RUSNANO News Sat, 16 Jan 2021 05:11:44 +0300 Igor Shuvalov Meets with Sergey Kulikov, Head of RUSNANO <p>Igor Shuvalov, the head of VEB.RF, has had a working meeting with Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company, in RUSNANO&rsquo;s headquarters.</p> <p>During the meeting they discussed questions relating to the organization of cooperation on administrative reforms and high-priority joint projects. In the course of their conversation, it was pointed out that, in its work on organizing development institutions, VEB would need to draw on RUSNANO&rsquo;s expertise, particularly in relation to the latter&rsquo;s innovation activities.</p> <p>On October 23, 2020 Mikhail Mishustin, head of the Government of the Russian Federation, announced a reform of the system of development institutions. After the reorganization their work should be synchronized with the national development goals defined by the President, and with the national projects.</p> Wed, 9 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Alisher Kalanov: The New Program to Support Renewable Energy Will Technologically Reformat the Market <h5>Alisher Kalanov, who is the director of the renewable energy investment division at RUSNANO Group, took part in the annual conference The Future of Renewable Energy in Russia, which is organized by Vedomosti newspaper. He talked about the technological challenges that renewable energy market participants will face in the upcoming years.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Alisher Kalanov, Head of Investment Division RES" src="/upload/images/news/KalanovAB.jpg" /></p> <p>According to Alisher Kalanov, the terms and conditions stipulated in the renewable energy support program (dubbed DPM VIE 2.0 in Russian) will launch a new mechanism that will cause every investor and technology partner to contemplate how to increase the efficiency of power generation equipment. &ldquo;Since the new program, besides outlining the requirements for localization and exports, contains the requirements put forth for increasing efficiency, each of the players will need to analyze the capability that it has to present what is, in essence, a new wind turbine for the new program,&rdquo; he stated. It needs to help boost productivity, and should fit into the economic CAPEX and OPEX restraints that are present in the financial models.</p> <p>Alisher Kalanov emphasized that this is a challenge that will help foster a certain technological development, as well as technological alignment with the processes taking place all over the world.</p> <p>Another global challenge that will affect this technological reformatting for the market is green hydrogen. &ldquo;We feel that this topic will become a pressing one much more quickly than we expected. And the documents that we are seeing today, along with the requests submitted by our contractor organizations, have allowed us to realize that the first pilot projects will begin to take shape as early as next year,&rdquo; said Alisher Kalanov, adding that for its part green hydrogen - in conjunction with wind energy - will lead to the development of a new cluster in Russia: offshore wind power. According to him, this is an additional area of focus for technology that will also assume a distinct form in Russia starting next year.</p> Wed, 9 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 A RUSNANO Portfolio Company Has Completed Phase III Clinical Trials on the Drug Epolong to Help Treat Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease <h5>Pharmsynthez PJSC, which is a portfolio company for RUSNANO PJSC, successfully completed phase III clinical trials Epolong, an original drug designed to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).</h5> <p>The results of the Russian stage of the study, together with data collected from numerous phase I and II clinical trials in India, Australia, and New Zealand, validate that Epolong, when used twice a month with patients that have CKD, effectively restores hemoglobin levels while demonstrating a high safety profile. The next stage in the project to bring Epolong to the domestic pharmaceutical market will be obtaining a marketing authorisation. The registration phase is slated to be finished by the end of 2021.</p> <p>In Russia, a multicenter, randomized study to study the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of Epolong (a conjugate of erythropoietin and polysialic acid) was done to compare it with Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa), which is a leader in the segment of long-acting erythropoietin medicines. One hundred fifty patients with CKD took part in the clinical trial in 36 healthcare facilities. The results of the study showed that Epolong is marked by a level of clinical efficacy no less than that of Aranesp. Along with that, the proportion of patients that reached the target hemoglobin level (ranging from 100-120 g/l inclusive) during the evaluation period for the treatment was 52% in the group that took Aranesp, and 74% in the group that took Epolong. The study also revealed that in the Epolong group the proportion of patients that exceeded the safe threshold level for hemoglobin (120 g/l) was 3.5 times less than in the Aranesp group (10.0% versus 34.7%). This may indicate that Epolong is safer in terms of the risk of developing cardiovascular complications.</p> <p>&ldquo;I am glad to announce that our company has successfully completed this stage in the clinical trials for Epolong,&rdquo; stated <strong>Kirill Mayorov</strong>, the president of Pharmsynthez PJSC. &ldquo;Today, the need for effective, safe, and long-acting erythropoietin medicines is becoming more acute against the backdrop of an increasing number of patients with CKD in our country, and the increases in the costs of treating them for the healthcare system. Our studies prove that Epolong can preserve the quality of life for patients, and reduce the risk of them developing concomitant cardiovascular complications. We will do our best to ensure that Russian doctors and patients get access to our formulation as soon as possible,&rdquo; stated Kirill Mayorov.</p> <h3>Reference</h3> <p><strong>Epolong </strong>is the first original Russian-produced drug that is a long-acting erythropoiesis stimulator. It was developed by Pharmsynthez PJSC in partnership with the Serum Institute of India, and the company Xenetic Biosciences, and incorporates polysialization technology (PolyXen).</p> <p>It belongs to a new generation of drugs based on recombinant human erythropoietin, and has a number of undeniable advantages. The structure of Epolong is identical to erythropoietin, which is mostly produced by the kidneys in a healthy person; the drug does not require frequent injections, nor does it have any toxic effect due to its use of polysialic acid as the component that enables the duration of its action.</p> Wed, 9 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Taking Its Cue from Crocus Nano Electronics, GlobalFoundries Is Going to License Adesto Technologies ReRam Memory from Dialog Semiconductor <p>Dialog Semiconductor, a leading provider of storage batteries and power supply management systems, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) systems, and industrial computing solutions, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a world leader in semiconductor manufacturing, declared that they had entered into an agreement whereby Dialog Semiconductor is to grant a license for its conductive bridge random access memory (CBRAM) to GLOBALFOUNDRIES.&nbsp;</p> <p>Resistive random access memory (ReRAM) was first developed by Adesto Technologies, which was acquired in 2020 by Dialog Semiconductor. GLOBALFOUNDRIES will offer CBRAM to Dialog Company as an option for non-volatile memory based on its 22FDX platform, and it intends to expand it to other platforms.</p> <p>The Dialog&rsquo;s proven CBRAM technology is a low-energy solution designed to support operations for a number of applications ranging from the Internet of Things and 5G communication systems to Artificial Intellect (AI). Low energy consumption, high data reading/recording rate, reduced production costs, and the ability to withstand adverse environmental conditions make CBRAM particularly beneficial for end consumer, medical, and some other industrial and automotive applications.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are satisfied with Adesto Technologies, a long-term partner of our portfolio company <a href="/portfolio/companies/crocus-technology" target="_self">Crocus Nano Electronics</a>. A license agreement with a leading semiconductor foundry is one more acknowledgement of how relevant, and in high demand, resistive memory technology is. Three years ago, Crocus Nano Electronics got this memory licensed from Adesto Technologies, and we are confident that productive cooperation between us will continue,&rdquo; said <strong>Andrew Kushnariov</strong>, who is Managing Director for Investments at ROSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>Crocus Nano Electronics was the first company in Russia to start making ReRAM memory chips based on 55 nm ULP (Ultra Low Power) process technology. In-house production was launched in the &ldquo;Technopolis Moscow&rdquo; Special Economic Zone. The first product will be a radio-frequency identification chip, which will begin to be released as scheduled, in the year 2021. Domestically manufactured pilot models of chips have a 1-Mbit capacity; however over the short term this indicator could be raised up to 128 Mbit.</p> Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Two Clinical Trials on the Kagocel Drug Were Entered into the International Research Database The results of two post-registration clinical trials on the efficacy of the antiviral drug Kagocel were posted in the international clinical trial database <h5>The results of two post-registration clinical trials on the efficacy of the antiviral drug Kagocel were posted in the international clinical trial database <a href="" target="_blank"></a></h5> <p>A study done in the 2017 epidemiological season called &ldquo;The Clinical and Epidemiological Efficacy of a Late Interferon Inducer to Prevent Acute Respiratory Viral Infections and influenza in the 2017-2018 Pre-Epidemic Period&rdquo; (Kagocel for the Prevention of ARVI and Influenza in Adult Health Care Workers) showed that, against the backdrop of preventive treatment with the drug Kagocel, there is a reliable pattern among medical workers who work directly with patients with influenza and acute respiratory viral infections showing that bacterial complications that require prescribing antibacterial drugs are less likely to develop. It was reliably established that during the observation period in the control group some of the subjects that did not take Kagocel suffered from respiratory viral infections two times. There were no patients like this in the main group that took Kagocel. The drug treatment process was tolerated well.</p> <p>The study &ldquo;Evaluating the Preventive Effect of a Late Interferon Inducer Against Acute Respiratory Viral Infections in Young People&rdquo; (Kagocel for the Prevention of ARVI and Influenza in Young People) was observational, non-interventional, and devoted to using the drug Kagocel to help prevent acute respiratory viral infections and influenza during the epidemic rise in the incidence rates in 2018 among people 20-26 years old. It showed that patients who were not administered any drugs to prevent acute respiratory viral infections and influenza had a high (40%)&nbsp;incidence rate for respiratory infections or influenza. In contrast to that, for a 28-day preventive treatment course that involved taking the drug, the incidence rate for respiratory infections or influenza was only 16%. Moreover, when contrasted with preventive treatment using drug Kagocel, the duration for acute respiratory viral infections or influenza in patients was significantly shorter than without prophylaxis using any drugs. The clinical symptoms for upper respiratory viral infections in patients that took Kagocel were observed significantly less frequently than in the control group, were less pronounced, and corresponded to a mild degree of progression for the disease.</p> <p>In both instances, additional data were obtained for safety on the antiviral drug Kagocel. Now the complete scope of research data is available not only to the professional community in Russia, but also to the international community at large, which is in keeping with best practices in the pharmaceutical industry.</p> <p>It is worth reiterating that the website was created in 2000 by the US National Institute of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA), and is a recognized international source of information on the development and research work that has been accomplished on the efficacy and safety of drugs and medical products. <a href="" target="_blank"></a> contains data from nearly 358,000 clinical trials throughout 218 countries.</p> <p>Publishing the descriptions of research protocols in an international database makes this information publicly available to medical and pharmaceutical professionals, regulatory authorities, and patients and their families. The data is available to anyone who is interested.</p> <p>In 2016, had already posted an international post-registration study called &ldquo;Treatment of Influenza in Routine Clinical Practice (FLU-EE)&rdquo; that was done on the drug Kagocel. That has now been supplemented by two more studies.</p> Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Alexander Novak and Head of RUSNANO Sergey Kulikov Discuss Possible Production and Use of Innovative Power Generation and Storage Devices On December 23, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Alexander Novak and Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO Management Company LLC, visited a research and manufacturing facility of InEnergy, RUSNANO&rsquo;s partner company. <h5>On December 23, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Alexander Novak and Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO Management Company LLC, visited a research and manufacturing facility of InEnergy, RUSNANO&rsquo;s partner company.</h5> <div class="img"><img alt="Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Alexander Novak and Head of RUSNANO Sergey Kulikov Discuss Possible Production and Use of Innovative Power Generation and Storage Devices" src="/upload/images/news/2020-12-23_InEnergy_Novak_Kulikov.jpg" /> <p>Form left to right: General Director of the InEnergy Group of Companies, Managing Director of InEnergy LLC Alexey Kashin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Alexander Novak, Chairman of the Executive Board at RUSNANO Management Company LLC Sergey Kulikov</p></div> <p>During the visit, the two had an opportunity to see the key outcomes of the work of Russia&rsquo;s developer of electrochemical solutions for the energy sector and to talk about pertinent issues related to collaboration on creating novel power generation and storage devices. The discussions also covered InEnergy&rsquo;s own creations, i.e. power sources with fuel cell elements, which were developed in close cooperation with research laboratories of Russian institutes and universities.</p> <p>During the meeting chaired by Alexander Novak, Sergey Kulikov talked about the key directions of RUSNANO&rsquo;s work, which the company&rsquo;s investment efforts would focus on, including those aimed at introducing advanced technologies of Russian origin into the infrastructure sector of the economy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Nowadays, electrochemical generators and energy storage devices are creating new opportunities in the field of renewable energy as well as the automotive sector. Introducing this equipment into the power transmission system will ensure more effective use of various energy sources and substantially lower the negative impact of the power sector on the environment by improving energy efficiency, with the aid of, first and foremost, renewable energy sources, and by promoting the use of clean fuels, such as hydrogen,&rdquo; pointed out <strong>Alexander Novak</strong>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our country has considerable potential in these research areas that needs to be unlocked. Nowadays, crucial sectors of our economy and large state corporations are particularly keen on making use of the latest technologies. It is our domestic need, which, at present is acutely felt. A crucial element of the national economy&rsquo;s transition towards innovation and development is productive collaboration between state companies and researchers, developers and manufacturers. RUSNANO has positioned itself at the juncture where such supply and demand come together. Our main goal is to ensure they do so in harmony, i.e. to find unique initiatives and adopt them so that they are in line with actual market trends. In fact, that is why we have focused on InEnergy&rsquo;s projects as the company has already laid all the necessary groundwork for the use of cutting edge technologies in the energy sector, including the harnessing of hydrogen sphere, and we can help it to develop this know-how and expand it further,&rdquo; <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong> said.</p> Wed, 23 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The First Russian Motherboard Based on Baikal-M Processors Is Now Available <p>Edelweiss, a Russian developer of electronics, Basealt SPO, the developer of the Alt range of operating systems, and Baikal Electronics, the developer of on-chip MIPS and ARM systems have announced the start of production of motherboards based on the Russian-made Baikal-M processor and governed by the Alt operating system. By using computers fitted with the new motherboards and running Russian software, organizations will be better equipped to introduce technologically independent IT infrastructures. Baikal Electronics is a subsidiary of the T-Nano nanocentre, part of the investment network of the RUSNANO Group Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>The new computers will be supplied with the Alt Workstation and Alt Education operating systems, both developed in Russia, already installed. The compatibility of the operating system and processor has been confirmed by tests, thus guaranteeing the high performance and reliability of these Russian-made computing systems.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our engineers&rsquo; development of this motherboard and the launch of its production is the result of a successful technological partnership between Russian companies. This experience has resulted in a significant increase in the choice of Russian-developed solutions available to customers. We are continuing to work on the creation of products based on Russian-made processors and look forward to a successful long-term joint project with out partners,&rdquo; said <strong>Alexander Grishchenkov</strong>, managing director of Edelweiss.</p> <p>&ldquo;The appearance of this new motherboard is an important event for the whole Russian market,&rdquo; said <strong>Alexey Smirnov</strong>, general director of Basealt SPO. &ldquo;A whole ecosystem of add-on programs has now developed around the Baikal-M processors and the operating system. In effect, it is a big construction kit, which organizations can use to create their own digital infrastructure&mdash;all the parts are compatible with each other and can be used in various combinations to meet the needs of a specific customer.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are happy that Russian electronics producers are showing more interest in the Baikal range of processors. Edelweiss is the first Russian company to develop motherboards based on Baikal-M processors, with Russian-developed software already installed, and we hope soon the other leading companies in the market will follow its example,&rdquo; said <strong>Andrey Evdokimov</strong>, general director of Baikal Electronics JSC.</p> <p>The motherboard was developed in Russia by Edelweiss&rsquo; own engineers in a short period of time, which gave the company a head start over developers of other similar devices using the Baikal-M processor, which was released in October 2019. The motherboards are produced in Moscow by Ramtronica, and comply in full with all the requirements that apply to Russian-made equipment.</p> <p>The motherboard uses the mini-ITX form factor, which makes it convenient for use in the manufacture of work stations, personal computers and thin client computers. The central component of the motherboard is the Baikal-M processor, developed by Baikal Electronics. It is an on-chip system made using the 28nm technical process, and is based on eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores (ARMv8-A; four clusters, each with two cores) with a clock rate of 1.5 GHz, plus an eight-core Mali-T628 graphic processor with a clock rate of 700 MHz and power consumption of less than 30 W.</p> Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Rusnano Sistema and IIDF Are Investing RUB 110 Mln into Development of Virtual Dressing Rooms <p>Venture investment fund Rusnano Sistema (established jointly by Sistema JSFC and RUSNANO) and the Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) are investing 110 million rubles into <a href="" target="_blank">Texel</a>, a Russian startup. The company has been developing 3D scanning technologies for the fashion retail sector that enable customers to try on clothes online as well as help vendors increase their conversion rates and reduce the cost of retail returns. The scanning technology helps resolve issues stemming from different size charts of various garment manufacturers and mistakes in measuring one&rsquo;s size.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p>This is the third funding round for Texel, earlier the company attracted investment from IIDF and Marks &amp; Spencer. Texel plans to use the money generated at this stage to expand its presence in international markets.</p> <p>Texel was founded in 2014 and in the next six years, the company has introduced several 3D scanning solutions for creating 3D human models onto the market. In fact, thanks to its Texel Portal MX 3D scanner, supplied to 23 nations, the company has managed to compile the largest database of color 3D scans in the world on its platform, comprising more than 105,000 models. Every month, more than 2,000 new scans are added to the database. Texel based two of its key technologies on it: precise parametric models of a body and its measurements generated using photographs taken with smartphones, and a generative neural network for trying on clothes online using a single photograph from a client. These innovative solutions as well as high quality data are at the foundation of virtual dressing room, which is currently undergoing closed beta testing.</p> <p>According to representative of the Rusnano Sistema Fund <strong>Sergey Protas</strong>: &ldquo;We expect the Coronavirus pandemic and restrictions associated with it to have a significant impact on the online retail sector. Changes in consumer behavior and a wider use of digital technologies will result in a substantial transformation of the fashion industry segment of the e-commerce market. Texel&rsquo;s competitive advantage is its great team with substantial experience and technological competence, and its unique database of 3D human body models, essential for machine learning algorithms. The latest funding round involving Rusnano Sistema will help Texel scale up sales of its software designed for virtual dressing rooms, and subsequently, attract investment from global players. According to our estimates, this market will be worth more than $7.5 bln by the year 2025.