In 2020, Cereal Docks and Cosmed won the "Best company on stage" award

5 March, 2021 - An award for companies that welcome the largest number of trainees UCBM. This is the purpose of "Best company on stage", the recognition that is given to companies every year to underline the positive collaboration established with the University. The recipients of the plaque in this second edition of the award are two companies: Cosmed, a leading company in cardiopulmonary diagnostics, in the measurement of metabolism and body composition, and Cereal Docks, an Italian industrial group active in the first agri-food transformation for the production of ingreients such as flours, oils and lecithins intended for applications in the feed, food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and energy sectors.

"The idea is to give recognition to those who help us complete our training with an internship with them", explains Roberto Setola, University delegate for relations with businesses and the world of work. And the data confirms it: in the last year Cereal Docks has activated 4 curricular internships with our students, two of which have recently turned into hiring. Cosmed, again in the last year, hosted seven interns, of which two curricular and five extra curricular.

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"Our collaboration with theUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma it happened thanks toingegner Luigi Nataloni, member of our management team and professor of your University" – says Giacomo Fanin, business development manager of Cereal Docks -. As a company we have always been active in collaboration with universities and research centers and therefore we immediately looked at this opportunity with great interest".
The Camisano Vicentino company, leader in the sector of oilseed transformation and trading of cereals, has always been looking for new talents to join its team. "The 'Campus project' was created with the aim of bringing the academic world closer to that of work by stimulating dialogue and interaction between the two, from which beautiful opportunities can arise for everyone, both for students and for the company. In particular, young people who join Cereal Docks have the opportunity to get involved in projects that we consider interesting and relevant, even with a certain responsibility and autonomy"continues Fanin.
They are above all ingchemical engineers, bioingengineers, biologists, industrial biotechnologists and food technologists are the profiles most requested by Cereal Docks. "On average, every semester we receive 20-30 applications, from which we select no more than two or three students in order to be able to follow them adequately. Already in the last stages of the selection, the project which they will then have to develop in full is defined together with each candidate within our Research and Innovation Department, supervised and coordinated by a tutor”, explains the business development manager of Cereal Docks. But traineeships are also an opportunity for companies, which can count on innovative proposals through the introduction of new resources.
"The exchange with curious, prepared and passionate young people is undoubtedly an opportunity for enrichment also for our internal team. These are stimulating interactions from which even important ideas can arise".
Cereal Docks, with 250 employees located in six plants in Italy and one in Romania, is one of the companies that has never stopped, not even during the lockdown. "Since the food supply chain is essential, we have always worked. Indeed, it was a very intense period, with an increase in requests. The administrative staff worked from home, while the production workers continued to come to the company, but with all the safety measures. We have never stopped looking ahead, with that positive outlook that we continue to maintain"Fanin concludes.


“We had a new technology for measuring resting metabolism in the ICU that we wanted to test – says Paolo Brugnoli, chief technology officer of Cosmed – and we asked the professor for scientific validation Sergio Silvestri, professor at the University. Once contact was established, we began to talk informally about degree theses and training internships until we reached a real agreement which over the years has given more than positive results". Thus began the partnership UCBM and the manufacturer of cardiopulmonary diagnostics, which since 2013 has hosted seven degree theses and seven postgraduate internships in its headquarters. Four of these were hired on permanent contracts. A useful opportunity for both the company and the students. "We are always looking for new talent that is not easy to find with conventional recruiting processesing. Through internships or degree theses, however, both the company and the candidate have the opportunity to get to know each other in depth and effectively evaluate the collaboration opportunity"continues Brugnoli.
On the other hand, even young people have the opportunity to find out if what they have chosen is exactly the sector for which they are best suited. "When a student arrives in the company, he doesn't realize how many positions exist that are compatible with his role and academic preparation and perhaps he becomes passionate about something he would never have imagined until then"continues Cosmed's chief technology officer.
The company has 150 employees worldwide, of which around 80 at the Pavona site, just outside Rome. This is where the students UCBM they are doing internships. "At the moment we have 3 post-graduate internships underway. We collected lots of applications during last year's Job Day and it was really effective because we collected the CVs, spoke to the young people and chose among those available to do an internship in our company. It is always convenient for us to have a list of candidates from which to draw at the beginning of the yearingwhenever a need arises".
Even in this time of pandemic. Despite a temporary downturn, the company has never stopped its activity. "We are optimistic because the world is restarting. Furthermore, we deal with pulmonary diagnostics, a sector on which attention will have to be paid even after the pandemic to evaluate the damage suffered by patients who have had Covid. An assessment that is also done with the our equipment"concludes Paolo Brugnoli.