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Human Technopole Foundation

Human Technopole Foundation

Human Technopole is Italy's new research institute for Life Sciences, based at the heart of MIND. Our mission is to promote human health and well-being through an interdisciplinary approach to health and aging.

Human Technopole will develop personalized approaches, both in the medical and the nutritional field, aimed to fight cancer and neuro-degenerative diseases by integrating large scale genomics with the analysis of complex data systems and the development of new diagnostics techniques.

The Foundation will have a interdisciplinary approach based on the creation and sharing of knowledge to promote innovation in healthcare. An approach that will combine different topics: from genomics to translational and basic research, from big data analysis to the introduction of new analytical methods, from nutrition to the search of new sustainable technologies in agriculture, from the development of medical devices and innovative diagnostic tests to the processing of socio-economic data for providing new analytical solutions for the public policies decision makers.

Once completed Human Technopole, will be a large-scale national research infrastructure with over 30.000m2 of interdisciplinary laboratories: data science, genomics, neuroscience, computational and structural biology.

It will employ over 1000 scientists in diverse fields, including biologists, bioinformaticians, clinicians, chemists, engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists, all working together on research topics of biomedical relevance.

Human Technopole will be actively involved in dissemination of research activities and achievements on health issues, spreading among citizens the consciousness that scientific progress is a global public good.

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Prof. Iain Mattaj, Director of the Human Technopole Foundation

Iain Mattaj becomes the first Director of Human Technopole

Professor Iain Mattaj is the first Director of the Human Technopole Foundation. He took office on in January 2019 after serving for 14 years as Director General at EMBL - the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany.

Committed to the development of research and science, and looking for new challenges of high-impact on the scientific community in Europe, Iain Mattaj was attracted by the very ambitious and exciting Human Technopole project. He firmly believes Human Technopole is a great opportunity for developing science in Italy and Europe and to attract top scientists and create a multicultural, multidisciplinary and collaborative ecosystem. 

He was the favorite candidate selected by an international and independent committee chaired by the Nobel Prize for chemistry Martin Chalfie. The selection procedure started in April 2017 with an international call for applications. 46 candidatures were submitted, half of which from foreigners and 80% from scientists working abroad. In February 2018, the coordination committee ratified the evaluation of the international committee, confirming Iain Mattaj as the best candidate for the position. On 18 June 2018, the Supervisory board officially nominated Iain Mattaj as the first Director of Human Technopole.