Some of the world’s leading companies with unique production plants worldwide, some still excellent research despite many obstacles (investments in R&D is merely over 1.3% of GDP), the ability to build locally-integrated value supply chains. These are the elements that mainly characterize the bioeconomy in Italy, making the country a recognized point of reference. Last but not least, last 22nd November a national strategy (“The bioeconomy in Italy: a unique opportunity to connect the environment, the economy and society”) was introduced, providing a stable and consistent framework for this sector. In a country where in 2016 GDP only grew by 1% and where the employment rate is stuck at 57.3%, the development of a new economy based on the use of biological resources repre...