The Novartis BioCamp Italy was held for the first time in Siena, in the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Research Center facilities. Thirty students from Italian Universities, selected from 1,600 applications, had the chance to meet high profile Novartis speakers, as well as top tier research and management experts.

The participants were able to increase their understanding of R&D in companies which are leaders in the biotech and pharma fields, such as Novartis. They were also encouraged to open their minds to University/Industry cooperation. They were involved in discussions about the entrepreneurial approach to research, generated by the presentation of successful startup case studies. In order to make the experience as concrete as possible, participants had the chance to visit the labs at the Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Research Center, to talk with researchers and to be part of a team exercise case study, leading to a presentation of a research project to investors.

The Italian Minister of Research endorsed the initiative and relevant institutions openly endorsed the Novartis commitment toward R&D and growing young talent.