Tech share day 2020
The digital event related to the trending topics of Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences
Information about event
Netval, UIBM and Politecnico di Torino launched the first all-digital event to showcase the forefront of Italian research. Tech Share Day 2020 ran from the 11th to the 13th of November with the intent of highlighting the research and innovations pioneered by Italian Universities in trending topics of Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences. More than 500 Biotech and Biomed innovations were showcased at the event seeking for collaboration opportunities. The event was open to investors and scouters across the globe who took part in the webinars and shared thei views during the discussions.
To make it easier for everyone to participate from the comfort of their office or home 9 webinars were organized, covering innovations designed to overcome challenges faced in the most prominent areas of research in Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences.
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Schedule of event
The status quo of TT, best practices, successful case studies and projects in the pipeline to enhance the TT ecosystem and enhance its results.
11th of November – 10:00 to 12:00 – Netval – UIBM – Language (Italian)
With Francesco Morgia of Marchi e Brevetti; Enrico Luzzatto of the European Patent Office; Giuseppe Conti, President of Netval; Shiva Loccisano, PhD, RTTP, IPMA certified PM of the Politecnico di Torino; Milena D’Angelo, Associate Professor of Physics at Università degli Studi di Bari and Daniele Ielmini, Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and IEEE Fellow. We talked about innovation promotion, patent enhancement, techtransfer, cooperation between TTO, University, PMI, knowledgeshare.
Artificial, bioartificial and tissue-engineered organs
11th of November – 14:00 to 16:00: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa – Language (ENG)
Our session on ‘Artificial, Bioartificial and tissue-engineered organs’ had Leonardo Ricotti, Alberto Mazzoni, Martina Maselli and Gioia Lucarini, enlighten us on solutions to help patients suffering from diabetes, joint problems, neurological disorders, urinary incontinence and heart disease; focusing also on the challenges and opportunities that Industry and Academia collaborations hold. Thanks also to Andrea Frosini for sharing his insights on how to to foster the development of projects from basic research to industrial application and the criteria needed to be addressed when validating research.
Orphan and rare diseases from different perspectives
11th of November- 16:00 to 18:00: Universita` di Pavia, Universita` di Torino and Universita` del Piemonte Orientale.
This webinar provided a useful market sector overview and the type players and investors/investments need in developing drugs to cure rare diseases. It was also great to hear that Italy is amongst the Top 5 conducting research in this field. As the presenters highlighted ‘working together is key to drive product development to reach the clinics’. Thanks again to Lucia Faccio, Michela Gabaldo, Agnes Kohl, Claudia scotti Maristella Maggi, Beatrice Riva and Elisa Giorgio, for giving us an overview about the journey of identifying a gap in the market and developing new orphan drugs, the challenges encountered not only in R&D but also when validating and protecting ones innovation, and securing further investment, and for providing us with insight on where to apply to get funding.
The development processes for assistance and health: scientific research, intellectual property, innovation.
12th of November- 10:00 to 12:00: Università degli Studi di Genova – Language (ITA)
We started our second day of talks tackling the various aspects that shape the innovation process in the world of healthcare. Fabrizio Zizza, Fulvio Mastrogiovanni and Mario Zucca, discussed how an idea is born, nurtured from an embryonic stage to a first level prototype, and taken to subsequent experimental validation and development. Start-ups just like us, after being conceived, grow shaped by their surroundings, thus need constant care. Giovanni Simone gave us his perspective as a lawyer, on how to protect ideas and the need of a good licensing consultant, plus how TTO’s benefit from such an expert within their team. Luigi Capani demonstrated the importance of interfacing with patients and provide them with personal solutions, to help them overcome daily obstacles, that most people take for granted. It is always insightful to hear about the journeys that each entrepreneur has travelled in order to get to the point where they are at. Truly, inspiring talks this morning, looking forward for the test of the webinars!
