The area that hosted the pavilions of Expo 2015 is now preparing to become Italy’s innovation hub in biotech and medicine thanks to the endeavor named MIND - Milano Innovation District, whose construction sites are in full swing.
This summer the new Human Technopole laboratories will be inaugurated, the most innovative aspect of this gigantic urban redevelopment project.
The ultimate goal is to host 1,200 precision medicine and biotech researchers from around the world in 2025. In the same year, the University of Milan plans open a new campus for at least 20,000 students enrolled in its natural sciences and medicine programs, to be built by the Arexpo company in the citadel where the World Fair was held.
"The two major themes of MIND are Life Sciences and the City of the Future, which are very topical today," Arexpo CEO Igor De Biasio told Corriere della Sera.
It is expected that €4 billion, of which €2.5 billion from private funds, will be invested in this area of over 1 million square meters to the northwest of Milano, half of which will destined to parks and vegetation.
The stated intent is to develop a district of research and innovation in the life sciences capable of competing with Barcelona and London.