Our Team

Vanessa Dekou PhD, MBA

Managing Director

Vanessa has 20 years international management and business development experience in Biopharmaceuticals and CROs. Vanessa started her career as a research associate at Scotland Yard, and then joined LGC Group where she set up and managed a highly profitable business unit.

Subsequently she joined Quintiles where she worked with some of the largest biopharmaceutical and Biotechs to provide innovative solutions. She has extensive experience in drug development from Preclinical to registration and commericalisation strategies and has secured product registration for several orphans and first in class drugs.

She was also Chief Commercial Officer in a leading technology provider for patient access to clinical trials. She has a PhD in Cardiovascular Genetics from UCL, an MBA from Cambridge and Masters in Market Access from University of Lyon.


Cesar Rodrigues BEng Ch, PGDBS

Head Of Operations

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

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


Maurizio Tassi BSc, MSc

Corporate Development

Maurizio has over 30 years experience in Investment Banking and over 200+ IPOs under his belt. He has interests and expertise in Healthcare and he was a Founding Shareholder on Biomarin Pharmaceuticals that he subsequently listed in Switzerland and 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 Masters in Economics from LSE.


Vasia Trickett BSc, MSc

Patient Engagement – Project Management

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, part of the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery Unit of Gates Foundation at UCL. Vasia has extensive experience and expertise in drug discovery, clinical trials, matrix driver performance management and multiple vendor management.

She is a Senior Clinical Research Programme Fellow and at the Chelsea and Westminster
Hospital NHS Trust.

Vasia brings unique insights into Patient Engagement, Investigator Initiated Trials, Global Trials and Management of Complex Projects.

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


Dimitra Tsavou BSc, MSc

Operations Associate

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 are in the area of 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, 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.