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STMicroelectronics is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with net revenues of US$ 8.5 billion in 2012. It is the #1 supplier of semiconductors for the Industrial market, set-top box applications, and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) chips for portable and consumer devices, including game controllers and smart phones. ST also occupies leading positions in fields as varied as automotive integrated circuits (#3), chips for computer peripherals (#3), and the rapidly expanding market for MEMS overall (#5). The balanced portfolio approach allows ST to address the needs of all microelectronics users, from global strategic customers for whom ST is the partner of choice for major System-on-Chip (SoC) projects to local enterprises that need fully-supported general-purpose devices and solutions. Since its creation, ST has been strongly committed to R&D and is one of the industry’s most innovative companies. ST has established a worldwide network of strategic alliances, including product development with key customers, technology development with customers and other semiconductor manufacturers. These industrial partnerships are complemented by a wide range of research programs conducted with leading universities and research institutes around the world, in addition to playing a key role in Europe’s advanced technology research programs such as CATRENE (Cluster for Application and Technology Research in Europe on NanoElectronics), a successor to MEDEA+, and industry initiatives such as ENIAC (European Nanoelectronics Initiative) and ARTEMIS (Embedded Computing Systems Initiative). ST is member of EPOSS (European Technology Platform on Smart Systems integration). . ST-Italy is the #1 Italian patenting organization, with more than 1500 requests for patents.
Role in OraMod: An important objective of OraMod is to assess the exploitability of the model through the use of a low-cost qRT-PCR (quantitative Real Time PCR) system for highly-specific genomic tests at diagnosis and on tissue specimens from surgery. In OraMod, ST-Italy has the role to develop and produce this diagnostic platform. The fully integrated qRT-PCR system will ensure simple operation, portability and quality control.