Simone Palini approached IVF in 1999 at "Infermi Hospital" in Rimini and was the laboratory director of the IVF unit at 'Cervesi' hospital in Cattolica until 2004. He obtained a degree in Biology at Urbino University (1998) and a specialty in molecular genetics at Bologna University (2000) with a thesis on PGD. In 2008 he was awarded the ESHRE certification as senior clinical embryologist and has worked in different public and private laboratories in Italy, Europe as well as in UK. His major interests are embryo / gamete vitrification, PGD and gene expression profile in infertility. Simone has reported, as a speaker, at numerous international conferences and Master degree programs and Universities. In 2013 he won the Roberts Edward Prize with "Genomic DNA in human blastocoele fluid", and also the GFI prize on “MiRNA in Blastocoel Fluid”. He is Vice-President of SIRU. He has numerous interests in his life including sailing, gliding, skiing, quantum physics and his 3 children of which he is very proud.