Imaging in the era of precision medicine
12th of November- 14:00 to 16:00: Politecnico di Torino – Language (ENG)
‘Imaging in the era of precision medicine’, saw Fabio Tedoldi, Silvio Aime, Angelo Bifone, Valentina Giannini, Lionel Broche, Simonetta Genninati and GIUSEPPE FERRAUTO, give us a true taste of looking into the glass. What also stood out, alongside R&D innovations in the field, were the interdisciplinary collaborations established for the pursuit of innovation; where teams of engineers, chemists, biologists, physics, informatics, and physicians came into play for the benefit of the patient. Plus, the idea that in the future diagnostics images will speak more than words, strikes a curiosity cord, and indeed goes along with the saying ‘an image speaks more than words’: bringing the goalpost of personalised medicine ever so closer.
Digital Health: the value chain of the digital healthcare innovation and how it is changing the practice of medicine
12th of November – 16:00 to 18:00: Politecnico di Torino – Language (ENG)
‘Digital Health: the value chain of the digital healthcare innovation and how it is changing the practice of medicine’ saw Sara Falvo, Daniele Conti, PhD, Luca Di Tommaso, Silvano Coletti, Chiara Maiorino, Laura Antoniolia and sonia colombo serra discussing the value of digital tools such as AI and Cloud in the medical sector. Innovation in the health sector, as seen in this webinar, stems from various sources, large or small, reinforcing the importance of providing support to researchers developing state of the art solutions within the labs. The appetitive for the incorporation of AI solutions within the healthcare industry has been wetted, and these developments are indeed going to leave a permanent footprint and a legacy for future generations.
Innovative wound healing strategies
13th of November – 10:00 to 12:00: Università degli Studi di Pavia – Language (ITA)
In our first talk this morning, we looked at ‘Innovative wound healing strategies’; the silent epidemic that affects the health of patients in short and long term. Where Giuseppina Sandri, Stefano Linari, Francesca Lecci, Rossella Dorati, Lucia Marazzi and Antonio Bozzani, discussed the economic issues and ‘the tension between (scarce) resources and (infinite) health needs that could lead to the collapse of the healthcare systems’ and current strategies in skin tissue engineering. Wound repair is a crucial process, where tissue regeneration enhancement and infection prevention are key factors to minimize pain, discomfort, and scar formation. Electrospinning, using nanomaterials coupled with 3D printing for the fabrication of artificial tissues and scaffolds, and taking a pinch of inspiration from nature, promises to make a difference in this sector.
Wearable technologies: towards new scenarios in healthcare services
13th of November – 14:00 – 16:00: Università di Bologna – Language (ITA)
In our last thematic webinar for TSD2020, ‘Wearable technologies for more personalised patient care’, cristina bettini, Barbara Castellano, Sabato Mellone, Carlo Tacconi, Andrea Tiburzi, Beatrice Fraboni and Arnaldo Usai, gave us a behind the scenes of upcoming wearable tech. Most likely many of us have used some form of wearable technology, for sport/fitness and gaming. These type of ‘personal coaches’ are becoming more and more the norm, and finding a prominent place within the healthcare industry.
Using micro-sensors and flexible materials, innovators are able to create bespoke, minute-tech that come with a promise of patient independence and self-care: dare we say a ‘pocket-physician’. As they pointed out winning over the public to use this type of technology, is part of the process: a patient’s compliance and a physician’s willingness of using the device as a tool, would make or break an innovation from being commercially successful. The end-goal is to make the patient’s customer experience simpler and more accessible, by integrating health services in people’s lives.
TSD concluding remarks and looking towards the future: upcoming events, projects and collaborations within the national TT ecosystem
13th of November – 16:00 – 18:00: Netval – UIBM – Language (ITA)
✔️ We just closed the doors of this first edition of #TSD2020: Biomedical and Life Science… but, stay tuned, as we have more events coming up dedicated to the world of R&D innovations!
Dare we say, that we had an amazing event, rich of content, which thanks to the over 1,600 participants, 23 universities involved and with a team 335 strong of staff, and opinion leaders of the highest level, reinforced and deepened our desire to create synergies from all over the world.
A great result achieved by the Associazione Netval Network, together with the Politecnico di Torino and Marchi e Brevetti, which was able to attract a record level of over 7,000 views to the 86 #TechPLUS presented. The growth of the #KS Platform continues and the results of this event prove it!
We won’t stop here, as the work for sharing knowledge is still long!