Collaboration to build new skills in healthcare and life sciences

October 10, 2018 - L'Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma and IBM Italia announced today that they have signed a collaboration agreement to support the innovation and growth of digital skills in the Healthcare and Life Science sectors.

Care for the elderly and chronically ill is fast becoming one of the most pressing healthcare challenges of our age. Recent studies indicate that between 2015 and 2030, the number of people in the world who will be over 60 is expected to grow by 56%, from around 900 million to nearly 1,5 billion. By 2050, the global population of those over 2 will reach billion. Italy is one of the "oldest" countries in the world, hence the importance of preparing professional figures capable of managing what appears to be an inevitable necessity for the well-being of the population (Source: Forbes da Report World Population Ageing 2015 of a).

IBM collaborates with universities around the world to support innovation and the development of new professional profiles in key sectors to support digital transformation in the 21st century, strategic for its core business and in line with the needs of the market.

L'Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma promotes integrated teaching, research and healthcare structures, pursuing the good of the person as the main aim of its activities. It offers the student an educational experience aimed at his cultural, professional and human growth, proposing the acquisition of skills in a spirit of service. It promotes knowledge, the interdisciplinarity of sciences and research in all areas that contribute to the global good of the person.

Aligned with this two-party strategy and focused on the healthcare sector in Italy, the IBM-UCBM will bring together interdisciplinary teams from academic, scientific and technical communities to promote and support the creation of new skills and address innovation in healthcare with a particular focus on areas related to:

  • Digital transformation in healthcare: the hospital of the future
  • Cutting-edge technology: benefiting the elderly and chronically ill
  • AI, BigData and computer processinginguage of nature: personalized and precision medicine for everyone

In these sectors, UCBM and IBM will join forces to lead projects and accelerate scientific discoveries and to pilot a new model of digital transformation in healthcare.

In addition, students and researchers will have the opportunity, thanks to the IBM Cloud, to use IBM Cognitive technology and test the power of artificial intelligence applications in all phases of healthcare (from the discovery of new treatments to the daily assistance of chronic patients).

Students and researchers will be able to be assigned to one of the IBM research laboratories around the world and be involved in research projects focused on personalized and precision medicine.

"THEUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma – underlines the Rector of the University, Raffaele Calabrò - has always been strongly oriented towards innovation and to generate collaboration paths with companies of national and international value in its fields of training and research. The agreement with IBM, in this sense, represents an important opportunity, which opens up to our students and researchers the potential for growth and relationships with specialists and cutting-edge technologies, putting them in a position to contribute to the development of the health sciences of the future".

"Technology can only change the world with the support of human capital capable of making the most of it. - says Enrico Cereda, CEO of IBM Italy, who adds - Skills are a priority for our country and this deal with UCBM it is consistent with our commitment and sense of responsibility towards the development of new professional skills. Furthermore, AI and new technologies such as cloud, cognitive and IoT can truly transform healthcare models, accelerate scientific activities, enable personalized medicine and, in general, support physicians in their invaluable daily work."