The history of the “Omica” startup is a long one, going back to when two colleagues, both physics graduates, were working on a research project in Argentina, studying cosmic rays. As well as becoming close friends, Pier Paolo Petrinca and Claudio Di Giulio fine-tuned their technical skills in the sphere of ultraviolet light. Turning scientific knowledge into something tangible. They took as a model some methods used to monitor works of art, such as fluorescence and ultraviolet reflectography, and devised an instrument for making more precise and accurate measurements. This idea, putting scientific and technological innovation at the service of art, won the 2015 edition of the Creativity Fund call for ideas promoted by the Lazio Region. Thanks to the regional grant, Paolo and Claudio have had the resources to produce a system to monitor the state of preservation of works of art. The system has been patented and granted an international trademark.
The key to success is the perseverance shown in pursuing the goal. “This was the key element which, over a 10-year period, made it possible to develop what was at the beginning merely an idea. Innovation lights up and sets in motion the creative process, which in itself is only useful for producing good ideas”. “Omica’s” next goal is to market the instrument in Italy and abroad. Although Italy is the world’s leading nation in terms of cultural assets, in the ranking of nations having more patents in the field of conservation and preservation of the cultural heritage it lies in sixteenth place, with three patents filed out of a total of more than two thousand. “We believe our project is the first step on the way to narrowing this gap”.
The story has been written by Jason Ray Forbus, writer.