Past Events

Past Events

2020 * in reverse chronological order

January 13-16, 2020

Organized by the ITA Los Angeles

Focus Sector: Biotech and Life Sciences

Focus sector: Biotech and Life Sciences

From January 13th to 16th, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) headed to San Francisco to support a delegation of Italian companies operating in the biotech and life science sectors during their participation in the 38th Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. The initiative remains the largest and most informative healthcare investment symposium in the industry, bringing together industry leaders, emerging fast-growth companies, innovative technology creators, and members of the investment community.

Held in connection with the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, on January 15th, 2020 starting at 6pm at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, the Agency hosted the fourth edition of its country symposium entitled "Healthcare: Italy on the move".

The symposium featured noted panelists from both Italy and the international biotech and life science communities, and provided a perfect opportunity to showcase the impressive achievements and growth potential of Italian companies, institutions, associations, research centers and regional clusters operating in these sectors, illustrating the potential that lays in the exceptional research capabilities of Italian researchers and the academic institutions behind their efforts.

A networking event followed immediately after the symposium for those international investors and others in attendance to engage directly with Italian companies and entities allowing them to network and explore partnership and investment opportunities.

For promoting Italy's presence at this prestigious conference, the Agency collaborated with the two leading Italian associations representing the biotech and life science sectors - Assobiotec and Farmindustria, with onsite coordination conducted by the Agency’s office of Los Angeles and its Foreign Direct Investment Desks in both San Francisco and New York.

Copies of the official catalog featuring the profiles of 43 leading Italian companies and 10 regional clusters representing the Italian offer for the biotech and life science sectors may be requested directly by contacting the Los Angeles Office of the Agency. A unique feature of the catalog is its content allowing for interested investors and partners to review potential Italian opportunities via a "pitch format".

Italy is one of the leading countries as far as being a provider of opportunities for investment in the life sciences sector, offering the ideal business environment to conduct research and development activities, building strategic partnerships, financing startups, and much more. Visit official website and learn more at

The 2019 edition of the panel is viewable online here: HEALTHCARE: ITALY ON THE MOVE 2019

Local partner: J.P. Morgan

Link: Healthcare Conference website

2019 * in reverse chronological order

November 20-21, 2019

Organized by the ITA Houston

Focus sector: Aerospace

In the context of Innovation Days 2019, organized by the Italian Trade Agency to promote Italy as a leading technology and system integrator, the ITA Houston office has organized the Italian Pavilion (Booth #424) at SpaceCom November 20-21, 2019. SpaceCom is the only civilian conference and exposition where NASA, aerospace and related industries come together to connect.

For this reason the Agency selected it as an optimal context where to showcase 13 leading Italian companies in the field of aerospace and related research in Applied Physics, fostering the image of Italy as a country providing industrial and technological excellence in this uniquely specialized sector.

Two-days of workshops, demonstrations and panels, aimed to stimulate investment and growth in aerospace research, were held during the exposition at the George Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas.

For more information about Italian companies, please contact the Agency's Houston Office via or via the Official SpaceCom MatchMaking APP.

Local partners: ASA, GHP, Boeing, Houston Airports, SpacecomExpo, Spaceport

Links: Spacecom website - 2019 Catalog

Focus sector: Renewable Energy

The Italian Trade Agency hosted Gefran, Magaldi, Milano Innovazioni Tecnologiche, Mitas and Tesar in the Italian pavilion during the 2019 PowerGen International conference.

The Agency's sponsored panel discussions which took place at its Booth #1819 on Tuesday, November 19th 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM and/or on Wednesday, November 20th 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. Attendees were able to explore the future of hydrogen and power generation and hear from Italian experts in the industry about what their companies are doing with hydrogen and what they see as the potential for hydrogen technologies.

Hydrogen as a fuel source has held promise for the power industry for decades but has struggled to gain a foothold, mainly due to the high cost of producing it. However, with today’s focus on efficiency, clean energy and zero-emissions, hydrogen is experiencing a renaissance. Major companies across the globe, such as Caterpillar, GE, Man Energy Solutions, Ansaldo and others are exploring hydrogen use to produce power.

Local partners: PSM - Ansaldo Energia Group, Synergy Events

Links: PowerGen International conference website

November 10-14, 2019

Organized by the Italian Trade Agency in cooperation with the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME).

Focus sector: Advanced Manufacturing

Together with ASME, the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) hosted the The Italian Way to Advanced Manufacturing round-table discussion panel for the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition (IMECE) conference participants in the advanced manufacturing and related conference tracks. The Italian Trade Agency had also exhibited at the conference at Booth #400. The main event took place on November 13th, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel at City Creek, Salt Lake City, UT from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

Furthermore, the event included an exciting debate discussion by ASME members and industry experts from Italy on novel technologies coming out of Italy and the best practices for collaborations between Italian and US companies and research centers in the area of advanced manufacturing. During the reception, the Advanced Manufacturing Track's Best Paper Awards was presented by the ASME.

