Lucio Rovati joined the Company in 1988, following the footsteps of his father, Professor Luigi Rovati who was the founder of the Rottapharm Group.
After graduation in Medicine and Postgraduate specialization in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Milan, he completed his training as attending physician in Internal Medicine and served as research fellow in the Department of Medical Pharmacology, Chemotherapy and Toxicology of the University of Milan, School of Medicine, for four years.
In Rottapharm, he served as head of Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Research before becoming Chief Scientific Officer, directing all R&D activities of the Group, and Executive Medical Director responsible for all international medical activities of the Company and its subsidiaries. He founded Rottapharm Biotech in 2014 and currently is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of the Company.
Besides his experience in internal medicine, Lucio has laboratory skills on in vitro and in vivo pharmacology, particularly of the musculoskeletal, digestive and central nervous systems. However, his most relevant expertise derives from his wide clinical research activity in the direction (including planning, performance and reporting) of clinical research programs and studies for the development of new drugs in rheumatology, gastroenterology/hepatology, gynaecology, bronchopneumology, neurology/psychiatry, cardiology, metabolism and internal medicine.
After holding similar positions at the Universities of Naples and of Parma, Dr Rovati is at present and since 2003 Invited Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Milano-Bicocca, School of Medicine, where he is also Coordinator of a Postgraduate Master in Pharmaceutical Medicine.
Dr Rovati is an active member of several international scientific societies in different disciplines, where he is also included in panels providing advice to the Food and Drug Administration or the European Medicine Agency on the drafting of drug development guidelines.
Finally, he is the author of over 175 full papers in peer reviewed international scientific journals (H-index=42), 15 book chapters and over 400 abstracts. Dr Rovati has been among the ten Italian scientists with the largest number of publications in clinical research.