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THE HOME OF HIGH BIOMEDICAL SPECIFICATION IN MODENA
Fifty years of history that not even the terrible earthquake that struck the Emilia Romagna region in 2012 has managed to erase.
The biomedical district of Mirandola in the province of Modena, two years on from those very challenging times, is still there, with around 5000 employees and 100 companies, including large producers, stronger and more solid than ever, with a constant international perspective.
“The fear following the tremors was great; we were afraid that what we couldn’t do ourselves would be done in other establishments around the world”, explains Alberto Nicolini, one of the promoters of www.biomedicale.it, a portal directly connected to the district, “then our thinking went straight to dialysis, given that 70% uses machines and filters produced here.
We were eager to resume production, also so that patients would not be missing necessary devices. Fortunately, our concerns turned out to be unfounded and in some cases, companies even increased the surface area of their plants in this area”.
The know-how and high specialisation of the district has been its trump card to keep hold of investors, especially foreign multinationals. But now, to go the extra mile, something which, according to Nicolini, would bring about a real rebirth after the quake, is filling an undeserved competitive gap in terms of infrastructure and training.
“We are an hour away from the first tollbooth: as we wait for the Cispadana to be completed, the heavy traffic is jamming up last-century roads”, he underlines, “then, there is the issue of training. While 30 to 40 years ago, there was a high workforce intensity, partly due to the manual assembly of devices, now employment is is growing at relatively high levels (with specialised graduates) and training should be done first. For a company to have a young operator after one year of training is a shortcoming”.
“Our district is primarily focused on problem solving, for which various technological components are established. One of the objectives we set ourselves is for technicians to spend a good deal of time in the hospital alongside doctors to better identify and meet their needs”, adds Nicolini, “throughout the world, even in developing countries, the demand for these devices is increasing, so we need to be more and more competitive”.