Learn more about Maurizio through the following quick questions:
Hi Maurizio. What do you do at GenomSys and what are you currently working on?
I am a software developer who has always worked with new technologies and has managed web-, intranet- and mobile projects for many years. Currently, at GenomSys, together with a team of other developers, I am dedicated to the realization of the new GenomSys app. I do my best to support everyone reaching our goal, which seems complex, but of sure interest and potentially disruptive.
What is your take on personalized medicine and what role does GenomSys play in that?
I’m afraid my opinion on personalized medicine is probably still too visionary. I believe that genetics, partialized data availability, and human creativity will lead in the mid-term to extremely effective diagnostics. It will be a complete revolution in the way we think about medicine. GenomSys is working precisely in that direction with particular attention to data security and compliance with the genetic diagnostic needs.
What is the most significant benefit of MPEG-G, in your opinion?
The advantage that I appreciate the most is the Selective Access. This feature is linked to the possibility of accessing small and specific parts of the entire genomic dataset in a fast, safe, and secure fashion. Furthermore, let’s not forget how compression allows us to have lighter datasets and, consequently, easier usability within our app.
Genomic data and data privacy challenges. What is, in your opinion, a way to solve this issue?
As mentioned before, with MPEG-G, all genomic data is encrypted and provides therefore a high level of privacy to the user. The user is at any time the decision-maker on who has access and what is done with his genetic information, e.g., he can grant access to his genetic data to either perform an analysis by her/his physician or donate her/his data for a specific research study.
Why did you join GenomSys?
I really fell in love with what I believe is a real glimpse into the future. Although it might be a long way to go, I’m excited to work on the most advanced programming and ultimate code language on the planet: the human genome.
What code language do you prefer?
At the moment, I’ve been getting involved with swiftUI and swift. Especially swiftUI seems to be the future for app development on Apple’s platforms.
When you’re not programming for the GenomSys app, what do you do in your free time?
With three small children at home, calling it free time is at least a bit optimistic. So, after having dedicated part of it in the aim to raise them, I try to grow myself a little by studying, reading, and creating.
What is your favorite base in the DNA (adenine, guanine, cytosine, or thymine)?
Here is a little play on words for you. I’d go with thymine. If you bind it with deoxyribose (a sugar), it forms thymidine. The word thymidine is in Italian timidina and used as an adjective means shy. I made the experience so far that I quite appreciate shy people and, as I am not a biologist, I go with thymidine.
Do you have a favorite chromosome and why is this your favorite one?
22 because it is the smallest autosome. Good things come in small packages.
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