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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:33 pm

    Skolkovo to invest in stock market

    Russia’s Skolkovo innovation center will invest one billion dollars in loan securities of largest domestic companies. The money will be allocated by the Skoltech Fund that was established with the aim of financing the creation of a world class technical higher education establishment within Skolkovo.

    According to an investment declaration that is currently being prepared, the Skoltech Fund will also invest in government bonds and deposits of Russia’s largest banks. According to the representatives of the fund, the capital gains of Skoltech may stand at 5 percent per year, an amount that experts described as ‘rather small’. Skoltech Vice President Alexei Sitnikov, for his part, attributes such a rigid investment strategy to the necessity of avoiding any unnecessary risks.

    "Capital increase of foreign funds may reach up to 15 percent a year," Sitnikov says, adding that these funds face higher risks when dealing with investments. "We, in turn, cannot afford it because we have just started creating this market and forming capital, which is why we prefer to proceed from about 5 percent per year in terms of capital gains."

    In Russia, the so-called endowment funds, designed to finance various scientific programs, are only in place in the largest and most prestigious higher education establishments. In contrast, in foreign countries such funds are not uncommon, even though the 2008-2009 crisis affected fund capitalization in many prestigious higher education establishments, including Harvard University, where the figure was reduced by one third. Against this backdrop, Skolkovo’s conservatism-leaning approach to making investments is rather forethoughtful, experts say. Alexandra Lozova, of the Moscow-based Vector Securities investment company, does not rule out that capital gains of Skoltech may prove much higher that 5 percent.

    "According to the latest information, a maximum deposit interest rate of ten major Russian banks amounts to 10,5 percent per year, while an aggregate capital increase of corporate bonds may total about 9 percent a year," Lozova says. "Capital gains will be even higher given the current economic situation and managing companies’ balanced approach to investments."

    Experts of leading Russian investment companies, including VTB Bank’s and Alfa Bank’s investment departments, are now in charge of the Skoltech Fund’s capital that will help implement the Skolkovo Science and Technology Institute project. It will have a status of a full-fledged international university with a campus located on the territory of the Skolkovo hub.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_18/Skolkovo-to-invest-in-stock-market/
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Thu Jun 20, 2013 3:17 pm

    Kamaz to open up R&D facility in Skolkovo

    KamAZ, a leading Russian truck manufacturer based in Tatarstan, in the mid-Volga area, is expected to build its own R&D Center in the Skolkovo innovation hub just outside Moscow, the Skolkovo Foundation website reports. A pertinent agreement has been signed between Viktor Vekselberg, the president of the Skolkovo Foundation, and Sergei Kogogin, the CEO of KamAZ.

    Under the terms of the agreement, KamAZ’s R&D Center will focus on energy-efficient projects to improve long-haul freight transportation and on developing IT solutions for trucks.


    On the side news: has it been now a common trend to open up a tech park in every major city in Russia?  Since Skolkovo was announced, there seems to be new technopark in Kazan, Irkutsk, Tomsk, Novosibrisk, etc.  I think it is a really good trend to have a centre in all these cities that deals with R&D, manufacturing and business relations.  These will be probably the leading locations for the future of development.  Now they just need small-medium sized businesses involved and Russia's economy can skyrocket (well, that with construction development is heavily needed).
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    X-Ray Microtomographic Scanner Production Launched in Siberia

    Post  sepheronx on Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:31 am

    Thanks guys!

    More news:

    X-Ray Microtomographic Scanner Production Launched in Siberia

    Tomsk State University (TSU) announced late last week that Tomsk Electrical Engineering and the local Semiconductor Instrument Research Institute (NIIPP) have jointly launched production of first Russian microtomographic scanners developed by TSU scientists.

    The partners are reported to have received orders for an inaugural 16 instruments.

    Good News for Russia for the future of development:

    UOMZ to have new Aided Machining Engineering Center

    Russia’s VEB Bank announced last week that it has inked a cooperation agreement with Yekaterinburg-based Urals Optical & Mechanical Plant calling for the joint development of a sectoral nanotech center and a robot-aided machining engineering center.

    The robot-aided machining engineering center to be completed in 4Q 2014 will have a projected capacity of more than 720,000 parts a year. Its product line is expected to include 3,000 different items.


    Biocad gets $8.6M Government Contract for Vital Drug R&D

    Biocad, a St. Petersburg-based biopharma, has won and signed four government contracts for drug-related R&D, Remedium.ru reports, citing a company source.

    The government is reportedly expected to pay the company a total of $8.6m to do the job.

    Under the terms of the contracts, Biocad will develop technologies and come up with methodologies to manufacture an antiretroviral synthetic drug to treat HIV; a peroral antiviral drug for chronic B-type hepatitis therapy; an antitumor immunomodulator possessing antiangiogenic properties, to be used in Kahler’s disease patients; and a drug to prevent and/or treat blood coagulation disorders caused by hereditary or acquired blood-coagulation factor VII deficit.



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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  Serbia Forever on Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:30 pm

    Great thread sepheronx!

