The fourth edition of Meet in Italy for Life Sciences was held in Turin, which saw the presence of over 400 operators from 36 countries. The three days in Turin brought together researchers, companies, investors and institutions, promoting approximately 2,250 B2B meetings, with great satisfaction from the participants, as well as 12 specialist workshops and the international closing conference. On the final day, the conference “The value of health: the paradigm of 4P and the future of health”, saw a lecture by Thomas Wilckens, Chief Executive Officer InnVentis Ltd, followed by a round table on the main trends and strategies of innovation in the sector.
The 2016 edition was hosted in Rome, with further enrichment of the proposed activities and ever-growing national and international participation. In addition to the days dedicated to the B2B and the conference on “Life Sciences and Well-Being, towards the Economy of Health”, numerous workshops and start-up activities were organised. The event brought together more than 300 participants from 29 different countries for more than 1,500 B2B meetings.
In September 2015, Milan hosted the second edition of the event, which became the largest national event on life sciences. Two days dedicated to bilateral meetings between European companies, researchers and investors interested in activating technological and/or commercial collaborations. The event was also animated by a workshop on the theme of inter-territorial research and innovation in the health sector. The last day the event saw an opportunity of discussion on new developments in the sector with a conference on “The Life Sciences sector: a strategic opportunity for the development of Italy”. There were over 260 participants from companies, start-ups, research centers, universities and investors of the life sciences sector from 25 European and non-European countries to bring about 1,400 national and international B2B meetings and over 60 public presentations by participants.
The first edition of Meet in Italy for Life Sciences was held in Florence in 2014 under the patronage of national institutions, with the involvement of Regions, trade associations, parks and technology districts. The event was born in the Tuscan District of Life Sciences that expressed the need to find a national space for promoting, through the stimulation of innovation and technology transfer, economic growth and social well-being and generating significant employment implications. The initiative provided opportunities for business meetings between about 150 companies, investors and research groups, of whom 16% were foreign, giving rise to more than 600 meetings, which in 45% of cases lead to cooperation agreements or further contacts after the event.