Three areas of intervention and twenty-three proposals: a plan for biotech and for Italy

10 November 2020 - The plan is the final stage of a journey begun last spring that put together companies, start-ups, institutions, research bodies and trade/citizens associations. One objective: to outline concrete and widely-shared policy proposals and action plans for the future of the sector and of Italy


The message is to work along three guidelines: Ecosystem, Life Sciences and Bioeconomy. For each of these areas a series of interventions and measures aims to allow the Biotech sector to increase its competitiveness on a global scale and to best express its extraordinary potential in the fight against the pandemic and for a sustainable restart of the entire planet.

This is the extreme synthesis of objectives and contents in the "Plan for the national biotech and the of the growth of the country" presented yesterday by Assobiotec during the digital event "Biotech, the better future. For our health, for our environment, for Italy".

For national biotech and the country’s development


Life sciences


-Coordinated and long-term governance.

-More investments in research, public and private "one stop shops" for investors.

-Effective tech transfer network. Intellectual property to universities.

-Public-private partnership. Certainty and times of bureaucracy.

-Innovative procurement.

-Life sciences re-shaped pharmaceutical governance.
- More bio-pharmaceutical production.

- National network of specialized infrastructures.

- Faster timing for clinical trials. - Non-restrictive approach to EU regulation for animal testing.
- Equity funds.

-New rules for the "end of waste".
- Conversion of brownfield sites into biorefineries.
- Creations of integrated supply chains.
- Industrial scale-up.
- Enhancement of biodiversity.
- National plan for sustainable biotechnology in agriculture.
- Field experimentation.



"The Plan we presented yesterday - declares Riccardo Palmisano, Assobiotec President - is the result of a huge work of debating and sharing on various topics of common interest for the whole biotech world. All these topics have been discussed, in the past recent months, with principal stakeholders, also at the institutional level. We firmly believe that Italy has the ability to compete in one of the sectors which the future of the planet will be based on: biotechnology. Our hope is that this document will become a useful and nimble tool for policy makers called to define and implement policy interventions. An accessible manual from which to start in order to make biotech an essential engine for health, environment, and for restarting the country".

The strong and unanimous appeal is to put research, innovation and biotech at the center of the government's agenda starting right now. In fact, the countries that first understood the importance of the innovation-productivity-growth virtuous circle are the ones better positioned when it comes to long-term system competitiveness, which showed greater resilience to crises.

“Focusing on Research and Development means looking towards a possible and sustainable future - adds Palmisano - All of this in a system that encourages and makes more and more easier public-private partnerships for quick and effective achievement of results”.


"I thank Assobiotec-Federchimica for this important moment of discussion - explained the Minister for Equal Opportunity and the Family, Elena Bonetti - Times we are currently living in give us an extraordinary chance to generate new opportunities and to start again with even greater awareness from science, from research and from innovation, to build a better future for the environment and the health of citizens. It’s a path that must be supported with courage and tenacity, because it’s from here that the country gets back on track. Now is the time to change the paradigm and to shape the future of our communities”.


"The pandemic we’re experiencing - underlined Gaetano Manfredi, Minister of University and Research - is an extraordinary event but it’s also the paradigm of a global transformation which our world was already going through and that has massively accelerated in recent months. A framework that allows us to put research and innovation at the center of public debate. The 'time to market' of discoveries is very short, which is why the biotech sector, which in itself represents everything that innovation means today, is decisive. First, basic research must work hand in hand with the application and then with the industrialization of new discoveries. All this requires a strong integration in the entire public and private research chain, adopting innovative models. In the pharmaceutical field, biotech must develop a tight link with startups, building partnerships as a lever for innovation. The help from the world of technologies and biotech is fundamental for our society, regardless of its important contribution to GDP”.


Together with Riccardo Palmisano - President of Assobiotec Federchimica, the following took part in the event "Biotech, the best future": Elena Bonetti - Minister for Equal Opportunities and the Family, Gaetano Manfredi - Minister of University and Research, Marco Simoni - President of the Foundation Human Technopole, Alberto Mantovani - Humanitas Scientific Director, Innocenzo Cipolletta - AIFI President, Rita Cataldo - CEO Takeda, Carlo Rosa - CEO DiaSorin, Mauro Biffoni - Director of the Department of Oncology and Molecular Medicine, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Giulia Gregori - Head of Strategic Planning and Institutional Communication Novamont, Mauro Provezza - Industrial Area Director Bayer CropScience, Enrico Giovannini - economist, founder and spokesman ASviS Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development, Ettore Prandini - National President Coldiretti, Fabio Fava - National coordination group for bioeconomy at the CNBBSV of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Professor of the University of Bologna, Fabio Bianco - Chief Executive Officer BrainDTech, Pierluigi Paracchi - CEO Genenta Science, Elena Sgaravatti - Presidential Council Assobiotec Federchimica, Roberta Villa - scientific journalist, Gianluca Pistore - author of "Coronavirus: the Third World War”, Anna Lisa Mandorino - Deputy Secretary General of Cittadinanzattiva. With them also Alessio Mattia Villarosa, Undersecretary of State for the Economy and Finance; Giuseppe L’Abbate, Undersecretary of State for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.

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