At the end of April there will be one hundred. The Human Technopole in Milan – or more precisely in the Mind district, between Milan and Rho, legacy of Expo 2015 – is about to cross the “psychological” milestone of one hundred employees in the life sciences research sector.
The Human Technopole is dedicated to the study of the genome, thanks to an average funding of 140 million per year, on the basis of the financial law of December 2016, signed on the last day of the Renzi government which, on the wave of enthusiasm for Expo, decided on an investment of one billion spread over ten years. Please note: final financing. This means that no accumulations or treasures are created, but only the projects actually started are supported with public money.
At the end of 2019 it seemed, to the naked eye, a distant goal. As of December 31, there were 28 hires. Only a year later it reached 72. Soon there will be a hundred, with substantial parity between genders: 46% are women (ten have managerial positions), 54% are men, with an average age between 40 and 50 years.
From the USA, Germany and the UK
The Human Technopole is a unique case in Italy, not only for the research sector. It is precisely due to the characteristics of the personnel, who mostly come from foreign countries: Spain, Germany, England, Austria, Croatia, France, Greece. In particular, 21% of researchers come from abroad and 71% from foreign institutes, which means that many Italians, mostly young “fleeing” researchers who had chosen other countries as a destination for their profession and their life, they are returning to Milan.
The European institutions of origin are mainly those of the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States and Japan. «It is not rhetoric, here is the truth: the brains return to Italy, to Milan, attracted by this new center. The research center is developing rapidly, it is transforming before our eyes », says the president of HT Marco Simoni.