The 2019 Innovation Days - Salt Lake City, UT was the second edition of the Innovation Days (ID) initiative which aims to reaffirm Italy’s position as a top solution provider to the US while encouraging engagements between some of Italy’s leading companies and universities to create and or further enhance existing partnerships with their US counterparts in commercial and research areas.

Links: Program panelists - Brochure - Press Release in ENG - Press Release in ITA Photo Gallery

October 18th, 2019

Organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italian Trade Agency, Confindustria, Stanford University

Focus sector: Big Data & Machine Learning in Life Sciences, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Manufacturing & Industry 4.0, Mobility & Smart Cities, Space Industry, Science & Technology

Description: On October 18, 2019 an Italy-United States Innovation Forum took place in Palo Alto (California) at Stanford University. The conference represented a strategic moment to strengthen relations between Italy and researchers in the scientific and technological fields. At the center of the symposium was the discussions between representatives of the Italian Hi-Tech sector and executives from Silicon Valley companies, along with scholars and students.

In addition, the Forum served as an opportunity to encourage collaborations between researchers and leaders in advanced technological, industrial and scientific sectors, and to further our understanding of academic research in a number of technical fields and the state of technological innovation in Italy and Silicon Valley. In the afternoon the Forum featured three round tables on business and research in the fields discussed in the morning panels.

The Forum was a part of the official visit to the United States by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella, who attended the Conference along with the President of Stanford University, Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

Local partners: Stanford University - School of Materials Science and Engineering; School of Medicine

Links: Program - Video - Pictures

January 9th, 2019

Organized by ITA Los Angeles

Focus sector: Biotech and Life Sciences

Description: In conjunction with the JP Morgan Annual Healthcare Conference, Biotechnology and Life Science sector, the ITA presented US companies and their Italian counterparts with B2B meetings and a networking event to follow.

Local partners: JP Morgan

2018 * in reverse chronological order

December 4-6, 2018

Organized by ITA Los Angeles

Focus sector: Renewable Energy

Description: In addition to ITA - Miami participation in Power-Gen 2018 the Renewable Energies sector show, the ITA organized a presentation on US renewable energy solutions and energy policies. Also, the presentation showcased Italian participants of the main Smart Cities and Smart Energy projects.

Local partners: SEPA, SEIA

Links: Power-Gen 2018 event site

November 27-28, 2018

Organized by ITA Houston

Focus sector: Aerospace

Description: The Italian Trade Agency-Houston office, in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency and AIAD, the Federation of Italian Companies for Aerospace, Defense and Security attended SpaceCom conference, a two-days event full of workshops, demonstrations and panels, aimed to stimulate investment and growth in aerospace research. SpaceCom, the only civilian conference and exposition where NASA, aerospace and industries can come together to connect was chosen by the Italian Trade Agency as the optimal context where to showcase 15 leading Italian companies in the field of aerospace, as to foster the image of Italy as a country exporting industrial excellence even in such specialized sector.

Local partners: NASA, GHP, Boeing, Houston Airports, SpaceComExpo, Spaceport

Links: SpaceCom 2018 Innovation Days event site

October 10-11 , 2018

Organized by ITA Los Angeles

Focus sector: Startups

Description: On the occasion of participation in LAUNCH Scale Festival, ICT Startup sector /Investments: presentation of Italian and Californian speakers (incubators, accelerators, research and innovation centers, VC funds); "Investors arena", pitch of Italian startups; networking event; guided tours to local accelerators; training sessions.

Local partners: "500 Startups" Global Silicon Valley / GSVLabs, Silicon Valley Forum and Plug and Play

June 25-29, 2018

Organized by ITA Chicago

Focus sector: Automotive and Advanced Manufacturing

Description: The first event of the Innovation Days USA 2018 series was dedicated to Advanced manufacturing and Automotive. It began with a half-day long conference in Detroit dedicated to the presentation of the two countries' policies, business environment and academic progress, by speakers from various backgrounds. A B2B session, between the 25 Italian companies' and universities' delegates on one side and USA counterparts on the other , followed. The Italian delegates went then through a three-day program of visits, to Universities, companies and training centers with several meetings, including another B2B session, in Detroit, Chicago and Rockford, IL, in order to get a glimpse of the potential for enhanced collaboration with local counterparts.

Local partners: Association for Advancing Automation (A3), Automation Alley, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Rockford Area Economic Development, Northern Illinois University, Wayne State University, Purdue University, LIFT, MxD, UI Labs and other US universities and regional bodies.

Links: Testimonials Agenda & Presentations Press Room Reference Materials