&rdquo;</p> <p>Portfolio Manager at IIDF <strong>Ilya Korolev</strong> states: &ldquo;Texel&rsquo;s technologies have evolved from large stationary scanners to a mobile application for modern smartphones. The company has been generating income throughout this journey. The team has managed to compile a unique database of body measurements, which helped it create parametric models that outshine many of the rival products in terms of accuracy of size measurements. The team&rsquo;s competitive advantage is the depth of its expertise. The company continues to grow by developing products sought after in the market. All of this greatly encouraged us to invest in it.&rdquo;</p> <p>And here is what cofounder of Texel <strong>Sergey Klimentyev</strong> has to say: &ldquo;The online market for clothing was the first to welcome the use of customers&rsquo; digital avatars. And other industries are expected to follow&mdash;health, fitness and wellness, virtual reality, computer games and film. And even though our products are still at their early stage of development, we&rsquo;ve already received positive feedback from the market, and the investments will help us sustain our dynamic growth. We believe that it&rsquo;s only a matter of time before each customer has their own digital avatar. We hope they will be used as extensively as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok thanks to Texel technologies.&rdquo;</p> <p>Virtual dressing rooms are a new trend in the world of technology spurred on by an enormous growth in the online retail sector. According to Statista, in 2019, the volume of online sales world-wide reached $3.53 trln, and this revenue is expected to increase to up to $6.54 trln by 2022. The Chinese market is also growing, with the e-commerce sector accounting for more than 40% of its entire retail sector.</p> <p>Experts estimate that in 2018, $300 bln-worth of goods bought from US retailers were returned. According to a research study conducted by E&amp;Y, problems with size attributed to 76% of returns by online shoppers.</p> Wed, 2 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0300 New Blood Preservation Technologies Have Been Developed at the Dubna Nanocenter <p>The Dubna Nanocenter has developed new blood preservation technologies, the press service of the Ministry of Investment and Innovation of the Moscow Region has reported. The Bioconservanty start-up received the terms of reference for the development of blood glucose preservatives from Invitro, the largest medical laboratory diagnostic network in the Russian market. The startup team of a resident of the Dubna SEZ has met the challenge.</p> <p>The Bioconservanty start-up, part of the International Innovation Nanotechnology Center, is aimed at developing and implementing biofluid analysis preservation technology in industrial production to stabilize blood glucose levels after the analysis is collected. This will allow more effective preservation of the initial composition of blood tests, bringing it closer to the real values in the human body.</p> <p>&ldquo;Blood sugar is important in diagnosing various diseases, especially diabetes. Laboratory glucose tests help to assess this indicator. Doctors pay great attention to controlling blood glucose levels and maintaining its initial values. This can be done through the long-term preservation of blood tests,&rdquo; explained <b>Sergey Tokarev</b>, Head of the Bioconservanty project.</p> <p>Today, there are two main technologies to avoid the breakdown of glucose in blood tests. The first one is freezing, an expensive and difficult-to-transport method. In the second, lithium heparin and sodium fluoride are used, but the decay time is too short.</p> <p>The experts of the Bioconservanty project proposed to replace sodium fluoride with other substances and proved that the shelf life without loss of glucose could be increased up to 48 hours. The research is ongoing. The company plans not only to increase the preservation period but also to make the solution suitable for testing other biofluids.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Wed, 2 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Maria Pazi named European Science Journalist of the Year at ECSJ2020 <div class="img"><img alt="Maria Pazi" src="" /> <p>Maria Pazi won the european science journalist of the year - 2020 award</p></div> <p><b>Maria Pazi </b>from Russia named European Science Journalist of the Year - 2020. The runners up are <b>Micho Tatalovic </b>(UK/Croatia) and Stan van Pelt (Netherlands). The announcement was made in Trieste during the closing ceremony of the European Conference of Science Journalism, ECSJ2020.</p> <p>The award was first launched in 2014 by the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) with support from Johnson&amp;Johnson. Initially called &ldquo;European Science Writer of the Year&rdquo;, it was later extended to all forms of journalism and renamed &#39;journalist&#39; to emphasize that, and the newly established European Federation for Science Journalism stepped in as a co-organiser. The jury of experienced journalists evaluated the texts published during the year 2019 that were submitted either by national science journalism associations or by self-nomination.</p> <p><b>Maria Pazi</b> has a background in biology (bachelor and master from Saint Petersburg State University). She started her science writing as an editor of a student newspaper of the department of biology in 2015. Since 2017 she has written science news for Russian Reporter, a prominent general interest magazine, and has freelanced for various media outlets. Maria has won several national awards, including the national contest &ldquo;Debut in science journalism&rdquo;, organized by the &ldquo;Science of the future - Science of the young&rdquo;&nbsp;(shortlisted, 2018), the national contest of innovative journalism Tech in Media, nomination &ldquo;Best publication in Federal print media, AI&rdquo;&nbsp;(winner, 2019), national contest Rusnano Russian Sci&amp;Tech Writer of the Year (shortlisted, 2019; winner, 2020). She was nominated to the European award by the Russian Association for Science Communication (AKSON) as a winner of the national contest.</p> <p>Micho Tatalovic, currently a news editor at Research Professional News, is one of the most prominent figures in European science journalism in recent years both as a writer and editor and as an active member of the community, working to improve the situation for science journalists in Europe and beyond. Mico splits his time between Croatia and the UK and has worked for New Scientist, Nature, and now Research Fortnight, while also freelancing for various outlets in Europe, US, and Canada. He is an alumnus of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship (MIT). He judges several awards. In 2019 he ran and produced sessions at the World Conference of Science Journalism, including a brainstorming session for the Kavli Foundation on the future of science journalism, and one on new business models for science journalists. He also teaches science journalism all over Europe as well as organizes workshops and events on this topic. He is a board member of the newly formed European Federation for Science Journalism.</p> <p>Stan van Pelt has only been a science journalist for a couple of years, after first working as a researcher in neuroscience. Even though his career is still short, his work is highly acclaimed. He is an editor at the University magazine Vox and freelances for a large number of newspapers and magazines, including the main Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. He also gives professional training in science writing to scientists. Last year his article on the make-it-or-break-it importance of large grants for the career of researchers, originally written for university magazine Vox, was a big hit on Dutch social media. This article was recently awarded the VWN Publication Award 2019 for the best Dutch science journalism production of the year and consequently was nominated by the Dutch association for science writers (VWN).</p> <p>Previous winners include <b>Alison Abbott </b>&amp; <b>Katia Moskvitch</b> (UK, 2019), <b>Eva Wolfangel</b> (Germany, 2018), <b>Hester van Santen </b>(the Netherlands, 2017), <b>Michele Catanzaro</b> (Spain/Italy, 2016), <b>Tanja Rudez</b> (Croatia, 2015).</p> Wed, 2 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Graphene Nanotube Solutions for High-Performance Composites and Coatings Expand to Canadian and Mexican Markets <p><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/ocsial.jpg" /></p> <p>Arya Chem of Canada, and Kathion Chemie De Mexico and NASEDA (Nacional de Servicios Dargue) of Mexico, are to market graphene nanotube concentrates and suspensions to facilitate a new set of properties in liquid coatings and resin-based composites. These products feature the only form of graphene available to industry today.</p> <p>Being known for manufacturing high-quality products at affordable prices and delivering across the North America region, Mexico and Canada are always on the look-out for new solutions to upgrade materials, granting them new properties that were not previously possible. &ldquo;These markets demonstrate full readiness for innovative graphene nanotube solutions for thermoset applications such as special industrial coatings, primers, etc. We have signed new distribution agreements with Arya Chem, NASEDA (Nacional de Servicios Dargue), and Kathion, creating a strong local supply chain for nanotube solutions in North America,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Zasukhin</strong>, Business Development Director for Canada, Mexico, Central and South America at OCSiAl, the world&rsquo;s largest graphene nanotube (single wall carbon nanotube) producer.</p> <p>One of the drivers for composites and coatings producers is the automotive industry, among other sectors. &ldquo;The auto industry sets high requirements for technologically complex components and new materials. TUBALL&trade; nanotubes, produced by OCSiAl, allow our customers to achieve a full set of properties: the required level of conductivity combined with retained or even improved mechanical performance, and a wide color pallette for the final product. We believe that this is the conductive additive with the best cost-performance balance,&rdquo; said NASEDA Managing Director <strong>Francisco Gonzalez</strong>. The company has been granted distribution rights for graphene nanotube solutions in thermoset applications in South and Central Mexico.</p> <p>Kathion Chemie De Mexico will distribute graphene nanotube solutions for liquid coatings in the North of Mexico. &ldquo;We see a growing number of industries welcoming graphene nanotubes. The transformation of these nanotubes from the laboratory to an industry material is fueled by the ability finally to make nanotubes accessible for the global industry. The nanotube concentrates we market solve the standard key problems for nanomaterials, such as dispersion challenges, the high price for the properties they grant and the consistency of quality from batch to batch,&rdquo; said <strong>Juan Alonso Escobedo</strong>, Managing Director at Kathion Chemie De Mexico.</p> <p>Currently TUBALL&trade; graphene nanotubes are marketed in more than 45 countries around the world. Nanotube masterbatches are already used to produce high-performance materials for the automotive, aerospace, oil &amp; gas, construction, electronics, printing, and other industries.</p> Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Crocus Nano Electronics Has Released New Generation Non-Volatile Memory <p>Crocus Nano Electronics, a portfolio company of RUSNANO, announced the release of non-volatile resistive memory chips based on the 55 nm ULP (Ultra Low Power) process. The stated characteristics were confirmed by test results. Further work will be carried out in cooperation with the Russian and foreign partners of the company.</p> <p>The main goal is to integrate Russian memory chips into innovative products of the most promising areas of microelectronics&mdash;the Internet of things, artificial intelligence systems, industrial automation, portable and medical equipment.</p> <p>Resistive memory (ReRAM) is one of the varieties of non-volatile memory (which allows us to store data when there is no power supply). Crocus Nano Electronics is the only company in Russia capable of mass-producing new generation non-volatile memory.</p> <p>The first samples have a chip density of 1 Mbit and can be scaled up to 128 Mbit in the short term. The released chips demonstrate power consumption during the read and write operations at the level of the world&rsquo;s leading technologies of non-volatile memory.</p> <p>The first product with a new embedded memory chip that is planned for release is the radio frequency identification chip (UHF RFID technology), which is used, in many applications, for example in marking goods for warehouse accounting and inventory control. According to <strong>Alexey Khvalkovskiy</strong>, Director of product development at Crocus Nano Electronics, &ldquo;the high density and extremely low power consumption of this technology allowed us to create the design of one of the most miniaturized chips in its class. It uses only the energy received from the antenna for power supply and can receive data from a standard reader at a distance of more than 5 meters. It is planned that the first RFID chips produced by Crocus Nanoelectronics will be available for consumer use next year.&rdquo;</p> <p>The high energy efficiency of memory produced at the Crocus Nano Electronics plant is a key factor for applications such as the Internet of things and artificial intelligence systems. So, this technology allows us to create artificial intelligence systems, the energy efficiency of which many times exceed standard solutions. This will make it possible to release the autonomous artificial intelligence applications working from the battery. According to the forecasts of international experts, in 2024, the microelectronics market for artificial intelligence will exceed $100 mln and will increase by more than 60 times by 2029. The main drivers of growth in this market are self-driving cars, industrial electronics systems, and mobile devices.</p> <p>One of the additional advantages of ReRAM technology is its ability to be used in harsh environments and high temperatures. This creates additional prospects for applications in highly reliable electronics, including medical equipment, civil aviation, oil production (drilling), and many others.&nbsp;</p> <p>The development and production of Crocus Nano Electronics ReRAM memory chips were manufactured on 55 ULP CMOS by Shanghai Huali Microelectronics Corporation (HLMC).</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Best Technological Projects from All Over Russia Will Receive Up to RUB 500 Mln to Implement Their Innovations in the Far East The Far East High Technology Fund, established by RUSNANO, RVC and the Far East Development Fund announces the #GoEast open selection for startups. Applications can be submitted until October 5. <h5>The Far East High Technology Fund, established by RUSNANO, RVC and the Far East Development Fund announces the #GoEast open selection for startups. <a href="" target="_blank">Applications can be submitted until October 5</a></h5> <p>August 12, 2020,&nbsp;the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/fehtf">Far East High Technology Fund</a> (FEHTF), supported by the Ministry for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, has announced an open selection for high-technology projects from all over Russia, with the best innovations to be implemented in the Far East. The #GoEast application and selection process will take at least three months.</p> <p>The most promising high-technology projects will receive up to RUB 500 mln of investment in the project&rsquo;s capital from the Far East High Technology Fund, in order to implement their investment plans and carry out R&amp;D. In accordance with the terms of the selection, part of the funds must be used to localize and develop the business in the Far East.</p> <p>Any technology company with a documented turnover of RUB 30 mln or more in the last 12 months can take part in the selection. Innovations in the following five fields will be prioritized:</p> <ul> <li>IT (including consumer-focused and financial services, cloud technologies, and technologies to improve the quality of urban life)</li> <li>Energy technologies (including alternative energy infrastructure and sources)</li> <li>Medical technology and biotechnologies, including technologies for the agricultural sector</li> <li>Manufacturing technologies (including autonomous transport, robotics, and the Internet of Things)</li> <li>Educational technologies.</li></ul> <p>Working with independent experts, the Fund will, over several stages, select the 5 strongest projects, which will be invited to enter into a structured investment agreement with the FEHTF. In the course of the selection, the Fund will assist the projects in developing a business plan in order to integrate their solutions and technologies in the Far East. As part of the #GoEast competition, a series of meetings and webinars will be conducted, in which the participants will be able to learn about the opportunities for technical entrepreneurship in the Far East.</p> <p>&ldquo;The main goal for the authorities and the development institutes is to attract investment, develop the economy of the Far East, support the sector and promote the establishment of high technology production operations,&rdquo; said <strong>Yury Trutnev</strong>, authorized representative of the government of the Russian Federation for the Far Eastern Region. &ldquo;That means that we need to help investors, create a good investment climate, in order to launch and successfully implement new investment projects, including in the area of advanced technologies.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;In the Far East, systematic work is under way to create attractive conditions for doing business. These include measures which are already in operation - tax breaks and non-tax benefits which are available to companies which open new production operations in the region, as well as new support measures for the high technology sector, which are currently being developed as part of the national programme for the development of the far East. The technological development of the region is an important challenge, and achieving it will require groundbreaking ideas and the participation of the most skilled specialists, who will be able to put those ideas into practice. That is why we are willing to work together with promising companies which are interested in the application and further development of their innovations in the Far East - whether the projects in question were originally created in the Far East or in another region of our country,&rdquo; said <strong>Alexander Kozlov</strong>, Russian minister for the development of the Far East and the Arctic.</p> <p>&ldquo;#GoEast is an initiative of the Fund which is aimed at finding promising projects for investment and then development in the Far East, as well as being a way to inform young entrepreneurs about the opportunities that the region offers for technology businesses. The Fund can invest from RUB 50 mln to RUB 500 mln in a single project, and the companies which pass the #GoEast selection process and, jointly with us, develop a plan for the development of their business in the region, will be able to rely on us for funding within the above range, and the actual amount will depend on how much investment is needed for the implementation of their plans,&rdquo; said <strong>Ruslan Sarkisov</strong>, general director of the FEHTF.</p> <p>&ldquo;We at RUSNANO are ready support to companies, not only by providing funding, but also by allowing them to draw on our experience in the areas of marketing, corporate administration and management. We are also ready to work together with the applicants on building an effective system for dialogue with the main potential consumers of their products,&rdquo; added <strong>Sergey Vakhterov</strong>, Senior Managing Director, Investment Management at RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>Technoparks, innovation centres and business accelerators, including Skolkovo, the Internet Initiative Development Fund and Generation S, are already working on the selection of projects as part of the #GoEast program.</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The FIEP Helps Russian Engine Industry to Master the Most Advanced Engineering Technologies <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) has supported the development of an additional educational program for professional retraining in the field of system engineering of engines and power units. The professionals are trained by the Ural Federal University. The customer and technological partner of the project was the Ekaterinburg Ural Diesel-Motor Plant LLC (UDMP LLC), a leading Russian engineering company for the production of various diesels engines and diesel generators for shipbuilding, diesel locomotive building, and small-scale power generation.</p> <p>The need for new expertise in digitalization and system engineering of their specialists at UDMP LLC had appeared when they took a new direction&mdash;the development of an engine for heavy-duty vehicles. The order came from the Belorussian Belaz company. According to <b>Nikita Grigoriev</b>, the Chief Designer of UDMP LLC, it was necessary to increase the speed and quality of design and to manufacture products using the latest technologies and materials, which are actively being developed by engine manufacturers in other countries. We are talking about digital design technologies, including the creation of digital lookalikes, 3D printing, advanced methods of surface hardening, and coating.</p> <p>The program is designed to train managers and members of design teams, design engineers engaged in the development of engines and power plants, including electronic systems that ensure their work. The educational course has sparked a lot of interest on the part of UDMP LLC and its staff. The pilot group, which has already begun training, enrolled 55 people instead of the originally supposed 25 participants. &ldquo;This is the entire composition of the design service, including the managing staff,&rdquo; said <b>Nikita Grigoriev</b>, assessing the quality of the program.</p> <p>Due to the quarantine measures related to the coronavirus pandemic, the developers of the program are exploring the possibility of transition to online of all the planned internships at enterprises. To do this, listeners will be provided with remote access to software used by power plant designers in Advance Engineering and Siemens Industries.