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Swiss Stem Cell Foundation & Academy of International Regenerative Medicine & Surgery Society (AIRMESS)

Swiss Stem Cell Foundation & Academy of International Regenerative Medicine & Surgery Society (AIRMESS)


The (SSCF) Swiss Stem Cell Foundation is an independent, non-profit foundation whose goal is to pursue research and development in the domain of stem cells, create new cell therapies for human medical use based on stem cells, as well as to provide training, advice and disseminate knowledge in this field among professional operators and the public at large.

The Foundation’s activities, carried out both at a national and international level, include in particular: research and development of technologies in the pre-clinical phase, consultancy through qualified professionals on new products, the study and development of new tools, medical devices, therapies and, in general, applied research projects, the supply of services in the analysis and research domains, the education of researchers and health operators in general, the promotion and organization of courses, conferences and other events, the dissemination among the public of relevant knowledge by any means that may prove useful to this purpose.

The Foundation, moreover, pursues the objective of conducting educational-training programs in the domain of stem cells.

The Swiss Stem Cell Foundation is convinced that only by maintaining high educational and research standards will it succeed in becoming a reliable and constructive partner in the life sciences arena and, in particular, for applied research projects on stem cells.

The collaboration with the University of Insubria (Varese), the Politecnico di Torino (Torino) and the Ècole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne in the training of postgraduates and the implementation of research doctorate programmes in biology, as well as postdoctoral education, has been operative for a number of years in this sector – we have been, and still are, a reliable partner that has already trained approximately ten students doing their specialization, PhD students or internships.

The Foundation is currently involved in the education of middle and higher secondary schools, making available equipment for high school seniors (LAM) and organizing open days for students who must decide on their professional future.


The Academy of International Regenerative Medicine & Surgery Society (AIRMESS)


  • President: Dr Sophie Menkes
  • Vice-President: Dr John Cole
  • Scientific director: Dr Pietro Gentile
  • Secretary: Dr Katarina Andjelkov
  • Treasurer: Dr Rubina Alves
  • Other members: Dr Jonathan Fernandez, Dr Angelo Trivisonno, Dr Thierry Van Hemelryck,  Dr Alexis Verpaele, Dr Patrick Tonnard, Dr Guillaume Lemierre, Dr Bruno Salazard
  • Honorary President: Pr Guy Magalon

Our Mission

Promotion research and development in medicine and regenerative surgery.

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Dr. Gianni Soldati, PHD
President & Head of Research, Swiss Stem Cell Foundation, Lugano, Switzerland

Gianni Soldati, born in 1958 in Lugano, made his studies in Lugano, where he obtained his “Teaching Diploma”.

In 1981 he started his biological curriculum in Geneva, Faculty of Sciences, obtaining his Diploma in Biology in 1985 at the Centre Médical Universitaire (CMU). He then reached Locarno for his Ph.D studies, at the “Centro di Endocrinologia per la Riproduzione” headed by Dr. M. Balerna and Dr. A. Campana.

In 1991 he got his Ph.D in pharmacology at the University of Basel. In 1991 he left for a post-doctoral period in Basel at both the “Friedrich Miescher Institut” and the “Zentrum für Lehre und Forschung”, followed by a 6 months period in London at the Institute of Child Health.

After this period he returned to Locarno to work at the “Servizio Oncologico Cantonale” with Prof. F. Cavalli for five years on the molecular diagnosis of tumours. In 1996 he founded the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory that is now operative since then. In 2004 the LDM was transferred to the Cardiocentro Ticino in Lugano and performed the first swiss stem cell transplant in a patient with acute myocardial infarct in August 2004. In 2005 he founded the Swiss Stem Cells Bank in Lugano, Cardiocentro Ticino.

He has become since then Director of the Cell Therapy Unit of the Cardiocentro Ticino with the aim of studying and developing new cell therapies for the man. In 2009 he become President of the Swiss Stem Cell Foundation in Lugano, a foundation dedicated to applied research for human cell therapies.

Source : Swiss Stem Cell Foundation

Dr. Sophie Menkes
Medical Director at Aesthetic and Regenerative Medical center , Nescens Genolier Clinic

Aesthetic Physician, Medical Director at Aesthetic and Regenerative Medical center, Nescens Genolier Clinic

Specialist in Regenerative Medicine (PRP, Microfat, Nanofat ...) specialist in Aesthetic and Functional Gynecology, specialist in Internal Medicine.

Physician trainer Regenerative Medicine Microfat and Nanofat grafting, PRP... Physician trainer Hyaluronic Acid and Toxin, Aesthetic and Functional Gynecology, KOL (Key Opinion Leader) for Neauvia .

  • International trainer for Biminy Academy
  • NSA (Neauvia Scientific Academy) Team member.
  • Tulip Medical Products Adisory Board Member.
  • Medical speaker at international courses and congress such as IFAT, ISPRES, IMCAS, ISAPS....

Founding member and President of AIRMESS (Academy of International Regenerative Medicine & Surgery Societies)

Founding member and General Secretary of EAGAMPS (European Association for Genital Aesthetic Medicine and Plastic Surgery)

Dr. Katarina Andjelkov
Founder and Plastic Surgeon
Professor Katarina Andjelkov, MD PhD is an accomplished plastic and reconstructive surgeon. After graduating medicine at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, she was trained in plastic surgery by prof. Ivo Pitanguy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Upon moving back to Serbia, she completed her master studies and PhD degree in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She is the owner of the first Clinic for regenerative surgery in Balkans where she performs stem cell treatments. She is enrolled in studies involving cell therapies at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade and holds the position of professor of regenerative and plastic surgery at the University SESA, Brazil. Dr Andjelkov is an active member of a number of professional associations such as: SBCP, Aexpi, ASPS, IFATS, ISAPS, SRBPRAS. She is frequently invited as a speaker in most of the Plastic Surgery meetings worldwide. She is author of more than 20 peer-reviewed papers published in renowned medical journals.
Dr. Gordon SASAKI
Doctor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Triple Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Sasaki is a renowned expert, innovator, and educator whose impeccable credentials are matched only by his dedication to personalized patient care. He is recognized as one of the leading cosmetic plastic surgeons not only in Southern California, but in the nation and the world.


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