    Russia Approves IT Development Roadmap

    MOSCOW, July 15 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian government approved a roadmap Monday for the domestic IT industry in an apparent move to boost the country's development in innovative spheres and diversify the economy away from raw material exports.
    The roadmap for 2013-2018, developed by the Communications Ministry on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, stipulates the development of IT research, infrastructure and specialist training and the creation of tax and legal benefits for IT companies, the website Digit.ru reported on Monday.
    “The IT sector needs a breakthrough. We need to raise the level of education in the IT sector, expand research in this sphere – both with the help of domestic higher education establishments and scientific organizations, and by creating new world-class research centers – as well as improve new mechanisms for supporting the IT business and exports of Russian high-tech products,” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a government meeting on Monday.
    “As a result, IT growth rates should exceed Russia’s average GDP growth at least threefold; this is what we can legitimately count on,” Medvedev said.
    Russia’s GDP grew only 3.4 percent last year – the lowest figure since the deep recession of 2009 – on weak demand for Russian exports in Europe.
    The number of high-performance IT jobs should exceed 600,000 by 2018 and the output and export of domestic IT products and IT services should have doubled by that time, the premier said.
    Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov, who was present at the government meeting, said Russia’s IT exports were expected to grow from $4.4 billion in 2012 to $9 billion by 2018, according to Digit.ru.
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    Russia Approves IT Development Roadmap

    Post  sepheronx on Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:48 am

    That is some good news. Although, there needs to be something to connect the institutions with the private/public enterprises because as it is, majority of breakthroughs in technology, happens at the universities, not at the industries. The industries usually just take that technology, expand it a bit, and then sell it en-mass.

    There could be a MAJOR breakthrough in the IT sector in Russia if, and only if, MCST, Micron, Elveese and multiklet decided to work with the local universities to produce new technologies, and they produce the means of manufacturing it.
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    About Technopolis Gusev

    Post  sepheronx on Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:03 pm

    Technopolis GS



    Technopolis GS is a unique private innovation cluster in the Kaliningrad region, which creates an ideal environment for the initiation, development and implementation of innovative ideas. Technopolis GS includes production zones, a research center, a business incubator and a residential area. GS Group is the general investor and initiator of the project. The project aims to establish close cooperation between Russian science and economics, as well as creating conditions for talented young Russian professionals to achieve self-fulfilment and benefit their country. Technopolis GS is located on in a special economic zone in the Kaliningrad region.

    Technopolis GS is a modern city where high-tech plants successfully operate, a comfortable infrastructure is being built, and a favourable environment for self-fulfilment and continuous growth for both technical and creative professionals is being formed. Together they make up the so-called "creative class", a layer in a society thinking in terms of the future and creating it now.

    The objective of the project is to create a new effective pole of innovative development for Russia.

    Technopolis GS includes:

    a production area: the large-scale production of innovative Russian products;
    a scientific research centre: a platform for the generation of new ideas,  and project development by talented Russian specialists;
    a business incubator and venture fund: the conditions for the establishment and growth of prospective young businesses based on the projects developed by Russian and foreign teams, idea generators;
    an education Center: for training specialists for the Technopolis;
    a residential zone: a European style landscaped community;
    Complexes with cultural and recreational facilities and offices for residents: consumer, cultural, recreational infrastructure supporting the lifestyle of the creative class, plant workers, residents and visitors to Technopolis.

    Technopolis GS enterprises:

    GS Nanotech is a micro and nano-electronics research and production centre. Its production capacity is 10 million microchips per year. This is the only Russian company providing encapsulating services to foreign customers. GS Nanotech production will allow for the packaging and testing of memory modules, single-chip and multichip microprocessors and other electronic components in PBGA, PQFN packages and others.
    The public company “NPO “Digital Television Systems” is a contractual production site which provides services for the surface mounting of motherboards and electronic equipment assembling. This plant is the largest radio-electronic production facility in Russia.
    LLC “Prankor” is a manufacturer of TV antennas and frames. Its production is unique for the North-West region of Russia with production output per month of more than 300 thousands items.
    The First Cardboard Factory is a modern enterprise producing a wide range of products from corrugated cardboard.
    IHBF “White Key” is an integrated house-building factory, a manufacturer of comfortable and affordable cottages planned individually with modular technology. Built to produce affordable and comfortable accommodation in the Kaliningrad region, the plant assembles houses, decorates, puts together furniture and sanitary ware sets in an industrial setting.
    The following objectives have been achieved in the Technopolis today:

    integrated economic development of the Technopolis, the improvement of its social infrastructure, the creation of conditions for encouraging innovative activities;
    development and expansion of the electronic industry cluster. Technopolis GS will include seven high-tech factories, five of which have already been built and are operating;
    the testing of a model of innovative development for a small Russian city which can later be used to rebuild the economy of other small towns in the country;
    The Technopolis has created new jobs. The number of employees working at the plants exceeds 2,000 people (as of December 1, 2012). There are plans to create at least 1,500 new jobs in the main production and 1,500 in the service sector.



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    Project background

    In 2007, in Gusev, for the first time in Russia, was established a production of set-top boxes for receiving satellite and terrestrial television broadcasts. Several months later, the General Satellite Corporation started building a plant in Gusev to manufacture household electronics products. The agreement between the mayor of Gusev, Nikolay Tsukanov, and the president of the General Satellite Corporation, Andrey Tkachenko, was signed in 2008, in order to create a modern industrial park in the city. The idea was approved by local authorities and was presented at the International Investment Forum "Sochi-2008".
    The decision to locate the new production facilities in Gusev, according to Andrey Tkachenko, was made for two reasons. First, the experience of the first similar plant that had been working in Gusev as part of the special economic zone - the official residence of the Corporation - was successful. Second, the administration of the city took a great interest in cooperation for the creation of Technopolis and in a comprehensive solution to the problem of the territory development.

    In 2009, two plants, JSC NPO Digital Television Systems (DTS) and Prankor, Ltd., were run - their products have no analogues in Russia. The plants produce set-top boxes for receiving the satellite and terrestrial TV broadcasts, and the production conveyor ensures a complete production cycle: starting with the motherboard and all the way up to the case and the satellite antennas as well. Formerly, most of these devices in the Russian market were imported, usually from China.

    Project mission

    To create in Gusev a new effective pole for innovative development of Russia.
    Project objectives

    comprehensive economic development of Gusev, improving its social infrastructure, creating conditions for the development of innovative activity in the city and transformation of Gusev into a Technopolis toward 2013.
    establishing in Gusev a radio-electronics industry cluster. The Project envisages the construction of 5 high-tech industries, 2 of which are already running.
    testing an innovative model of small cities development in Russia, which can be applied to revive other towns in the country, according to the Project results.
    Investments

    Total investments in the Project (2008–2013): 5 billion rubles.
    Until the February 2010, invested: 1,5 billion rubles.