</p> <p>The authors are confident in the great potential of replicating the program. First of all, NOVATOR Experimental Design Bureau, Uralvagonzavod Scientific and Design Corporation, NPO Avtomatiki&mdash;State Enterprise Scientific Production Association of Automation, Urals Optical-Mechanical Plant, and Kalinin Machine-Building Plant JSC may be interested in obtaining unique competencies of their specialists. Also, prospective consumers of the program are the manufacturing companies from the United Engine Corporation, the United Aircraft Corporation, and motor plants. In addition, Advance Engineering, the partner in the program development, renders system engineering services to Russian Railways, Rosatom, and other large holdings. There are plans to offer a new program to these enterprises, said <b>Elena Bespamyatnykh</b>, Director of the Center for Educational Technologies and Staffing for Innovative Activities of the Ural Federal University. &ldquo;The first circle of the program consumers covers engine building, but then any machine-building enterprises that intend to master digital design technologies may become the consumers. The Ural Federal University is simply obliged to cover the entire Urals,&rdquo; says <b>Stanislav Nisimov</b>, Director of the Department of Educational Programs and Professional Qualifications of the Fund. Due to the increasing demand of industrial enterprises for highly qualified personnel, there is a need to include the materials of this educational program in the curricula for students of the country&rsquo;s leading technical universities.</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO and Energy Systems Management Company to Develop Renewable Energy Solutions in Remote Regions <p>RUSNANO Group and Energy Systems Management Company are starting to establish first renewable energy facilities using the energy service contract system. The plan is to install five autonomous hybrid power systems (AHPS) in a region of decentralized energy supply in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). AHPS is to be comprised of a photovoltaic power unit, a diesel power plant and an electricity storage system. It will also include remote automatic monitoring and management systems.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="RUSNANO and Energy Systems to Develop Renewable Energy Solutions in Remote Regions " src="" /></p> <p>The facilities are expected to put into operation by the end of 2021. The project should help halve the consumption of diesel (a pricey fuel) from the current levels and reduce the impact on the environment stemming from electricity generation.</p> <p>In July, Integrated Energy Solutions, a joint company between the Energy Systems Management Company and a RUSNANO Group subsidiary, won the tender from Yakut energy company Sakhaenergo (controlled by the RusHydro company) to build hybrid facilities. As part of the project (estimated to cost RUB 1&nbsp;bln) to install five AHP systems, energy service contracts will be used for the first time in the Russian energy sector. Switching over to AHPS will not increase costs of electricity for consumers in Yakut settlements, and at the end of the 10-year payback period, they could, in fact, decrease.</p> <p>According to <strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company: &ldquo;We see the project as the start of a new phase in the development of the renewable power generation sector in Russia. We started with large solar and wind farms on the wholesale energy market. The next step is reaching remote areas of the Far East. Despite conventional wisdom, solar radiation levels are high in this region. Still, the use of renewable resources to ensure a reliable and, at the same time, environmentally-friendly power supply for consumers was hindered by a lack of instruments to guarantee a return on investments from such projects. The new system of energy service contracts will help with a stepwise implementation of integrated innovative solutions to supply inhabited regions, cut off from the unified transmission grid, with electricity.&rdquo;</p> <p>The plan is to use lithium-ion batteries, manufactured by <a href="/portfolio/companies/liotech" target="_self">Liotech</a> (a RUSNANO portfolio company), in the construction of AHPS. The possibility of using other Russian made equipment made for the energy sector is also being assessed. The <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/fehtf" target="_self">Far East High Technology Fund</a> (stablished by RUSNANO, RVC (Russian Venture Company) and the Far East Development Fund as instructed by Vladimir Putin and Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District) is considering becoming a financial partner in the project.</p> <p>Diesel power plants are currently used to generate electricity for remote regions of the Far East, which is pricey. The fact that diesel fuel and its delivery to remote inhabited regions is expensive as well as heavy wear and tear of equipment at power plants that are currently in use, all raise the costs of energy generation.</p> <p>The installation of modern AHPS will help reduce fuel consumption and the number of hours diesel power plants operate owing to an integration of this system with photovoltaic power units into a single facility. The energy storage system will ensure that power supply to inhabited regions is stable and reliable irrespective of weather conditions and during morning or evening hours when demand for electricity peaks. The diesel power plants will be replaced with more up-to-date and energy-efficient units.</p> <p>The plan is to share the experience gained with the first AHPS for generating and storing energy with other inhabited regions of Yakutia and the Far East in the future. With such an aim in mind, RUSNANO Group and EnergoSystemy (Energy Systems) Management Company are considering the possibility of establishing a joint investment fund. The generation capacity of this future portfolio of renewable energy projects in remote regions is expected to be 500 MW.</p> <p>According to estimates compiled by partner organizations, the potential capacity of local renewable energy generation facilities in isolated regions of the Far East is 800 MW. And 500 MW is produced by RusHydro and its companies and subsidiaries.</p> <p>The use of energy service contracts means that all the work will be financed using the money from investors with whom contracts are signed. An investor is to use its own funds as well as loans to design, deliver equipment, install and bring online the energy generation facilities. Money saved on fuel over the course of 10 years guarantees a return on investment, afterwards the ownership of the facility reverts to the client.</p> Tue, 4 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Rusnano Group Companies Nominated for National Prioritet 2.0 Award <h5>Six companies from the RUSNANO Group are among the nominees for the Prioritet 2.0 National Award for the Effective Adoption of Advanced Technologies. The news was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> on the official web site of the Award.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/2020-08-04_Prioritet_Award_.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p>The nominees in the Electronics and Robotics and Groundbreaking Technologies categories include <b>the Russian Flexible Electronics Centre</b>, a member of the TechnoSpark Group, which is part of the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs&rsquo;s investment network. Russia&rsquo;s first facility for the industrial production of key components for displays and sensors based on thin-film plastic electronics was opened this year in Troitsk, which is now part of Moscow.</p> <p><b>TestGen </b>LLC, from ULNANOTECH, the Ulianovsk nanocentre, which is another member of the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs&rsquo;s investment network, has also been nominated, in the Medicine and Healthcare and Overcoming Challenge. That last category was introduced this year, to recognize effective applications of new technologies in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. TestGen was nominated for its development of the CoV-2-Test, which can diagnose COVID-19 infections.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we developed the test we did not set ourselves the goal of winning a place in a national rating or winning any other professional awards. We just wanted to make our contribution to the fight against the pandemic by providing a highly accurate diagnostic system. And our company achieved that goal: now TestGen&rsquo;s system is supporting our shared struggle in Russia and several other countries. The highly efficient enzymes used in the production of the tests make it possible to identify the presence of even the smallest quantity of the virus in the test sample, and are suitable for the purposes of early-stage diagnosis,&rdquo; said <b>Andrey Toropovskiy</b>, the company&rsquo;s General Director.</p> <p>Another nominee for the Overcoming Challenge category is <b>Pharmsynthez </b>PJSC (a RUSNANO Management Company portfolio company). Pharmsynthez is working on the development of a preventative vaccine against COVID-19 based on pseudoviral nanoparticles. Also nominated for the category Pharmaceutical and Microbiology Production is the new-generation endogenous interferon inductor NEOVIR&reg;, a modern synthetic biostimulator medicine.</p> <p><b>Nanolek</b>, established with the participation of RUSNANO, is also on the list of nominees. At the height of the pandemic Nanolek presented Efferon, an extracorporeal hemoperfusion apparatus. Another high technology solution that may play a role in the fight against coronavirus is the electronic checkpoint and access management system, a combined hardware and software solution developed by <b>MIKRON</b> PJSC, which uses wristband sensors to measure body temperature. Between 2010 and 2016 MIKRON was part of RUSNANO&rsquo;s investment portfolio.</p> <p><b>Geosplit</b>, a portfolio company of the Rusnano Sistema SICAR Fund (established jointly by RUSNANO JSC and Sistema JSFC) was nominated in three categories: Oil and Gas Production, High Technology Exports and Import Substitution. Geosplit&rsquo;s digital models of oil deposits and underground hydrocarbon reservoirs, created by using quantum markers to monitor processes in geological formations, are in increasing demand, both in Russia and internationally.</p> <p>The Prioritet awards recognize companies and new developments which promote the expansion of domestic high-technology manufacturing and help make the Russian manufacturing sector more competitive in both national and international markets. Applications <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">can be submitted</a> until October. The jury will vote, and the formal prizegiving ceremony will he held in the second half of October 2020, in Moscow.</p> Tue, 4 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Productive Forces: Why Contract Production Is Growing What tasks of high-tech companies does contract manufacturing help to solve? Why should a digital twin be associated with the financial one? What does modern production culture include? We will tell about all this from the experience of&nbsp;TechnoSpark Сompany&nbsp;from Troitsk. <h5>What tasks of high-tech companies does contract manufacturing help to solve? Why should a digital twin be associated with the financial one? What does modern production culture include? We will tell about all this from the experience of <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Сompany</a> from Troitsk.</h5> <p>Within the first two months since the beginning of the pandemic, TEN Group&rsquo;s productivity has doubled. In Troitsk, the production of protective screens (3D-printed facial visors) was launched from scratch, a portable device for detecting the virus was created, laboratory tests with a capacity of 1 million units per month were established, and the company became a supplier of medical components... and all this was done not to the detriment of the execution of other orders. How is this possible? The secret is simple&mdash;through the contract manufacturing.</p> <p>TEN Group is the umbrella brand of all contract businesses of TechnoSpark located on the outskirts of Troitsk. The companies in the group cover a wide range of production tasks of customers from design to shipment of finished products. &ldquo;That is, we can make both new products and establish mass production of existing ones,&rdquo; explains <strong>Oleg Lysak</strong>, Director of the TechnoSpark Contract Businesses.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="TEN Group" src="/upload/images/news/2020-11-03_TEN-Group_01.png" /></p> <p>It is worth noting that the customers of this production infrastructure are not only Troitsk companies and third-party customers from Moscow, but also startups of the entire network of nanocenters of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs from St. Petersburg, Ulyanovsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Saransk, Kazan, Zelenograd, and Dubna. The RUSNANO&rsquo;s portfolio companies, concentrated in Novosibirsk, have also recently appeared together with contracts. &ldquo;We see that Russia has finally come to the transition of production to a contract form, when there is need not to think how to produce, but how to keep a focus on the development and sale of its product,&rdquo; explained Ruslan Titov, Deputy Director General of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of the RUSNANO Group. &ldquo;Our contract companies specialize in the production of sophisticated equipment and high-tech parts. They are capable of ensuring engineering of mechanical and mechatronic systems &mdash;from sketch to production prototype and serial production. They have more than 300 customers in their portfolio engaged in the development of robotics, medical and industrial equipment, optics, and lasers.&rdquo;</p> <p>A tour at the production sites in Troitsk is impressive. Not every mature company, let alone startups, can afford a metal 3D printer or installation for spraying optical coatings. A brading machine that weaves preforms from composite materials is the only one of this size in Russia. Business processes also match modern equipment. &ldquo;While a customer is focused on what to do, a contract manufacturer is focused on how to do it, and more efficiently in terms of both price and quality,&rdquo; says Oleg Lysak. Over the past year and a half, TEN Group has been investing heavily in digitalization. Now in automatic mode you can get data on how much time a part is produced, how much it takes to build it, apply the coating, etc. Digital doppelganger is closely related to financial one, which helps to quickly make the necessary management decisions, finding a balance between speed and costs. For example, a well-established serial production does not require constant supervision and a lot of employee engagement since such orders can be bumped to night time.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="TEN Group" src="/upload/images/news/2020-11-03_TEN-Group_02.png" /></p> <p>The process of working on a specific product is also built differently than in the customers&rsquo; own workshops. Firstly, the contract manufacturer has a completely different attitude to documentation. &ldquo;I am sure that only a contract business is capable of making a serial, industrial product. The Russian reality is that many companies produce their products without any documentation requirements. Launching a product into a large series, trying to work with large companies or exporting their products, they face the fact that a lot is missing, from certificates for all materials, components, and production sites, and ending with technological documentation for the product itself,&rdquo; says Oleg Lysak.</p> <p>Secondly, the entrepreneur is relieved from the liability for all production-related issues from the choice of suppliers to logistics. &ldquo;We have different volumes and different conditions from suppliers. We better understand who delivers, who transports, what the conditions are, and what the defect level is. What is important, we check the quality at the input. Starting to work with us, the company frees up the inside resource to create a new product,&rdquo; explains the CEO of TechnoSpark.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="TEN Group" src="/upload/images/news/2020-11-03_TEN-Group_03.png" /></p> <p>Thirdly, contract production allows for a rapid scaling of production. A striking example of this is the anti-COVID products, which took only a week to launch.</p> <p>While at the start the majority of TEN Group&rsquo;s workload was provided by the companies created within TechnoSpark, now the share of external revenue is on average 90%. At the same time, 50 orders are in operation at different stages, representing 200&ndash;300 different parts at different stages of production. Many customers return. &ldquo;For us, working with a client is always building a long-term partnership in which both parties must invest,&rdquo; says Oleg Lysak.</p> Tue, 3 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 AKADO and ELVEES NeoTek Entered into a Partnership Agreement <p>The digital operator AKADO Telecom and the Russian high-tech integrated security systems manufacturer <a href="/portfolio/companies/elvees" target="_self">ELVEES NeoTek </a>(a RUSNANO portfolio company) signed a partnership agreement.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cooperating with a leading Russian designer of smart security solutions will open up new opportunities for AKADO, a major telecommunications operator in Moscow. The company intends to enlarge its footprint in the B2B and&nbsp;B2G markets owing to the launch of innovative products included in the ELVEES NeoTek solutions portfolio, including but not limited to the area of video analytics.</p> <p>&ldquo;Video analytics-based solutions are in high demand in business, for example: they help reduce operating costs considerably. They are also useful for helping create a comfortable, safe urban environment. We are now in a position to offer unique video analytics solutions for corporate clients and the municipal authorities,&rdquo; said <strong>Vladimir Tinchurin</strong>, First Deputy General Manager.</p> <p>ELVEES NeoTek, being a market player that deals with comprehensive security systems that incorporate computer vision technologies, has been searching for a partner with sufficient competencies and experience, both in terms of general digital know-how and specifically in the area of setting up data transmission networks. Partnering with AKADO Telecom will help joint efforts to facilitate entry into new sales markets for our company&rsquo;s products,&rdquo;&nbsp;said Alexander Rakutin, the General Manager of ELVEES NeoTek.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0300 An Industrial Energy Storage Production Cluster Will Be Created in the Novosibirsk Region <p>The Energy Accumulation Systems industrial cluster is planned to be created in the Novosibirsk Region, and about 20 Novosibirsk enterprises can be involved in its work. The tasks include both scientific research and production of equipment for energy, urban electric transport, and other industries, <b>Alexey Nizkovsky</b>, Director of the Center for Regional Development, told TASS on Tuesday.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the Novosibirsk Region, it is planned to create the Energy Accumulation Systems industrial cluster to solve several priorities in energy storage and development of this market in Russia,&rdquo; Nizkovsky said.</p> <p>He specified that the cluster&rsquo;s enterprises would solve several problems&mdash;from scientific research to the production of high-tech equipment for energy companies and other industries. In particular, it is planned to produce energy-saving equipment for urban electric transport, to develop specialized controllers, allowing to solve the issues of monitoring and management of various devices.</p> <p>&ldquo;These organizations have already implemented many joint pilot projects, such as the supply of energy storage systems to Tuva. Previously, electricity supply to remote villages of the republic was available 5&ndash;6 hours a day, and after the project implementation, the electricity is supplied 24 hours a day,&rdquo; Nizkovsky said.</p> <p>According to the agency&rsquo;s interlocutor, the main competitive advantage of the new industrial cluster will be the development of production facilities for turnkey manufacturing of the components and ready-made solutions for the energy storage systems. Nizkovsky specified that the industrial production of such systems has not yet been mastered in Russia.</p> <p>According to the Ministry of Economic Development of the Novosibirsk Region, about 20 Novosibirsk enterprises may be involved in the cluster operation, in particular the Energy Storage Systems Company, Liotech, LLC, the Oxid Novosibirsk Radio Component Plant, and the Novosibirsk State Technical University.</p> <p></p> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 TUBOT Robotic start-up Becomes an Exclusive Partner of the German Manufacturer of Inspector Systems Intra-Tube Robots in Russia <p>From June 2020, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TUBOT robotics start-up</a> will exclusively represent the German robotics company Inspector Systems in Russia. TUBOT is a member of the TechnoSpark Group with the participation of SIGMA.Novosibirsk, the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Education Programs, and has been working with Inspector Systems on intra-tube diagnostic projects since 2017.</p> <p>The global market for intra-tube diagnostics is estimated at more than $20 bln, and the robot-assisted diagnostics accounts for $1 bln. According to analysts, in the next 7 years, it will be the fastest-growing segment with an average annual growth rate of 17%. In the world, oil pipelines alone account for more than 2.5 mln km. In Russia, there are about 250,000 main pipelines, the 80 % of which have been in operation for more than 30 years. A significant part of the pipelines runs underground, which makes it impossible to replace them massively. One of the applications of intra-tube robots is the localization of problem sections of the pipe for their subsequent repair or replacement.</p> <p><img alt="Внутритрубный робот TUBOT" src="/upload/images/news/2020-06-23_Tubot_Robot.jpg" /></p> <p>Russian TUBOT specializes in intra-tube robots, including the development of a robot for oil-filled pipelines in partnership with Transneft-Diascan and Transneft.</p> <p>&ldquo;Inspector Systems has been developing and manufacturing intra-tube robotic systems for more than 35 years, and among European companies, it has the widest range of products for most industrial pipes and applications. These include urban heating networks, pipelines of oil pumping stations, liquid cooling systems of nuclear reactors, ventilation systems of skyscrapers, as well as quality control of the production of pipe-rolling plants. Now these solutions will be available to Russian companies,&rdquo; said <b>Boris Galkin</b>, a Board Member of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> and CEO <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SIGMA.Novosibirsk</a>.</p> <p>The robotic complexes move inside pipes with a diameter of 75 to 1,200 mm, including contaminated ones, and they can move on horizontal, vertical, and sloping pipelines, overcome bends and narrowing. The robots serve for visual inspection, polishing, cleaning, painting and are complete with video inspection, ultrasound, magnetic vortex current, resurfacing, and vacuum cleaning modules. The examples of use include diagnostic engineering communications at the CHP/HEP, coating inside pipes, cleaning water pipes from scum and dirt, and checking the safety of cooling systems at the nuclear power plant.