About us

PlasmaLife Ltd

Before known as “Il Ceppo l.l.p.”, PlasmaLife ltd is a private company founded in 1996 with the goal to promote the practical application of immunoprophylaxis and immunotherapy in horses.
Special attention was paid to the production of horse plasma with controlled quality and proven efficacy in neonatal foal diseases such as hypogammaglobulinemia. In over 15 years of research, we developed Plasmalife Horse®, the only horse plasma entirely produced in Italy with the approval from the Italian Ministry of Health.

The Team

Dr. Raffaello Ciampoli


+39 335 8448532

Master degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Parma
Specialisation in abdominal surgery in Germany.
Specialisation in medicine and surgery of the horse in Pennsylvania.
Orthopaedic surgery of the horse in California.
Since 1989 he is in charge for the care and protection of horses for “Il Palio di Siena”.
He’s been the owner and Director of The Equine Hospital Siena “Il Ceppo” for 20 years.
Different scientific publications.

Dr. Lidia Strappaveccia

Technical Director, Business Development

Master Degree in Biology at La Sapienza University of Rome.
Specialisation in Microbiology at La Sapienza University of Rome.
Executive Master in finance, administration and management control.
She has worked for forty years in major pharmaceutical companies, with experience in various sectors: research, production, regulation, quality control, quality assurance, qualified person for 25 years, technical director, plant director, business development, Vice President.

Dr. Chiara Giovannini

Qualified Person

+39 345 7531933

Master Degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bologna.
Specialisation in Health and Quality of Products of animal origin at the University of Bologna.
She has 15 years of experience in the production of Plasma and is MVD of the Equine Hospital of Siena "Il Ceppo".
She is also the assistant manager for the care and protection of the horses of the Palio di Siena

Dr. Laura Notarantonio

Quality Control

Degree in Biomedical Laboratory Techniques at the University of Siena.
She has 20 years of experience in biological and chemical analyses; with numerous scientific publications.
Up to now, she remains the Co-owner, Legal Representative, Administrative Manager, Analyst Manager of the company DATAVET snc di Battimelli Giulia & C, Veterinary Analysis Laboratory

Fabio Giani

Production Operator

Diploma in Industrial Technology
Specialisation in thoroughbred horses stud farms. 6 years experience in stud Grooming.
Maintenance of the The Equine Hospital Siena “Il Ceppo”

Eugenio Bilotta

Production Operator

Agricultural expert diploma with specialisation in zootechnics at the Agricultural Technical Institute of Siena.
Ongoing degree in Biology at the University of Siena

Dr. Alfio Fantini

Warehouse controller

Degree in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Perugia.
Master degree in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the University of Milano.
He worked as a veterinarian at the Piola Clinic in Milan, and in Rome at the Tenuta della Calandrina, dedicating himself to horse breeding.
He is currently a surgeon at “Il Ceppo” Equine Hospital in Siena


In accordance with the Code for the protection and management of Equidae issued by the Ministry of Health, here at PlasmaLife s.r.l. we raise our donors with the utmost respect for their health and welfare, in order to meet the physiological and ethological needs of each animal.

The donors are raised in small groups and kept in large paddocks controlled daily by qualified personnel. The subjects also have a weekly clinical examination by the veterinarian, regardless of their plasma donation, as required by the "Equine plasma harmless protocol" drawn up by the veterinarians of the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Lazio and Tuscany.

An accurate vaccination and deworming program also ensures the donor's health by improving the quality of the collected plasma.

When donors can no longer participate in the production of plasma because they’re no longer suitable, they will still enjoy their well-deserved rest with us.



In harmony with the concept of animal health and welfare, here at PlasmaLife s.r.l. we also reconcile respect for the environment with our energy management policy thanks to a photovoltaic system that makes our company self-sufficient from an energy point of view, thus eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions deriving from our production.