Diana Bracco at Elettra: “We promote excellence through network creation”

“I was deeply impressed and quite enthused with your enthusiasm” Diana Bracco
President Rizzuto meets Dr. Bracco and Confindustria representatives.
The CEO Franciosi presents a commemorative medal to the guest


Trieste, September 28,  2012

Industrial research and technological innovation: these were the central themes of the visit of the Vice President of Confindustria and CEO of the Gruppo Bracco Diana Bracco. She was accompanied by Sergio Razeto and Paolo Battilana, President and Director of Confindustria Trieste, respectively. Carlo Rizzuto and Alfonso Franciosi, President and CEO of Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste, respectively received the representatives of Confindustria together with Marco Marazzi, Manager of the Industrial Liaison Office.
“Dr. Bracco’s visit – comments Carlo Rizzuto – is particularly important for us, because it highlights an aspect that in recent years has become a cornerstone of our mission: the synergy with the industrial world.”
Synergy is a keyword also according to Diana Bracco: “The interaction with top-notch research institutions such as Elettra, which are highly competitive and with a strong international orientation, is a unique tool for our productive system. We need a joint commitment in order to increase the number of collaboration projects”, adds the vice president of Confindustria, “and, in broader terms, a strategy that optimizes and promotes the several existing centres of excellence by linking them in a network. To this purpose, Confindustria carried out a national census of the R&I capabilities: real maps associating productive sectors with geographical territories”.
“The effective collaboration between research centres and the private sector, such as the one involving Elettra, is an urgent and necessary challenge for the survival of both private companies and centres in our region”, adds Sergio Razeto. “Our hope and task as Confindustria Trieste is creating the conditions to enable it. In order to do this, several years ago we set up an Innovation Commission to gather private firms, research institutions, universities, and financial institutions around the same table and have them work together”.
The synchrotron light produced at Elettra is a highly powerful and versatile probe, which can reveal otherwise inaccessible details of materials, in fields ranging from pharmacology to micro- and nano-technologies, from catalysis to material engineering and environmental science. “Along with the skills we have developed over the years – explains Marco Marazzi – these tools provide a source of new ideas and solutions contributing to the improvement of industrial processes. Indeed, the interaction with the private sector is a constant and fundamental boost for us to optimize the results of research and to leverage our skills to solve the most urgent world challenges and concrete problems”.

During Dr. Bracco's visit to Elettra, several researches illustrated the potential of certain light sources of particular interest to the industrial sector:
Maurizio Polentarutti talked about the potential of X-ray diffraction techniques, particularly in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields; Lisa Vaccari described some of the results obtained by applying infrared light and fluorescence to the field of nutrition, with health and environmental benefits; and Giuliana Tromba, on the mammography beamline, illustrated the potential of tomography in the biomedical field.
The visit ended in the Fermi experimental hall, where Michele Svandrlik, Project Director of the free-electron laser, presented the new light source.

The visit at the experimental halls of Elettra and FERMI


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