    Technopolis area

    400 hectares. Over 3000 jobs.

    Project milestones

    2009:
    — Opening the Plant for the household radio-electronics products' manufacture;
    — Commissioning the Plant for manufacturing metal and plastic products by stamping.

    2010:
    — Opening a Factory for the production of corrugated cardboard and packaging;
    — Commissioning the House-Building Plant.

    2011:
    — Erection of the first stage of the cottage settlement in Gusev;
    — Commissioning the social and business center of Technopolis.

    2012:
    — Inaugurating a microelectronics Factory (microprocessors assembly and casing);
    — Construction of the second stage of the cottage settlement in Gusev;
    — Integrated land improvement and social infrastructure construction;
    — Opening a branch of SPSU, organization of educational and research process at the University's Education and Research Complex.

    2013:
    — Inaugurating a printed circuit board producing Plant;
    — Setting on foot a Customs Warehouse.

    The anticipated outcomes of the Project

    Development of new industries in Gusev
    -Household radio-electronics manufacturing Plant
    -Television antennas and case manufacturing Plant
    -Corrugated cardboard and packaging producing Factory
    -House-Building Plant
    -Microelectronics Plant.

    Creation of Educational and Scientific Research Center
    -Design Bureau
    -University Educational and Scientific Park (UESP)
    -Venture Fund for supporting and implementing research and development accomplished both within Technopolis and outside of it
    -Business Incubator – Industrial Park (BII).

    Social and economics outcomes for the city and region
    -increase the level and quality of life for the city and district residents;
    -strengthening innovation and business activity in the Kaliningrad region;
    -creating in Gusev a new Kaliningrad region growth pole.[11]

    National-scale results
    -formation of a modern radio-electronics industry cluster that can be an engine of innovation development of the branch;
    -testing an innovative model of development of small cities in Russia according to the example set by Gusev;
    -formation of a complex enterprise that can provide for the mobile digitalization of Russian TV;
    -creating an innovative growth pole and attracting Russian and foreign investments into domestic high-tech industry;
    -formation of Russia's image as a technologically advanced country.

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    University of Southern California seeks collaboration with Skolkovo

    Post  sepheronx on Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:05 pm

    http://marchmontnews.com/Technology-Innovation/Central-regions/19775-University-Southern-California-seeks-collaboration-with-Skolkovo-.html

    The Los Angeles-based University of Southern California (USC) has plans to collaborate with the Skolkovo innovation hub, the Skolkovo Foundation announced last week.

    Charles McKenna, professor of chemistry and vice dean for natural sciences at USC, is reported to have visited Skolkovo’s main techno-park last week to take a look at its microanalysis and prototyping lab, talk to executives at Skolkovo and Skoltech (Skolkovo University for Science and Innovation), and also meet residents of Skolkovo’s biomed cluster doing research in areas that are of interest for the American university.

    According to Mr. McKenna, during his visit he purposed to assess and agree upon prospects for collaboration, especially in the area of start-up development and research activity. As the USC vice dean put it after his meetings, the partners want to jointly create “a new chemical compound in innovation development.”
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:30 pm

    Russia Mulls Opening Branch of Skolkovo Tech Hub in Belarus

    MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) – A decision to set up a branch of Russia’s Skolkovo high-tech hub in Belarus will be made before the end of this year, the secretary of the Russia-Belarus union state said Wednesday.
    “We discussed the issue of creating a Skolkovo branch in Belarus as a structure that would work jointly with Skolkovo on innovation projects,” Grigory Rapota said.
    “There is a strict instruction to resolve this issue before the end of this year, and I believe it will be resolved.”
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:17 pm

    Big news

    Rusnano and Crocus Technologies co developed a company called "Daughter" that first phase of construction was launched on a new facility to build MRAM (Magnetoresistive) memory build with 90nm technology, first in the world. The plant will produce by 2014, around 500 Wafers per week at 200 - 300mm wafer CMOS technology, and it will employ around 100 specialists.

    The co development is between Rusnano and Crocus Technologies. The investment was 10B rubels with which Rusnano invested 4.4 B of it.

    http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?depth=1&nv=1&rurl=translate.google.com&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/42954/&usg=ALkJrhiIJaNe7FB1DoKFsNy_WnBJTe5GLQ

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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  Austin on Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:50 pm

    Looks very promising and innovative .....something along the lines Russia need to develop in decades ahead.

    I always wondered why Russia could not come with a Samsung or an Apple of the world ....hopefully we might see that in years ahead.
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:16 pm

    Probably not. Market is too over saturated. Closest would be Sitronics as they are the biggest and their products can be found in most developed countries.

    This though, if developed enough, will find itself in a lot of military and space equipment, as MRAM would be less susceptible than regular circits in heavy magnetic fields.

    If lets say that sitronics owned MCST, Elvees and this company, as well as any other company that deals with making things like fridges, sound systems, ect then they could be like samsung. But companies that do deal in that are all pretty small or medium sized in Russia, or state owned. Having such a large corporation like that my not be the best due to lack of domestic competition. As well, only so much money can be gained via taxes for the state.

    Maybe other company could be GS Group as well, since they own the private tech cluster technopolis GS in Kaliningrad.

    It would be nice to see MCST be merged with elvees instead as both would mean more financing and both deal with microprocessor technologies, elvees dealing with RISC and its neuromatrix while MCST has Elbrus line of SPARC and x86. MCST uses elvees dsp cores, so why not merge two of them as elvees has more money and could have much larger market share.

