Innovation and youth: this is how Tls and Its want to make Siena the capital of life sciences
“We call it the innovation ecosystem”: speaking is Stefano Chiellini, director of his Vita Foundation, who explains what we are talking about: “The ecosystem is built on several levels precisely because of the synergies that are created on the territory. The Toscana Life Sciences Foundation certainly has the central role in the control room in this ecosystem. Here, the training needs and requirements of pharmaceutical companies and the life sciences industry are learned. In this context, ITS takes care of completing the training that the business world needs “.
Stefano Chiellini spoke like this, on the sidelines of the presentation of ‘Science + art’, the exhibition organized by Tls with the ‘Duccio di Buoninsegna’ artistic high school. The exhibition brings together the Mad lab in comics. Chiellini presented to the students of the classical high school, who were able to closely admire the work of their colleagues, the new technologies of augmented reality and virtual reality available to ITS. “Surely this is the future in the short term – says Chiellini, pointing to the series of instruments neatly arranged on the desk – and we are applying it to our paths and to provide guidance to young people who want to take this path”. “Ours – concludes Chiellini – is a joint territorial laboratory between the Vita Foundation, the University of Siena and the Tls Foundation, financed by the Tuscany region to open the doors of science”.
The exhibition itinerary, which will remain inside the courtyard of the rectorate of Siena until the end of November, collects comics, photos and science pills collected in four tables by the students Sophia Nogara, Edoardo Di Prisco, Eleonora Ciacci and Federico Carpini. “Last year we could not open the doors to show our children the workshops – says Letizia Sensini, head of external and institutional relations at Tls – to be able to talk to them about our business. So we decided to invent this project, a collaboration with the art school to produce about twenty comics. It was the kids who invented the story, the texts, the drawings and everything that was necessary: in the end an important story emerged “.
Claudia Sala, who is the manager of the Mad Lab of Tls, did not want to miss this appointment either. “This project stems from the need – he explains – to bring young people closer to the world of science and research that has seen us protagonists in the fight against covid”. “We asked the kids – he continues – to turn us into comics in order to explain science directly to their peers. I also had the honor of attending the visit of the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, and I fully understand his statements: he said that we must rely on science and this we must do “.
In conclusion Claudia Sala also makes a brief point of the situation regarding research on monoclonals: “We are in the clinical trial phase, this means that we are testing the antibody against people with covid to see how effective it is. Our hope is to obtain an authorization for use on the sick as soon as possible ”.