Luciano Gasbarro



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Luciano Gasbarro was born in Montemassi (Grossetto) in 1930 but since 1957 has made his home in Florence.
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
VACUUMTANK, a vacuum sealed compartment for the long term preservation of perishables.
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 the time.
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 in Amsterdam.
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 electrophoresis.
The NASA laboratories, directed by Prof. F. Grunbaum, used Pratiga products for analyses carried out in space.
In this period Gasbarro obtained another two patents, one for
DISPOCARD and the other for DENSICORD. 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 occupational therapy.
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  LEONARDO DA VINCI INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ANALYSES



Aggiornato Aprile 2009