    It is mentioned in link pertaining to the link I shared about moving to 65nm tech and producing at least 1000 a week after 2014.
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:15 pm

    Skolkovo launches Hydrocarbon Center for education and R&D
    Skoltech, Skolkovo’s university of education and technology, has launched its second Center for Science, Innovation and Education to focus on advanced hydrocarbon exploration and production technologies, the Skolkovo Foundation website announced.

    A classic example of private-public partnership, the Center will focus on a variety of segments, including hydrocarbon exploration and production; geothermal energy; and carbon dioxide sequestration aimed at isolating carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reducing the greenhouse effect. The Center will be expected to meet specific technology needs that Russian oil and gas producers have.
    Bad News
    Russian prosecutors report $4bn embezzlement in Skolkovo
    The Attorney General’s Office of Russia has discovered new embezzlement cases in the operation of the Skolkovo Foundation, RBC daily reported, citing a source in the Office.

    The prosecutors who have conducted a thorough investigation indicate multiple cases of “unrestricted spending” and a “lack of diligence” in the work of some executives at the foundation that runs the development and operation of Skolkovo, Russia’s government-sponsored innovation hub just outside Moscow.

    “The Skolkovo Foundation management has failed to ensure proper supervision of the ‘innovation city’ development project, which has resulted in unrestricted and way too excessive squandering of funds to the detriment of the state,” the Attorney General’s Office pointed out.

    The prosecutors estimate that unwarranted spending, including new large-scale embezzlement, has cost Russia’s federal coffers an astronomical $4bn.
    They need to sack almost everyone in charge of Skolkovo and look elsewhere for others to help in the project. Technopolis GS is completely private and had no issues whatsoever. This project on the other hand, as good as some came out of it, there is a lot of theft.
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    Scientific and Innovation Development of Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:45 pm

    I wanted to create this thread as an alternative to the modernization of Russia thread simply to post scientific and technological advancements and other news, without cluttering the other thread. As well all know, Russia has a lot of advances in technologies, but unfortunately, due to poor handling of the government and communication amongst the industry and the institutions, many of these technologies do not see the light of day on the open market; which hinders Russia's growth.

    Anyway, some news I want to post (some of these may be repeats of the other thread):

    Siberian mobile interfaces win hearts of BIT contest jury
    Appercode, a project developed by a resident of Novosibirsk’s Academpark in Siberia, was pronounced the winner of te federal BIT tech project competition. The news came last week during Moscow’s international Open Innovations forum, the Academpark website announced.

    Appercode has developed a platform to create mobile apps interfaces, which is said to enable a three-to-five time reduction of the time and cost of developing such interfaces for the iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8 powered devices without any loss in their quality. The project is reported to have outshone more than 1,500 other contenders for the first prize from 80 cities of Russia and the former Soviet Union.
    [url= http://marchmontnews.com/Technology-Innovation/Urals/20262-Extreme-North-region-encourages-local-innovation.html]Extreme North region encourages local innovation[/url]
    A reported 64 projects have applied for participation in an innovation project competition being held by the authorities of the Yamal-Nenets region in Northwest Siberia, Alliance-Media reported.

    Most applications reportedly came from the IT and tourism sectors (13 and nine projects, respectively).

    In addition, regional innovators are seeking government support in pushing their projects in food and light industries, ecology, energy saving and alternative energy, public utilities, housing construction in the Extreme North conditions, transportation, and road building.
    Next gen fiber optic probe developed and manufactured in Urals
    Alexander Korsakov, a young scientist at Ural Federal University (UrFU) in Yekaterinburg, has been awarded this year’s Russian Youth Prize for Nanotechnology for the development of brand new fiber optic probes for infrared interferometer spectrometers, the UrFU press service announced.

    Developed just recently, the new probes have already been put into production at UrFU’s Innovation Infrared Fiber Technologies Center.
    In Siberia, eco-friendly coal burning cuts costs and boosts efficiency
    An automated eco-friendly and energy-efficient coal burning project, developed by EcoEnergia in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk, has got to the top of the new Russian Startup Rating (RSR), the KRITBI innovation business incubator announced. EcoEnergia is a resident of this Krasnoyarsk-based incubator.

    The project has been given a ranking of AA-90, which means “high probability of success.”

    All projects, screened in accordance with a special RSR methodology, fell into three categories: new materials and equipment (High-Tech), biotechnology and medicine (BioMed), and IT, including Internet and mobile start-ups.

    EcoEnergia ranked among the leaders in the High-Tech category. Its project aims to create an automated system that pre-treats and helps burn at thermal power stations the coals of the Kansk-Achinsk Coal Basin in Siberia.
    By 2023, Ulyanovsk Nanotech Center to launch 96 new start-ups
    Over the next ten years the Ulyanovsk Nanotech Center in the mid-Volga area wants to launch as many as 96 new start-ups generating about $1.4bn in aggregate revenue, Alliance-Media reported, citing a statement by Governor Sergei Morozov of the Ulyanovsk region.

    The governor announced the plans during the Open Innovations international forum that was held last week in Moscow.
    Young Ulyanovsk Nanotech Center nurtures 30 high-tech projects
    The recently launched Ulyanovsk Nanotech Center in the mid-Volga area is supporting about 30 high-tech projects, regional news agency Media 73.ru reported.

    According to Andrei Redkin, the CEO of the Center, an overall investment the company has raised so far is already twice the amount the Ulyanovsk region once paid to build the Center.

    The region allocated about $6m. The overall tab for the project ran up to almost $40m, with Rusnano, Russia’s nanotech giant, providing most of the funds.
    St. Pete and Silicon Valley scientists keen to retire silicon in electronics
    Scientists from St. Petersburg and Silicon Valley are collaborating to grow super-thin nanodiamond film to be used in new generation electronics, the Vesti TV website reported.

