SMILAB was founded in San Giovanni Bianco (Bergamo) in 2008 as spin-off of Smigroup's Research and Technology Department.
SMILAB is a Research and Technology Transfer Center (CRTT) recognized by Lombardy's Regional Government and entitled to award grants. SMILAB is associated with AIRI (Italian Association for Industrial Research), Éupolis Lombardia (Higher research, statistics and training institute), QuESTIO (Quality Evaluation in Science and Technology for Innovation Opportunity) and Nanotec IT (Italian Institute of Nanotechnology).
Furthermore, SMILAB is registered as a high-specialization research center in the National Register of Research of the MIUR (Italy's Ministery of Education, University and Research).
SMILAB aims at strengthening the cooperation between the research and the industrial fields through the transfer of technologies developed by its own laboratories and the achievement of combined projects.
SMILAB activities involve the PMI sector above all and cover three main areas:
- Applied Research & Technological Innovation
- Subsidized Financing & Business Services
- HR Training & Events
Most research and innovation projects SMILAB undertakes on behalf of its customers benefit from huge public fundings allocated by Lombardia region, CESTEC (Centre for technological development, energy and competitiveness), MIUR (Ministry of Education, University and Research), the Ministry of Economic Development and various UE corporations and organizations.
SMILAB closely cooperates with universities (Bergamo, Brescia, Milan), Italian and European research centres (CNR, Polibrixia, Fraunhofer Institute), trade associations, public corporations and private enterprises.