The MIT Innovators award to Francesco Gatto
Young Italian innovators are doing well: Francesco Gatto, 30, from Vicenza, is considered one of the best European young innovators and has won the MIT Innovators Under 35 Europe 2018 awarded by the Mit Technology Review, which each year recognizes young and brilliant innovators selected from hundreds of European candidates.
Gatto will be awarded on 4 December in Paris during Summit Europe 2018, together with the other Italian winner: Francesca Santoro, 32, from IIT in Naples, who is developing a photovoltaic plaster that regenerates damaged skin cells.
Before he graduated from University of Padua, Gatto ended up “by mistake” in a laboratory where he began to do scientific research and developed a passion for it, obtaining a PhD in Systems Biology from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg . Later he started to collaborate with the Veneto Institute of Oncology and the Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden.
He is co-founder of Elypta, a startup in the field of biomedical sciences, which is developing a liquid biopsy based on the detection of cancer metabolites found in the bloodstream, a new, non-invasive and easy-to-use diagnostic test for cancer patients, which is giving promising results for different types of cancer.