</p> <p>&ldquo;The intra-tube robot replaces the methods of external diagnostics of pipelines and engineering systems and allows reducing the cost of repairs and maintenance, and increasing the frequency of surveys several times, and thus preventing accidents, human casualties, and environmental damage,&rdquo; said Inspector Systems CEO <b>Marcus Hitzel</b>.</p> <p></p> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Ilya Bakhturin Appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company’s Investment Division Ilya Bakhturin&rsquo;s key tasks in his new role will include creating a new investment channel in line with an updated strategy as well as restructuring the historic portfolio. <h5>Ilya Bakhturin&rsquo;s key tasks in his new role will include creating a new investment channel in line with an updated strategy as well as restructuring the historic portfolio.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ilya Bakhturin, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of Investment Division" src="/upload/images/news/Bakhturin_IYu_snippet.jpg" /></p> <p>Ilya Bakhturin has been working in the sphere of investments and finance for approximately 20 years at companies, such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, McKinsey&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;Co, Ernst&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;Young, Baring Vostok and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), where he was a board member and Director of the Special Investment Division responsible for the launch and development of the RDIF Technologies channel, which had been created to facilitate investment in the high-tech sphere, including the artificial intelligence sector.</p> <p>From 2018 to 2020, Ilya Bakhturin was a member of Supervisory Boards of the Moscow Exchange and Bank Trust PJSC.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great honor and a serious challenge for me to be involved in the transformation of a company, such as RUSNANO. My goal, as I see it, is to transform it into an effective tool for making fast and expert investment decisions that will facilitate the creation of novel, truly cutting edge products, which will change the global technology landscape,&rdquo; stated Ilya Bakhturin.</p> Tue, 22 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 VTB Bank, Gazprombank, and Sberbank Will Finance a Wind Energy Development Fund Project in Rostov Region <p>VTB Bank, Gazprombank, and Sberbank signed loan security documentation with the Wind Energy Development Fund in Rostov Region as part of a deal to extend financing to construct the Kazachya Wind Farm, with a capacity of 100 megawatts, in Rostov Region.&nbsp;</p> <p>The banks will provide a syndicated loan to the project development organization, the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/wedif" target="_self">Wind Energy Development Fund</a> (a joint investment fund created under conditions involving parity between PJSC Fortum and the RUSNANO Group. This is the first syndicated loan in the renewable energy market, which substantiates the interest that investors have in the industry, and expands the opportunities to finance these kinds of projects.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Kazachya Wind Farm has an installed capacity of 100 megawatts. The plant&rsquo;s first phase (50 megawatts) is slated to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2020, and the wind farm will be fully commissioned by the fourth quarter of 2021.&nbsp;</p> <p>The project is being put in place using the principles of project financing, and involves extending loans backed by future cash flows under contracts to provide the plant&rsquo;s output to power generation facilities that function using renewable energy sources.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;In 2020, companies that belong to the Wind Energy Development Fund reached a steady pace for implementing their ambitious investment program, which stipulates the construction of 1,823 megawatts of wind power by 2024. Financing a project in Rostov Region by leading Russian banks demonstrates a high level of trust, and that our success is being recognized. In addition, our partnership attests to the attractiveness of renewable energy for financial institutions, and serves as a guarantee that the renewable energy industry in Russia will be developed sustainably,&rdquo; commented <strong>Mario Matsidovsky</strong>, the Vice President for Finance at Fortum and the Deputy General Director for Finance and Corporate Affairs at Vetroenergetika Management Company.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;VTB has been successfully cooperating with the Wind Energy Development Fund since its inception, providing optimal financial solutions to implement an ambitious program to build wind farms within the framework of the CSA RES (capacity supply agreements for RES generation facilities) program. One of the main priorities for VTB Bank is to support renewable energy projects, and we are glad that our cooperation with the fund allows us to actively develop this area of focus in Russia,&rdquo; commented <strong>Dmitriy Kovrizhnykh</strong>, the Director of the Energy Directorate and a Senior Vice President at VTB Bank.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Gazprombank actively participates and is expanding its expertise in area of lending to alternative energy sources. The syndicated financing transaction cinched for the wind farm in Rostov is a vivid example of developing effective mechanisms for financing projects in the field of renewable energy. It is important to note that cooperation between banks and the Wind Energy Development Fund will, among other things, foster the development of localizing the manufacture of equipment in Russia,&rdquo; said <strong>Ilya Devichenskiy</strong>, the Director of the Energy Directorate and Managing Director of the Department of Project and Structured Financing.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are glad to enter the next stage of cooperation with the Wind Energy Development Fund. Sberbank has already financed the construction of wind farms in Rostov Region, and thanks to new investments the region will become one of the largest producers of clean wind energy in Russia. Financing renewable energy projects is one of the top-priority areas for Sberbank, we see huge potential for interacting with the fund, and plan to implement the expertise that has been accumulated to provide support to similar projects in the future,&rdquo; said <strong>Olga Kharlamova</strong>, the Vice President and Director of the Key Client Lending Department at Sberbank.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Forming a syndicate that involves leading Russian financial institutions to finance projects for the Wind Energy Development Fund is proof that the basic principles laid down as the cornerstone for the program to give support to developing renewable energy have been put in place. These principles permit all participants in the renewable energy industry to make well-balanced decisions that take into account their own investment strategies and risk assessments. Interest in the renewable energy industry in Russia is clearly growing, and a full-fledged ecosystem of the industry will allow us to continue to develop green energy confidently,&rdquo; stated <strong>Alisher Kalanov</strong>, director of the Renewable Investment Division at RUSNANO Management Company LLC.</p> Tue, 10 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Group Supported Publication of the Textbook on Renewable Energy <div class="img"><img alt="Textbook “Development of Renewable Energy in Russia: Technologies and Economics”" src="" /> <p>Textbook &ldquo;Development of Renewable Energy in Russia: Technologies and Economics&rdquo;</p></div> <p>RUSNANO Group together with the Publishing house &ldquo;Tochka.Digital&rdquo; and the Russia Renewable Energy Development Association (RREDA) presented the textbook &ldquo;Development of Renewable Energy in Russia: Technologies and Economics&rdquo; (under the general editorship of A.B. Chubais). At an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online conference</a> on September 1, <b>Anatoly Chubais</b>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO MC, and <b>Vasily Zubakin</b>, Professor, Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources, Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I. M. Gubkin, <b>Alexey Zhikharev</b>, Director of Russia Renewable Energy Development Association (RREDA), and <b>Mikael Gorsky</b>, Head of the Publishing house &ldquo;Tochka.Digital&rdquo; spoke about the relevance of the publication.</p> <p>The textbook is created with the support of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of RUSNANO Group and is intended for the students of universities engaged in training specialists in the field of renewable energy sources (RES) use, as well as for upgrading the skills of existing engineering and management staff of the industry. The textbook deals with Russia&rsquo;s contribution to climate change mitigation, the goals and prospects of RES development in our country. The authors analyze in detail various sources of renewable energy&mdash;wind, solar, water energy, biogas and landfill gas&mdash;their energy potential, technological, economic and environmental aspects, and prospects for development. A separate Chapter focuses on the impact of generation based on renewable energy sources on the development of energy systems and industry.</p> <p><b>Anatoly Chubais</b>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company: &ldquo;There is no longer a doubt that over the past two years there has been a fundamental shift in the renewable energy in Russia, a whole new industry has emerged. Today, more than 1,700 MW of new capacities based on RES have been introduced, by 2024, this figure will reach at least 5,400 MW. At the same time, a whole industry cluster is being created in Russia, including not only generation, but also industry, science and education. Today, it already exists, and by 2024, 12 thousand jobs which previously did not exist at all will be created in these four segments of the industry. This means that we need to systematize the educational process in the new industry, introduce modern technological solutions and the economy description based on the established rules of the Russian market. To work on the textbook, a star team of authors was assembled who participated in the development of the regulatory framework under which the RES industry in Russia begins its practical work. Until now there has been no such a systematic description that took into account the latest trends in technology, legislation and economics, and I am happy that we have managed to complete this big work by the beginning of the new academic year in higher education institutions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The textbook raises an issue of development of technologies for industrial energy storage, integrated use of storage devices and renewable energy facilities in energy supply systems. The textbook also deals with such an important and relevant topic as the industrial segment of the RES cluster in Russia and the practice of localization in the country, taking into account the&nbsp; recently adopted legislative framework. A significant part of the textbook is devoted to the economic aspects of RES-based energy development&mdash;it analyzes the economic and non-economic factors that affect the effectiveness of projects, examines the theoretical and methodological foundations of support systems for the industry in Russia and abroad, including tools for supporting RES in the wholesale energy and capacity market, in the retail market, and in isolated systems. Special priority is given to the analysis of RES investment projects&mdash;the specifics of calculating and evaluating efficiency in the current support system.</p> <p>A unique broad team of authors who made a great practical contribution to the development of key areas of RES in Russia participated in the writing of the textbook. Among them there are such well-known specialists in the energy industry as&nbsp; <b>Alisher Kalanov</b>, Head of RES Investment Division of RUSNANO MC, one of the founders of the RUSNANO-Fortum Wind Energy Development Fund; <b>Igor Shakhray</b>, Director General of Hevel group of companies&mdash;leader in the field of solar energy in Russia; <b>Kimal Yusupov</b>, Director General of Vestas Rus Company&mdash;the flagship in the field of localization of wind power equipment production. Among the science editors and publishers there are <b>Vasily Zubakin</b>, Professor, Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources in Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I. M. Gubkin,&nbsp; <b>Anatoly Kopylov</b>, Director General of Acta Consult consulting company who participated in the implementation of projects in the field of RES in Kazakhstan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, and many others.</p> <p><b>Vasily Zubakin</b>, science editor of the textbook, Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources in Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I. M. Gubkin, said that the team of authors faced the challenge of synchronizing the knowledge that new specialists of the renewable energy industry should have with the help of unified training programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was not easy to do this, as the issue of RES is very diverse: it includes the energy of the sun, water flows, air masses, earth&rsquo;s heat and much more,&rdquo; admitted Professor Zubakin. &ldquo;As a result, the textbook describes the physical basis for the functioning of renewable energy sources, technological and economic aspects of integrating new sectors into the current system of the Russian energy power industry. It takes into account the global context of sustainable carbon-free development and combating global warming.&rdquo; He said that a team of like-minded professionals had been working for a year and a half over the textbook, which included experts, raising the RES issues back in the Soviet era; there were those who promoted the establishment of a regulatory framework for RES starting with energy reform. The authors include top managers of many companies operating in the RES sector, as well as many leading scientists who have linked the situation in Russia with global experience and trends. Young professionals who came to the industry just a few years ago and are now playing an active role in the industry construction also worked on the textbook. In the near future, the textbook will be sent to the libraries of major technical universities with specialized departments.</p> <p><b>Alexey Zhikharev</b>, Director of RREDA, said that there was a stable demand for highly qualified specialists in the technological and financial sector of the RES in Russia. He estimated that today about 400 industry specialists graduate from Russian universities annually, by 2025 this figure will grow 3 times, and by 2035 the annual need for qualified personnel for the industry will reach 50 thousand. &ldquo;Of course, the textbook is a big event for us. It will become a handbook for all industry participants. We already understand that a second printing will be required,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>The textbook was reviewed by the Federal Educational and Methodological Association (FEMA) in the higher education system in the direction of &ldquo;Electricity and heat power&rdquo;, which confirmed the high quality of the textbook and its relevance. The publication is recommended as a textbook for higher education programs and is of interest to universities that provide education in the field of renewable energy sources.</p> <p>Publishing house &ldquo;Tochka.Digital&rdquo;, according to its Head <b>Mikael Gorsky</b>, in cooperation with the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs and RREDA plans to launch a series of webinars with the authors of the textbook, who will tell a wider than technical and economic experts audience about the advantages, opportunities and prospects of the renewable energy sector. He hopes that the topic will be interesting for everyone who somehow interacts with it: for example, for marketers, HR specialists, representatives of companies working or intending to work with the renewable energy sector. In addition, in October, the Publishing house &ldquo;Tochka.Digital&rdquo; plans to publish a reference book of the world&rsquo;s best achievements in RES, which will take into account the Russian experience as well.</p> Tue, 1 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Vladimir Putin Praises Innovative System Developed by Sakhalin IT Company as a Helpful and Promising Contribution to the Fight Against the Coronavirus Epidemic <div style="width: 128px; float: right; padding: 10px 15px; margin:-50px 0px 7px 0px; font-size: 16px; font-style: normal; color: #fff; background: linear-gradient(45deg, #CC2200 0%, #FF0000 100%); font-weight:400; border-radius: 5px;"><a href="" style="color:#fff; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">#rusnanoVSvirus</a></div> <p>The Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk based company <a href="" target="_blank">Vizitech</a>, a portfolio company of the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/fehtf">Far East High Technology Fund</a> (established by ROSNANO, the Far East Development Fund and RVC), has presented <strong>Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation</strong> with its contribution to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic: an AntiPandemic kit for use in manufacturing facilities. The presentation was organized by the Supervisory Board of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives to Promote New Projects (ASI), which is headed by the President.</p> <p>Vladimir Putin spoke highly of the innovative system: &ldquo;It is interesting, helpful, and promising,&rdquo; he commented on the presentation of Vizitech.</p> <p>The AntiPandemic IT system, which was recently developed by the company, provides companies with operational data on manufacturing processes (in real time) so they can react promptly, and also allows them to monitor hygiene parameters in the workplace&mdash;including employees&rsquo; temperatures and their compliance with social distancing - and, in the event of any infection, it allows the company to trace all the patient&rsquo;s contacts, as well as identifying the places where the patient has been so that they can be disinfected.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>In 2019 the Company was awarded funding of 100 million roubles to use in the development of new solutions by the Far East High Technology Fund, which was established in order to support technology enterprises in the Far East, in fulfilment of an order issued by President Vladimir Putin and Yury Trutnev, Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District.</p> <p>When he met the President, the company&rsquo;s founder <strong>Rustam Milanov</strong> demonstrated one of the functions of the new IT solution - a tracking card which can, among other things, monitor compliance with social distancing requirements.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is the &lsquo;employee&rsquo;s digital passport&rsquo;, which provides access to the database where all the personal data is stored which the employer needs to know&mdash;including data on medical checks, authorizations, trainings the employee has completed and the expiry of access clearance for any particular area. It is also a tracker, which can operate for four months without being recharged, and which allows the employee&rsquo;s location on the company&rsquo;s premises to be monitored in real time. And of course it is also a universal key card for doors, equipment and vehicles&mdash;and an ideal digital signature storage device. It can even be used as a payment card in the canteen. And it has a built in authentication and SOS button,&rdquo; <strong>Rustam Milanov</strong> said.</p> <p>The idea is that Vizitech&rsquo;s IT customers will issue these cards to all their employees. In addition to the &ldquo;employee&rsquo;s digital passport&rdquo;, the Anti-Pandemic system includes a digital production card, video analysis and cutting-edge record-keeping systems which make use of machine-learning algorithms.</p> <p>Since 2015 Vizitech has been engaged in the creation of software products for the areas of process safety, employee health and safety and industrial productivity, and currently works with such major companies as Novolipetsk Steel, Glencore, Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works and Gazprom Neft, among many others. &ldquo;Our software products are now used by 150,000 people in Russia and abroad,&rdquo; said <strong>Rustam Milanov</strong>, who added that the company regularly upgrades its system and has incorporated a large number of innovations.</p> <p>The AntiPandemic system is based on the personnel monitoring system which Vizitech created for Messoyakhaneftegaz, as part of a unique high-technology project run jointly by two major oil companies, Gazprom Neft and Rosneft, which involved monitoring a territory twice the area of Moscow, and in which temperatures can fall as low as &ndash;50&deg;С.</p> <p>According to Rustam Milanov, Vizitech is now planning to implement AntiPandemic in companies such as T Plus and Rusagro, and also to work together with the Sakhalin region government.</p> Thu, 9 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0300 From nuclear medicine to guide bots: 13 top RUSNANO Group projects <h5>The RUSNANO Group (RUSNANO JSC, Management Company RUSNANO and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) celebrated its 13th anniversary in 2020.&nbsp;</h5> <p>During this time, thanks to the Group&rsquo;s investments, 126 enterprises were built in 37 regions of Russia, 13 nanotechnology centers were opened, 811 start-ups were launched, and 80 billion rubles of partnership funds were raised in nine new funds. 54 projects were completed, the average yield on them reached 15.5%. RUSNANO&rsquo;s portfolio companies paid over 152 billion rubles in tax payments, while spending 46.9 billion rubles on research and development.</p> <p>The TASS special project will tell you about the 13 coolest technologies and projects that have emerged thanks to the RUSNANO Group.</p> <h2>Nanoscale Chip</h2> <blockquote>Mikron produces 4 billion microcircuits annually</blockquote> <p>Modern information technologies are based on the use of microelectronic systems. To paraphrase the well-known maxim, we can say that today whoever makes nanoscale chips controls the world. There are less than a dozen countries that own such technologies in the world, including Russia, thanks in part to the partnership between RUSNANO and the <a href="/portfolio/companies/mikron" target="_self">Mikron Company</a>.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_1.jpg" /> <p>Photo: PJSC Mikron&rsquo;s press service.</p></div> <p>Today Mikron is the largest Russian manufacturer and exporter of microelectronics, a center of expertise and a technology leader in the domestic semiconductor industry. The company produces more than 4 billion chips a year and provides 54% of the export of Russian microelectronics.</p> <p>Currently, the development of digital technologies is changing the microelectronics market and creates a demand for a wide variety of microcircuits, most of which are technologically possible to produce in Russia. A significant contribution to this current opportunity was made several years ago with the help of RUSNANO.