Akern®: pioneers since ever, experts by passion
Led by a pioneering spirit and a willing to excel, the AKERN® team joins highly dedicated managers with consolidated skills in clinical bioengineering to drives the company growth always one step further, creating innovation that anticipates future needs.
Andrea La Corte
Nutritionist and founder of the PharmaNutra SpA group; Andrea La Corte is a resourceful and charismatic manager, he describes himself as a salesman-inventor, who loves to think about doing anything that hasn’t already been done by others. Constantly driven by new and more ambitious and interesting challenges, business-wise but also in sports, he has been leading a successful group since 1998 that works with passion and harmony as a great winning team.
Chief Executive Officer
“Aut viam inveniam aut faciam’’
Co-founder and Managing Director of Red Lions S.p.A., Yann has been Chief Executive Officer in several industrial companies in Europe and has also supported many corporate companies as Senior Advisor within projects aimed at improving performance and implementing changes.
CEO of AKERN® since 2018, Yann coordinates the company management team and leads development activities.
A solid track record makes Yann an expert at in creating value for stakeholders and a skilled team leader aimed at developing the professional environment, leveraging the accountability and the reliability of his team members.
Yann has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa and holds an MBA from the Vlerick Management School in Leuven, Belgium.
Chief Scientific Officer
‘’BBecause being Leader is not a matter of market share only, but it is a matter of soul, ideas and inventive’’.
With a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Florence, Jacopo is a member of numerous international scientific communities and has led research and development at AKERN® for over 20 years.
Jacopo has studied under the leads of well know international authorities on body composition and at present he himself is considered a scientific expert in this field. Due to his knowledge and experience, Jacopo is invited to collaborate with international academic groups on the definition of clinical trials and research projects that choose to use AKERN® technology. His passion has always been reflected in the company’s success, defining many great breakthroughs which have made scientific achievements true innovations capable of revolutionizing diagnostic approaches.
Business Development Manager
Michele Petroni is Business Development manager at AKERN®.
Michele has successfully covered many different roles in corporate companies and multicultural environments. His experience in the development of international markets, has made him become a key individual in AKERN® expansion in new terriroties, to which he brings a high degree of professionalism and excellence.
During his professional career, Michele he has supported several companies in introducing new products and services to local markets and implementing the internationalization process. He is an outspoken advocate of long-term collaborations based on the success and satisfaction of all parties involved.
Chief Technical Officer
David Iannilli is in charge of the technical development of AKERN® Hardware and Software products and is head of regulatory affairs. His in-depth knowledge of AKERN® technology through all fields of application, and the regulation process to obtain medical device certification, are the result of long-term experience over the course of more than 20 years. David was involved in the design and development of product and concept innovations that have made AKERN® the leading company in the body composition field and today he is a key figure of the team.
Sales Manager Italy
Fabiano graduated in Agro-Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Verona and has been actively working since 2006 in the medical-pharmaceutical and nutrition environment, with specific application to sport and fitness.
Fabiano founded Jatreia S.r.l. in 2014, a company that for years has been a leader in Italy in the private nutrition for the distribution of products and services dedicated to body composition professionals, as well as an AKERN® dealer , being in charge of training professionals and commercializing sensors. In 2022 he completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the Politecnico in Milano and shortly afterwards joined the AKERN® Team where he still holds the position of Country Business Development Manager Private Nutrition & Sports.
Francesca Bettosini Giusti
Born in Australia, with Swiss and Portuguese origins, Francesca graduated cum Laude in Biological Sciences and holds a PhD in Experimental Pathology, both from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”. In 2006 she began her carrier in a multinational corporation, global leader in the medical device industry. After some years of commercial experience, followed by Marketing, to which she was fully dedicated over the past 10 years in the neurovascular business, Francesca leaves Medtronic to join AKERN® in 2021 as Marketing Manager. Francesca is an open, transparent and determined person; dynamic and positive, she brings a strategic vision of the value applied to biotechnology.
Barbara da Prat
Training & Education Manager
With a degree in Dietetics, Barbara is the reference for Akern Academy.
In 1991 she beguins her professional experience in an Italian company operating in the same field, Dietosystem and later DS Medica.
For over 30 years she devoted herself to research, development of medical software and technologies, and training, in the clinical nutrition and diagnostic imaging area. In the past 10 years she completes her professional training by dedicating herself to the area of dietary supplements and low carb foods, following the research and production process as HACCP.
Barbara is afferent to the Marketing and Communication team , and manages training and education, as well as strategic institutional collaborations.
Finance and Control Manager
Serena Lucani is Head of Administration Finance and Control at AKERN®.
With a degree in Economics from the University of Florence, in her professional career she has worked in several multinational contexts dealing mainly with extraordinary projects, ranging from the industrial production environment to the green economy .
In 2021, Serena joins AKERN® to support the company in its evolution and growth through the incorporation of Jatreia S.r.l. and the entry into the PharmaNutra Group.
Serena is positive, reliable, and dedicated; she encourages and supports inter-company collaboration aimed at operational transparency to ensure optimized workflow.