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 infectious diseases. The Foundation is a promoter/sponsor of clinical trials, according to GCP guidelines and relevant European Directives. It is a centre for project development and data management; 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. It also coordinates Penta Tr@ining, a training programme for health providers and an educational programme focused on HIV and other infectious diseases for adolescents.
Since 2013 the Penta Foundation’s new headquarters have been in the Paediatric Research Institute (Padua, Italy).
The Penta Foundation 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.
The Penta Foundation 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.