Meet the Team

Our Team

Our team has extensive experience in drug development, successful design, and the execution of clinical trials. We therefore understand and appreciate the complexities involved in sourcing the most appropriate medication.

We use our science-based approach, operational expertise, and global experience to effectively, ethically, and efficiently specify, source, and supply comparators and devices.

Managing Director

Vanessa Dekou

Vanessa started her career as a research associate at Scotland Yard, and then joined LGC Group. Subsequently, she joined IQVIA where she worked with some of the largest biopharmaceuticals and biotechs to provide innovative solutions.

She has extensive experience in drug development from preclinical to registration and commercialisation strategies. She has secured product registration for several orphan and first-in-class drugs. She was also Chief Commercial Officer in a leading technology provider for patient access to clinical trials.

Vanessa was Senior Advisor to DiGamma Capital.

She is on the Enterprise Advisory Board of CW+ and undertakes extensive charity work.

She has a PhD in Cardiovascular Genetics from UCL, an MBA from Cambridge, and a Master's Degree in Market Access from the University of Lyon.

Head of Operations

Cesar Rodrigues

Cesar worked in many blue-chip companies before joining CSI. Namely, he worked at Procter & Gamble as a European Supply Manager, Coca-Cola as a Business Analyst, and Archimedes Pharma. At Parexel International, Cesar was in Global Category Sourcing with a focus on procurement, project management of global studies, stock management, and financial analysis.

He is very knowledgeable in modelling supplies to ensure minimum wastage, supply/demand planning, regulatory requirements specific to drug distribution, project management of multiple vendors, and delivering comparators to global studies on time and budget.

Cesar has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, and a Diploma in Management studies.

Finance Director

Maurizio Tassi

Maurizio has over 30 years’ experience in Investment Banking. He has interests and expertise in Healthcare, and he was a Founding Shareholder on Biomarin Pharmaceuticals that he subsequently listed in Switzerland and the USA.

Maurizio was on the Board of Molmed SpA, listed in Milan, and on the Board of Lay Line Genomics. Before joining CSI, he was a Financial Advisor of San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, and a Fund Manager of Luxembourg SICAV (Long-Short Strategy European stocks).

He started his career as Head of New Issues, Schroders, and subsequently Managing Director, Capital Markets, Citigroup.

He is an Honorary Member of the Italian Medical Society of Great Britain.

Maurizio earned his BSc in Anthropology from UCL, and Master's Degree in Economics from LSE.

Head of Quality

Vasia Dekou

Vasia is an APMG certified Project Director, with more than 15 years’ experience working in complex management environments. Vasia started her career at St Thomas’s Hospital where she worked as a research associate and patient liaison manager. Subsequently, she was a Director at the Gates Foundation and led a global, multi-centre HIV Vaccine Discovery Consortium. Vasia has extensive experience and expertise in drug discovery, clinical trials, matrix driver performance management, and multiple vendor management.

She is an Innovation Business Partner at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust.

Vasia brings unique expertise into all quality-related matters of complex projects in a drug development environment and is responsible for overlooking quality and compliance at CSI.

Vasia has a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Molecular Medicine from UCL.

Operations Associate

Dimitra Tsavou

Dimitra has a First Class, Dean’s List Degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Essex and a Master’s in Pharmaceutical Formulation & Entrepreneurship from UCL. Her expertise is in drug interaction and formulation along with an emphasis in regulatory framework requirements.

She has undertaken several research-based projects involving cell breakage, ELISA, immunoassays, spectroscopy, enzyme assays, protein purification, gene cloning, UV analysis, HPLC & microscopy, and PCR & real-time PCR.

Her solid scientific background allows Dimitra to critically evaluate requirements and offer science-based solutions.

Dimitra plays basketball on an international level for her national team and also mentors young athletes.