Born on the premises of Milano World Expo 2015 dedicated to the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energies for Life”, MIND Milano Innovation District, combines its scientific and clinical inclination in the life sciences sector with a unique international platform to capitalize the global and local research and business excellences.
Thanks to a public-private investment of > 4 billion euros, once fully operational, MIND will host over 60,000 people/day, including 18,000 students and 5,000 researchers, making it one of the top 200 Italian municipalities in terms of population.
MIND is a structured system of interaction aimed at TT and open innovation between universities, research bodies and companies, is organised in different thematic areas with access to research infrastructure, know-how, funds and networks. Despite the pandemic outbreak, such an integrated approach has been allowing the major urban developments to proceed fast, and to put in place a series of research and innovation projects even before physical spaces became available.
The avant-garde laboratories, designed by champions in the field of industrial and public-setting design, intend to provide shared spaces for cross-companies teams as well as independent spaces. Innovative demonstrators are at the disposal of the health supply chain to test the potential of new techs for processes, products and services transformations.
Leading Life Sciences companies such as AstraZeneca and Illumina, along with startups have already chosen the district for the establishment of their new headquarters.
The companies involved in MIND are already working, together with the Anchors and national and international partners, on a series of pilot projects using the district as a test-bed to experiment new systems of personalized medicine, mobility, logistics, energy and data sharing. Such synergies evolve around three priority strands:
- big data and AI, smart materials and devices
- advanced and addictive manufacturing