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41. Parco Tecnologico Padano, Lodi

City Lodi

In order to satisfy its development and competitive needs, the area of Lodi established a hub of innovation which, uniting centres of public and private research, universities, foundations and businesses, is working to build a sustainable future.
It offers space for research groups and structures from Milan University, such as the Veterinary Hospital for large animals and the Centro Zootecnico Didattico Sperimentale, the Istituto Zooproflattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell’Emilia-Romagna and the Fondazione Parco Tecnologico Padano, a scientific and technological park which operates in the sectors of food and agriculture, bio-economy and life sciences.

The centre, situated near the historic Cascina Codazza, not only carries out research activities but also helps businesses to innovate and guarantee healthier and safer products. Since 2007 the Park has supported the candidature of Milan for EXPO2015, of which, since 2010, it has been a partner. The structure of Parco Tecnologico Padano, with its characteristic coloured windows, was inaugurated in 2005, while its foundation has been active in research since 2000. Inside, 70 research scientists of the Park and of other research bodies, such as Milan University and the CNR, consortia and businesses, work. The Park is also the headquarters of Catal, the high level food and agriculture cluster of Lombardy, which unites food and agriculture businesses in Lombardy that focus on innovation to promote their competitiveness.
The topics of research and development to which the Parco Tecnologico Foundation and businesses are dedicated range from food and agriculture to cosmetics, health and bio-energies, Life Sciences and bio-economy.

In addition to research the Park also supports businesses through the Incubatore Alimenta, a physical space where aspiring businessmen and new innovative businesses find all the services necessary for developing their ideas into new products. To date, 26 new entrepreneurial realities have developed with the support of Alimenta, through valorisation of research results.
The Park also offers a vast range of services to businesses and consumers with great attention to the quality and healthiness of products. With this idea in mind it has developed the
DNA Controllato brand the aim of which is to guarantee and certify the originality and quality of food products and many others.

To the left of the Park building we find the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Lombardia e dell'Emilia Romagna which in particular works in the area of zoonoses – animal diseases that can be transmitted to man – and the health of food and agricultural products.
Opposite the Park we find Cascina Codazza, which gives its name to the area, and which offers accommodation, a canteen and interactive and teaching areas.
To its right, behind the cogeneration plant, are located the structures of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Milan University that include the hospital for large animals and the experimental teaching centre – where new animal breeding systems are tested and studied. The teaching and research facilities of the departments of Veterinary Medicine of Milan University are also being transferred here.