About us

LINKS will take advantage of 15 years of background intellectual properties, competences of ISMB and SITI, two institutions well positioned at the European level and within the research community.

The brand new project of LINKS raise new challenges that its 160 employees have been ready to tackle and to make LINKS a center of excellence. LINKS is an interdisciplinary hub built on top of heterogeneous competences of its team made of people from different education, fields and sectors. This heterogeneity of competences is at the base of the innovation process creation and its application to different domains.


Management Board

Andrea Alunni


Andrea Alunni joined LINKS in September 2016 as Chairman, bringing more than 20 years of proof-of-concept and finance for progressing technology spin-outs experience to his role with the company.

For almost a decade Andrea was the Head of New Venture Support and Funding at the University of Oxford where he assisted the Oxford University Innovation senior management team to deal with the creation of new startups across all University’s research subjects, managing proof-of-concept funds , fundraising activity for seed funding, interfacing the financial community, running the Oxford Angels Network, deploying seed investments and monitoring start-ups’ activity at Board level to achieve growth.

Prominent work done by Andrea in previous roles includes coaching talented CEOs and top managers of Oxford University’s business ventures to lead a successful startup. He was also Member of the Oxford Impact Acceleration Account, the Technology Fund Panel of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK. As an electronics engineer by background (Italy-1990 Cum Laude), Andrea gained an MSc in Strasbourg (France-1994) in the field of Technology Transfer, and an MBA in Rome (Italy-1995) on finance and M&A. PhD in Early-stage finance for innovation at the University of Perugia-Italy.

In the wider international arena, Andrea also gained outstanding reputation from his professional experience in the field of finance, technology and innovation, after working in the corporate finance operations of Telecom Italia in the 1990s, in technology investment banking at Nomura and in private equity at CDC Capital Partners in the 2000s. He is an approved person by SFA (Securities & Financial Derivatives Representative – now FCA, Financial Conduct Authority), which is the financial regulatory body in the United Kingdom. He is the author of articles, books and screenplay about technology.

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Paola Carrea


Paola Carrea in UnipolGruppo from March the 1st 2016, is: General Manager in AlfaEvolution Technology (Unipol Gruppo)

General Manager in AlfaEvolution Technology (Unipol Gruppo)
– After several years in Centro Ricerche Fiat working on Preventive Safety and Connectivity, in 2008, to improve Magneti Marelli opportunities in developing intelligent systems and solutions that contribute to the mobility evolution a dedicated BL was launched within Magneti Marelli focused on Telematics. Paola was nominated responsible, closer to marketing (trade and strategic) and exploitation, not only R&D focus.
– In 2011 she was nominated CEO of CRP (focus on electronics and Lighting Technologies) with the aim to maximize technologies and competencies cross fertilization and transfer inside and outside Magneti Marelli sectors.
– She managed partnership and relation with relevant services providers and Telco Operators WW, she worked with several car makers to introduce within the vehicle connectivity according new legislation as well as insurance Telematics in Italy, eCall and eToll in EU, ERAGlonass in Russia, Denatran Law in Brazil.
– She won for her Company the first European tender for eToll together with Società Autostrade. She managed the Fiat/Chrysler tender for services and telematic box and the GM tender in Russia. Others example are PSA; BMW.
– She launched a dedicated Telematics team in MM After Market following the development of a new best in class AM telematics Solutions according to requirements from very important customers as well as Octotelematics, Allianz, Targa Drive, Astrata, Masternaut, Società Autostrade.
– In 2012 she was nominated National member of MEAG in Bruxelles (to exploit Galileo and Glonass services opportunities).
– In 2013 Clepa involves her with eCall expert Group

In Unipol Gruppo she has the aim to grow competencies and know-how on technologies and services to maintain Group competitiveness on Insurance Telematics on three relevant sectors: Motor (Car, Truck, Two wheels), Home and Health/Wellness

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Marco Gilli


Marco Gilli is Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. From May 2002 to September 2003 he was Deputy Dean of the First Faculty of Engineering at Politecnico and from October 2003 to September 2005 he was Vice Dean of the same Faculty (responsible for the Graduate School).

From October 2005 to February 2012 he served as Deputy Rector (responsible for Academic Affairs) and on the 21st of February 2012 he was elected Rector of the Politecnico di Torino. On March 2012 he was appointed as President of CESAER (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research).

His research activity is mainly focused in the field of nonlinear circuits and systems, cellular neural/nonlinear networks, nonlinear network theory and applications and partially in the field of electromagnetic theory. He is co-author of two papers that received the Best Paper Award in 1994 and 2004 from the International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications. He is also author or coauthor of more than 70 international journal papers and more than 100 international conference contributions. In 1998 Marco Gilli won the Ravani prize, awarded by the Academy of Science of Turin, for contributions to Physics and in particular to Electrical Engineering.

