Franco Bertora got his degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Genoa in 1966. After a few years spent as researcher at the University of Genoa, StanfordUniversity and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he became a tenured professor at the Department of Communication Computer and System Sciences (DIST) of the University of Genoa.
In 1979 he moved to ANSALDO as director of the hardware and software design department of the Industrial Automation Division. In this position he strengthened his system designer attitudes while coordinating the development of the product line devoted to the control of continuous and discrete industrial processes.
Since 1983 he has contributed to the growth of ESAOTE, developing the first MRI scanner to be installed in an Italian public hospital and then designing the “Artoscan”, the first dedicated MRI scanner for limb imaging, which gave birth to the Magnetic Resonance Division of the company. He subsequently devoted himself as “chief scientist” to the analysis of the potentialities offered to diagnostic ultrasound by the most recent advances in electronics, signal processing and biochemistry, with the cooperation of major industrial and academic research institutions internationally.
Currently he has a senior scientist position at Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) on the development of advanced imaging devices for the study of human brain functionality. He is presently involved in the development of an “open” fMRI system to localize human sensory-motor activity.
He teaches as invited professor at the Physics and Biophysical and Electronic Engineering Departments of the University of Genoa and at the EuropeanSchool of Medical Physics.
Franco Bertora has published several works on domestic and international journals and has served as an expert in different technical committees.