MILAN — 21 November 2019 — At the 2019 EY Imprenditori Award Ceremony, leading DNA sequencing company Dante Labs has been recognized as Start-Up of the Year by Ernst & Young, the global leader in assurance, transaction and advisory services.
The recognition comes after an accurate evaluation by business experts.
Among the several criteria used by the jury to evaluate the candidates, Dante Labs exceeds for their business idea, especially for the strong impact they have on innovative research, and for their far-sighted vision to make advanced genomics accessible to everyone. By leveraging advanced data analysis algorithms and new DNA sequencing techniques, they offer personalized reports and continuous updates, making the genomics a service concept and implementing it in their new European sequencing center.
When they have been asked why they have chosen L’Aquila as the headquarter of Dante Labs, Andrea Riposati (Co-founder and CEO) and Mattia Capulli (Co-founder) said that it was not only for an emotional manner: “L’Aquila hosts one of the first biotechnology faculties of Italy and there are many relevant academic opportunities to collaborate with, such as Gran Sasso Science Institute. Moreover, Ciampino Airport is an important hub for DHL.”
The two friends started their company in 2016, and two years later they sequenced 8000 whole genomes, which is 2% of the samples sequenced in the world. Their goal is to reach 20.000 DNA samples sequenced in 2019.
A deserved reward for Dante Labs, also for the series of practices and work methodologies focused on the confidentiality in the data-processing. Dante Labs fully meets the GDPR rules, in order to protect the privacy of their customers.
As Luca Pellizzoni, EY partner and responsible of the EY Imprenditori Award, said: “This Award wants to recognize the Italian excellences.”
And Dante Labs, with business abilities, talents and great logistics found the perfect mix to be the best start-up in 2019.
The jury was presided by Gianni Mion, Edition President, and it was composed by Alberto Baban, entrepreneur; Paolo Boccardelli, director of LUISS Business School; Guido Corbetta, full professor in Corporate Strategy at Bocconi; Monica Mandelli, Managing Director in KKR & Co. in New York; Marco Nocivelli, president and CEO of Gruppo Epta; Cristina Scocchia, CEO of KIKO S.p.A.; Paolo Scudieri, CEO of Adler Plastic S.p.A.; Nunzio Tartaglia, responsible of CDP Imprese.
The 23rd Edition of EY Imprenditori Award was supported by Banca Akros (Gruppo Banco BPM) and Board International. The EY Start-Up Award was supported by P101.