The Mirandola Biomedical District



The Mirandola Biomedical District mainly includes the area around Mirandola and neighbouring towns in the northern part of the Province of Modena, with a small presence also in the province of Mantua.

The municipalities located in the district are all of small-medium size and are associated in the Union of Northern Modena Municipalities (U.C.M.A.N.). Numerous branches of national and local banks provide adequate financial support for the local economy. There are two tax agency offices (Mirandola, Carpi) while the district law court is that of Modena.

The biggest concentration of companies in the district is located in the municipalities of Mirandola and neighbouring towns, with major presences in the municipality of Carpi and Novi di Modena, where however the importance of biomedical products compared to other sectors is marginal.
Until the Eighties of last century, many agri-food, textile and metallurgical industries were located in the area. Over the years the number of such industries has strongly declined.

Currently operating in the district are companies in the mechanical engineering and electronic sectors, which work on behalf of the biomedical industry and other sectors.

The total number of workers amounts to around 5000 people, including manufacturing firms and related industries.

Technical education is provided by two high schools in Mirandola, two in Finale Emilia (20 km) and one in the province of Mantua, at Ostiglia (30 km).

University education is provided by the Universities of Modena, Reggio Emilia, Bologna and Verona; the last two benefit from the Bologna – Verona railway line.

One of the district’s weaker points is its links with the motorway system. No motorways cross the district and the nearest entrance points are Reggiolo/Rolo (about 20 km) and Carpi (about 25 km) on the A22, while as regards the A1, the nearest entrance point is Modena Nord (about 35 km).

Tradizione e Gastronomia del territorio

Traditions and Gastronomy of the district
Over 100 thousand inhabitants live in what is a district rich in history and culture, mainly due to the fact that it was once dominated by powerful families like the Este, Estensi and Gonzaga. The Pico dynasty, lords of Mirandola, helped give lustre and widespread fame to the district thanks to precious manuscripts and the studies of the best-known member of the family, the philosopher and Latin scholar, Giovanni Pico; the Castle and various other monuments and local activities were named after him. In the past, the district played a key role as a political and economic crossroads; even today, it continues to play an important part in the regional and national economy thanks to its agri-food, mechanical engineering, textile and biomedical industries, creating a dynamic fabric made up of diversified products with extensive job opportunities and synergies.
The top-quality products of the district are not limited to the upshot of corporate skills and technical-scientific know-how, but also include traditional culinary specialities integrating traces of Modena, Ferrara and Mantua cuisine; among the best known of these is zampone, egg pasta, balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano, pears, melons and of course the grapes used to make lambrusco emiliano and mantovano wine. Throughout the year, food and wine and folklore traditions are celebrated with Fetes, Fairs, Historical Pageants and special events, all of which, together with a favourable climate, make the district highly appealing to tourists.
"Veduta della città di Mirandola nei primi anni del XVIII secolo" Disegno di Loreno Confortini (1992)

“View of the city of Mirandola in the early 18th century” Drawing by Loreno Confortini (1992)

Municipio di Mirandola

Mirandola Council Building

Castello dei Pico

Pico Castle