Human technopole Milan

Highlights

  • Iain Mattaj honoured with German Cross of Merit

    Human Technopole Director, former EMBL Director General, Professor Iain Mattaj was awarded the German Cross of Merit (‘Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland’) at a ceremony held at EMBL Heidelberg on 9 September 2021. The honour recognises Professor Mattaj’s commitment to the German public and the common good through fostering and increasing the interaction and dialogue between EMBL and the German community […]

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  • HT on SuperQuark

    Defeating tumours thanks to the support of computer scientists, mathematicians and statisticians. Creating predictive models and virtual simulations to prevent and cure cancer, favouring the spread of an increasingly personalised medicine. This is the aim of Human Technopole’s Computational Biology Research Centre which was the focus of an episode SuperQuark. For over 25 years, Superquarkhas made science […]

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  • Genomics Facility welcomes first sequencers

    Last week the first Next Generation sequencers of Human Technopole’s Genomics Facility were delivered and installed on the first floor of Incubator Lab 1. Clelia Peano is the newly appointed Senior Manager of High-Throughput Sequencing Operations and we asked her some questions on this new, exciting development on campus. What is the aim of HT’s […]

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Research at HT

Our research strategy for 2020–2024 covers five complementary and highly relevant areas for biomedical and health-related research.

Our objectives and activities for the upcoming five years are detailed in our multi-annual Strategic Plan, drafted by our scientific leadership.

Improving human health and well-being is the ultimate goal of biomedical sciences. We need to prevent and cure diseases to allow people of all ages to not only live longer, but also live better.

Scientific research shows that health, aging and well-being are influenced by a combination of individual factors, linked to a person’s genetics, and external factors, such as lifestyle and the environment in which we live. Traditional approaches to disease treatment based on the analysis of symptoms and focused on individual organs are no longer considered sufficient.

A new approach to human health research is being developed, based on personalised treatments, tailor made for each patient.

Thanks to a global and interdisciplinary study of human biology, Human Technopole’s research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms at the basis of various human diseases, leveraging the technological advances of the last decade and the enormous amount of biological, clinical and socio-economic data currently available to improve our healthcare systems and our overall quality of life.

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We offer the opportunity to be part of a new, dynamic research institute promoting a highly collaborative and international working environment.

We aim to attract the best resources in each field with a selection based on merit and transparency as we believe that highly diverse teams produce the best and most innovative results.

If you are a passionate person who likes to seize great challenges, consider applying for one of our scientific or administrative vacancies. 

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  • Introducing: Fernanda Pinheiro

    Fernanda Pinheiro is fascinated with the emergence of simplicity in systems with multiple interacting parts. How do simple laws emerge from what seems overwhelmingly complex at the microscopic scale? How do interactions shape observables in nature? These questions are at the core of her research interests, from quantum mechanics to the intersection of systems biology, ecology, and […]

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  • A novel view on mammalian brain development

    Brain contains billions of specialised cells called neurons that are key to the functioning of the nervous system. Development and evolution of the brain have been linked to the growth and size of its outer layer – the neocortex – which controls consciousness, emotion, and reasoning, as well as language and memory. In mammals, the […]

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  • Nucleolar organisation drives ribosome biogenesis

    Ribosomes are complex molecular machines that produce proteins, the key building blocks of all cells. They consist of a small and a large subunit that mature separately and subsequently come together to form a functional ribosome. Ribosome biogenesis is complex: it starts with the synthesis of small- and large-subunit precursors in the nucleolus – a defined sub compartment of the cell nucleus. Nucleoli are very peculiar organelles that […]

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  • Iain Mattaj honoured with German Cross of Merit

    Human Technopole Director, former EMBL Director General, Professor Iain Mattaj was awarded the German Cross of Merit (‘Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland’) at a ceremony held at EMBL Heidelberg on 9 September 2021. The honour recognises Professor Mattaj’s commitment to the German public and the common good through fostering and increasing the interaction and dialogue between EMBL and the German community […]

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  • Expanding our Data Centre

    Among HT’s six core facilities, there is a high performing Data Centre to store, manage and analyse huge amounts of data and information and support researchers’ activities. Once Human Technopole is fully operational the Data Centre will be in a new technical area which complements the South Building and will support the computational needs of […]

