Luciano Gasbarro was born in
Montemassi (Grossetto) in 1930 but since 1957 has made his home in
After having given up his studies in
Medicine at Pisa University he founded the Leonardo da Vinci Institute
for Medical Analyses. (Licence nr. 5967 issued the 6th February 1959).
At this point, both for necessity and
vocation, he gradually became a self-taught technician.
In 1959 he obtained his first patent
for a multi-functional surgical instrument, successfully tested by Prof.
Trivellini, Director of Special Medical Pathology at Pisa University.
In 1961 Gasbarro founded the
BRECONVUOT ANSTALT, permitting the Atlantic SpA company, owned by Comm.
Gentilli, use of the rights to produce a refrigerator equipped with the
a vacuum sealed compartment for the long term preservation of
For the length of one year Atlantic
SpA publicized the new product, with a more than satisfactory return,
on Carosello – a popular advertisement program on Italian television at
This transaction enabled Gasbarro to
buy his much desired Ferrari 275 GTB 4.
Recently one of Italy’s leading
producers of electrical appliances has cloned this product,
reintroducing a refrigerator with a vacuum sealed compartment.
With the continual growth and success
of the Leonardo da Vinci Institute, of which Gasbarro is President of
the Board of Directors, he began investing in pioneer technologies and
instruments pertaining to the Medical field, working and collaborating
with the Clinical Surgery Institute, directed by Prof. Severi, the
Semiotics and Medical Pathology Institute, directed by Prof. Di Lollo
and the Orthopaedic Clinic, directed by Prof. Scaglietti.
In 1971, together with two Chemists,
Guido Cosi and Massimo Bambagiotti Alberti, Gasbarro invented a method
aimed at the simultaneous determination of lipidic fractions of the
blood through thin layer chromatography (T.L.C.).
This method was accepted by the
Clinica Chimica Acta (CCA 4742) and named, “Simultaneous evaluation of
phospholipids, free fatty acids, free cholesterol, triglycerides and
esterified cholesterol by thin layer chromatography and densitometry”.
This method roused the interest of
over 400 universities around the world and the Blood Bank in New Delhi
was the first to adopt its use for routine controls.
In the same year Gasbarro was the only
Italian member of the highly qualified Elsevier Publishing Company group
During the same period GLC (gas liquid
chromatography) was activated, applied especially to the determination
of steroid hormones.
With the cooperation of FIRMA, a
pharmaceutical company in Florence, special vials containing
preservative substances in the lyophile state were produced, allowing
many medical centres from all over Italy to send samples to be analyzed
at the Leonardo da Vinci Institute.
For the same pharmaceutical company
Gasbarro organized “DIAGENT” (Reagents Division) which was the first to
supply the national market with lyophizing control serums for
clinical-chemical tests and reagents for analyses.
Again, in the same period, Gasbarro
surmised that insomniac new born babies were disturbed by the lack of
the sounds perceived, transmitted and amplified by the amniotic liquid,
during the gestation period.
An audio tape was produced. The
validity of this operative system was certified in a nursery, witnessed
by three notaries. The CGD (Compagnia Generale del Disco) run by Crepax
and Caselli, purchased the rights and produced a record named SONNIFIS.
One side was recorded by the famous Italian showman Johnny Dorelli. The
record cover was designed by Pablo Picasso.
Whilst already on the market, the
Ministry of Health, through a psychiatrist, questioned whether it could
have negative effects on babies.
The system, named VICE MOTHER - to
induce sleep and calm negative moods, was expounded in the documentary
film EUROPA 2.
The following year Gasbarro invented a
generator of negative ions to be fitted into “window” air conditioners.
The negative ions, in spite of the adjective, have positive effects on
humans besides being powerful deodorants as they produce nascent oxygen.
Today, many companies produce ionizers which eliminate the risk of
mucous oropharyngeal irritations.
The following year, in cooperation
with the qualified technician, Filippo Pratesi and the Medical Doctor,
Piero Tinti, Gasbarro founded the company PRATIGA SpA, which set out to
produce scientific instruments using his own patents. Within a very
short time Pratiga began a business relationship with the multinational
Sartorius Membranfilter GmbH, becoming the worldwide leader in protein
The NASA laboratories, directed by
Prof. F. Grunbaum, used Pratiga products for analyses carried out in
In this period Gasbarro obtained
another two patents, one for
and the other for
Both these products represented the ideal solution for problems found in
the execution of protein electrophoresis.
With his patent obtained in the USA (U.S.A. 3893837),
in cooperation with the U.S. Phylips Corporation, New York (U.S. PATENT
4086075) and the Corning Glass Works (U.S. PATENT 4049414), Gasbarro
produced data transmission systems using laser and optical fibers.
Gasbarro worked together with the
Gruppo Benetton and Ciampolini SpA companies for the establishment of
Levetech Medical Technologies in Vancouver, a company “severely
battered” by events during the Gulf War.
Gasbarro’s versatility in many fields
and different techniques has produced interesting commercial results and
some failures but, without doubt, has certainly proved to be a continual
Gasbarro hopes to age with dignity in
order to not to disappoint his favourite partner and wife, Dr. Ornella
Masciadri Gasbarro, since 1962 Director of the
DA VINCI INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ANALYSES.