    The research is being conducted on the premises of St. Petersburg State Electrical Engineering University, a leading educational and R&D hub bearing the historical abbreviation of LETI. Based on microscopic films and nanodiamonds, which the scientists grow right in their labs, the team wants to lay the foundation for brand new computers and mobile phones.
    Sberbank to boost innovation in Kaluga’s agriculture
    Sberinvest, an investment arm of Sberbank, Russia’s largest savings bank, has unveiled plans to assist the Kaluga region in Central Russia in developing its innovation bioindustry segment in agriculture. An agreement has been reached between the company and the region’s agricultural authorities, Sberinvest announced.
    Russia disburses another $60m for another four regional high-tech parks
    Four more Russian regions will receive over $60m in federal co-funding by the end of next year to build their own high-technology techno-parks, as Russia’s eight-year techno-park funding program continues, the Russian Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications announced last week following the completion of its open tender for Russia’s regions.

    This time, the winning regions include Moscow, the Sverdlovsk and Penza regions (in the Urals and in Central Russia, respectively), and the Republic of Mordovia in the mid-Volga area.
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:51 pm

    Bad News and Good News:
    Rusnano shuts down its Nitol poly-Si project in Siberia
    Rusnano, Russia’s largest nanotech company, has shut down Nitol, its poly-Si production project in the Irkutsk region in Siberia which has brought multibillion ruble loss, Russian business daily Vedomosti reported.

    According to Anatoly Chubais, the president of Rusnano, Rusnano’s decision to close the Nitol project in the town of Usolye Sibirskoye has been backed by the Russian Government.

    However, Rusnano will continue to tap into renewable energy technologies and is expected to launch a new project in Usolye to manufacture components for solar generation equipment. This will be a focus on much deeper processing rather than just making raw material which Nitol did, Mr. Chubais said.

    The decision to start a new endeavor stems from the Russian Government’s recently adopted seven-year strategy aimed at supporting renewable energy in this country. The $230m effort is expected to have an IRR of 31%, Rusnano reckons.
    @ Austin

    This is what I was getting at when saying that even if Russia started up a company late doing something that half the world does already, then it will not be profitable and would end up dead. This above is an example of it. They were developing polisilicon and nothing else. At the time it was inducted, silicon prices were up. Now they are so far down, that is was not profitable to keep the business and such, it was shut down. Now they are building a new plant in its place to produce solar power modules and alike, so an actual end product other than just the silicon. It was a smart move by Rusnano to shut this plant down, as it was not profitable (so a drain), and they could build something else instead in its place (in this case, many who lost their jobs will end up getting a new job in the proposed new plant). And as mentioned in the news above this post, St. Pete and Silicon Valley scientists are working on an alternative to silicon for technology development. So it would probably be in Russia's best interest to further look into that and get involved in building a plant that can actually produce the alternative stuff, and this could lead Russia in the semiconductor industry. Not rehashing the same things. People would be interested in purchasing Russian semiconductors that do not require silicon.
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  flamming_python on Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:34 am

    L0L

    $4 billion? Not bad, not a bad heist they pulled off at all.

    Somehow, I had my doubts that this sort of highway robbery was still possible in Russia today; for a project with so many international connections and investors, and with such a high-profile, aiming to show the 'new Russia'. Hell, Medvedev even took the trouble to appoint one of Russia's richest men to head it, Viktor Vekselberg, undoubtedly under the logic that since he already has so much money he wouldn't bother trying to steal a bit more.

    Well I see I've been proved wrong.

    I guess what's encouraging, is that it's been uncovered, and the guilty parties (at least some of them), will be punished.
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Sun Nov 10, 2013 12:41 am

    flamming_python wrote:L0L

    $4 billion? Not bad, not a bad heist they pulled off at all.

    Somehow, I had my doubts that this sort of highway robbery was still possible in Russia today; for a project with so many international connections and investors, and with such a high-profile, aiming to show the 'new Russia'. Hell, Medvedev even took the trouble to appoint one of Russia's richest men to head it, Viktor Vekselberg, undoubtedly under the logic that since he already has so much money he wouldn't bother trying to steal a bit more.

    Well I see I've been proved wrong.

    I guess what's encouraging, is that it's been uncovered, and the guilty parties (at least some of them), will be punished.
    Hopefully the money will end up back in Skolkovo somehow. That, and the arrest of the responsible may send a message out. Although, it seems the other technoparks in Russia are doing better at getting developed then Skolkovo is. Technopolis GS, there is Technopolis in Moscow, etc, and none of them have even remotely the amount of problems regarding corruption than Skolkovo, which is two for this technopark.
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  Regular on Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:24 pm

    Well Vekselberg never had perfect reputation.

    It seems that private technoparks are the way to go. Instead of finding ways how to spend federal funds private technoparks try to work with business and get private investors
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:44 am

    Inter RAO, Russian energy major, introduces innovation to cut its costs
    Inter RAO, one of Russia’s leading electrical energy companies with a broad international presence, announced last week that it is developing innovation technologies to cut its operation costs.

    On the premises of the Kostroma Heat and Power Station in Central Russia, the energy giant has launched its innovation start-up called “Inter RAO – Coating Application Center.” This is the first project brought to fruition by Energy Without Borders, an R&D fund set up by Inter RAO back in 2011.
    Nanoceramics technologies mastered in Siberia’s Omsk
    Sibtochmash, an industrial developer in Omsk, in Siberia, is pushing its technology to manufacture nanoceramics-based parts of any complexity, portal Innovanews.ru reported.

    Using their new proprietary method is said to enable the processing of ceramics, a fairly fragile material, into a nanomodified material strong enough to be used even in the defense sector.

    For example, the Siberian company manufactures turbine blade rods, a kind of product that has never before been made from ceramics.

    Igor Zinkin, the CEO of Sibtochmash, has strong faith in ceramics as a material of the future to be eagerly sought in the market.

