The Ri.MED Foundation was created in 2006 after an international partnership between the Italian Government, the Region of Sicily, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) with the mission to improve public health in Sicily and worldwide.
The Foundation focuses on supporting the economic wealth creating job opportunities and promoting basic and translational research.
The Foundation will contribute to developing the industry of biotechnologies in Sicily with the creation of the Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center (BRBC) that will promote new therapies, biological products, and diagnostic tests obtained by means of basic scientific research.
With the goal of improving scientific knowledge in the field of biotechnology and training staff with specific skills in this area, since 2007 the Ri.MED Foundation has been offering research fellowships to young post doc biomedical researchers. The fellowships involve a special period of training and research at the University of Pittsburgh.
The goal of the Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center is to become a beacon for biotechnology research, a fast-growing sector. Once activities are in full swing, the BRBC will employ approximately 600 people and about just as many jobs will be created in the allied industries that the facility will help develop. The BRBC will host highly-qualified researchers, biologists, physicians, engineers, and technicians, and will have a positive impact on the regional economy. Biotechnology is an expanding field and BRBC will make Sicily competitive worldwide.