Human Technopole is the new ambitious project transforming Milan into a "world hub for health innovation", Roberto Maroni (Governor of Lombardy) stated. Human Technopole will be established in the Expo area as a competitive hub able to challenge its peers in Europe and in the United States.
Stefano Paleari - president of the committee coordinating the project - made clear how Human Technopole will be respectful of all stakeholders involved in the project. Mr Paleari also anticipated to the Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore that 83 researchers will enter the pole by the end of the year. In total, the Technopole will be made up of 7 research centres and 1.500 researchers, who will be included in the structure by 2023.
The urban plan of the Technopole is granted by 150 million a year for 10 years deriving from state funds, constituting the only established part of the pole located in the Expo area. All the rest (the scientific faculties of Milan State University together with the private and corporate settlements) will be shaped and decided by the future developer of the area. The developer is not known yet since it will be the winner of the total master plan competition taking place next autumn.
Besides the Human Technopole, Milan will also host Città della Salute (City of Health), a project sponsored by IBM and Watson. According to the Governor Maroni, Citta della Salute "could change the history medicine": in a space of 1,4 million square metres, two big hospital centres - Besta and the Tumours Institute - will be transferred and 500 million Euros of state funds will be invested.
With the Human Technopole on the one hand and the Citta della Salute on the other, Milan is ready to be a global leader in clinical research. The two hubs of excellence will be connected by the underground, trains and highway in order to facilitate their accessibility to the users and to reach global standards of big metropolis in the world.