    The company is also developing a 3D printer to work with ceramics; the printer is currently being tested.
    Russia moves to integrate Siberian radio electronics assets in new cluster
    Roselectronica, the federal umbrella company for Russia’s radio electronics manufacturers, is setting up Electronica-Siberia, an R&D and production cluster bringing together four Siberian assets, Roselectronica announced.

    The new cluster will feature three Novosibirsk-based radio electronics companies, including NPO Vostok, the Oksid radio component factory and the semiconductor instrument maker, as well as the Research Institute of Semiconductor Instruments in the neighboring city of Tomsk.

    The three Novosibirsk assets will be integrated on one industrial platform, for which a new production complex is being built in the region, and the existing facilities are being revamped.
    Renova subsidiary and Novosibirsk nanotech center team up for carbon material R&D
    Energoprom, a sizable Russian industrial group which is part of international Renova Group run by Viktor Vekselberg, has agreed with SIGMA.Novosibirsk, a new nanotech center in Siberia, on joint implementation of new carbon material development projects, Delovoy Kvartal – Novosibirsk reported last week.

    In addition, the partners are reportedly in talks over the setup of an engineering company that would focus on Energoprom’s main R&D areas, including the development of anode material for lithium-ion storage batteries, new graphite/carbon components for aerial contact wires used by electric public transport, large siliconized graphites for nuclear energy and metallurgic projects, and others.
    Mordovia to pioneer Russia’s solar component production
    A new high tech production line is being set up in Mordovia’s city of Saransk, in the mid-Volga area, to manufacture polycrystalline silicon, silicon wafers, photocells and solar modules for solar energy projects, the official website of the Mordovia government announced.

    The new line will be launched on the premises of Electrovypryamitel, a local factory in Saransk.
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    As well, in the news, Rusnano is contemplating opening up 2 - 3 more Nanotech centres if the three that are already set up show progress in effectiveness (in other words, if it is profitable). It seems in the last news above, they could very well end up being good, as Energoprom is massive and such contracts and deals would be good for the overall economy. It costs about $45M to open up one cluster, which is a lot. Rusnano should play smart though, as they already invested for 11 for such facilities in the country. Hopefully they will also open up facilities to be able to produce end goods besides just R&D.
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Sat Nov 30, 2013 11:35 am

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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  Viktor on Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:07 pm

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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:03 am

    Skolkovo resident company upgrades Samsung manufacturing in Russia

    The Samsung manufacturing plant outside of Kaluga, is getting overahuled with automation by a Skolkovo resident company by the name of RoboCV

    Turkish Investors

    Turkish Investors are looking to set up shop in Ulaynovsk

    A 'Skolkovo' like park near St.Petersburg

    So it appears that construction was approved to build a Innovation Park like Skolkovo outside of St.Petersburg. The field of development will be aimed at Nanotechnologies and Advanced utilities, with it being held by Rusnano.

    Putin Calls for Overhaul of Key Investment Organizations

    Skolkovo Innovation Fund, Rusnano and RVC are called out to move its aim back to its original purpose: To invest in R&D of high technologies to diversified economy. It is mentioned that many of the investments may be good enough; however, they are not following their initial purpose of as to why they were created.

    My own views: Rusnano is proving to be very useful for Russia as out of their 300+ projects, only 22 of them have been unsuccessful, which is much better track record than some institutes in US during Obama's first term. Issue is, a lot of the investments where aimed at producing things already created (at least its done in Russia), or co-investing in US projects. Chubias said, and it has been known, that Rusnano can actually take care of itself as it does not need funds from Gov. I seriously think of just letting Rusnano go in its own direction, and use money gained from it (privatize Rusnano) and open up another venture organization aimed at what Rusnano was original purpose was. As well, there are too many different venture funds for same thing. Consolidate them into one. The more sub-organizations, more the system can be abused.

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    Tatarstan to host production of Russian- Saudi JV of Glass Reinforced Plastic Pipes
    Tatarstan in the mid-Volga area may expect a new Russo-Saudi project over the next two years, aimed at developing Russian-based production of world-class glass reinforced plastic pipes, announced Compozit, a Russian developer and manufacturer of composite material based products and the Russian partner in the international project.

    Zelenograd 3D Printer Company - Any consumer can become producer

    And for good reasons too. As 3D printing is becoming more popular, the Russian company in Zelenograd who recently put for sale their Picaso 3D printer, believes that any consumer will be able to become a producers.

    My own View: At one point, in Japan, it was common for households having some capability to produce plastic materials as the technology got smaller, and many companies (big and small) would purchase from the common man with such equipment in their basement, and that can be profitable for many. This 3D printer in Russia will make the company wealthy and many people wealthy as well, as it will make manufacturing significantly easier. I will be interested to see if they will build one for sale in industrial use, much larger, with more refined Resin. Lets see if Rusnano will start up a company for production of Resin based off of nanotechnologies.
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    In Tyumen, Local Technopark Resident creates Artificial brain
    Scientists in Tyumen, in Northwest Siberia, are developing “an artificial brain.” The actual implementer of the project is TASO, a resident of the local high technology park, announced the official website of Tyumen State University, the parent organization for TASO.

    TASO is a high-tech developer of artificial cognitive systems. It was set up two years ago by a team of neural networks and software developers associated with Tyumen State University.

    The company hopes to create a brand new class of artificial cognitive systems that it refers to as “TASO NeuroLEGO.” This is expected to become an engineering system capable of learning new knowledge, recognizing images, analyzing information it receives, and ultimately having the ability to ‘
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    Rusnano and Crocus Technologies

    Post  Viktor on Sat Dec 21, 2013 2:01 pm

    6.7 bin $ for Roselektronika alone by 2020 - Huge investment to make Russia has full up to date electronic production and development.

