The Penta Foundation was set up in May 2004 as the Penta coordinating centre to support activities related to research on HIV and other paediatric diseases, principally infectious diseases. The Foundation is a promoter/sponsor of clinical trials according to the GCP guidelines and relevant European Directives; a centre for project development and management and for the collection and dissemination of information on HIV related issues. It also coordinates training programmes for health providers. Due to its unique expertise in running international research projects, the Foundation has established several links with research groups in order to manage EU and other funded projects (also beyond paediatrics) thus getting additional support for its infrastructure.
Since 2013 the Foundation’s new headquarters have been in the Paediatric Research Institute (Padua, Italy).
Penta is member of INCiPiT, the Italian Network for Paediatric Clinical Trials, whose mission is to foster and support the planning, conduct and completion of all types of clinical studies conducted in Italy in the paediatric population by profit or not for profit sponsors.
Penta is also part of the independent PEDIANET network, which is a system to collect epidemiological information for clinical research from family paediatricians in Italy. PEDIANET creates the possibility of accessing data from the daily activities of paediatric general practitioners and family paediatricians. This is a unique resource, both for studying individual diseases, and for the interactions between different areas of health care and population health.