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Italian Collaborations

The unit of Biostatistic at Milano Bicocca University collaborates with several organizations, institutes and companies working both in italian regions and international countries around the world. Some of these collaborations in Italy are with:

Nerviano Medical Sciences (NMS) is the largest pharmaceutical R&D facility in Italy and one of the largest oncology-focused, integrated discovery and development companies in Europe. Stemming from the longstanding heritage of Farmitalia Carlo Erba,  NMS was incorporated in May 2004 by Pfizer and its location is in Nerviano, a small town just outside Milano.
The aim of the NMS is to discover and develop innovative medicines for the treatment of cancer, not only by exploiting its internal technology platforms and capabilities, but also by establishing partnerships with the biopharmaceutical industry and the scientific community, including the Regional Oncology Network (Rete Oncologica Lombarda).


The IEO (European Institute of Oncology) project was launched in 1987, with the aim of creating a “comprehensive cancer centre” with research laboratories and clinical services.
The first activities commenced in 1991 and in 1994 the current site was officially opened and clinical work started. It has been a private non-profit IRCCS since 1996.
It has three core activity areas: Clinical work, Research and Training.

The main objective of IEO is to promote health through the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, within a context characterised by ongoing interaction with the research world and a special attention to the quality of the service offered to patients.


The “Rete Oncologica Lombarda” (ROL) is a system that allows the condivision  of clinical information and communication between medical staff and healthcare groups carrying out prevention and taking care of people affected by tumor.


The CRO (Centro di Riferimento Oncologico) is an Institute of Hospitalization and Care for oncology with a scientific nature and is characterized as a center for health research and as a highly specialized hospital with a national importance in the field of oncology. It pursues research purposes in the biomedical field and in the organization of health services, according to the standard of excellence. The IRCCS CRO also has tasks of high specific training.



Novartis was born in 1996 when Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz decided to create a unique Group that now is one of the major pharmaceutical group in the world.

Its mission is to discover, develop and make available innovative drugs to treat diseases and improve quality of life.

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