with a particular sense of gratification that I introduce the San
Raffaele Biomedical Science Park and the scientific activities that
are being carried out on its premises and at the nearby San Raffaele
Medicine, biomedical research and education at the highest level
are the standards that San Raffaele has to meet. For these reasons,
the Science Park has been promoted and developed by a private non-profit
institution, the San Raffaele Foundation, which has been active
for decades in funding advanced medical and biological research.
The Science Park is a place where science, technology and culture
have entered the Third Millennium with the following two distinguishing
- achievement of superior scientific innovations and health care
- education for particularly promising intellects.
Raffaele is entirely dedicated to high quality research and technological
development, as well as being open to housing industrial laboratories
and affiliated institutions wishing to carry out their initiatives
within an advanced technological environment. An outstanding achievement
was the opening in 1996 of the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele,
with degree course in Psychology, and Medicine and Surgery and a
PhD Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology. More recently we
established also a degree course in Medical and Pharmaceutical Technologies
and the new Faculty of Philosophy. In this new academic institution,
students can benefit from high quality lectures, research and clinical
practice. Until a few years ago, the various components that now
participate in the Science Park, that is academia (both medicine
and biology), non-profit institutions (various private foundations)
and industrial research enterprises, worked independently with collaboration
established on an individual basis.
The ongoing revolution of biomedical research requires that these
boundaries be eliminated, and this is what we have accomplished
with the San Raffaele Biomedical Science Park.
The advantages obtained from this venture are extensive and significant,
providing for all of us the stimuli needed to walk into the future
with growing ethical and professional commitment.
prof. Luigi M. Verzè
Chairman, San Raffaele Foundation