Ivan Ozhgikhin, Senior Managing Director of the RUSNANO Management Company: If the Conditions for Young Scientists Are Created, the Economy Benefits from Unique Technologies

06 June 2021

Creating conditions for young scientists, including the development of special platforms and intellectual property protection, will lead to their developments and ideas being able to move into a real business, resulting in unique products and solutions appearing on the market, said Ivan Ozhgikhin, Senior Managing Director of the RUSNANO Management Company at the SPIEF in the Session “Career Trajectories for Young Scientists: Science, Business, and Technological Entrepreneurship. New Development Opportunities on the Road to the Knowledge Economy”.

The rapid development of high-tech industries and the emergence of companies’ own R&D centers are dramatically changing the way science works around the world. Universities have stepped up their research efforts and are setting up technology parks to build startups with opportunities for the rapid commercialization of scientific research. All of this creates a high demand for highly qualified researchers and developers and opens up new opportunities for young scientists, the panelists said.

In his speech, Ivan Ozhgikhin noted that for the successful technological development of the country, appropriate conditions and motivation had to be created for young scientists. “We need to protect intellectual property rights, develop and create B2S (Business-to-Science) and S2B platforms. This will enable young scientists to find applications for their developments in laboratories and engineering R&D centers in the real economy. Businesses, in turn, will gain new scientific and technological solutions and products that are in demand in the market or, moreover, products and solutions that will enable the formation of new markets and consumption patterns,” he said.

Ozhgikhin recalled that RUSNANO had been providing comprehensive support to young entrepreneurs and scientists for more than 10 years. The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, part of the RUSNANO Group, is one of the largest innovation infrastructure development institutions in Russia. Its goal is the financial and non-financial development of high-tech sectors of the economy by implementing national projects, forming and developing innovative infrastructure, transforming further education through the creation of new curricula and educational technologies, and providing institutional and informational support to help bring technological solutions and finished products to the market.

Since its inception, the Fund has supported more than 800 startups. Thanks to the Fund’s involvement, OCSiAl has evolved from an idea of scientists into Russia’s only “unicorn” in the material-based sector.

The event was also attended by Alexandra Glazkova, the URALCHEM’s Deputy General Director for Organizational Development, Nikita Marchenkov, acting head of the Kurchatov Synchrotron-Neutron Research Complex at the NRC Kurchatov Institute, Mikhail Samsonov, R-Pharm Group Medical Department Director, Olga Tarasova, Chairman of the Youth Council of the All-Russian Society of Inventors and Innovators (VOIR), and Boris Korobets, First Vice-Rector—Vice-Rector for Research and Strategic Development of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.  The session was moderated by Vadim Tarasov, Director of the Institute of Translational Medicine and Biotechnology. The event was partnered by the Coordinating Council for Youth in Science and Education of the Presidential Council for Science and Education.

Reference

The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.

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The RUSNANO Group includes the RUSNANO Joint Stock Company, the RUSNANO Management Company and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 138 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.