Italy bringing innovative SMEs and start-ups to Arab Health 2021


It’s back to business for Italy with one of the largest contingents travelling to the UAE to be  present at this year’s event

UAE, Dubai, 16 June 2021: Italy will reinforce its position as a leader in the global healthcare market at the upcoming Arab Health 2021 next week, with innovative SMEs and start-ups, a core part of the country’s offering at the exhibition. Set to be one of the biggest attractions at the event, Italian producers will be offering advanced solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health and wellness issues.

Italy is currently ranked as the number one producer for medicine and drugs in the EU, with a pharmaceutical turnover of 31.2 billion Euros, plus, the country has one of the highest growth rates of investment in R&D in the sector[1]. Italy is not only competitive in the global market, but is also the eighth largest world economy and the second manufacturing economy in the EU.

Italy’s spotlight on the country’s healthcare SMEs and start-ups at this year’s Arab Health, follows the Italian government’s sponsorship of a 1 billion Euros investment program aimed at the native startup ecosystem in June 2020. As a result, the number of Italian start-up companies has boomed over the past year, with 13,000 start-ups now registered in Italy as of December 2020.

His Excellency Nicola Lener, Ambassador of Italy to the UAE, who will be attending the exhibition commented on the strong trade relationship that Italy has with the UAE, “Life Sciences are today one of Italy’s leading sectors, with an integrated ecosystem spanning from pharmaceuticals to medical devices, from regenerative medicine to precision health and diagnostics, from biotechnological research to genomics, from telemedicine to robotics, and also the development of software and data analysis tools. At Arab Health, Italian companies will be demonstrating their innovation capabilities – which have been further boosted by the disruption caused by the pandemic – and will be looking to increase their support of the expanding healthcare sector in the UAE and in the wider region.”

Fifty-one Italian companies, including eight innovative start-ups selected by ITA in its official pavilion, will be present at Arab Health, which is taking place in-person from 21 to 24 June at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Amedeo Scarpa, Italian Trade Commissioner said, “The Italian contingent at Arab Health is one of the largest offerings by any country. The exhibition is one of the most important globally in this sector and as a country, we heavily invest in healthcare innovation by supporting young individuals with a dynamic outlook. Not by chance, 18 per cent of new Italian start-ups are founded by under 35s.”

Looking ahead to later this year, Italy’s strong presence at Arab Health is a snapshot of what to expect from Italy’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai under the claim “Beauty connects people”.

For further information about Italy’s presence at Arab Health 2021 and the eight companies ITA is supporting please visit: exhibitors’ catalogue or follow ITA on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @ITADubai

[1] Fondazione Symbola 2019

Notes to Editors

The eight companies who will be present at the ITA pavilion at Arab Health are as follows:


Cerebro® is a startup created in 2018 by a group of Italian Doctors and Researchers in the field of Biotechnology in Neuroscience. Through Neuronavigation and Neuromodulation techniques they build scientifically shared but individually perfected rehabilitation models.


ComfTech is a certificated and an innovative start-up that develops, produces and sells wearable monitoring systems based on connected garments. Comftech textile sensors allow accurate measurement of physiological signals and parameters, like heart rate and ECG trace, breathing signal, body position, activity level that can support clinicians and patients in hospital or at home thanks to remote monitoring.

IDM Lab:

IDM Lab designed, built and patented a 3D manufacturing device. It fits in a suitcase to explore the feasibility of having a portable solution for producing dental parts made with biocompatible resins, to be used in developing countries.


lightScience is an innovative start-up founded in 2020 with the aim to develop  a Multiparametric Blood Analysis Portable System built on spectroscopy, cloud computing, and machine learning based chemometric calibration models.


Starting from a strong knowledge of the scientific basis, RAYLAB is working on the cutting edge of the radiation detection to design and develop innovative and safe solutions. The aim is to offer high performance and high quality results connected with a smart user experience.


RIC3D strategically combines innovative techniques (such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, Blockchain, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and 3D-printing) to carry out R&D projects and ultimately generate highly innovative products and/or software.


UBT Srl is a MedTech company with a portfolio of truly disruptive medical devices for imaging diagnostic based on microwave technology instead of ionizing radiation (x-rays). UBT's microwave imaging technology overcomes x-rays’ accuracy, without the risks and the limitations associated with ionizing radiations.


VALIAMO is an exciting and innovative Italian manufacturer of Hospital Equipment, Home Care and Medical Solutions using Artificial Intelligence and high technology. VALIAMO is a science-led healthcare company with the mission to help people feel better inside hospitals, improving the work of nursing staff and optimizing hospital efficiency.

Italian Trade Agency - ITA

The Italian Trade Agency is the Government agency which promotes the globalization of Italian firms, under the aegis of the Ministry of Economic Development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ITA helps to develop, facilitate and promote Italian economic and trade relations with foreign countries, focusing on the needs of SMEs, their associations and partnerships. ITA sustains Italian firms in their internationalization process, promoting the marketing of Italian goods and services as well as the image of “Made in Italy” products around the world, while facilitating outward Italian investments and encouraging FDI attraction into Italy. ITA provides information, support and consultancy services to Italian companies on foreign markets, in order to foster exports and economic cooperation in all sectors, with the objective of increasing the effectiveness of their presence on international markets. ITA works closely with the Italian Regions, the network of Italian Chambers of Commerce, business organizations and other public and private entities. ITA’s headquarters are based in Rome and it works through a large network of offices around the world which are acknowledged as “Trade Promotion Offices” of Italy’s Embassies or Consulates.

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