IBM invests in Milan with the first European Health Center
IBM announced plans to launch its first Watson Health European Center of Excellence in Milan near the Human Technopole Italy 2040research campus, supporting the government of Italy’s initiative to establish an international hub for the advancement of genomics, big data, aging, and nutrition.
The Center is part of a long-term collaboration between IBM and the government of Italy. IBM plans to invest up to $150 million (€135 million) over the next several years and bring together Watson Health data scientists, engineers, researchers and designers to develop a new generation of data-driven healthcare applications and solutions.
Further, the formation of the Center is intended to encourage the development of a pan-European ecosystem for healthcare reform, research, and health-tech start-ups. IBM data scientists, engineers and programmers are expected to work in collaboration with organizations across Europe to create a new class of cloud-based connected solutions at the intersection of cognitive computing, life sciences and healthcare.
“We are excited to announce our new Watson Health European Center of Excellence near Milan, which will support the Italian Government’s healthcare reform and research agenda by bringing together Watson developers and IBM Research scientists to apply remarkable cognitive computing capabilities to modern healthcare problems.” said Erich Clementi, senior vice president, IBM Europe.
IBM has been operating in Italy since 1927, with multiple business divisions that are active in various technological sectors that are strategic for national development, from energy to transport and healthcare. With its headquarters in Segrate, R&D Software center in Rome, and its“Fondazione IBM Italia,” IBM Italy has built an internationally integrated and known tradition that has impacted and helped to write the history of Italian industry.
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