Innovation Center and Sacco Hospital: COVID-19 genomic sequencing

 Researcher studying genomics

Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center and the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases of the Luigi Sacco Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences of the State University of Milan (Sacco Hospital) have started a collaboration for genomic sequencing and geographic mapping on the national territory of SARS-CoV-2, agent of COVID-19, and the reconstruction of the origin and methods of spread of the virus among the Italian population.

Since last March, the data scientists and analysts of the Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, in collaboration with the University researchers, have created a protected IT environment, called Smart IT, to consolidate and evolve work scientific and make it available to other structures and institutions for the fight against Coronavirus.

The collaboration led to the publication of a scientific paper in the international medical journal Viruses, entitled Molecular tracing of SARS-CoV-2 in Italy in the first three months of the epidemic.

In recent months, the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, among the numerous initiatives implemented, it has supported various hospitals in the country in various forms, with particular regard to the areas most affected.