    "holding "Roselektronika" plans until 2020 to invest in the innovative development of its member companies more 219 billion rubles. The program provides for research and development, technological modernization, including modernization, energy efficiency and cleaner production and productivity, as well as the formation of innovation infrastructure and staff training. Almost 90 billion rubles, or 41% of the funds will be focused on the development, production and promotion of high-tech civilian products.Costs will be covered by equity holding from operating activities. These funds will be used to design and manufacture ECB, microwave electronics and materials, systems and communications and automated systems for special purposes, industrial electronics, information and communications solutions, security systems, medical and scanning microwave equipment"


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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:22 am

    As per Development and Modernization thread, its been quiet.

    Scientists from FIAN and RCC create a quantum computer
    Employees of a joint laboratory of the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FIAN) and the Russian Quantum Centre (RCC) have created a new model of a quantum computer on a diamond crystal and proposed a method of overwriting data in a "computer".
    RCC experts and LPI jointly conduct research and work on the preparation of highly qualified Russian specialists in the field of quantum technologies.
    Quantum computer - computing device that uses in its work quantum-mechanical effects. The principal feature of these computers is the traditional use of quantum systems with two possible states (the so-called quantum bits, qubits) instead of binary representation of information in the form of 0 and 1.
    Qubit can be electron spin receiving state, conventionally called "top" and "bottom". For their work computers should "be able to" change spin state (this process of recording information) and track this change (this procedure is reading information).

    Moscow nanopowder for antibacterial textile and spasers
    Scientists at the Moscow-based Lebedev Physical Institute (LPI) have developed a device to get nanopowder from metal oxides and carbon, a material useful in a range of sectors, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

    A research team led by Dr. Mishik Kazarian is said to have designed and made an operational prototype of a system enabling acoustoplasma discharge in liquids, which is a powerful electrical discharge that alters the properties of plasma when acted upon by some external ultrasound ‘irradiation,’ thus causing an increased rate of particle transfer in electrodes.

    Russian scientific diasporas gather in March in Arizona
    Russian-speaking scientific diasporas are holding on March 10-11 in Tempe, Arizona, their conference to discuss international collaboration among former Russian citizens. RuSciTech Forum USA 2014 is being put together by an international group of Russian-speaking experts in science and technology to focus on issues in high-tech research, education, and business, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing a source in the Forum’s organizing committee.

    According to the source, the conference is expected to help deliver collaboration mechanisms linking up Russian-based organizations and ethnic Russian scientists working abroad. Another focal point is interaction between Russian and international researchers and educational institutions in both science and training of students. Participants will discuss snags that occur in collaboration, and will analyze examples of specific joint projects, including issues that arise in looking for funding.

    Skolkovo backs new instrumentation development effort
    Fourier Photonics, a resident of Skolkovo’s nuclear technology cluster, has received a $140,000 grant from the Skolkovo Foundation to create an operational prototype of an improved interference spectrometer to research into substances, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing a source at the Foundation.

    Interference spectrometers represent a special class of instruments showing enhanced precision in spectral measurements. They are used in the pharmaceutical and food sectors to identify substances and check the authenticity of drugs.

    Moscow’s MISiS bets on supercomputing for fast creation of ‘smart’ materials
    MISiS, a leading Russian technology university based in Moscow, has received a $2.7m ‘megagrant’ from the Russian Government to start developing Russia’s first supercomputer-based capabilities to create new materials for various sectors, MISiS announced.

    The new state-of-the-art lab is expected to provide a fast track for supplying the Russian economy with materials that has specific given properties, said Prof. Igor Abrikosov from the University of Linköping in Sweden who will lead the future lab.

    Siberian scientists use copper to fight infections
    Scientists at Tomsk State University (TSU) in Siberia are looking into the properties of special molecules called nanopumps which can remove heavy metals from cells; based on the results they want to develop a brand new approach towards treating infectious diseases, using copper ions, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing Olga Karnachuk, the head of TSU’s chair of plants physiology and biotechnology.

    Innovation heart implant production envisioned in Siberia
    A new production line to manufacture next gen cardioimplants based on silicon-coated titanium nickelide will be set up in Academpark, in Siberia’s Novosibirsk, Academpark announced.

    The implant will be placed in a patient’s heart and is expected to help boost recovery of living tissues and prevent complications as silicon is known for its biocompatibility properties, the Novosibirsk techno-park explained.

    Nizhny Novgorod’s UNN joins winners in Russia’s ‘megagrant’ program
    The Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN) has joined the winners of the Russian Government’s fourth open competition for large grants that are expected to help develop innovation scientific projects led by the world’s top researchers, UNN announced.

    UNN’s effort at the competition has resulted in the Nizhny Novgorod university winning two of what is known as ‘megagrants’ for the implementation of two sizable projects. One, led by Academician Sergei Nedospasov, a Russian biologist, is focused on developing new drugs and therapies for autoimmune diseases. The other is expected to help create biocompatible luminescent nanosystems for theranostics (a combinatory approach to therapy and diagnostics) and is led by Andrei Zvyagin, a professor at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

    Russo-US team in Perm works to retire conventional syringes
    An international group led by Russian scientists from Perm State University (PSU), in the West Urals, is developing a replacement for conventional syringes to painlessly draw hypodermic (subcutaneous) fluid which is analogous to blood, the Russian university announced.

    Prof. Mark Prausnitz of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, U.S, is also part of the research team. The scientists are working on a technology that would enable collection and analysis of interstitial (tissue) fluid, using microneedle devices.

    New boards for electronic devices expected to ensure high heat removal
    Rusalox, a Rusnano portfolio company, has launched Russian-based production of new boards for electronic devices that require extensive heat removal, the official Rusnano website announced.

    Semiconductor device makers, especially LED manufacturers, typically face a major problem of rapid and efficient heat removal. One of the solutions here is using a method that enables selective step-by-step oxidation of aluminum during board production.

