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#Entrepreneurs — 22.11.2017

The first ‘BNP Paribas Global Prize for Women Entrepreneurs’ awarded to Dr. Laura Melis

Press Release

BNP Paribas Wealth Management selected from a pool of international candidates Dr. Laura Melis, an Italian healthcare entrepreneur, as the first recipient of the ‘BNP Paribas Global Prize for Women Entrepreneurs’. Dr. Laura Melis was nominated for her exceptional achievements in combining economic performance, positive impact on society, innovation and promotion of entrepreneurship in the medical industry.

The award is the first global recognition that celebrates outstanding woman in entrepreneurship and was created together with FCEM (Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales), the global women entrepreneur network covering 120 countries.


In my entrepreneurial vision, my goal is to provide the appropriate assistance and quality of life to the greatest number of patients. We achieve this objective through new care models that combine sustainability, effectiveness and quality. I’m very honoured to receive this award which encourages me and my teams to build further on the ambition that we all share.”

Dr. Laura Melis

Dr Laura Melis graduated in medicine and specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She contributes regularly to scientific research and is often invited to speak at medical conventions on physical medicine, rehabilitation, orthopaedics, traumatology and reconstructive cosmetic surgery. Since 1997, she has been managing a healthcare group, which now includes 12 subsidiaries, 130 employees and more than 300 professional collaborators.

"At BNP Paribas Wealth Management, we support business creation by understanding, serving and celebrating entrepreneurs through various international programmes and reports, such as the Global Entrepreneur Report or the Women Entrepreneur Programme at Stanford. We wanted to go one step further to celebrate women entrepreneurs at an international level. The ‘BNP Paribas Global Prize for Women Entrepreneurs’ was therefore created to highlight the role women entrepreneurs play for future generations, to inspire future entrepreneurship and to promote women in the entrepreneurial space."

Sofia Merlo

Co-CEO of BNP Paribas Wealth Management

Committed to Developing Social and Healthcare Inclusion

Amongst her various achievements in the health and social sector, Dr. Melis won a competition to facilitate the inclusion of disabled people in the professional world. In 2009, she signed a letter of agreement with the city of Rome for a training programme in this field and published her book “Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine: A Response to the Territory”. One year later, she developed for the City of Rome a fall prevention programme for the elderly.

Accelerating a Family Business to Bring It into the Connected Age

Dr. Melis’s commitment to healthcare is a family story. “In my career, family has played a key role but mostly my mother that I will thank forever,” explains Dr. Melis. ”From an early age, I worked alongside the general management of my family’s group to learn each sector of the business. This experience helped me to achieve structural and technological changes and organic growth for the business that I am now leading.”

Over the years, Dr. Melis has grown the business to include new sectors such as hospitality facilities for families of acute care patients. Dr. Melis is currently managing 12 subsidiaries, including two clinics, a long-term care facility, medical laboratories, a research foundation, and the latest start-up company Sanitbook.

Sanitbook is a digital solution that helps patients manage their healthcare and medical regimes thanks to an online health file, that is always organised, up-to-date and accessible from anywhere in the world. It is a major step in Italy to better leverage e-Health.

The Best Healthcare, Regardless of Patient Status

Over the past decade, Dr. Melis has driven her corporate strategy to focus on developing new solutions for healthcare needs. For instance, newly acquired facilities are completely restructured so that they meet patient care needs and pricing policies have been put in place for the economically vulnerable that cannot access high cost private care.

Over the years, the group has continued to reinvest its profits in new technologies and services to ensure sustained growth based on service quality.

Sector Leadership Thanks to Constant Innovation and Training

Dr. Melis is always seeking to improve the service quality her company is offering to patients. Teamwork is key to achieving that goal and staff is encouraged to innovate, by creating new services, streamlining processes, developing solutions across the entire healthcare value chain from a patient’s first perception of a need until the resolution of the health issue.

The group has always focused on the quality of human relationships in the workplace, even as it has grown over the years.

Staff have access to a myriad of training opportunities which can open doors to new opportunities within the company.  The group also hires and trains young people just starting out in the professional environment and has agreements with several schools to provide professional training in various health domains.

Press contact BNP Paribas Wealth Management

Sarah Worsley: sarah.worsley@bnpparibas.com // +33 (0)6.64.36.74.35

Claire Helleputte claire.helleputte@bnpparibas.com // +33 (0)7.63.84.58.75