We talked over six months ago, can you give us a quick update on the pursuit of your dream since we last spoke?
Neuron Guard has reached some important milestones, namely the US patent for the therapeutic collar and the creation of the first fully functioning human system for body temperature. We are looking for industrial partners to enter the market by the end of the next year (2018). In fact, depending on the risk class, medical devices have access routes for different clinical uses to ensure maximum safety for patients. We are structuring the company to face this new phase. We have also been recognized as the best European Startup in HEALTH category and received the awards by Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament.
From a personal point of view, I am still dealing with my dream to structure a gender balance company and help other women, especially the young ones, to keep going on and follow their pathways. In fact, I am working for “LEAN IN THE EU WOMEN BUSINESS ANGEL COMMUNITY”, a new development area for women’s Business Angel in Europe supported by the European Commission. The project is a multicultural one, formed by a consortium of 7 companies from different countries of Europe, and supported by an increasing number of associated partners from Europe and worldwide. As Steering Committee Member, I am responsible for monitoring the quality progresses of the project. Moreover, I have received several acknowledgments, such as the Prize "Germoglio d'Oro" that recognizes young women who have stood out for courage and entrepreneurial endeavors. I have received this award for the courage, energy and optimism that I have invested in my ideas (Neuron Guard), as example of a young Italian who risked and succeeded. I had also the privilege to be one of the finalists of the EU Prize for Women Innovators in the new category of Rising Women Innovator, which recognizes excellence in female entrepreneurs aged 30 and under, and Wired Italia has named me in the Top 50 influential people to watch out in 2017.
What have you learned while pursuing this dream that you would like to share?
I have learned that one of the most important thing in doing and starting a new business is to work with skilled, motivated and multicultural persons in whatever situations, and share and learn from others.
Remind us where we can find you to continue following your journey?
You can find me via Twitter (@maryfranzese), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/franzesemary), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-franzese-52855135/) and Instagram (mary_franzese).
Our website is www.neuronguard.com
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