</p> <h2>Russian Processor</h2> <blockquote>Baikal-M is domestic processor with 28 nm topology</blockquote> <p>Ten years ago, the words &ldquo;domestic computer processor&rdquo; were a cause for ridicule. At that time, few believed that something competitive in this area could be created in Russia.</p> <p>But the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of RUSNANO Group was brave enough to believe! Soon after it established the T-Nano Nanotechnology Centre. The &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Baikal Electronics</a>&rdquo; company, whose specialists were developing integrated circuits and System-on-a-Chip circuits based on architectures ARM and MIPS, became the new resident of this Centre.</p> <h3>In 2020, Baikal-M was the basis for:</h3> <ul> <li>the first motherboard based on a domestic processor by the Edelweiss company and the developers of the line of domestic operating systems of the Alt company;</li> <li>the first touchscreen monoblock on the Russian Edelweiss company processor;</li> <li>Graviton by 3Logic monoblock;</li> <li>a computer based on the Baikal-M processor by Depo Electronics;</li> <li>an information kiosk under the control of the Aurora mobile OS, produced at the BytErg domestic production base.</li></ul> <p>The first MIPS-based Baikal-T processor first appeared in 2015. Four years later, production of the Russian Baikal-M CPUs with eight 64-bit ARM cores at up to 1.5 GHz and an eight-core graphics processor with up to 700 MHz began.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the results of independent tests by CNews, Baikal-M surpassed Intel chips in terms of several performance indicators. The first Russian desktop supercomputer by Hamster Robotics is based on Baikal-T.</p> <h2>Wind Energy and Associated Equipment</h2> <blockquote>1.8 GW&mdash;Project Portfolio of the Wind Energy Development Fund</blockquote> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company:&nbsp;&ldquo;Today we can confidently state that the national wind energy project as well as its localization in Russia have been fully implemented.&rdquo;</p> <p>Wide introduction of power generation based on renewable energy sources (RES) is nowadays a key factor for development of the global energy sector.</p> <p>At the very beginning, RUSNANO joined the efforts to create an RES industry in the country. In 2017, the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/wedif" target="_self">Wind Energy Development Fund</a> was formed in cooperation with the Finnish company Fortum. The first result was the launch of a 50 MW industrial wind power plant in the Ulyanovsk region.</p> <p>As of this moment, 400 MW of the Fund&rsquo;s total 1.8 GW are based on RES.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_2.jpg" /> <p>Wind turbines in Ulyanovsk WPS. Photo: RUSNANO&rsquo;s press service.</p></div> <p>Simultaneously, RUSNANO in partnership with the world leader in the field of wind turbine production, the Danish company Vestas, has set up enterprises for the production of blades for wind turbines in Ulyanovsk, towers in Taganrog and gondolas in Nizhny Novgorod region. Wind turbine blades and towers produced at these enterprises have no analogues in Russia. Since the beginning of 2019, 300 composite blades have been produced in Ulyanovsk, which are enough for the construction of 100 wind turbines with a total capacity of about 400 MW.</p> <h2>Unique Solar Panels</h2> <blockquote>23.5%&mdash;one of the best efficiency indicators in the world</blockquote> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company:&nbsp;&ldquo;Russia had no renewable or solar energy before. And today there is an entire factory, producing Hevel solar panels.&rdquo;</p> <p>Russia is one of the 15 countries capable of producing equipment for solar power plants. Established with the participation of RUSNANO Group, Hevel is the only Russian manufacturer of full cycle solar batteries, from cells and modules to industrial power plants. The total capacity of the power plants already built by Hevel is 711 MW.</p> <p>The Hevel plant in Novocheboksarsk (Republic of Chuvashia) was the first in the country to start serial production of modules for solar power plants, its capacity&mdash;350 MW of modules per year.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_3.jpg" /> <p>SES inspection by drones. Photo: Hevel Group.</p></div> <p>The plant produces unique Russian modular systems based on heterostructural technology. The average efficiency of these modules amounts to 23.5%. Thanks to them, Hevel is among the top-5 solar panel manufacturers in the world.</p> <p>The modules were created in the Scientific and Technical Center of Thin Film Technologies in Energy. For the development of this technology, the team of authors was awarded the Russian Government Prize for Science and Technology in 2018.</p> <h2>Batteries for Transport and Energy</h2> <blockquote>Liotech batteries are used by 200 electric buses in 14 cities</blockquote> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company:&nbsp;&ldquo;I am convinced that following the renewable energy sector, we will soon see an active spread of smart energy storage systems based on lithium-ion batteries in power grids, railway and water transport, to create uninterruptible power supply for enterprises.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hundreds of electric buses and trolleybuses on lithium-ion batteries of the Novosibirsk company <a href="/portfolio/companies/liotech" target="_self">Liotech</a>, created by RUSNANO, travel along the Russian roads. Liotech is the only industrial manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries in Russia. The capacity of the plant totals 128 MWh of batteries per year. The main fields of application are electric transport and power engineering.</p> <p>In 2019, Liotech developed energy storage systems for the Hevel solar power plant in the Republic of Bashkortostan. Liotech battery cells as a part of energy storage are already used in hybrid power plants&mdash;in Menza village in Zabaikalsky region, in Elbesa village in Gornaya Shoria, at the power plant of Almazy Anabara JSC in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), as well as in the Republic of Tyva in Mugur-Aksy and Kyzyl-Khaya villages.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_4.jpg" /> <p>Photo: RUSNANO&rsquo;s press service.</p></div> <p>RUSNANO and Energosistemy intend to work together to build five autonomous hybrid power plants in the area of decentralized energy supply of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) using the system of energy storage based on Liotech lithium-ion batteries. The power system of Liotech has already been successfully tested and is being operated at the unique mining electric locomotive in the Internatsionalny Mine (Alrosa).</p> <p>Transmashholding, Russian Railways and RUSNANO signed an agreement on the creation of environmentally friendly shunting locomotives using a hybrid drive based on lithium-ion storage batteries for operation at passenger stations of large cities. Over 130 such locomotives can be built in the next six years.</p> <p>By the end of 2020, RUSNANO, together with Russian Railways and Rusenergosbyt, will install energy storage systems on the Volkhovstroy-Babaevo section of the Oktyabrskaya railroad, where coal is transported from Kuzbass to Ust-Luga. It is planned that the realization of this project will increase the capacity of the site by almost 40%.</p> <h2>High Power Gas Turbine</h2> <blockquote>GTD-110M efficiency at the level of the best world analogues &gt;36%</blockquote> <p>Several years ago, three major Russian <nobr>corporations&mdash;RUSNANO,</nobr> Rostec and Inter RAO&mdash;united to create the Russian gas power turbine GTD-110M. RUSNANO acted as an investor, Rostec was responsible for the production cycle of the turbine, and its testing was carried out at the site of Inter RAO in the Ivanovo region.</p> <p><strong>Yury Udaltsov</strong>, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Management Company RUSNANO LLC: &ldquo;It&nbsp;was crucial to create a separate team that would be able to act as a customer on this project. Making sure the partners would agree on this, to put together the money and equipment to hire this team and ensure its correct dialogue with all partners&mdash;was our role.&rdquo;</p> <p>Large capacity gas turbines are the main equipment at thermal power plants. Before the appearance of GTD-110M such power machines were not produced in Russia in series&mdash;such equipment had to be purchased either from other countries or produced using foreign technologies.</p> <p>The resulting turbine was unique and had no Russian analogues in the 90&ndash;130 MW class. By its characteristics it is by no means inferior to imported gas turbine engines of famous manufacturers such as Siemens or General Electric.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_5.jpg" /> <p>GTD-110M gas power turbine. Photo: UEC-Saturn PJSC</p></div> <p>The efficiency of GTD-110M is 36%, while that of General Electric turbine of a similar capacity&mdash;33-34%, and that of Siemens turbine&mdash;36.5%. At the same time, by its weight and overall dimensions, the Russian turbine is almost one and a half or two times smaller, which is very important when transporting it to the power plant site.</p> <p>GTD-110M has already confirmed its quality in practice&mdash;all types of tests and pilot operations were carried out at Ivanovo CCPPs, where the turbine&rsquo;s operating time was more than 5,700 equivalent hours.</p> <p>In February of this year, as part of the United Engine Corporation, there appeared the enterprise &ldquo;ODK&mdash;High Power Turbines&rdquo;, which will engage in serial production and distribution of GTD-110M to the customer, as well as repair and maintenance services throughout the life cycle of the new turbine.</p> <h2>Early Diagnosis of Oncology</h2> <blockquote>16 existing PET/CI centers &gt;180,000 tests conducted</blockquote> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company: &ldquo;We were the first in the country to start creating a regional network of centers of nuclear medicine that focuses on diagnosis in oncology.&rdquo;</p> <p>The fight against cancer is one of the key areas of the National Project &ldquo;Healthcare&rdquo;. Without the investment of private funds and the efforts of innovative business, it will not be possible to achieve the development of modern medicine in Russia, capable of controlling cancer. And one of the main problems is detecting the disease at its early stages.&nbsp;</p> <p>RUSNANO has been able to transfer advanced medical technologies for diagnosis and treatment of cancer to Russia. <a href="/portfolio/companies/pet-technology" target="_self">PET-Technology Company</a>, which RUSNANO successfully exited in 2018, has established the country&rsquo;s first national network of nuclear medicine centers. At present, there are 16 PET/CT diagnostic centers, where 90% of trials are conducted free of charge under the obligatory medical insurance policy.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_6.jpg" /> <p>Beginning of PET/CT-scanning procedure, Ekaterinburg. Photo: RUSNANO&rsquo;s press service.</p></div> <p>PET/CT method is a common standard in diagnostics, used in more than 100 countries of the world. As part of the initiative, there are two radiopharmaceutical production facilities in the cities of Ufa and Yelets equipped with cyclotron complexes, laboratories for synthesis of radiopharmaceuticals, and &ldquo;CyberKnife&rdquo; (a stereotactic radiosurgery treatment system).</p> <p>Since the opening of the first PET-Technology Center in 2014, the network has carried out PET/CT diagnostics for more than 180,000 patients, and more than 1.8 thousand people were treated with a CyberKnife.</p> <p>MedInvestGroup, which now owns PET-Technology, plans to open 40 PET/CT centers and eight production sites by 2024, which by 2025 will make available an advanced diagnostic system for over 40 million people in Russia.</p> <h2>Graphene Nanotubes</h2> <blockquote>OCSiAI occupies more than 90% of the world</blockquote> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company: &ldquo;Before our very eyes, a startup from Novosibirsk Akademgorodok, which essentially began with one very ambitious idea: to create a completely new material of the future, has grown into a global market leader with its industrial-scale technologies for production of graphene nanotubes. And in 2019, it became the first and, for now, only &#39;unicorn&#39; in the material based sector in our country.&rdquo;</p> <p>In February of this year, <a href="/portfolio/companies/ocsial" target="_self">OCSiAl</a>, RUSNANO&rsquo;s portfolio company, announced the launch of a new graphene nanotube synthesis unit Graphetron 50. This launch made OCSiAl the owner of 90% of the world&rsquo;s graphene nanotubes production facilities. Several years ago RUSNANO believed in the prospects of technology created by domestic scientists, and became the first external investor of OCSiAl.</p> <p>The company has established production of single wall carbon nanotubes with unique for the world market technical and economic characteristics (the product contains up to 99% single wall carbon nanotubes). The technology developed by OCSiAl made it possible to bring the production of single wall carbon nanotubes to the industrial level and for the first time in the world made their mass introduction economically feasible.</p> <p>OCSiAl produced its first batch of 1.2 tonnes of graphene nanotubes in 2015, using their Graphetron 1.0 unit. The construction of Graphetron 50 began in Novosibirsk in 2016, at a cost of 1.3 billion rubles. The first Graphetron 1.0 now produces 30 tonnes a year, and the second one&mdash;Graphetron 50&mdash;produces 50 tonnes of nanotubes a year, both sold on the international market under the brand TUBALL.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_7.jpg" /> <p>TUBALL nanotubes. Photo: Press-service of OCSiAl</p></div> <p>OCSiAl products&mdash;single wall carbon nanotubes&mdash;are universal nanomodifiers that improve mechanical properties, as well as electrical and thermal conductivity of various materials (rubbers, composites, polymers and others). A few years after the launch of the project OCSiAl became the first company worth more than $1 billion in the RUSNANO portfolio, its revenue in 2019 exceeded $14 million. Since 2014 OCSiAl has shown annual doubling of revenue, and in 2019 the company entered the global lists of the &ldquo;unicorn&rdquo; companies of Crunchbase and CB Insights with a capitalization of more than 1 billion dollars. OCSiAl managed not only to implement a unique synthesis technology that has no analogues in the world, but also to offer manufacturers ready-made industrial solutions in the form of suspensions and concentrates based on nanotubes developed at the Materials Prototyping Center in Novosibirsk.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_8.jpg" /> <p>Production facilities and research base in Novosibirsk. Photo: Press-service of OCSiAl</p></div> <p>The company&rsquo;s customers include leading manufacturers of tires, silicones, polyurethanes, plastic, composites and equipment for the mining industry.</p> <p>The biggest benefit from using OCSiAl nanotubes will be in electric cars: the cars&rsquo; bodies will be lighter, the batteries will be more energy efficient and durable, their range will be greater, and rubber will reduce rolling resistance. The use of TUBALL can make electric vehicles more than 50% more energy-efficient, dealing a serious blow to the internal combustion engine&rsquo;s dominance of the market.</p> <p>Today, Russian OCSiAl is the only company that owns a scalable industrial technology for the production of single wall carbon nanotubes, which allows to produce them at an affordable price for the market.</p> <p>OCSiAl sells its nanotubes worldwide through regional offices and representative offices in Russia, USA, Luxembourg, Germany, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, India, Mexico, Australia.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Flexible Electronics</h2> <blockquote>Production capacity of 4 thousand square meters of thin-film electronics</blockquote> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company: &ldquo;Flexible electronics is a global trend and a fast-growing market that, according to a study by international experts, will double over the next decade and will be worth more than $70 billion a year. And thanks to RUSNANO Group&rsquo;s and Government of Moscow&rsquo;s joint project to create the Russian Flexible Electronics Centre, our country has now joined this club.&rdquo;</p> <p>In March 2020, RUSNANO opened the Russian Flexible Electronics Center (RFEC) at the TechnoSpark Nanotechnology Center. The RFEC will be engaged in the development and small-scale production of flexible components for a variety of electronic devices. Flexible electronics is a platform technology that provides access to a wide range of possible applications and markets. Only five countries, including Russia, have experience in creating and developing products based on flexible electronics technology.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Center is engaged in prototyping and manufacturing of transistor matrices and flexible integrated circuits based on thin-film plastic electronics for a wide range of radio electronic components&mdash;EPD, LCD, and OLED screens, biometric sensors, X-ray detectors, radio frequency tags and sensors.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_9.jpg" /> <p>Photo: press service of TechnoSpark Group.</p></div> <p>The RFEC has localized the technology for manufacturing flexible organic TFT-matrices developed by FlexEnable (United Kingdom). RUSNANO plans to complete the transfer of the technologies used in the production of flexible oxide-based (or IGZO&mdash;Indium Gallium Zink Oxide) TFT matrices and integrated circuits from two R&amp;D centres, IMEC, in Belgium, and the Holst Centre, in the Netherlands, by 2021.</p> <p>When reaching the design capacity, the production volume will be 25,000 backings per year, which amounts to about 4 thousand square meters of TFT electronics. In terms of their potential application, this is equivalent to 1.5 million TFT matrices for small screens (digital price tags or smart cards), or 100,000 TFT matrices for tablet-sized displays, or 100,000 TFT matrices for palm-sized sensors for biometric authentication, or 100 million plastic chips for RFID tags.</p> <h2>Optical Fiber</h2> <blockquote>Over 7 mln km produced</blockquote> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company: &ldquo;Among RUSNANO&rsquo;s portfolio companies that could provide a component base for the&nbsp;&#39;Internet of Things&#39;&nbsp;is Russia&rsquo;s first fiber plant in Saransk, launched jointly with Gazprombank.&rdquo;</p> <p>In September this year, the first and so far the only plant in the country for the production of optical fiber, owned by JSC &ldquo;<a href="/portfolio/companies/fiberoptics-systems" target="_self">Optical Fiber Systems</a>&rdquo;, RUSNANO portfolio company, celebrated its fifth anniversary.</p> <p>The plant produces two types of telecommunication optical fibers&mdash;standard mainline fiber for communication systems and low bending loss fiber for local networks. Similar products are made in only four countries&mdash;Japan, USA, China and Russia.</p> <p>Thanks to RUSNANO&rsquo;s investments, the company was built from nothing in the city of Saransk (Republic of Mordovia) and since the deployment of large-scale production has produced 7 million kilometers of optical fiber, has mastered five types of products, which is supplied to more than 80 clients in 14 countries. In 2018, exports accounted for 57% of total revenue of JSC &ldquo;Optical Fiber Systems&rdquo;.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_10.jpg" /> <p>Production facilities. Photo: press service of JSC &ldquo;Optical Fiber Systems&rdquo;.</p></div> <p>The company&rsquo;s products are certified in Russia and their quality is confirmed within the framework of joint testing programs with Russian and foreign partners such as Sumitomo Electric Industries, Rostelecom, MegaFon, MTS, Transneft.</p> <p>According to the certification results, the Russian optical fiber, along with the fibers of three leading world manufacturers Corning, OFS and Fujikura, is allowed for use on the networks of the largest Russian telecommunications operators, Rostelecom and MTS.</p> <h2>Manufacture of Biopharmaceuticals</h2> <blockquote> <p>Produced in a year:</p> <ul> <li>4 billion tablets</li> <li>250 million capsules</li> <li>37 million vials</li> <li>42 million filled in syringes</li></ul></blockquote> <p>Scientists around the world are working to create cutting-edge medicines that will defeat many serious diseases, enhance natural protection against various pathogens, and make medical therapy safer.</p> <p>One of the Russian developers of such medicines is <a href="/portfolio/companies/nanolek" target="_self">Nanolek Company</a>, established with the participation of RUSNANO and specializing in the production of innovative and biotechnological medicines.</p> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company:&nbsp; &ldquo;Production of innovative pharmaceuticals in Russia, meeting the medical standards of the 21st century, is one of the key priorities of RUSNANO. In today&rsquo;s market, when the availability of imported drugs has significantly decreased, technology transfer and localization of production in Russia are becoming not just economically meaningful, but for many&mdash;a matter of life and death.&rdquo;</p> <p>Investments of RUSNANO allowed to establish in Kirov region the production of drugs from the group of statins, antihypertensive and antihistamines, as well as drugs to reduce the risk of thrombosis and improve blood microcirculation. In November 2016 the production of vaccines and other biotechnological medicines was launched.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_11.jpg" /> <p>Nanolek production facilities. Photo: Nanolek&rsquo;s press service.</p></div> <h3>The complex provides for the use of several full-cycle manufacturing technologies:</h3> <ul> <li>production of cytostatic drugs in solid and injectable dosage forms</li> <li>biotechnology products in syringes and vials</li> <li>manufacture of solid dosage forms.</li></ul> <p>The manufacturing site of Nanolek is a state-of-the-art technological complex, created according to GMP and ISO standards and consisting of three autonomous process buildings with advanced high-technology equipment.</p> <p>For prevention and therapy of socially important diseases Nanolek produces vaccines, cardiological and cardiovascular drugs, medicines for HIV, viral hepatitis, cancer and rheumatology. In 2021, the company intends to start a joint production with Janssen (Johnson &amp; Johnson Group&rsquo;s pharmaceutical products division) of a drug used in the treatment of myeloma.</p> <p>Besides, Nanolek together with Efferon has started manufacturing two new medical products for extracorporeal therapy&mdash;sorption columns for cytokine storm syndrome and acute respiratory distress syndrome therapy and for sepsis and septic shock therapy.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2019, RUSNANO sold its share in the company&rsquo;s capital. The proceeds from the sales doubled the amount of the previously made investments to reach RUB 2.35 bln.