Human technopole Milan

Highlights

  • Head of Computational Biology appointed

    Andrea Sottoriva, an internationally renowned computational biologist currently the Director of the Centre for Evolution and Cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research in London will lead Human Technopole’s Computational Biology Research Centre. Andrea was selected through an international call and is still active at his current institute, the Institute of Cancer Research in London. […]

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  • Our first buildings for experimental labs

    The construction works for Human Technopole’s first experimental laboratories have been completed today. The spaces, known as “incubator labs“, are made up of three high-tech prefabricated buildings, which will allow HT scientists to perform their research activities until the completion of the South Building, scheduled for 2026. The three buildings are positioned next to Palazzo […]

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  • Science for all

    Scientific and social research together for Science for All: how scientific research can improve the journey of life, a project curated by Fondazione G. Feltrinelli, with Human Technopole and Arexpo to strengthen the link between citizenship and sustainable, concrete, equitable and accessible development aimed at improving our quality of life.

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Research at HT

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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  • Head of Computational Biology appointed

    Andrea Sottoriva, an internationally renowned computational biologist currently the Director of the Centre for Evolution and Cancer at the Institute of Cancer Research in London will lead Human Technopole’s Computational Biology Research Centre. Andrea was selected through an international call and is still active at his current institute, the Institute of Cancer Research in London. […]

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  • HT AND UniTO: BUILDING LONG-TERM SCIENTIFIC COLLABORATION

    3 MARCH 2021 | h 10:00 – 11:30 Human Technopole and University of Turin have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding for scientific collaboration, which paves the way for numerous joint activities. During this virtual event, open to students and researchers at all levels, the two Institutes will kick off the collaboration by presenting their […]

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  • Our first buildings for experimental labs

    The construction works for Human Technopole’s first experimental laboratories have been completed today. The spaces, known as “incubator labs“, are made up of three high-tech prefabricated buildings, which will allow HT scientists to perform their research activities until the completion of the South Building, scheduled for 2026. The three buildings are positioned next to Palazzo […]

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  • HT signs agreement with EneaTech

    Human Technopole Foundation (HT) and Enea Tech have signed an agreement to jointly develop possible synergies in the field of scientific research and technology transfer. Among the goals of HT, the Italian institute for the life sciences, there is also the promotion of innovation and progress through technology transfer and the creation of strong relations […]

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  • New Group Leaders in Structural Biology

    The year is off to a good start for our Structural Biology Research Centre, with the arrival of three new Group Leaders following the open recruitment call which opened in April 2020.   Francesca Coscia, an Italian biochemist and Cryo-EM expert currently at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. Her research focuses on the […]

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  • HT at Social Innovation Campus

    Human Technopole takes part in the second edition of the Social Innovation Campus promoted by MIND’s Social Innovation Academy of MIND of Fondazione Triulza. The initiative, which will take place entirely online on 3-4 February 2021, is aimed at young people, university and secondary schools students. The theme of this year’s campus is “Social Tech: […]

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  • Science for all

    Scientific and social research together for Science for All: how scientific research can improve the journey of life, a project curated by Fondazione G. Feltrinelli, with Human Technopole and Arexpo to strengthen the link between citizenship and sustainable, concrete, equitable and accessible development aimed at improving our quality of life. Scientific research opens the way […]

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  • Mapping all cancers’ weaknesses

    Scientists from some of the world’s leading genomics research centres launch a call to action to build the “Cancer Dependency Map”, a map to chart genes linked to tumour survival and identify drug targets. The call the action is published today in Nature and has among its supporters Francesco Iorio, bioinformatician, group leader of the […]

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  • Science is a collaborative endeavour

    In January 2019, the arrival of Director Iain Mattaj marked the beginning of the Human Technopole Foundation. Since then, we have made great progress, structuring our administrative offices, refurbishing existing buildings and creating new spaces for our first experimental laboratories.   The global pandemic which hit the world in 2020 caused unimaginable difficulties and loss to people all over the world, forcing us […]

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  • MoU between HT and Associazione Civita

    Human Technopole and Associazione Civita kick off the new year by signing a memorandum of understanding to carry out joint activities to promote scientific culture and dissemination of knowledge. HT is the new Italian research institute for life sciences. As part of its mission, HT aims to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge and […]

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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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • Soranzo-Carninci

    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.
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    05/2021 – 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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    09/2021 – Cryo-EM facility

    The Cryo-EM facility is operational.
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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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