Orlando Petrini, PhD, ECPM, was the Director of the Cantonal Institute of Microbiology in Bellinzona, Switzerland from 2007 until the end of 2012. He headed Medicine CHC at Boehringer Ingelheim from 2003 until 31 March 2006 and he directed Clinical Research and Medical Affairs at PharmaPart AG, a Swiss based CRO.
Orlando holds a PhD in Biology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, and a Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine from the Basle University. He has been active in the pharmaceutical development as a Medical Advisor and Clinical Project Manager and has been working in the area of phytopharmaceutical and vitamin development for eight years. From 2001 to 2006 he was the chairman of the AESGP Herbal Medicinal Products Committee.
Academically, Orlando has published, either alone or in collaboration with other scientists, more than 250 papers (of which approximately 150 in refereed journals) in a wide range of journals. He has authored two books, edited five and has been thesis director of, or on the advisory committee of several PhD and M.Sc. students.
Liliane E. Petrini, PhD, is currently working part-time as Medical Writer at the Neurocenter of Southern Switzerland, Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, Switzerland. As a freelance, Liliane has worked for several multinational companies, CROs, and communication agencies.
Liliane is currently member of the EMWA and holds four EPDP certificates. She is author or co-author of more than 80 publications and reports. She has also authored a book, now in its third edition, and co-edited one.
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