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  • HT on SuperQuark

    Defeating tumours thanks to the support of computer scientists, mathematicians and statisticians. Creating predictive models and virtual simulations to prevent and cure cancer, favouring the spread of an increasingly personalised medicine. This is the aim of Human Technopole’s Computational Biology Research Centre which was the focus of an episode SuperQuark. For over 25 years, Superquarkhas made science […]

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  • Convenzione HT: first round of consultations underway

    The Convenzione signed on 30 December 2020 between the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of University and Research and the Human Technopole Foundation regulates the creation of National Facilities (NFs) at HT, to be made available to the Italian scientific community to conduct high quality research in their respective […]

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  • Minister Messa visits HT

    Today we were pleased to welcome Italian Minister for University and Research Maria Cristina Messa and give her a tour of the new Human Technopole labs. Together with President Simoni and Director Mattaj, the Minister met group leaders from the Neurogenomics Research Centre and Structural Biology Research Centre who shared their research plans and future […]

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  • Genomics Facility welcomes first sequencers

    Last week the first Next Generation sequencers of Human Technopole’s Genomics Facility were delivered and installed on the first floor of Incubator Lab 1. Clelia Peano is the newly appointed Senior Manager of High-Throughput Sequencing Operations and we asked her some questions on this new, exciting development on campus. What is the aim of HT’s […]

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  • Head of Centre for Health Data Science appointed

    Emanuele Di Angelantonio, clinician, epidemiologist and medical statistician will lead the Centre for Health Data Science (previously known as the Centre for Analysis Decisions and Society)of Human Technopole, the institute for life sciences based in Milan. The Centre has been developed in partnership with Politecnico di Milano and it will develop different lines of research, […]

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Roadmap

  • Expo

    10/2015 – EXPO Milan 2015

    EXPO Milan 2015 comes to an end after six months and millions of visitors. Ongoing discussions between the Italian Government and local institutions continue to decide the future use of the area. The aim is to identify a project in continuity with EXPO’s legacy in terms of sustainability, health and opportunities for young people.
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    11/2015 – An executive project for Human Technopole

    A government decree gives mandate to the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in collaboration with local institutions, research centres and hospitals to develop a scientific proposal and an executive project for Human Technopole in the area which hosted EXPO Milan 2015.
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    09/2016 – The Human Technopole project is definitively approved via a government decree

    The Human Technopole project is definitively approved via a government decree. Two entities are established: the Project Structure and the Coordination Committee with the task of guiding and supervising the initial phase of the project until the establishment of the Human Technopole Foundation within the next 24 months.
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    12/2016 – Budget Law for 2017

    The Italian Parliament approves the Budget Law for 2017. The law allocates long-term financial resources to the Human Technopole project.
  • Sito EXPO 2015, Stato dei lavori; Padiglioni in costruzione; Area del Palazzo Italia, dettaglio cartello segnaletica (Nicola Marfisi/Fotogramma, Milano - 2014-10-10) p.s. la foto e' utilizzabile nel rispetto del contesto in cui e' stata scattata, e senza intento diffamatorio del decoro delle persone rappresentate

    31/03/2017 – Plan for the Human Technopole campus

    The Project Structure and the Coordination Committee approve the plan for the Human Technopole Campus.
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    07/2017 – Call for HT Director

    The search for the first Human Technopole Director is launched. The 46 candidates are evaluated by an international commission chaired by Prof. Martin Chalfie, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2008.
  • 09/2017 – Men at work in Palazzo Italia

    The renovation works for Palazzo Italia begin.
  • 12/2017 – Human Technopole staff takes office in the building

    The fourth floor of Palazzo Italia is operational and a first round of Human Technopole staff takes office in the building.
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    03/2018 – Statute of the Human Technopole Foundation

    The Statute of the Human Technopole Foundation is approved by decree of the President of the Council of Ministers.
  • Marco Simoni

    05/2018 – First members of Human Technopole’s Supervisory Board

    The first members of Human Technopole’s Supervisory Board, including the President Prof. Marco Simoni are nominated. The Supervisory Board is the governing and controlling body of the Foundation.
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    06/2018 – Iain Mattaj becomes first Director of Human Technople