    R&D partners in St. Petersburg develop solar components for spacecraft
    The St. Petersburg based Thin Film Scientific and Engineering Center for Energy has joined the local Ioffe Physical Technical Institute in an effort to develop new solar components for power supply systems of spacecraft, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported, citing information from Hevel Solar, a JV between the Renova group of companies and Rusnano.

    Far Eastern scientists and Skoltech launch collaboration
    North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutia, Russia’s largest region in the Far East, and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have agreed to collaborate in the field of education. Energy, biomed, nanotech, ecology and IT have been chosen as priority areas, the NEFU website announced.

    “The agreement is aimed at coordinating interaction in the development of educational technologies to train the next generation of engineers, introduce CDIO standards and undertake joint scientific and engineering projects, with the overall goal of training world-class specialists,” said Vasily Savvinov, the director of NEFU’s Strategic Development Department.
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    Re: Νew Technologies and Innovation Development in Russia

    Post  sepheronx on Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:07 am

    Putin wants policy makers to allow for Russian science’s competitive advantages
    President Vladimir Putin of Russia wants the Russian Government to consider changing the very principle of funding scientific research. His decree was published on January 15 on the Kremlin website among other presidential statements made in the wake of the December 20, 2013 meeting with members of the Presidential Council for Science and Education.

    “For the purposes of optimizing the use of budgetary funds” the Russian Cabinet is now expected to develop a mechanism of financing fundamental research primarily through targeted budgetary grants rather than funds allocated for broad national programs, according to the decree.

    In addition, Mr. Putin wants the Cabinet and the Russian Academy of Sciences to develop, by May 1, suggestions for a program of increasing salaries for scientists who “have achieved exceptional results in their research.”

    Also, the Russian Ministry of Science and Education is expected to develop mechanisms of government support for Russia’s scientific journals.

    Good to hear. This will really push scientists to be more competitive as well as successful in their research, rather than the useless research that comes out all the time.

    Moscow nanopowder for antibacterial textile and spasers
    Scientists at the Moscow-based Lebedev Physical Institute (LPI) have developed a device to get nanopowder from metal oxides and carbon, a material useful in a range of sectors, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.

    A research team led by Dr. Mishik Kazarian is said to have designed and made an operational prototype of a system enabling acoustoplasma discharge in liquids, which is a powerful electrical discharge that alters the properties of plasma when acted upon by some external ultrasound ‘irradiation,’ thus causing an increased rate of particle transfer in electrodes.

    DisplAir ditches airborne display production idea, opts for technology licensing
    DisplAir, the inventor of an interactive airborne display with full-scale multi-touch support based in Astrakhan, in the Lower Volga, has decided to scrap its old display production strategy and move to licensing its own technologies to other companies, innovation news portal Venture Business News reported.

    As was aired most recently, an unaffordable level of expenses required to set up shop has prompted the Astrakhan developer to opt for an effort to improve the technology and start licensing it for use by other companies in their consumer products. In this new strategy, DisplAir is closing its office in Astrakhan, leaving only its R&D department to go on with the project.

    “The board of directors fully supports the company’s new strategy and is ready to render as much assistance as needed to keep it going,” said Alexander Chachava, a managing partner at LETA Capital, a Russian VC fund, and board member at DisplAir.

    Not surprising. Now days it is hard for a new company to just start in building something new and advanced, without having an actual product that is able to be produced in numbers. Investments will run dry eventually. Good to hear that they are moving to licensing out the technology though. Will help with the bills.

    Sputniks launches control complex for private microsatellites in downtown Moscow
    Sputniks (Satellite Innovation Space Systems), a private Russian aerospace systems developer and resident of Skolkovo’s space and IT cluster, has launched in Moscow its ground-based data reception and microsatellite control complex. At the moment, the complex is being tested when receiving signals from third-party satellites, the Skolkovo Foundation website reported.
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    Tomsk Polytechnic launches Cataloge Website

    Post  sepheronx on Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:19 am

    Tomsk Polytechnic launches web-based catalog of innovation solutions



    Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) in Siberia announced last week the launch of its new web-based catalog, inno.tpu.ru, describing the university’s best innovation projects and providing contact information about the developers. This is a bilingual website, with all the main project data fully available in English as well.

    As of today, the new website highlights about a hundred projects in various fields, and the list will be updated and augmented on a regular basis, TPU promises.

    The catalog contains what TPU considers its scientists’ most advanced innovation solutions. They are structured and featured using a user-friendly interface.

    Each solution page on the website has visualization functionality and offers a concise, yet fairly exhaustive summary explaining what goals the project pursues, what technical characteristics and specific competitive advantages are, and what the current status of project development is.

    Using sophisticated interactive functionality one can contact the developers of each of the projects listed. Customers, both current and potential, can not only familiarize themselves with existing projects but also fill out an online form to request research that they specifically need.

    The solutions listed on the new website cover eight research areas, including biotechnology and medical instruments; rational use of natural resources; IT and instrument making; surface modification and new materials; nondestructive inspection; water purification; energy and energy saving; and mechanical engineering.

    In addition, inno.tpu.ru offers users TPU’s plans for participation in technology exhibitions and contact information for TPU spin-off companies, and also enables people to establish business relationships with the Siberian university’s leading scientists.

    The TPU department behind the initiative is its Tech Transfer Center, an intermediary between university developers and potential customers.

    According to the Tech Transfer Center, the new website is pursuing a dual goal of promoting TPU researchers’ products across the globe and also helping the developers themselves. TPU scientists can tap into the opportunities that inno.tpu.ru offers to get help in pushing their projects, doing marketing studies, and developing their innovation businesses.

    More universities need to do this in order to get more support from the public/private sector. More transparency, more information on the technologies they are developing, and thus possible easier access for companies to acquire license to build that technology.

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