Ciriaco Maraschiello joined Axxam in July 2023 as Chief Operating Officer bringing more than 25 years of industry experience within the Contract Research Organization business segment. Ciriaco started his career within the pharmaceutical business in 1997 after completing a PhD in Biochemistry within the framework of a Marie Curie EU fellowship. He has a strong background in ADME, preclinical safety assessment and formulation and obtained an executive MBA in 2017 from the Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). During his professional tenure, Ciriaco occupied several scientific and leadership/managerial positions within the pharmaceutical R&D value stream. As an executive, he held global operational roles leading large international teams across Europe and Asia in Cidasal (ES), RCC (CH), Harlan (US), Aptuit (US) and Evotec (DE). His leadership is characterized by a strong focus on people and value creation.