</p> <h2>Intelligent Security Systems</h2> <blockquote>Sheremetyevo Airport uses over 4,500 cameras with ELVEES-NeoTek video analytics function</blockquote> <p>In 2011, with the participation of RUSNANO, JSC Elvees-NeoTek was established, which over time has become a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech security systems using image recognition, computer vision, radar, video and thermal imaging.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_12.png" /> <p>Photo: Press service of JSC &ldquo;Elvees-NeoTek&rdquo;</p></div> <p>The company&rsquo;s clients include Gazprom, Transneft, Samsung, Thales, Techno, ITPS, the National Defense Control Center of the Russian Federation, as well as international airports, commercial seaports, hydroelectric power plants and others.</p> <p>For the first time in Russia, specialists of Elvees-NeoTek produced a VIP-1 processor, only 40 nanometers large. With its use, computer vision systems and analysts are able to distinguish and classify any objects: people, animals, luggage, inscriptions, cars.</p> <p>The areas of use of such systems are very broad&mdash;from ensuring security of strategic objects to counting the number of buyers in the shopping center and monitoring their preferences.</p> <p>In the spring of 2020, Elvees-NeoTek developed the Rubezh-T system of automatic temperature measurement and control of citizens&rsquo; movement for continuous monitoring of the temperature condition of people in places of mass congestion in real time and for control of movement of people with potentially dangerous symptoms.</p> <h2>Service Robots</h2> <blockquote>Robots by the Promobot Company are supplied to 40 different countries</blockquote> <p>Don&rsquo;t be surprised, if while visiting the supermarket or hotel in one of the foreign countries you happen to meet a Russian robot&mdash;guide or administrator. A whole family of autonomous service robots of Promobot Perm Company are already used in 40 countries as administrators, promoters, consultants, guides, concierges and even security guards.</p> <p>Promobot, a portfolio company of the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/fehtf" target="_self">Far Eastern High Technology Fund</a>, established by RUSNANO, the Far East and Arctic Development Fund and RVC, has become the largest manufacturer of autonomous robotic systems for Russia and the countries of Northern and Eastern Europe.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_13.jpg" /> <p>Promobot V.4. Photo: press service of Promobot.</p></div> <p>The Promobot V.4 model is equipped with artificial intelligence, communicates with people, recognizes faces and speech, and moves independently, avoiding obstacles. The robot is fully autonomous, requiring no control from the human side. It connects to any external system: databases, security system, sites and services.</p> <p>One of the robots got a job as a consultant at Lider Hiper supermarket of Walmart retailer in Santiago, the capital of Chile. Promobot consults the customers of the store in Spanish, Portuguese and English and helps to navigate the largest supermarket, it remembers 120 thousand trade positions in the store, their location, prices for goods, terms of promotions and special offers.</p> <p>Promobots can be found at Sberbank, the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, MFC, Baltimore-Washington Airport, Dubai Mall.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/20201105-tass_14.jpg" /> <p>Thermocontrol Terminal. Photo: press service of Promobot.</p></div> <p>One of the latest developments of the company is Thermocontrol terminals, used for automatic non-contact body temperature measurement. Today, this technology is already used for the protection of personnel around the world: the demand for it is explained by the high accuracy of measurement up to 0.2 degrees, the average speed of measurement in five seconds and the ability to work without human intervention.</p> Thu, 5 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Anatoly Chubais Suggests Stepping up Efforts to Introduce Regulatory Changes Governing Hydrocarbon Use in Russia <p>Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company <strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong> took part in the teleconference entitled &ldquo;The carbon border tax&mdash;a challenge for Russia&rsquo;s economy or a new phase of trade wars?&rdquo;, hosted by Business Russia (a public organization) with support from the Presidential Executive Office. The conference was organized in response to a decision made by the European Union to introduce a new carbon border tax starting in 2023 with the view of fighting climate change.&nbsp;</p> <p>The tax will supposedly apply to products imported from countries where energy efficient technologies are not being actively used and greenhouse emissions are not sufficiently regulated. &ldquo;Nowadays, when we talk about carbon protectionism, we are no longer referring to the protection of certain markets but to a switch to a general carbon tax that each country will end up introducing. And if a nation fails to do so, it will pay it to other countries,&rdquo; said <strong>Anton Danilov-Danilyan</strong>, Co-Chairman of Business Russia.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have been talking about this for a long time. EU&rsquo;s new regulatory measures currently under discussion are estimated to cost Russian exporters from $3 to $6 billion per year,&rdquo; pointed out Anatoly Chubais. &ldquo;We cannot force the EU to reverse its decisions as they are in line with WTO norms and are not in contravention of any laws,&rdquo; noted the head of RUSNANO. Hence, he said one of the first measures to be taken would be to work on nation-wide legislation to regulate the fossil fuel industry and subsequently adopt it. Anatoly Chubais also called the current bill on &ldquo;Government regulation of greenhouse emissions&rdquo; &ldquo;toothless&rdquo;. &ldquo;Tough new legislation is required, as in the absence of it, we&rsquo;ll be forced to pay into foreign state budgets,&rdquo; opined Anatoly Chubais.</p> <p>In addition, it is important to start working on the issue of low energy efficiency prevalent in key spheres of the Russian economy promptly and systematically. &ldquo;Substantial sectoral shifts have taken place in Russia, I&rsquo;m referring to the renewable energy sphere, which did not exist in the country just three years ago. Still, in other sectors, the issue of energy efficiency is a pressing one,&rdquo; he noted.</p> <p>Anatoly Chubais said the idea of introducing a carbon tax in Russia (i.e. setting limits on emissions and fining those who exceed them) is a painful but an important topic. &ldquo;Such a payment is, in itself, an important tool for influencing the economic structure, generating demand for energy efficient solutions and stimulating the power plant engineering sector. This step will encourage businesses to consider their carbon footprint, and to monitor and assess their impact on the environment,&rdquo; he noted. In addition, Anatoly Chubais believes that the tax should be introduced gradually and at first, the size of it ought to be purely symbolic.</p> <p>Other participants of the conference included Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation and Special Presidential Representative on Climate Issues <strong>Ruslan Edelgeriyev</strong>, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation <strong>Ilya Torosov</strong>, and representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, leading metal companies/ exporters and expert organizations.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 3 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Russian Flexible Electronics Center Is a Partner in Development and Production Work on the First Flexible Display That Uses Full-Fledged E-Paper <p>The Russian Flexible Electronics Center (belongs to the TechnoSpark Group of Companies, part of the investment network of RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) has become a key partner in batch production of TFT matrices for the world&rsquo;s first flexible, full-color, e-paper display that takes flex circuits as its cornerstone, and which was presented on December 3, 2020 by E Ink, the world&rsquo;s leading manufacturer of &ldquo;e-paper&rdquo;.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The Russian Flexible Electronics Center Is a Partner in Development and Production Work on the First Flexible Display That Uses Full-Fledged E-Paper" src="/upload/images/news/2020-12-03_RCGE_E-Inc_snippet.jpg" /></p> <p>The new color display is flexible, lightweight, and durable thanks to a plastic TFT matrix, and can transmit a complete gamut of colors. Just like other displays that use e-ink, it does not catch the glare of the sun, and is set apart by its extremely low level of power consumption. Thin, lightweight displays are ideal for wearable applications, an area where the market keeps growing. According to forecasts made by IdTechEX, by 2026 that will reach more than $150 bln per year.</p> <p>The Russian Flexible Electronics Center is the manufacturing partner for the project to create first flexible color screen with a plastic TFT matrix. The screen uses thin-film organic TFT matrices, and reflective e-paper, to reproduce the full degree of color in every pixel. The R&amp;D work to develop this was performed by the companies E Ink and Plastic Logic. Samples of flexible, full-color displays that incorporate electronic paper will be available to electronics manufacturers this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Flexible electronics permit us to create new products with displays on full-color e-paper that will be in high demand - for example, bright energy-efficient signs, customized bracelets, clothes with durable and comfortable screens, and decorative items - and we are ready to manufacture the key components for them,&rdquo; said <strong>Alexey Gostomelskiy</strong>, the general director of the Russian Flexible Electronics Center.</p> <p>The Russian Flexible Electronics Center (whose international brand is TEN flecs) is the only company in Russia that has put cutting-edge technology for flexible electronics into commercial production. The plant makes prototypes for and manufactures key components for displays and sensors that take organic and metal oxide thin-film, flexible electronics technology as their foundation. The Russian Flexible Electronics Center belongs to the TechnoSpark Group of Companies, part of the investment network of RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. The production facility was opened in March 2020, and the plant is located in New Moscow, in the city of Troitsk.</p> <p>Currently, displays with full color e-paper are manufactured with rigid bases, and are used in advertising media that do not require flexible shape factors. Flexible electronics technology allows new applications to be added that require thinner, lighter displays.</p> Thu, 3 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Nanotechnology Standardization Technical Committee Enters the Top-10 in Russia <p>The Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) has published the Efficiency Rating of the Standardization Technical Committees based on the results of their work in 2019. The Nanotechnology Standardization Technical Committee (ТC 441) entered the top ten of the 213 rated.</p> <p>The TC 441 was established and operates based on the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. It is chaired by the CEO of the Fund, <b>Andrey Svinarenko</b>. The key focus of the committee is the development, production, turnover, safety, metrological support, terminology, and classification of nanotechnology products. It is also responsible for coordinating the work of the specialized technical committees on the standardization of innovative products created with the use of nanotechnology.</p> <p>The rating is published annually and is based on data from the annual reports of technical committees and expert assessments on a whole group of indicators, including a significant reduction in the standard average development time and the active participation of the TC in the work of Rosstandard to improve and develop the national standardization system.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the context of the priority of innovative development of the national economy, the TC 441 focuses its activities on the maximum application of the developed standards in the implementation of national projects, the improvement of the quality of technological solutions in the domestic market, displacement of the outdated technologies, stimulating the research and development in enterprises to produce competitive products. The Nanotechnology TC operates on direct communication with nanoindustry enterprises that are interested in developing and updating standards, coordinating its regulatory actions with regional development institutions, and embedding current standardization documents into the mechanisms to support innovation,&rdquo; said <b>Yuri Tkachuk</b>, Director of the Fund&rsquo;s Standardization Department.</p> <p>As part of the Nanoindustry Standardization Program, the Committee coordinated the development of more than 440 standards covering the nanotechnology industry and related high-tech sectors of the economy. This program is one of eight industry dedicated programs approved by Rosstandard, which, given their importance, are the basis of the national standardization system.</p> <p>The Committee organizes the review, preparation of conclusions, and voting on the officially submitted international documents on the standardization, namely ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnology and IEC/TC 113 &ldquo;Nanotechnology for Electrical Products and Systems.&rdquo; In 2019, the TC experts prepared and submitted conclusion reports for more than 50 drafts of international standardization documents to the Secretariats of the RosISO (Russian Committee of a&nbsp;member of the International Organization for Standardization) and the RosMEC (Russian National Committee for Participation in the International Electrical Commission).</p> <p>The activities of the TC 441 within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union are aimed at developing interstate standards in the nanoindustry with the participation of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Armenia.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Sergey Kulikov Held a Working Meeting with the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Andrey Travnikov On December 24, the Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company Sergey Kulikov paid a working visit to the Novosibirsk Region. He met with the Governor of the Region Andrey Travnikov and visited several of the Group&rsquo;s portfolio companies. <h5>On December 24, the Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company Sergey Kulikov paid a working visit to the Novosibirsk Region. He met with the Governor of the Region Andrey Travnikov and visited several of the Group&rsquo;s portfolio companies.</h5> <div class="img"><img alt="Sergey Kulikov held a working meeting with the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Andrey Travnikov" src="/upload/images/news/2020-12-24_Kulikov_Travnikov_Novosibirsk.jpg" /> <p>The Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company Sergey Kulikov (L) and the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region Andrey Travnikov</p></div> <p>The RUSNANO delegation began its work by visiting portfolio companies <a href="/portfolio/companies/liotech">Liotech</a>, Russia&rsquo;s only industrial manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries, and <a href="/portfolio/companies/nevz-ceramics">NEVZ-CERAMICS</a>, which manufactures a wide range of nanoceramic products from ceramic implants for surgery and dentistry to armored ceramic products to equip armed personnel and armored vehicles.</p> <p>After that, <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong> met with the Governor of the Novosibirsk Region <strong>Andrey Travnikov</strong>, where they discussed problematic issues and prospects for the development of the Group&rsquo;s projects in the region, as well as the main areas of cooperation with the regional administration in the field of high technologies.</p> <p>&ldquo;One of the competitive advantages of the Novosibirsk Region is the availability of a well-developed scientific and educational complex. As we know, a complicated issue of scientific and technological development at the present stage is the transfer of scientific discoveries into production. There are several successful examples of solving this problem in our region&mdash;startups that have turned scientific knowledge into a working business. This is the result of specialized work carried out in the Novosibirsk region to solve this key problem of modern domestic science and technology,&rdquo; said <strong>Andrey Travnikov</strong>.</p> <p>&ldquo;Novosibirsk is, without exaggeration, one of our country&rsquo;s key scientific, educational, and innovative regions. Full advantage must be taken of its intellectual and human potential to create a breakthrough in products and technology. As a State Institution for Development, we should offer Russian scientists and high-tech businesses a set of effective investment and infrastructure tools to ensure transformation of scientific and technological developments into a product in demand and its promotion to global markets,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>.</p> <p>After meeting the Governor, the Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company visited the SIGMA.Novosibirsk nanotechnology center, where he became acquainted with various projects of the center. Sergey Kulikov inspected the Energozapas company&rsquo;s site, which develops solid-state storage power plants (SSPP) for industrial energy storage.</p> <p>At the end of the working trip, the Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company visited the portfolio company <a href="/portfolio/companies/ocsial">OCSiAl</a>, the world&rsquo;s largest carbon nanotubes manufacturer. Sergey Kulikov, together with the company&rsquo;s management, discussed the development and prospects of this project.</p> Thu, 24 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Energozapas Among the Finalists in the Orano International Competition for Start-ups <p>Energozapas entered the final of the competition for start-ups organized by the French Orano Group, one of the world&rsquo;s largest nuclear fuel cycle corporations. Energozapas was the only Russian company among the 14 start-ups from various countries to reach the final.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Orano</a> established the international competition, the slogan of which is &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s reinvent the nuclear industry together!,&rdquo; in order to attract deeptech start-ups who may be able to play a role in the development of the nuclear industry.</p> <p>SSBPS is an automated technology for storing energy on an industrial scale using solid loads. The electricity is used to lift loads, and the potential energy is recovered when the loads are released. The use of SSBPS technology enables daily consumption spikes to be flattened out, thus ensuring a more balanced electricity system. This technology can be used by nuclear power stations. According to the Orano Group, nuclear energy accounts for about 30% of all energy generated in Europe, and half of the total output of low-carbon energy.</p> <p>&ldquo;Industrial batteries can make an electricity system more flexible. Both consumers and producers tend to be dissatisfied with the way electricity systems operate&mdash;in particular with the timing of peak generation and consumption. A flexible system can effectively resolve those problems. The use of batteries can make nuclear power more flexible. When electricity demand and prices are at a low level, nuclear power stations can charge up the batteries, and when the prices and demand have increased then the station can sell both its current and its stored energy&mdash;thereby doubling its capacity. This tandem effect gives us more leeway when generating electricity,&rdquo; says <strong>Pyotr Kropotin</strong>, deputy general director of Energozapas.</p> <p>Among the finalists in the Orano competition is the Portuguese company RI-TE, which is doing research into and developing radiation detection and visualization systems. Hydromea SA from Switzerland produces unmanned underwater exploration devices. AC Biode, a Japanese-British start-up is developing an effective and inexpensive method for producing graphene. The Czech start-up Neuron soundware produces acoustic sensors for the early diagnosis of mechanical problems in cars. And the grand winner of the competition was NDB Inc, a start-up based in Silicon Valley, which makes batteries with an operating life of several thousand years by recycling carbon-14 nuclear waste.</p> Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Two RUSNANO Projects Won “Composites Without Borders. AWARDS” <h5>Vestas Manufacturing RUS, a RUSNANO Group&rsquo;s portfolio company, and Galen, established with the participation of RUSNANO, won of the competition &ldquo;Composites Without Borders. AWARDS&rdquo;. The competition is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation within the framework of the &ldquo;Composites Without Borders&rdquo; forum.</h5> <p><a href="/portfolio/companies/vestas" target="_self">Vestas Manufacturing RUS</a> became the winner in the &ldquo;Serial Composite Products&rdquo; category. The company presented a technology for the production of wind turbine blades at the competition. This type of blades is installed on wind generators with a capacity up to 4.2 MW. The company&rsquo;s products are used both in Russia and abroad. Manufacturing technology is vacuum infusion method.</p> <p><a href="/portfolio/companies/galen" target="_self">Galen</a> was victorious in the &ldquo;Leader in the export of composites&rdquo; category. The company presented an innovative solution in creating an effective technology for the manufacturing of composite reinforcement as a mass-manufactured product that meets the standards of Russia, North America and the Middle East.</p> <p>The jury of the competition includes: Mr. <strong>Mikhail Pogosian</strong>, Rector of Moscow Aviation Institute; Mr. <strong>Aleksandr Tyunin</strong>, General Director, UMATEX, Rosatom State Corporation; Mr. <strong>Andrei Silkin</strong>, General Director, Obninsk Research and Production Enterprise Technologiya named after A.G. Romashin; Mr. <strong>Pavel Servatinskiy</strong>, Head, Metallurgy and Materials Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation;&nbsp; Mr. <strong>Aleksandr Mazhuga</strong>, Rector of&nbsp; D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia.</p> Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Liotech Partners with Rosseti <p>The company Rosseti Moscow Region positions itself as an integrator of uninterruptible power source solutions, having gathered its partners together under a single umbrella project dubbed &ldquo;The Digital Quality of Power Supply&rdquo;: these are companies engaged in producing and introducing energy storage devices consumers across various levels. <a href="/portfolio/companies/liotech" target="_self">Liotech</a> is one of the Project partners that will supply Rosseti&rsquo;s customers with uninterruptible power sources.