InnovAction Life Sciences: Action Institute interview Laura Ferro



Laura Iris Ferro graduated in Medicine and Surgery, majoring in Psychiatry; she also obtained an MBA at SDA Bocconi. After practicing as a psychiatrist for 14 years, she entered the family business, Crinos Industry Farmacobiologica. In 2001 she set up Gentium, a spin-off of Crinos’ research, and acted as both president and CEO from 2002 to 2009. In 2005 she listed Gentium in the US market. Currently, she is President of the Pio Albergo Trivulzio foundation and Advisor in Gentium.

She recommends to young scientists and startuppers to be extremely focused in their work and to not “fall in love” too much with their own product or research.


Let me remind you that credit is the lifeblood of business, the lifeblood of prices and jobs.

Herbert Hoover


Good health is essential to social and economical development and it empowers all of the public sectors.

World Health Organization


Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship. The act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.

Peter Drucker

Human Capital

Talent is a source from which water flows constantly renewed. But this source loses its value unless it is properly used.

Ludwig Wittgenstein