Emilia-Romagna is one of the Italian regions with the highest level of competitiveness, with an economic system highly innovative and export-oriented. The regional development model has been able to combine high level of richness with strong welfare, public services and social cohesion. Also, Emilia-Romagna is the Italian region with highest level of intramural R&D expenditure per inhabitant, with a value higher than the European average.

Health & wellness is one of the main excellences: Emilia-Romagna ranks first in Italy and third in Europe for the quality of its health services, after Holland and Switzerland and it has always been at the top of the list in terms of the quality of universities, the number of researchers and in the quality of the training system.

In Emilia-Romagna the opportunities for study, work and business in the field of Health and Wellness Industries are strongly interrelated thanks to the presence of networks of different subjects, as Higher Technology Network, Technopoles and Clust-ERs.

Clust-ER Health and the assets of Emilia-Romagna

Clust-ER Health is an association made up of large companies, SMEs, laboratories of the High Technology Network, research centers, health facilities and training institutions that share skills, ideas and resources to support the competitiveness of the Health Industries and Wellness of Emilia-Romagna.

Clust-ER acts as a key player in the innovation ecosystem, multiplying the opportunities for territorial development through the collaborative and participatory approach of its members.

In collaboration with EY, we performed an analysis of the regional health sector. The analysis took in consideration:

  • Economic and occupational value
  • Quality of research
  • Distinctive aspects and uniqueness
  • Industries and key players
  • Excellences

Seven assets were identified for the relevance at international level, the potential and the opportunity to attract scientific and business collaborations.

The 7 healthcare assets of the Emilia-Region are: 

  • Pharma & ATMPs 
  • Biomedical technologies
  • Big Data & Digital health
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurosciences
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Animal health

Find out more about regional assets in health & wellness sector in this video!

The Clust-ERs are financed by the European Funds of the Emilia-Romagna Region - ERDF ROP 2014-2020