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  1. How to promote international accessibility and cooperation between competence centres Prof. Maria Cristina Pedicchio President, Technology Cluster in Molecular Biomedicine Rome, 19 September 2007

  2. Technology Districts in Italy Up to now 25 Technology Districts have been created: Lombardy 2 and 3 ICT Veneto Nanotechnologies applied to materials Lombardy 1 Biotechnologies Torino Wireless Telecommunications Friuli Venezia Giulia Molecular Biomedicine Emilia Romagna High Technology and Advanced Mechanics Abruzzo Food safety Molise Molecular Agroindustry Liguria Integrated intelligent systems, logistics, industrial automation Sicily 1 Micro and nano-systems Basilicata Hydrogeological, seismical and climate risks Puglia 1 Biotechnologies Lazio Aerospace Puglia 2 Mechatronics Sardinia Biomedicine, technologies for health Campania Polimeric and composite materials engineering and structures Calabria 1 Technologies applied to logistics Sicily 2 Shipping and port activities Calabria 2 Cultural Heritage ADITE members Sicily 1 Micro and nano-systems Sicily 3 Agro-bio and biocompatible fishing

  3. Technology Districts – an effective network of relations The triple helix: actors The knowledge triangle: actions University/ public research institutions EDUCATION Industry Government/ Regional bodies INNOVATION RESEARCH

  4. The key issue: human resources • Invest in young people • Equal opportunities • Meritocracy • Transparency • Multidisciplinarity • International mobility • Public-private mobility

  5. Structural mobility as the basis for innovation-driven success* • Human resources are inefficiently used because of lack of mobility • Science-industry mobility is strongly insufficient and a major reason for the reluctance to cooperate across this divide • Increased financial mobility is essential to ensure access to external sources of finance for firms at different stages of development • Mobility in organisation and knowledge means cutting across established structures to allow new linkages to be made that are well-adapted to emerging knowledge-based industries. • Clusters and (…) regional agglomerations are often at the core of innovative development. (…)Mobility can be maximised when there is a local labour market that allows regular flows of people from one situation to another with accompanying diffusion of knowledge. *Report of the Aho Group – January 2006

  6. Cluster in Biomedicine: a living network Research network Technology platforms and highly skilled human resources • Proteomics and Pharmacogenomics Laboratory • Bio-Nanotechnology Laboratory • Bioinformatics laboratory • Optical imaging laboratory • Stem Cells laboratory • Genomics laboratories (Affimetrix and Illumina) • Competitiveness network • IP Office • Business Development • Grant Office • Economic Observatory • Biotechnology Observatory • Knowledge network • Training projects • Summer Schools • Mobility fellowships • Seminars