Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Two patents by UniTrento showcased at InnovAgorà, the fair of Italian innovation

A prototype developed by DICAM and an innovative therapeutic approach designed by the Cibio Department are among the 170 most promising Italian patents

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Two patents by the University of Trento were selected to be displayed in the first edition of InnovAgorà, the fair of Italian innovation that is taking place in Milan.

The event is focused on promoting the results of public research and its purpose is to present a selection of patented technologies to companies and investors to facilitate technology transfer and benefit the Italian business sector.

During the three days of the fair, 170 patents selected from the most promising innovations developed by 48 Italian universities and 3 research institutes will be presented.

And two of them were developed by the University of Trento.

One is an experimental prototype of a device for the tensile testing of nanomaterials, designed by Maria Pantano and Nicola Pugno (Department of Civil, environmental and mechanical engineering - Dicam) and Giorgio Speranza (Fondazione Bruno Kessler - FBK), the other is an in-vitro therapeutic approach for the rna interference mediated treatment of neurodegenerative conditions, by Michela Denti, Giuseppina Covello and Kavitha Siva (Department of Cellular, computational and integrative biology - Cibio).

Dicam's project was placed in the category of "Smart manufacturing: innovative materials, robotics and ICT", Cibio's in that of "New medical products and biotechnologies for health". 

Both patents were presented to an audience including investors, entrepreneurs and representatives of business organizations, which are event partners.

Vanessa Ravagni, head of the Research Support and Technology Transfer Division at UniTrento, and Gianluca Carenzo, Technology transfer manager - biotech and agrifood area at HIT - Hub Innovazione Trentino, supported the researchers during their presentations, with Daniele Finocchiaro, president of the Board of Directors of the University of Trento, who attended the opening ceremony.

InnovAgorà represents a great opportunity for these patents, one that increases their visibility through the presentations and the detailed factsheets on each project on the event's website.

The fair, which aims to become an annual occasion to showcase the outputs of Italian research, is supported by the Ministry of Education, universities and research and organized by the National Research Council in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci National Science and Technology Museum and Corriere della Sera. 

More details on the selected patents in the press release.