Since January 2005, Marco Gilli is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). From 1999 to 2003 Marco Gilli was Associate Editor of the IEEE, Transactions on Circuits and Systems: part I. He was appointed as “Distinguished Lecturer” of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society (2002-2003), while in January 2006 he was appointed as Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Circuit Theory and Applications. Since 2010 he is a member of the Editorial Board of the “International Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos.”. He was elected as member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society, (2006-2008). Marco Gilli is also a member of the IEEE-CAS Technical Committee on “Cellular neural networks and array computing” (Chair from 2007 to 2009) and of the IEEE-CAS Technical Committee on “Nonlinear circuits and systems.” He is currently the Chair of the CAS Chapter of the IEEE North Italy Section. From 2005 to 2009 Marco Gilli was the President of the “Italian Society of Chaos and Complexity.” From 2007 to 2010 he also was the President of the “Microsoft Innovation Center” (a research and innovation center, located in Torino, and participated by Microsoft and the Politecnico di Torino). He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the “Human Genetic Foundation” (a research center, participated by the University of Torino, the Politecnico di Torino and the “Compagnia di San Paolo,” a Bank Foundation).

Since December 2016 he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Links Foundation- Leading Innovation & Knowledge for Society (founded by Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino) and a member of the Scientific Committee of ENEL Centro Studi Foundation.

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Stefano Scaravelli


First year of activity

Andrea Alunni – Chairman


Our partners, founders and personnel provided the energy for a rewarding year of tech transfer activity in Piedmont. The year 2017 marks a period of transition for LINKS as it projects its operations to the global arena, operating from the heart of Turin. Researchers from ISMB and SiTI provided the necessary support and enthusiasm to make our activities relevant and enlightened. These activities in turn were aided by our founding institutions Compagnia San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino.

The LINKS Foundation in its first year of operations has paved the way for its future as the leading initiative for Technology Transfer in Piedmont and further afield. We have already ingrained an impact in the local tech transfer sector and some stories presents the contributions of our programmes, people and partners to the economic vitality and quality of life of our region, and beyond. We hope these stories will provide a glimpse of the activities LINKS has engaged in and inspire you to support our growing technology and innovation ecosystem in the days to come.

Ambition, impact and entrepreneurial energy are our keywords, the spirit that is moving us to create something new, something that does not exist yet.”


What universities and companies say about us

Giacomo Büchi

Full Professor
The relationship between the LINKS Foundation and the Professors of the School of Management and Economics of the University of Turin, aims at jointly analysing the opportunities associated with knowledge and IP valorization programs that have a major impact on the economy and society. We started with three Master Thesis and soon we will establish a formal partnership agreement between the two institutions.
The School of Management and Economics is instituted in accordance with the Statute of the University of Turin. The School is composed of the Department of Management and the Department of Economic and Social Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics. The School organizes and coordinates all the activities and services of the two Departments. The Management Department seeks in its entirety the complex reality of business contexts. The observation point is the COMPANY and the management activity that is realized within it.
School of Management and Economics university of Turin

Massimiliano Ceaglio

Chief Operating Officer
To support the startups in its portfolio, one of the main tasks of an important incubator like I3P is to create networking activity with qualified stakeholders. For every incubator it is crucial to manage a network capable of attracting the highest number of investors, prospects and high profile industrial partners interested in collaborating with the start-up ecosystem. For this reason, we consider collaborating with LINKS extremely important. It is a qualified partner that increases the chance of collaboration between our startups, the international financial system and medium to large local companies.
I3P, the Innovative Enterprise Incubator of Polytechnic University of Turin, is the leading Italian universitybased incubator and one of the main European ones. According to the UBI Index, I3P ranks 5th in Europe and 15th in the world. In December 2014, I3P was awarded the "Fastest Growing Knowledge-Based Incubator prize" during the worldwide competition “Best Practice in Science Based Incubation” organized by Technopolicy Network. I3P is a non-profit joint-stock consortium founded by Polytechnic University of Turin, the Metropolitan City of Turin, Chamber of Commerce of Turin, Finpiemonte, City of Turin and Torino Wireless Foundation.
I3P | incubatore imprese innovative del politecnico di torino

Alessandro Commito

Strategy Director
With the goal of maximizing the impact of Tech Transfer initiatives, HIT and LINKS are closely working to set up a preferential collaboration that will reinforce the deal-flow and top quality IPs.
HIT is a non-profit corporate consortium that promotes the research results and innovation of the Trentino system in order to foster local business innovation and development. HIT acts as a catalyst of innovation, focusing on technology transfer and scouting of innovation opportunities for shareholders and, indirectly, for the territory of the Autonomous Province of Trento at national, European and international levels, in the areas of the smart specialization strategy identified by the Autonomous Province of Trento.
hit | hub innovazione trentino