Prof. Carlo Ventura, M.D., Ph.D. Co-founder, Chief Scientist, Co-Chairman of Board of ÉlpisÉremo Inc., He is a Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine of the University of Bologna, Italy. Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Stem Cell Engineering of the National Institute of Biostructures and Biosystems (NIBB- INBB: www.inbb.it) at the Institute of Cardiology of the S. Orsola - Malpighi Hospital in the University of Bologna. He is also the Chief of the Division of Bologna of NIBB, including the NIBB Research Units of Bologna, Firenze, and Siena, Italy. received both his MD and Specialization in Cardiology from the School of Medicine of the University of Bologna, Italy. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1990 from the University of Bologna. He was Researcher at the “Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science (L.C.S.)”, National Institute on Aging (N.I.A.) - National Institutes of Health (N.I.H.), Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. from 1988 to 1992. In the same laboratory he continued to perform repeated periods of research up to 1994. He has been Researcher (1990-2000), Associate Professor (2000) and then Full Professor of Biochemistry (2000-2003) at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Sassari, Italy. In 2010, he founded VID art|science, a transdisciplinary movement of Artists and Scientists exploring the avant-garde of scientific innovation to unravel how Arts may talk to the innermost dynamics of our biology. VID art|science is also dedicated to pursuing and promoting the evolving of a “Third Culture” by facilitating the infinite potential of collaborations between (media) Arts and Sciences. VID art|science is working to help usher in a new culture that is overdue – a culture of creative thinkers from the Arts and Sciences who join together combining their knowledge and skills to come up with innovations, collaborations and most of all the development of novel paradigms.
Carlo Ventura is member of the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), and of the Cell Transplant Society. He devoted his studies to the molecular dissection of mechanisms underlying the cell growth and differentiation of the cardiac myocytes, discovering nuclear endorphin receptors and small peptide signaling responsible for cardiogenesis in mouse embryonic stem cells. He synthesized and developed new molecules harboring differentiating and paracrine logics for human mesenchymal stem cells, affording new strategies in cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine. He also discovered the ability of “extremely low frequency magnetic fileds” and radioelectric fields conveyed with a “Radio Electric Asymmetric Conveyer (REAC)”, to enhance stem cell expression of pluripotency, and afford a direct reprogramming of human dermal skin fibroblasts to a highthroughput commitment towards myocardial, neuronal and skeletal muscle lineages. He has also discovered that cells can be sensitive to acoustic vibrations and patented the ability of cells to express “vibrational” signatures of their health and differentiating potential. These findings paved the way to the use of physical energy in stem cell Science. He published more than 150 full papers in the top level Journals of cellular and molecular biology