    The Supervisory Board nominates Prof. Iain Mattaj as first Human Technopole Director. Prof. Mattaj takes on the role after 13 years at the head of EMBL, the European Laboratory for Molecular Biology.
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    10/2018 – Management Committee

    The Supervisory Board appoints the four members of the Management Committee, a body chaired by the Director and responsible for ensuring the orderly progress and achievements of the Foundation’s objectives.
  • Iain Mattaj

    31/01/2019 – Director Mattaj takes office at Palazzo Italia

    Director Mattaj takes office at Palazzo Italia together with the first administrative managers including the Head of Operations and the Head of Strategy & Scientific Affairs.
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    05/2019 – Tender for new HT building is announced

    The call for tenders for the design of the new Human Technopole building, the headquarters of the institute’s laboratories, is announced.
  • 10/2019 – The first seven scientists that will lead the first research centre

    Human Technopole announces the first seven scientists that will lead the first research centres: five Italians and two foreigners. For many of them HT is the first work experience in Italy after building their careers in some of the best international research centres.
  • Cerimonia di apertura della sede di Human Technopole con premier Giuseppe Conte

    11/2019 – Prime Minister Conte at Palazzo Italia

    At the presence of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Palazzo Italia is officially inaugurated as the institutional headquarters of Human Technopole, following the completion of complex renovation works.
  • 30/11/2019 – Scientific Advisory Board

    The Scientific Advisory Board, responsible for the evaluation of the Foundation’s scientific activity is nominated. Chair of the Board is Walter Ricciardi and its members include internationally renowned scientists.
  • Human Technopole Logo

    01/2020 – HT new logo and corporate identity

    Human Technopole has a new logo and a new corporate identity which symbolise the Foundation’s mission and values.
  • COVID 19

    03/2020 – COVID 19: HT accelerates its research activity

    To tackle the global health emergency, Human Technopole accelerates its research activity by launching projects and collaborations with some of Italy’s main scientific research institutes and contribute to the fight against Covid19.
  • New building

    03/04/2020 – A new building for scientific research

    The winning project for the design of the new Human Technopole building is presented during an online press conference. Ten floors high, over 16,500 square meters dedicated to laboratories for scientific research and 3,000 square meters of terraces and green spaces, are at the heart of the winning project.
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    06/2020 – OPEN HT: open doors to the Italian research community

    HT virtually opens its doors to representatives of the scientific community: over 200 Italian actors in the field of life sciences, including representatives of all Italian universities and IRCCS and of the main research centres and institutes attend the event. Minister of University and Research, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi gives a keynote speech.
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    10/2020 – From HT five million euro for young researchers

    In collaboration with the Italian Ministry of University and Research, HT launches the first edition of the Early Career Fellowship Programme: an initiative to give five young researchers the opportunity to compete for a grant worth 200.000 euro per year for five years, for an overall investment of 5 million euro.
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    11/2020 – Leaders of the Genomics Research Centre announced

    Geneticists Nicole Soranzo and Piero Carninci will respectively lead on Population and Medical Genomics and on Functional Genomics.
  • 02/2021 – Incubator labs

    Construction works for the incubator labs are completed.
  • 04/2021 – North & South Pavilion works are completed

    Originally built for Expo Milano 2015 they will now host research lab and facility spaces
  • 05/2021 – Celebrating innovators on the streets of MIND

    The Cardo, Human Technopole headquarters, is dedicated to Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel prize for Medicine
  • 05/2021 – Our first 100 employees

    Human Technopole reaches its first 100 employees
  • 05/2021 – CryoEM microscopes installed

  • 09/2021 – Cryo-EM facility

    The Cryo-EM facility is operational.
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    10/2021 – Experimental laboratories open

    The first experimental laboratories open within the incubator labs built in the area adjacent to the Tree of Life.
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    12/2021 – Recruitment of scientific and administrative staff

    The recruitment of scientific and administrative staff continues by the end of 2021, approximately 250 scientists will work for Human Technopole.
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    10/2026 – Construction of South Building

    Construction of South Building is complete.
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