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Our Corporate Partners


Petrone Group is a holding company of approximately 30 firms, operating in the pharmaceutical, parapharma and health sectors. Petrone Group has its main office in Italy and branches in Germany, Ireland, the USA, Singapore and Spain. Petrone Group, Italian Pharmaceutical wholesaler distributor operating, as a supplier in the market of: pharmaceuticals; parapharmaceuticals, cosmetics and medical device; food supplements; orphan drugs on “order to cash” basis and comparator drugs; OTC drugs in Italy; cold chain; comparator sourcing for clinical trial. Petrone Group acts as a catalyst for companies and innovation.

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With a long business history spanning more than 85 years, SIFI is an international group of companies focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of therapeutic solutions for patients with ophthalmic disorders. SIFI’s products include innovative pharmaceuticals, medical devices including intraocular lenses, and food supplements. SIFI pipeline is focused on therapeutic areas presenting opportunities to deliver medical solutions addressing unmet needs in eye care. SIFI exports towards more than 20 countries with a mixed business model including direct presence, business partners and JVs in the different territories. SIFI’s HQ, Manufacturing and R&D facilities are based in in Catania, Italy.

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Our Technical Partner


Orrick is a global law firm focused on serving the Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors globally, with over 1100 lawyers in more than 25 offices in the US, Europe and Asia. The Italian team has over 120 lawyers based in Milan and Rome who provide clients with forward-looking domestic and cross-border legal advice on transactions, litigation and compliance matters.

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Our Ecosystem Partners

100 Startups Health is an initiative that connects all the players in the ecosystem to digitize and humanize health and health systems.

Angelini Ventures is the venture capital arm of Angelini Industries funded with a €300 million capital commitment. Angelini Ventures builds and invests in early-stage companies that develop innovative ideas and solutions in biotechnology, digital health and life sciences.

Assolombarda is the association of companies operating in the Metropolitan City of Milan and in the provinces of Lodi, Monza and Brianza, Pavia. It is the largest territorial association of the entire entrepreneurial system in Italy.

Bioindustry park is an Italian science park, specialized in Life Sciences, Human Health and Medical care. It promotes and develops Research and Innovation by hosting and supporting companies, start-ups and research institutions. It manages the regional innovation cluster, BioPmed.

The Campania Bioscience High Technology District was set up in 2013 to respond to the need to coordinate and enhance the scientific know-how and the offerings of industrial players operating in the Campania region in the field of life sciences, within the European perspective of smart specialisation.

Club degli Investitori is an association, composed of entrepreneurs, executives and professionals who invest in startups and scaleups founded mainly by Italian entrepreneurs. Club Members are forward-thinking business angels constantly looking for capable, innovative entrepreneurs with global ambitions. 

Deep Ocean Capital SGR S.P.A. is an independent management company hosting Deep Blue Ventures, a Venture Capital fund investing in Deep Technologies. DOC was born in Rome with international/global ambitions, and is focused on AI for Aerospace and Health sectors.



Digital Health Academy offers a wide range of training programs for key players in the healthcare industry: pharmaceutical companies, physicians, patients, associations, and allied healthcare providers.

Digital Health Blogs is an editorial project of  EVERSANA that aims to disseminate and promote the culture of digital health, offering content and food for thought based on current national and international trends.

EIT Health promotes entrepreneurship and innovation in healthy living and active aging by offering new opportunities and resources to Europe. In addition to improving the quality of life for citizens, it contributes to the sustainability of healthcare across Europe by delivering products, services, and concepts.

E.N.P.A.M. (Ente Nazionale di Previdenza e Assistenza Medici e degli Odontoiatri) operates as a pension fund. The Fund offers retirement schemes, scholarships, parenting, and other related services. 

FADOI is the Federation of the 18 regional Association for Italia Internist Hospital Managers, with +2500 members; its mission is to promote and advance the role of Internal Medicine within the Italian National Health System and serve as a reference point for local authorities and national policymakers.

Farmindustria is the Italian Association of Pharmaceutical Companies and was founded in May 1978. It is a member of Confindustria (the Italian National Federation of Industry), the European Pharma Federation (EFPIA) and the World Pharma Federation (IFPMA).

Frontiers Health is one of the premier global digital health innovation events, with a strong focus on digital therapies, breakthrough technologies, healthcare transformation, investments, and ecosystem development.

Future Health Ventures supports early-stage startups, providing both financial backing and strategic guidance aimed at nurturing transformative ideas shaping the future of health.

Italian Angels for Growth (IAG) is the leading Network-Powered Venture Capital investor in Italy: more than 500 business angels from the business, financial, and industrial worlds have come through the IAG network investing time, expertise, and capital in the growth of innovative startups. 

Indaco Venture Partners is the largest independent Italian VC asset management company, with a strong specialization in companies that innovate in electronics & robotics, medtech, digital and new materials.

Istituto Nazionale Tumori is one of the oldest cancer centers in Italy, a member of the Italian National Health System, and one of the most technologically advanced research centers in Southern Italy. Their research activities focus on cancer prevention & risk factors, tumor biomarkers & innovative diagnostics, oncology integrated treatment, and innovative therapy for advanced cases. 

Italian Tech Alliance is the association of those who invest, innovate, experiment and discover new technologies to make Italy grow.

The Life Science Cluster of Friuli Venezia Giulia is an organization established by the regional Law and managed by the Upper Adriatic Technologic Park that aims to foster the development of a dynamic and competitive life science ecosystem in the Italian region Friuli Venezia Giulia.

The Neuromed Mediterranean Neurological Institute is a Scientific Hospitalization and Treatment Institute (IRCCS), recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a center of national importance and highly specialized in the area of neurosciences which stands out for the quality of the treatments and the ability to transfer the results of research and innovation into daily clinical activity.

OpenZone is the campus, on the doorstep of Milan, dedicated to Health and founded on an approach geared towards open innovation. Conceived to build bridges between different languages and worlds, OpenZone's mission is to “uniquely create value in Healthcare, by fostering community, competencies and capital”.

Palazzo Innovazione is a coworking space focused on digital innovation through the hosting of start-ups and established companies with a particular focus on health innovation initiatives.

Panakès Partners is a venture capital investor that finances in medical companies, startups, and high growth SMEs in Europe and Israel. Advantages of the firm are broad network of business contacts and corporate relations, domain expertise, proactive portfolio management, and relationship with selected industrial partners.

Prana Ventures is the first Italian operational venture capital focused on in seed and post-seed investments in high-tech startups.

Founded in 2009, Santagostino was created to meet the growing and unmet need of a large part of the population: an affordable, high level specialist medicine, which also covers SSN (National Health Service) uncovered areas - such as dentistry, psychotherapy, speech therapy and others - where the offer is almost exclusively private and expensive.

SeedLink Ventures is a European Venture Capital firm investing in early stage digital health companies developing value based solutions.

Founded in 2015, Superhero Capital is a venture capital firm based in Helsinki, Finland. The firm prefers to invest in b2b software, b2b services, health-tech, fintech, internet of things, and SaaS sector companies based in Finland and the Baltics.

Vento was born in Turin in 2022 to find and support the best founders through venture building and investments. It is a project funded by Exor Ventures.

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