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Polaris - the technology park of Sardinia

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Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean sea. Sardinia Research was established in 1989 to support the regional government's R&D policies and to manage Polaris, Sardinia's technology park.

Sardinia has 3 international airports , two universities and a high quality of life. It has a genetically isolated population, an ideal model for the identification of genetica and environmental factors predisposing to multifactorial diseases. In addition, there is a high incidence of autoimmune diseases, including diabetes, multiple sclerosis and beta thalassemia.

Uniqueness of Sardinia

There are 70 tenant companies, including foreign companies such as IBM, 7 biomedicine labs and has one of the most powerful computing clusters in Italy (.

Types, numbers of orgs

Sardegna Ricerche finances R&D projects proposed by SMEs, up to 2 €50,000 provides assistance for protecting their IP and access to Polaris R&D labs. Seed/VC funding is provided by Ingenium Fund, a public-private partnership. The first italian public CRO was set up in Sardinia by the regional government. Fase 1 provides technical and financial support to Big Pharma for clinical trials (phases I and II).

Tech activity, tax incentives

The major areas of technology focus are biomedical, renewable energy, bioinformatics and ICT. There is a barrier and semi-barrier animal holding facility. Other areas include genotyping and gene expression profiling, genomics and prototyping of medical devices.

Technology focus

Sardinia Biovalley is seeking to attract foreign R&D investment and biopharma companies, as well as to strengthen collaboration among local academia, industry and government.



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