Nicolò Manaresi was a co-founder of Menarini Silicon Biosystems and served as its president and CEO through the early stages of the company. Prior to founding Silicon Biosystems, Dr. Manaresi was a research fellow at the University of Bologna and a long-time consultant to STMicroelectronics in the field of innovative sensors based on Microelectronic technologies. He received a Degree and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1993 and 1999, respectively. In 1996 he spent one year as a Research assistantat the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland. He is co-author of more than 40 scientific papers, one of which - “A CMOS Chip for Individual Cell Manipulation and Detection” - received the IEEE 2003 International Solid Circuit Conference Jan Van Vessem Award for outstanding European papers. He is a co-inventor behind more than 30 European and US Patents.