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Italy: Spirit of innovation


Antoaneta Roussi reports from Milan on how researchers and entrepreneurs are striving to make the city a hub for innovation.

When people think about Milan, they tend to think about fashion houses such as Armani and Prada rather than research institutes. But several people are seeking to change this, remaking and rebranding it as a city of science.

Milan came within a whisker of seriously boosting its science credentials in 2017, when it tied with Amsterdam in an assessment of the potential locations for the European Medicines Agency, which was forced out of London by Brexit. It beat competition from the likes of Barcelona, Dublin, Stockholm and Vienna. But it then lost in a random draw between the two finalists. Nevertheless, some believe the characteristics that carried Milan into the finals of that race can still make it a life-sciences hub, and one that offers more than just good quality of life.

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