Ciro Cottini, PhD, is currently the head of the New Technology Department in Chiesi’s R&D segment. He leads a team devoted to modelling, simulations and data analysis for process and product design. He joined Chiesi in 2010, managing the R&D GMP production plants after having spent more than 10 years working with other international pharmaceutical companies. Initially involved in QdD/PAT development, Dr Cottini’s background encompasses process design through modelling and simulation, PAT measurement, statistics and data analytics. His department works in tight collaboration with academic partners and international experts. Dr Cottini earned his masters degree in physics in 2000 from Padova University (Italy) and a PhD in computational social science from the University of Bologna (Italy).