My name is Jody Saglia, born in 1982 in the province of Turin.
I love travelling both for business and fun because I like to experience different things and cultures.
When I was at high school, I did not fancy studying too much, but I always dreamed of doing something good for people.
I ended up studying at Polytechnic of Turin almost by chance, where I got a BSc in Automation Engineering and an MSc in Mechatronics.
During my studies I moved abroad as soon as I had the chance, spent a year in Finland at Helsinki University of Technology and one year in London at King’s College where I worked on my Master’s thesis.
Studying and living abroad taught me a lot and I had unforgettable experiences both in my professional and personal life.
After graduation, I was convinced not to come back to Italy because I believed Italy could not give me the opportunities I deserved for. It so happens, however, that I had the chance to return to Italy, in particular to Genoa, and contribute to building something new, innovative.
In 2007, I started my phd at the Italian Institute of Technology in collaboration with King’s College London, working on the development of robotic technology for medical application, focusing on rehabilitation. Since the beginning of the project, my objective was to develop a medical device that could become a product and be commercialized by the start-up I had dreamed to be the founder of. At IIT, during my postdoc, I met other people (Carlo Sanfilippo and Simone Ungaro) that shared my vision and that is how we put together the technology transfer facility Rehab Technologies, in collaboration with INAIL [National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work – Ed].
We worked hard to create a new R&D group with a strong focus on product development, that aimed at developing medical devices based on robotic technologies. I was the Principal Investigator of the Rehab Technologies facility, leading the developments of three areas: rehabilitation robotics, exoskeletons for Spinal Cord Injury subjects and upper limb prosthetics. At the end of 2016, I left my position at IIT and co-founded Movendo Technology, with the goal of commercializing hunova, one of the products developed within Rehab Technologies. Today, I am the CTO of Movendo Technology, leading the technology development of MT’s new products for rehabilitation.
● HOW DID IIT CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR CURRENT CAREER?
IIT has been fundamental for my career. IIT is the perfect place for cutting-edge technology development and excellent quality research. You can find experts on pretty much all the areas that you would require for today’s new projects and products development. I am grateful to all current and past IIT staff for all the good work we have done in 10 years and all the exciting times we have lived together, both on a professional and personal level.
●WHICH IS ONE OF THE BEST MEMORIES YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED DURING YOUR PERIOD AT IIT?
I spent more than 10 years at IIT and, with all the friends and colleagues, achieved so much that it would be very difficult to name the best memories. If you want to learn more about my time at IIT, just drop me an email and I will be happy to chat over a few beers.
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