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Francesca is a Research Manager for the Deloitte UK Centre for Health Solutions. Before joining Deloitte she was a Principal Investigator at the Italian Institute of Health and lead internationally recognised research on neurodegenerative diseases, specifically on novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, filing a relevant patent in the field. She previously a Senior Scientist at the MRC Prion Unit in London and worked on the implementation of a novel cell-based assays for large-scale drug screening. For this research she received an award as best young investigator in prion diseases in UK. Francesca has a PhD in neuronal regeneration from Cambridge University, and she has recently completed an executive MBA at the Imperial College Business School in London focused on innovation in life science and healthcare.