</p> <p>Customers of Rosseti Moscow Region will now be able to use the &lsquo;UPS and Storage Battery selection and order service&rsquo; for installation in their homes, offices, and organizations. The selection is made using the precisely defined parameters of the accommodating premises, any additional power capacity that is required, and price preferences.</p> <p>Lithium-ion storage batteries are used with increasing frequency as uninterruptible power sources, both for private and industrial consumers. This provides a good opportunity to reduce power consumption during peak demand periods, to store and use energy from alternative sources, and improve the reliability of electricity supply.</p> <p>In the entire global uninterruptible power supply sector, there is a push to switch from lead-acid batteries to lithium-ion ones, which have a number of advantages over their outdated equivalents that include a longer operational lifetime, smaller weight and size for the batteries, lower maintenance costs, and expansive potential to monitor how they are used. Lithium-ion batteries are also less sensitive to temperature fluctuations than their lead-acid counterparts.</p> <p>The effective capacity of the former is 2 to 3 times greater than that of the latter, and their specific energy storage capacity is from 2 to 5 times higher. This allows for a more efficient use of space, which is extremely important when putting together systems designed to have high energy capacities.</p> <p>Recently completed projects for Liotech include the delivery of uninterruptible power supply systems to Principal Plaza (with a combined capacity of 240 kilowatt-hours) and to Polymetal International plc. (with a 120 kilowatt-hour-capacity). In addition, at the end of 2019, Liotech won a bid to supply PJSC Sberbank with UPS systems that use lithium-ion battery technologies. Previously, Liotech had installed an uninterruptible power supply system at the Belorusskiy Railway Terminal in Moscow.</p> <p>Rosseti Moscow Region has conducted two webinars on using uninterruptible power sources at the electrical equipment departments at major organizations, government agencies, and for people&rsquo;s household needs. Partners in the &ldquo;Digital Quality of Power Supply&rdquo; Project took part in the webinars. Among the participants were representatives from Liteco LLC, Systemotechnica LLC, and Watts Battery LLC.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p></p> Thu, 22 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0300 CML AT Medical and the Tomsk National Medical Center Have Developed Unique 3D Printed Cancer Implants <p>The engineers of the CML AT Medical project company of the Northwest Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) together with Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow of the Oncology Research Institute of the Tomsk National Research Medical Center (TNRMC) of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ilya Anisenya have developed a number of unique bone implants designed for patients suffering from various forms of cancer. The NTTC is a part of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>The customer was the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sintel</a> manufacturing company, operating in reconstructive surgery. At the moment, the implants have been successfully installed in six patients of the Tomsk Scientific Research Center. The structures of titanium powder with a complex cellular structure have become a&nbsp;full-fledged replacement for the radius, humerus, tibia, and shoulder joint affected by cancerous tumors.</p> <p>According to <b>Yana Chekryzhova</b>, Head of CML AT Medical, printed implants are often the only way to keep a person able to move and live a full life. Cancer patients need a strictly individual approach, taking into account the degree and form of bone damage, the location of the tumor, and many other important factors. 3D printing allows the manufacture of complex-shaped endoprostheses with a cellular surface structure that cannot be produced by traditional methods.</p> <p>According to <b>Ilya Anisenya</b>, who carried out the surgeries, in all cases the implants were completely equivalent to the replacement bones of the patient, there were no problems when installing them, and the intervention itself was assessed as a successful one. Currently, implants show a good level of osteointegration, and patients undergo a post-surgery rehabilitation course. At CML AT Medical, the experience of cooperation is also positive and is planned to be developed. In September&ndash;October 2020, CML AT Medical intends to offer its products to a&nbsp;number of cancer centers across the country.</p> <p>Additive technologies in medicine have started to be used relatively recently. The implant was first printed only in 2012 by the Belgian company LayerWise. At the same time, the first surgery was carried out to implant a 3D printed titanium lower jaw. Currently, more than 300,000 of such surgeries are performed in the United States every year. The Russian market for medical products using 3D printing technologies is only developing. Meanwhile, the CML AT Medical professionals have already managed to achieve the superiority of their implants over the available analogues on the market on a number of important parameters. Thus, due to the mesh structure of the product surface, designed by the company&rsquo;s engineers, it was possible to provide better osteointegration of the implant into the patient&rsquo;s bone tissue, which ensures the stability of the implant. In addition, the cost of CML AT Medical endoprosprothesses is on average 20% lower than the price of its competitors. The process of production of individual medical products from the moment of receiving CT images of the patient to the shipment of the finished product takes about 2.5 weeks, which is crucial for the surgical treatment of patients with severe forms of oncology.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 New FIEP Projects to Develop the National Qualification System in the Nanoindustry Have Been Launched <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) together with its partners started elaborating new projects on the National Nanoindustry Skills System development.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the five professional standards in nanoelectronics and composite nanostructured polymers and nanometals, a designer of the professions of the future will be created for the technologies whose widespread use in industrial production is still expected.</p> <h2>Designing Professions of the Future</h2> <p>&ldquo;In the context of the transformation of the modern labor market, both in terms of changing the content of traditional professions and in view of the emergence of new ones, it is necessary to understand how to timely assess such changes and how to identify new and promising professions,&rdquo; said <b>Angelina Volkova</b>, Head of Professional Skills Development of the Fund. Predicting the professions of the future or the advanced qualifications is associated with the search for new technologies. In order to develop the advanced qualifications designing method within the Fund&rsquo;s new project, a competent portrait (profile) of the professional developer or user of the promising technology will be drawn up, and the processes for the integration of the advanced qualifications in the Russian and global economy will be described.</p> <p>The Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University ETU LETI will have to solve this problem together with the Fund&rsquo;s professionals, and the technologies of atomic-molecular design, the architectonics of supramolecular structures, synthesis of artificial inorganic and organic materials, and hybrid compositions, which were actively developed at the end of the 20th century, have been defined as the promising ones.&nbsp;</p> <p>This technology stack is a modern interdisciplinary end-to-end technological trend determining the prospects for the creation of new materials and substances, and is implemented using a set of processes, such as matrix assembly and self-assembly, self-organization in non-equilibrium conditions, incorporation and encapsulation of polymolecular associates, additive superprecision 2D and 3D printing, and molecular layering, quantum-wave superlocal and selective stimulation of reactions. This, in turn, allows the formation of a variety of technological trajectories in various fields of research and production while maintaining the unity of knowledge. The technology of atomic-molecular design and synthesis is considered to be an end-to-end technology for creating new substances and materials for various branches of scientific research and engineering as well as industrial production activities of a modern technology professional.</p> <p>During the project implementation, the innovative companies implementing technologies for atomic-molecular architecture and design in various fields (genetics, pharmacology, application of new materials, nanotechnology) will help to form qualification requirements for the professionals working within the framework of a system end-to-end technology in various industries, as well as a set of industry qualifications in compliance with the qualification levels.</p> <p>According to experts, the demand for atomic-molecular design and architectonics professionals is expected to increase. At the same time, the availability of the current purely applied qualification requirements, supported by real professional activities in the future, will allow for the targeted formation of advanced training programs for professionals capable of implementing breakthrough technologies.</p> <h2>New Professional Standards for the Nanoindustry</h2> <p>The Fund&rsquo;s project to develop five professional standards in the fields of nanoelectronics and composite nanostructured polymers and nanometals, the demand for which is dictated by labor market, has also been aimed at further developing the National System of Nanoindustry Qualifications. The application of professional standards allows forming qualification requirements in order to assess the professional qualifications of employees and to create a basis for building an educational trajectory for both future and current professionals. For the education system, professional standards are also a guideline, allowing to adjust the content of educational standards and programs in accordance with the qualifications of the staff.</p> <p>The development is initiated by the nanoindustry qualification assessment centers and is based on the practical application of a number of existing professional standards, as well as the accounting for the qualifications life cycle.</p> <p>The new professional standards will take into account the qualification requirements to implement the fully-featured production process in accordance with the business processes of high-tech products production, as well as requirements for graduates of professional educational organizations, which will allow to form the so-called &ldquo;input&rdquo; qualifications and to assess qualifications within the framework of intermediate and final certification of students of universities and colleges. For young people, this will be an opportunity to confirm the compliance of the obtained education with the labor market requirements or to adjust the educational trajectory in a timely manner, and for educational organizations, it will serve as a&nbsp;characteristic feature of compliance of the implemented training programs with the expectations of employers, and will reduce the employers&rsquo; uncertainty and risks in employment.</p> <p>The project will be implemented by the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Service under the President of the Russian Federation together with experts from the real sector of the economy, including professionals with experience in production work in the areas of professional activity corresponding to the focus of the developed professional standards, experts in personnel management, training, and development, rationing and labor rate setting, representatives of educational organizations implementing training programs for the nanoindustry, and leading employees of scientific organizations.</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Fitch Upholds RUSNANO’s Rating of BBB, with Stable Outlook <p>The ratings agency Fitch has upheld RUSNANO&rsquo;s ruble and hard-currency Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of BBB, with stable outlook, the same as its sovereign rating for the Russian Federation.</p> <p>Fitch emphasized that the reform of Russia&#39;s development institutions does not affect the issuer&#39;s reliability. Its decision to uphold the rating is a sign that it believes the Russian government is both able and willing to support RUSNANO, as a strategically important business.</p> Thu, 17 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Hevel Receives Its First ruBBB+ Rating from Expert RA <h5>Hevel has received a rating of ruBBB+ from the credit rating agency Expert RA. The rating outlook is Stable. This is the company&rsquo;s first credit rating.</h5> <p>The Hevel Group, established with the participation of RUSNANO, is Russia&rsquo;s largest producer of heterojunction (HJT) solar panels, and is also involved in the construction and operation of photovoltaic power plants (PPPs). The company owns a photovoltaic module plant in Novocheboksarsk, with an annual production capacity of 340 MW, as well as its own PPPs, with a total rated capacity of 711.5 MW as of June 2020. Hevel&rsquo;s network generation projects in Russia up to 2022 have a combined capacity of 907.5 MW, plus 238 MW in Kazakhstan.</p> <p>According to the rating agency, the company has a moderately high level of solvency. Expert RA also predicts that Hevel&rsquo;s liquidity level will remain fairly high for the next two years&mdash;this level is supported by the company&rsquo;s growing cashflow derived from the opening of new facilities, and its high standards when implementing investment programs, including its monitoring of the photovoltaic module production process. The agency also highlighted the fact that in the course of Hevel&rsquo;s many projects&mdash;it has been involved in the construction of more then 40 PPPs- the company has developed its own technologies.</p> <p>Sergey Vakhterov, Senior Managing Director of RUSNANO Management Company: &ldquo;The agency&rsquo;s confirmation of Hevel&rsquo;s credit rating confirms that the company has been able to win a secure position in the market and that in Russia solar power is now seen as an attractive investment area. We are proud that a company established with the participation of RUSNANO is the only entity in Russia&rsquo;s developing renewable power generation market to have a current credit rating. We hope that this rating will help us in the successful implementation of new solar power projects.&rdquo;</p> <p>At the end of 2018 RUSNANO JSC sold its 49% stake in Hevel to Mikhail Sivoldayev&rsquo;s Ream Management. RUSNANO JSC remains the project&rsquo;s main creditor, and continues to participate in the company&rsquo;s management bodies.</p> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Get Support and Enter the International Market. How Does the Russian-Israeli Research and Development Support Program Works? <h5>On July 15, 2020, the Ninth selection of projects for participation in the Russian-Israeli R&amp;D support program in nanotechnology and high-tech sectors was launched. Based on the results, the grant of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs will be awarded to the projects selected. Inc. has figured out how this program works and what the applicants need to succeed.</h5> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>Promoting Innovation</h2> <blockquote>Israel has a great experience as a joint research and development partner in creating a favorable climate for the development of innovative startups.</blockquote> <p>The program started with the signing of an agreement on cooperation in research and development by the governments of Russia and Israel in 2010. On the Russian side, the agreement was implemented by the RUSNANO state corporation, and on the Israeli side&mdash;by the office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy of Israel. Subsequently, during the reorganization, RUSNANO was divided into JSC RUSNANO and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP), which has taken over the implementation of the Russian-Israeli program. In 2016, changes also took place for the Israeli partner: the Innovation Agency of the State of Israel was created based on the Chief Scientist Office.</p> <p>Israel has a great experience as a joint research and development partner in creating a favorable climate for the development of innovative startups. &ldquo;Israel is called the &lsquo;startup nation&rsquo; for a reason. It is an advanced R&amp;D country, and consequently, Israeli partners are able to bring to the projects the developments in bringing the product to a state in which it is of interest to the end consumer. A very successful production duo is emerging, where the Russian partner provides a highly professional technological expertise, its competitive production capabilities, and the Israeli participant uses its customer acquisition experience, meeting their needs taking into account market trends, good knowledge of regulatory systems in the largest sectors of the global market,&rdquo; says <b>Alexey Kachay</b>, FIEP Deputy Director General.</p> <p>Also, the search for partners and interaction with them is simplified by the strong ties between Russia and Israel. &ldquo;Up to 80% of our partners in Israel speak Russian and have obtained education or experience in the Soviet Union or Russia,&rdquo; says Kachay.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <blockquote>A joint application for the project shall be submitted by Russian and Israeli participants to participate in the selection process.</blockquote> <p>The support for the project selected is represented by awarding to the Russian participant the grant that usually represents 30-40% of the budget of the Russian part of the project and in any case, may exceed 50%. The applicant provides the rest of the budget either independently from its own funds or through the third-party fundraising. The grant is gratuitous&mdash;the allocated funds may only be returned in case of misuse thereof. The Innovation Agency of the State of Israel provides similar support to the applicant&rsquo;s Israeli partner.</p> <p>A joint application for the project shall be submitted by Russian and Israeli participants to participate in the selection process. Alongside the application submission, the participants will also settle issues related to the development of cooperation during the project and the subsequent stage of commercialization, ownership of intellectual property created during the project, and financial and other issues for the project launch.</p> <p>It should be noted that the program is designed for joint R&amp;D and construction works. The partner applicants, where one party is engaged in the product creation and the other&mdash;only in commercialization thereof, will not be selected. If the Russian applicant does not have a partner in Israel yet, the FIEP and the Innovation Agency are ready to help in its search. Israeli participants can get the same support to find a partner in Russia.</p> <p>&ldquo;We do everything possible to help find suitable partners. We use the help of our program partners (FIEP), as well as Israeli representatives in the destination countries, such as Yakir Davidson (Head of the Trade and Economic Mission of the Israeli Embassy in Russia. &mdash; Inc. remark). We also recommend the startups to turn to potential partners on their own,&rdquo; the representative of the Innovation Agency said.</p> <p>According to him, Israeli companies are interested in the program. The more participants succeed and show the end result, the higher the value of participating therein will be. In any case, the agency sees great potential in cooperation between the two countries&mdash;Russia and Israel.</p> <p>Meanwhile, there are cases where the program was initiated by the Israeli party. &ldquo;Before the start of the grant, we had communicated with AquaMaof for more than two years, showed them our developments, discussed the prospective interest of the aquaculture market in our products, planned joint work on their experimental base taking into account their leading positions and experience in the aquaculture industrialization market. A month before the end of the selection, our Israeli partner said: &#39;Do you know about such a program? Let&rsquo;s participate!&#39; The decision was made instantly in a telephone conversation, and for two weeks we have been preparing the materials for submission in a round-the-clock mode,&rdquo; says <b>Olga Afanasyeva</b>, Executive Director of Protein KormBioTech Issledovaniya. Her company together with its Israeli partner was selected, received the grant, and is now close to the launch of its product.</p> <h3>The opportunities the project participants get:</h3> <ul> <li>grant support</li> <li>creating a high-tech product</li> <li>international cooperation</li> <li>bringing the product to the international market</li> <li>project development prospects in the innovation sector</li> <li>strengthening the project team</li> <li>followed by technology or product scaling.</li></ul> <h2>Selection Features</h2> <blockquote>It should be noted that during the project evaluation, the experts give their recommendations, after which the applicants have the opportunity to finalize the application.</blockquote> <p>In total, eight selections took place during the program, where more than 70 applications were considered. The first two selections of projects from Russia were carried out by the RUSNANO state corporation, and the FIEP was involved in the implementation and funding of the projects. During the selection process, each application undergoes scientific and technological expertise both with the FIEP and the Innovation Agency. For these purposes, the FIEP engages third-party industry experts with extensive experience in this field.</p> <p>Experts assess the application on the following parameters: scientific validity and technical feasibility; innovativeness, the availability of the final product, prospects for commercialization thereof; cost reasonableness, the availability of the necessary infrastructure and, in general, the ability to do the job stated, as well as the involvement of both partners.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our task is not only to select the best project but also to help selected projects to become the &lsquo;best version of themselves&rsquo;, to take them to the next level. Of course, one of the important tasks of the program is to develop joint cooperation and prepare projects for commercial implementation. But the task of increasing the country&rsquo;s research and engineering potential is equally important. Maybe our specialists will fail to bring the matter to commercial success now, but they will be able to apply the experience in new projects,&rdquo; explains Kachay.</p> <p>&ldquo;The requirements for materials are above average. It is also necessary that a plan for joint research work is available. Fortunately, we had plans for such works, but our plans is one thing, and formalizing these data for research and development and to schedule all the works&mdash;is another,&rdquo; Afanasyeva commented on the application preparation process.