numerical Simulation of the Condensed Matter)






Challenge numer two: "Study and development of customized tests for evaluating the efficacy of sunscreen products based on 3D bioprinting of complex epidermal tissues"

The Team: Giulia Borgonovo (Scuola Normale Superiore - Neuroscience); Francesco Diversi (SISSA - Neurobiology); Michele Montrone (SISSA - Neurobiology); Elaheh Saadat (SISSA - Statistical Physics)








The Company:  OptionFactory Srl

The Challenge : "To query a dataset of hundreds of TB as efficiently as possible. We would like to explore, compare, and benchmark different alternatives, to find alternative optimized strategies"

The Team: Fabiana De Cesare (SISSA - Theoretical Particle Physics); Alessandro Nobile (SISSA - Geometry and Mathematical Physics); Saman Soltani (SISSA - Theoretical Particle Physics); Vittorio Vitale (SISSA - Theoretical Particle Physics)






For for more information about future editions, please contact

SISSA Valorisation & Innovation Office

+39 040 3787 276 - 551