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Franco Di Cesare

Pharmacology - BIO/14


Independent pharmaceutical physician. Expert in global neuroscience product development.

More than 30 years of professional experience in neurology and psychiatry therapeutics development working for pharmaceutical and global contract research organisations. Track record of successful completion of interim executive level clinical development and medical affairs roles (i.e., chief medical officer, senior medical director, development program medical lead, etc.). Vast and documented experience in providing medical leadership for strategic neuroscience product development, translational science for clinical drug development, clinical drug development planning and execution, trial design and methodology, safety signal detection and evaluation, methods and analytic techniques for cognitive and behavioural assessment applied to clinical trials.

Medical monitoring and oversight of global, complex clinical trials in Pain, Stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Major Depressive Disorders, Prevention of Suicidal Behaviour, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Insomnia, Sleep-Wake Cycle Disorders, Paediatric Cognitive Impairment.

Medical expert to navigate the methodological challenges involved in the validation process of biological and clinical markers for use in therapeutics development and clinical trial design. Profound interest in developing innovative tools and analytics for diagnostic classification, therapy selection and treatment monitoring to enable precision medicine for neurologic and psychiatric therapeutic indications (i.e., drug development tools). Digital therapeutics development.

Team player, experienced and comfortable with performing complex medical and other technical tasks in a global neuroscience product development delivery matrix organisation. Psychiatrist (European Union board certified in clinical psychology and psychotherapy), member of the International Society for CNS Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM), held academic

appointments, author of several research articles and presentations at scientific events.