General Management

Alessandro Della Chà

Executive Director, CEO


Italian (born 1963), since 27 March 2014 Chief Executive Officer and since 2006 Member of the Board of Directors.

Giuseppe Cipriano

Chief Operating Officer


Italian (born 1957), Chief Operating Officer since 2001. From 1996 to 2001 he was managing director of Gianfranco Ferrè S.p.A. and Gianfranco Ferrè US Holding, the well-known fashion group. From 1990 to 1996 he was the managing director of Cordara S.p.A. and Ecor Impianti S.r.l., companies in the field of commercialization of oil products and related services. From 1982 to 1990 he was a vice president (vicedirettore) in the Public Administration Inland Revenue Department in Milan, Italy.

Niall Donnelly

Chief Financial Officer


Irish (born 1974), has been Chief Financial Officer of Cosmo Pharmaceuticals NV since June 2016. Niall Donnelly is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

He joined Glanbia plc in 1994 where he held various management accounting roles. From 1998 to 2004 he was the Commercial Finance Manager for the Irish Services Division of Hewlett Packard. From 2004 to 2006 he was Group Financial Controller of IWP plc and between 2006 and 2016 he worked in the acute private hospital sector in Ireland in both CFO and CEO roles. 

Luigi Moro

Chief Scientific Officer


Italian (born 1951), Chief Scientific Officer. He graduated in chemistry and pharmacology at the University of Milan, Italy. He began his career in 1976 with Farmitalia – Carlo Erba, working on discovery/preclinical phase technological projects and the development of new drug administration systems, with particular concentration on anticancer drugs. From 1985 to 1988, with Recordati Industria Chimica e Farmaceutica S.p.A., he collaborated on the direction of technological projects of the parent company and in the definition of drug delivery systems developed by the subsidiary company Pharmetrix, a Californian company specializing in the application of polymer membranes and control systems for problems relating to the controlled administration of drugs. He was appointed manager of the pharmaceutical technology laboratories of Poli Industria Chimica S.p.A. in 1988 and from 1990 to 1995, he coordinated that company’s research activities and industrial applications in the pharmaceutical, synthesis and fermentation sector. In 1996, he became manager of industrial development, responsible for the identification of the technical resources and facilities for the industrial implementation of development projects. He is the author of numerous scientific publications and papers and inventor of numerous international technology patents. He joined the Group in 1999.

Massimo Pedrani

Head of Generics Business Development


Italian (born 1954), Head of Business Development Generics, began his career as a researcher in the galenical laboratory of Midy S.p.A. (Sanofi Group) in 1981 and then worked as responsible for the pharmaceutical development department in Pierrel S.p.A. from 1983 to 1987. He then joined Farmitalia – Carlo Erba (Erbamont Group) as supervisor of external research institutes and head of the industrial galenics laboratories until 1992. During 1992 to 1996, he was the managing director of the Italian subsidiary of Applied Analytical Industries Inc., a US company operating in the pharmaceutical research and services sector. Since 1997, he has worked as a pharmaceutical business development and regulatory affairs consultant through his own company, Emmepi Pharma SAS. He joined Cosmo as an External Consultant in July 2001. He graduated in chemistry and pharmaceutical technology from the University of Pavia, Italy. He has been member of the board of the Italian Pharmaceutical Association since February 1992, and of the Controlled Release Society Italian Chapter since June 1998.

Hans Christoph Tanner

Executive Director, Head of Transactions Office and
Head of Investor Relations


Swiss (born 1951), Head of Transactions Office, Head of Investor Relations and Member of the Board of Directors.

Roberto Villa

Chief Manufacturing Officer


Italian (born 1943), Chief Manufacturing Officer, joined Cosmo when it was established. He has significant experience in multinational pharmaceutical companies. He began his career as a laboratory analyst, and was promoted over the years to Production Manager, Head of Development Laboratories, and finally, to the Head of Quality Control and Quality Assurance Laboratories. Given the experience acquired in various pharmaceutical sectors, he was appointed as Chief Manufacturing Officer of Cosmo S.p.A. and is responsible for the supervision of all industrial, logistic and quality aspects of its production facilities.

Luisa Bartorelli

Chief Patent Counsel


Italian (born 1972), Chief Patent Counsel. She deals with the IP portfolio of the group since the beginning in 1999, at first inside the company and then as a consultant in an outside IP law firm. She again joined the group in 2014 as in-house IP counsel, and since September 2015 she is the Chief Patent Counsel.

She is an Italian Patent Agent and European Patent Attorney admitted before the UIBM, EPO, WIPO UAMI (design and models). She graduated in pharmacy, at the University of Milan in 1998 (Italy). She began her career in 1998 with Bianchetti Bracco Minoja (IP firm), working on strategies of drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications in the field of chemistry, pharmacy and biology including evaluation of the prior art. From 1999 to 2003 she worked in Cosmo SpA dealing with the intellectual property portfolio of the company in cooperation with the external IP law firm.

From 2003 to 2015 she worked in Dragotti & Associati (IP firm) becoming partner of the firm in 2013. She worked in the life science department of the firm, managing the intellectual property portfolio of several clients in the field of pharmacy, chemistry, biotechnology and biology including evaluations of prior art, drafting and filing of patent applications, foreign prosecution procedures and strategies, patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions, due diligences, litigations and legal advices.

Richard Jones

Clinical Operation Manager


British (born 1969), Clinical Operations Manager, which is the interface of the Group with CROs in charge of conducting the clinical trials. He joined the Group in February 2006. From 1996 to 1999, Richard Jones worked as a clinical scientist for the National Health Service, University Hospital Birmingham, UK. From 1999 to 2005, he worked with ICON Clinical Research, first as a drug safety associate, thereafter as a project manager and finally as a senior project manager. Before he joined the Group, he held a position with Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Europe as a clinical project manager. He holds a PhD in clinical biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Marco Lecchi

Head of Internal Audit


Italian (born 1964), he joined the Cosmo Group in 2001 and was the Deputy CFO until May 2016 when was nominated Head of Internal Audit.

He obtained his degree in economics and business administration specializing in financial administration from the Bocconi University in Milan. In 1999 he was admitted to the Official Register of Public Auditors.

From 1992 to 1999 he worked at an international accounting firm. From 1999-2001 he was the Director of Administration at Gianfranco Ferre S.p.A. and its subsidiary GF Manufacturing S.r.l.

Andrea Lovati

Quality Assurance Manager


Italian (born 1967), Quality Assurance Manager and Qualified Person. He graduated in chemistry and pharmaceutical technology from the University of Milan, Italy. He began his career in 1995 as a laboratory analyst in Formenti S.p.A. then in 1996 as Head of Quality Control in Parke Davis. He joined Cosmo when the Company was founded. From 1997 to 1999 he was Head of Quality Control laboratories and since 1999 he has been Head of Quality Unit. He is responsible for quality system management and compliance to cGMP of production facilities. Qualified auditor based on ISO 9001 standard and since 2012 Qualified Person.

Davide Malavasi

Qualified Person & Technical Director


Italian (born 1973), Qualified Person and Technical Director. He graduated in chemistry and pharmaceutical technology from the University of Milan, Italy. He began his career as a laboratory analyst in Cosmo SpA in February 2003. In 2005 changed job role moving to the production department becoming the Production Responsible and QP assistant. On September 1, 2011 took over the Qualified Person position and Technical Direction. Qualified auditor based on ISO 9001 standard, and contributes his experience as production activities coordinator. He is responsible for the compliance to cGMP of the production facilities.

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