Life sciences ecosystem

The Lombardy’health ecosystem includes public and private international Medicine Universities and Competence Centers, investing in innovation and cross-border education and trainings.


Lombardy: the heart of life sciences in Italy

Lombardy and Milano are the heart of Life Sciences in Italy, thanks to an interconnected ecosystem of companies and public and private organizations.

Considering both the direct contribution of the Life Sciences value chain sectors and the satellite industries activated in other economic sectors, in 2021 the value added of the Life Sciences value chain thus corresponds to 10.6% of GDP in Italy, while the incidence in Lombardy is even higher and amounts to 13% of the regional GDP, with an overall direct and satellite value added of more than 51.5 billion €.

The presence of distinct areas of excellence has allowed Lombardy to specialise in a wide range of therapeutic and research areas, becoming an international reference point in the world of healthcare.


13% of Lombardy total GDP

10,6% of GDP in Italy

346,303 employees /20% of the national figure)


> 770 companies of the value chain are part of Assolombarda

74,.5 billion € value of production (30% of the national value)

17% of national value: the Healthcare sector of Lombardy


310,000 students belong to the University network

15 Universities (of witch 7 with medical Faculties)


6,000 researchers

> 40 Research Centers and a national Life Science Technopole

20 Research Hospitals (IRCCS)

50% of clinical trials


282 Pharma local units with over 30,000 employees (44% of the national figure)

1.9 billion € investments in R&D (12% of the national investments of the sector)

9.45 billion € export value (33% of the national value)


1,401 companies (over 1/4 of the national figure)

117,607 employees (13.85% of the total italian value)