Emilia-Romagna is one of the top regions in Italy for the efficiency of its health system and has always been at the top of the list in terms of the quality of universities, the number of researchers and in the quality of the training system. Alongside these public excellences there is a strong and well-established industrial system, which boasts the most important biomedical district in Europe. Major companies in the pharmaceutical sector, such as emerging technological niches and those in regenerative medicine push the region to the top in global innovation in the sector. Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries are prime examples of regional excellence.
The biomedical industries represent an historical element of specialization: they range from the production of orthopedic prostheses, artificial limbs and dental prostheses to electro-medical technologies for diagnosis, including the production of various of medical devices.
There are also some cases of investment by large foreign companies and smaller industries in the field of natural health and cosmeceutical products.
In Emilia-Romagna there are also high quality assistance services for people with special needs (elderly and disabled people) and industries producing equipment and products for wellness and fitness or equipment for the disabled. Also relavent is the field relating to medical and health-care information technology.
In Emilia-Romagna the opportunities for study, work and business in the field of Health and Wellness Industries are strongly interrelated thanks to the presence of networks of different subjects (Higher Technology Network, Technopolis, Clust-ER, and Startup) that are coordinated by ART-ER, in its role as "accelerator of innovation" in the region.
The regional ecosystem of research and innovation can be divided into thematic centers, for each of which it is possible to identify the laboratories of the Higher Technology Network. These are organizations capable of exploiting the results of research including: economic and social purposes; the Clust-ER; and private business associations, research centers, training institutions that share skills, ideas and resources to support the competitiveness of the sector they are managing.
For more information on the field of specialization in "health and wellness industries" and its opportunities:
- ART-ER - "Health and wellness" thematic presidium (only in Italian)
- The High Technology Network: search for "Life Science" research laboratories
- The Health Clust-ER
- Emilia-Romagna Startup -"Health and Well-being Industries"
- Invest in Emilia-Romagna - "Health"
- E-R Talenti & Innovazione: study and job opportunities "Life sciences and wellbeing" (only in Italian)