</p> <p>It should be noted that during the project evaluation, the experts give their recommendations, whereafter the applicants have the opportunity to finalize the application. In addition, during the examination, a kind of &laquo;second chance&rdquo; is given, where the additional materials are requested from the partner applicants. After a thorough analysis of the application by the Russian and Israeli parties, a final decision is taken. The application gains support under the so-called &ldquo;two-key&rdquo; principle, i.e., only if approved by both the FIEP and the Israel Innovation Agency.</p> <h3>Russian-Israeli Program in Figures</h3> <ul> <li><strong>70 applications</strong> have been reviewed for the duration of the program</li> <li><strong>5 years</strong> the expected commercialization of the technology</li> <li><strong>9 projects</strong> have been selected and supported</li> <li><strong>3&ndash;4 months</strong> to make a decision on the project (taking finalization into account)</li></ul> <h2>The Key to Success</h2> <blockquote>In total, nine projects have been selected over the years. Two of them have already been implemented, one is nearing completion, and the other six are in different implementation stages.</blockquote> <p>Preference is given to projects that promote the development of new productions and tools. Another factor that increases the chances of success is the availability of a clear commercialization program in both global and local markets. The most common mistake is that the application is not filled out in sufficient detail, which is why experts are unable to give a comprehensive assessment of the project.</p> <p>In total, nine projects have been selected over the years. Two of them have already been implemented, one is nearing completion, and the other six are in different implementation stages. The first project from the completed ones is the device for crushing stones in the body (litotriptor) created by the Tomsk Advanced Powder Technologies and the Israeli Lithotech Medical. After the completion of the project, the device successfully went through the Russian and European certification, and its sales and deliveries to medical facilities were started. The second is the piezosensor developed by Moscow NIIGrafit from Moscow and Israeli I. A. Research. The piezosensor acts as a hydrophone, a vibration sensor, and an acoustic vibrations component. At the moment, all research and development on the project have been completed, and the team is working to expand the piezosensor application range.</p> <p>The project of Protom from the Moscow-based Protvino science city and the Israeli P-Cure is also nearing its completion. The partners have developed the proton therapeutic complex that would make proton therapy more accessible in the treatment of cancer. Proton therapy allows the tumor to be destroyed by a radiation particles beam with minimal impact on the surrounding vital organs.</p> <p>The proton unit consists of two parts. Protom was responsible for the proton accelerator, and P-Cure&mdash;for the medical and hardware part, which shows the location of the tumor in real time. Now the unit, created by the partners, is FDA-certified. It differs from its counterparts in fundamentally smaller sizes and weights, more affordable price, reduced operating costs, high accuracy of treatment, and mobility.</p> <p>According to <b>Mikhail Marash</b>, founder and CEO of P-Cure, he has extensive experience applying for various support programs, since it is a common practice in Israel. The advantage of their application was the established partnership with the Protom team. Together, they considered various options for participating in startup support programs and decided that the Russian-Israeli program would be the best option for them. Among its strengths, Marash noted the openness to dialogue and minimum bureaucracy.</p> <p><b>Olga Afanasyeva</b>, Executive Director of Protein KormBioTech Issledovaniya, agrees with him. Her company is working with Israel&rsquo;s AquaMaof to develop astaxanthin, the natural antioxidant being one of the most expensive ingredients in aquaculture feed.</p> <p>The interaction with the Israeli partner allowed Protein KormBioTech Issledovaniya to enter the international market and start preparations for production in Russia. Currently, the partners have completed the development of the unit technology for production, and experimental batches are being tested in Israel.</p> <p>&ldquo;This program is the best we know in Russia. For us, and most likely for many other areas, the interaction with the Israeli partner is the Elon Musk&rsquo;s &lsquo;trampoline&rsquo; to enter international markets,&rdquo; Afanasyeva believes. &ldquo;In any case, after the demonstration of the feed reports of Maof Hanegev Ltd (a subsidiary research division of AquaMaof, with which we conduct R&amp;D), the top three world aquaculture feed companies began negotiations with us; in parallel with this, Russian manufacturers started to treat our developments seriously.&rdquo;</p> <p>From the very beginning, the Russian-Israeli program set quite high standards for the quality of application, so not everyone copes with them from the first time. Even with this outcome, having received the assessment of highly qualified experts involved in the analysis of applications, participants have the opportunity to improve the level of development of the project and come with it again in the following years.</p> <p>In 2020, the selection of applications will last until November 25. Priority is given to the technological areas on which the FIEP focuses, namely quality of life, new materials and coatings, energy efficiency, nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, photonics, neurotechnology, and artificial intelligence.</p> <p>Ultimately, for startups, participation in the Russian-Israeli program of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs and the State of Israel Innovation Agency offers several opportunities at once. Firstly, it provides cooperation with a foreign partner and joint structuring of a project. Secondly, it provides invaluable experience in planning and systematizing work for a long period. Thirdly, it is the possibility of entering the international markets with a product. Fourthly, the grant funds themselves will help to significantly promote R&amp;Ds. All this brings practical benefits for participants at any stage of the project.</p> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko Presents the New Head of the Company Sergey Kulikov to the RUSNANO Team On Monday, 7 December, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, introduced Sergey Kulikov, the new head of RUSNANO Group. <h5>On Monday, 7 December, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, introduced Sergey Kulikov, the new head of RUSNANO Group.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko Presents the New Head of the Company Sergey Kulikov to the RUSNANO Team" src="/upload/images/news/2020-12-07_Chernyshenko_Kulikov.jpg" /></p> <p>Dmitry Chernyshenko stated that Sergey Kulikov was elected Chairman of the Management Board of RUSNANO according to a directive from the Russian Government. &ldquo;The change of the Head of the Company is a very natural process in the ongoing reorganisation of development institutions,&rdquo; he commented.</p> <p>According to Chernyshenko, the consolidation of technological assets of various development institutions will not take any abrupt turns. &ldquo;We will develop a convenient plan,&rdquo; said the Deputy Prime Minister.</p> <p>Chernyshenko reminded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had set five national goals, according to which all development institutions, including RUSNANO, must be aligned. In addition, the President has set advanced innovation efforts as one of the national priorities. &ldquo;Innovative research efforts, the development of nanomaterials and the creation of advanced products&mdash;all of these areas must ensure synergy and comply with the national goals and objectives facing the state,&rdquo; said the Deputy Prime Minister.</p> <p>Dmitry Chernyshenko also pointed out the need for the company to actively cooperate with higher education institutions in terms of staff training in order to successfully implement applied solutions into practice.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is necessary to have the implementation of application solutions at the core of the project. This will also provide an intriguing connection to education. Personnel will be needed in all areas, and a qualified task definition in terms of their preparation is one of the company&rsquo;s core responsibilities. The implementation of innovations and effective management requires trained specialists,&rdquo; added the Deputy Prime Minister.</p> <p>In his speech, Dmitry Chernyshenko noted that today the RUSNANO Group &ldquo;faces formidable challenges and ambitious goals&rdquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the near future, the company needs to develop a detailed scenario for the implementation of nanotechnology in all sectors of the economy. I am sure that Sergey Kulikov will successfully meet the tasks set,&rdquo; said Deputy Prime Minister, recalling that Sergey Kulikov worked for many years at the State Corporation Rostec, where he was in charge, among other things, of the radioelectronic cluster and RT-Business Development.</p> <p>&ldquo;He is familiar with innovative, cutting-edge scientific, technological and industrial projects in new materials, energy, and mathematical modelling. And all this is RUSNANO&rsquo;s main focus. Most importantly, Sergey Alexandrovich has extensive experience of delivering results,&rdquo; said Dmitry Chernyshenko.</p> <p>At the end of his speech he wished Kulikov &ldquo;the necessary energy to achieve his goals&rdquo;.</p> <p>In response, Sergey Kulikov thanked the Deputy Prime Minister for his parting words and said that he planned to devote December to getting to know the team, partners and assets. &ldquo;We will start with a portfolio regrouping and debt restructuring, we&rsquo;ll get acquainted with the nearby markets, buy up missing competencies if necessary and dispose of the ballast,&rdquo; said Kulikov.</p> <p>The new head of RUSNANO acknowledged the company&rsquo;s significant achievements. &ldquo;We have built a high quality investment infrastructure. Projects in various areas are already well prepared, among them ecology, new materials, energy, transport and medicine. A number of projects are already taking their rightful place in the Russian and international markets. All of this will allow us to move confidently and boldly towards increasing the share of successful projects in the Group&rsquo;s portfolio,&rdquo; stressed Sergey Kulikov.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have at our disposal one of the country&rsquo;s best investment instruments, and we would like to work for the benefit of the economy through improving the efficiency of national projects, and investment programmes of natural monopolies and cities,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our task is to continue the course taken, strengthening a number of areas of work. We need to develop and improve what we have already accomplished, create new products and work ahead of schedule. We will be committed to forming a strategic scientific and technical foundation and maintaining national technological sovereignty. I can already tell that we have a lot of work ahead of us,&rdquo; said Sergey Kulikov.</p> <p>&ldquo;I hope that the reorganised management bodies will help us attain the key advantage, namely the time and speed of decision making,&rdquo; Kulikov stressed.</p> Mon, 7 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Launch of the First Fully Electric Catamaran <p>The EcoVolt electric catamaran, which runs on lithium-ion batteries, has been launched in Saint Petersburg. The ship is intended for tourist trips between the Hermitage and Peterhof, and is able to operate for up to 10 hours on a single charge. It is planned that when these vessels are in full-scale production they will be equipped with batteries manufactured by <a href="/portfolio/companies/liotech" target="_self">Liotech, a RUSNANO portfolio company</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The EcoVolt electric catamaran" src="" /></p> <p>The catamaran was built by the Morsvyazavtomatika RMC, with the support of the National Reserve Corporation, which invested in the project. The vessel has a capacity of 60 passengers, and can cruise at speeds of up to seven knots. It is planned that the full-scale production of these environmentally clean vessels will take place in Leningrad region.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Most of the catamaran parts are manufactured in Russia. Their factory cost is comparable to that of equivalent diesel vessels, but they cost only half as much to run. It is planned that in the next two years at least 5 of these vessels, fitted with Liotech batteries, will be manufactured.</p> <p>Liotech is the only large-scale producer of lithium-ion batteries in Russia. The company is involved in a considerable range of projects relating to the electrification of surface public transport and special equipment. Liotech is the only Russian company to be certified by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping. This status means that the company&rsquo;s products can be used in vessels of various categories, either to provide an uninterruptible power supply or as a traction battery.</p> <p>Liotech already has experience in the use of its products in the shipbuilding industry. The Ekovolna expedition used an electric catamaran two years in a row. This vessel, manufactured by the National Centre for Engineering Competitions and Contests, is powered by solar panels produced by Hevel (a company established with participation from RUSNANO) as well as Liotech lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of 70 kW. This combination of power sources allows the vessel to operate for 20 days without recharging, including at night and when there is little sunlight. The vessel has set a record for the longest journey by an electric and solar-powered vessel&mdash;it travelled 5,000 kilometres.</p> Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The First Russian Monoblock PC on the new Baikal Chip and Domestic Linux Released <h5>Edelweiss, being the first of three Russian developers to launch monoblock PCs based on the domestic Baikal-M mobile processor, announced the release of its touchscreen PC based on this chip. The releases of new products from its competitors are expected any day.</h5> <h2>Baikal-based Sensor Monoblock</h2> <p>As it became known to CNews, the Russian Edelweiss company engaged in the electronics development, had released monoblock computer with a touch screen based on the domestic Baikal-M processor. Apparently, this is the first completed PC running on this chip.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s Executive Director <b>Aleksandr Grishchenkov</b> said in a conversation with CNews that as of that date the PC was presented in the form of engineering samples. &ldquo;Now the product is submitted for testing to various organizations, and after the tests, the industrial batch run will be formed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We do not disclose information about potential customers yet.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Grishchenkov, the estimated cost of the device will be from RUB 150 thousand, depending on its version. Edelweiss believes that first of all corporate customers for whom technological independence is important may be interested in computers.</p> <p>It is noteworthy that this is not about adapting a previously existing PC for Baikals, but about a specialized development for domestic chips. &ldquo;This is a new step towards import substitution of computing technology targeted at the mass market of IT equipment,&rdquo; says Grishchenkov. &ldquo;The monoblock is the first of a series of consumer computing devices that we plan to bring to the market in the near future.&rdquo;</p> <p>The top manager did not give details as to whether this range would also be based on Baikals, or other processors would be involved.</p> <p>According to CNews, Russian Depo and 3Logic companies should also present their monoblocks based on Baikal-M from day to day. Presumably, the presentations will take place at the Army 2020 international military-technical forum, which was opened on August 23, 2020, in Kubinka outside Moscow</p> <h2>Cooperation of Russian Developers</h2> <p>Let us remind you that the processor used in the Edelweiss PC, developed by Baikal Electronics, was introduced to the market in early October 2019. Unlike the company&rsquo;s first chip, Baikal-T1 on the MIPS architecture (created in accordance with the RISC concept, i.e., for processors with an abbreviated set of commands), Baikal-M is implemented on the ARM architecture.</p> <p>A month ago, on July 22, 2020, it was Edelweiss that announced the creation of the first motherboard based on Baikal-M, within the mini-ITX form factor. At the time of release, ATX and mini-ATX were also in development. At the same time, it was reported that in addition to the Baikal Electronics professionals, the developers of the range of the domestic ALT OS by Basalt SPO took part in the creation of the board.</p> <p>This company&rsquo;s ALT workstation operating system is preinstalled on the new Edelweiss monoblock. It is included in the Unified Register of Domestic Software under the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications and is compatible with a significant set of applications from this register, including CryptoPro CSP, Dr.Web, PostgresPro, DirectumRX, etc.</p> <h2>Technical Specifications of the PC</h2> <p>Edelweiss assures that all circuitry solutions of the monoblock were developed in Russia by their own engineers. The system supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, M.2 M key expansion slots (PCIe 3.0 x 4) for NVME SSD, PCIe 3.0 x8, and 2x SATA 3.0 6 Gb/s.</p> <p>The computer has a set of I/O interfaces that include USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectors, an optical S/PDIF port and a single headphone/microphone jack, audio out and line in.</p> <p>The touch screen has a diagonal of 23.8 inches, Full HD resolution, and an IPS matrix. According to the developer&rsquo;s description, the platform is equipped with a retractable webcam with a dual (stereo) microphone, which is hidden inside the body and excludes the possibility of hidden video surveillance.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Pharmsynthez PJSC, a Portfolio Company Owned by RUSNANO, HiFiBio Therapeutics, and IBC RAS Reached an Agreement about Jointly Developing Monoclonal Antibodies to Help Prevent and Treat COVID-19, and Producing Them in Russia <p>Pharmsynthez PJSC, the Russian Academy of Sciences Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry (IBC RAS), and the international biopharmaceutical company HiFiBio Therapeutics signed an agreement pursuant to which its parties will unite their expertise to conduct clinical trials on, produce, and make commercial deliveries of the monoclonal antibody HFB30132A to the Russian market to help prevent and treat the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection. This treatment method will be used in Russia for the first time.</p> <p>Previously, this project was presented during a meeting between representatives from Pharmsynthez PJSC, HiFiBio, the IBC RAS, the Russian Federation Ministry of Healthcare, and the Russian Federation Ministry of Industry and Trade; further development work on it inside the Russian Federation was approved by the relevant Russian industry agencies.</p> <p>The human monoclonal antibody HFB30132A was developed as part of joint efforts put forth by HiFiBio Therapeutics, Nankai University (in the PRC), Shanghai Technical University, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (also in the PRC), and scientists from the IBC RAS; they used technologies to clone and decode the genomes in single B cells from the blood of patients who have survived COVID-19. The mechanism by which HFB30132A takes action consists of binding the spike protein and neutralizing the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including its mutant form, D614G, which is capable of spreading rapidly. It is anticipated that using HFB30132A as monotherapy to help prevent COVID-19 will cause fewer side effects, and boost activity in the lungs and upper respiratory tract mucosa when compared to the typical monoclonal antibodies used in treatment. The results following a study done in the United States on the first cohort of healthy volunteers have already been obtained for phase I of a dose escalation study (NCT04590430) in which HFB30132A demonstrated high-level results for safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics. Plans for the near future include transnational clinical trials on patients in high-risk categories that have shown asymptomatic, mild, or moderate progression for COVID-19.</p> <p>&ldquo;The coronavirus infection pandemic has become a challenge for the entire modern healthcare industry. RUSNANO already has projects in the field of testing systems to help diagnose the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and for related disorders with the blood coagulation system. We are now concentrating our efforts on another crucial objective&mdash;innovative COVID-19 therapy,&rdquo; states <strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, the Chairman of the Board for RUSNANO Group &ldquo;The antibodies that prevent the disease from penetrating into the cell are a joint development produced by several world-level research centers, including the Russian Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry. And we think it is extremely important to help make this innovative treatment available to citizens in our country,&rdquo; he underscored.</p> <p>&ldquo;The second wave of COVID-19 has shown that there is an urgent need to create immunobiological drugs that have a direct effect on the SARS-CoV-2 virus,&rdquo; stated <strong>Kirill Mayorov</strong>, the president of Pharmsynthez PJSC. &ldquo;As an innovative development company, we develop promising, high-technology projects that provide a safe, efficacious level of protection against diseases, including for patients with high-risk factors. This antibody can both help combat the active coronavirus infection and prevent the whole cascade of serious complications that we see around the world today. Taking into account the gravity of the epidemiological situation, Pharmsynthez PJSC will do everything in its power to ensure the swift advent of HFB30132A into the arsenal possessed by the Russian healthcare industry,&rdquo; stated the company&rsquo;s president.</p> <p>As part of this partnership, Pharmsynthez PJSC will conduct a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, two-stage clinical trial to evaluate the pharmacokinetics, immunogenicity, safety and efficacy for HFB30132A in patients with COVID-19 in the Russian Federation, and will gain the exclusive rights to manufacture the drug and bring it to the Russian pharmaceutical market. Production of the monoclonal antibodies is slated to be organized using the manufacturing capacity on-site at the RAS Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are happy to be working with Pharmsynthez PJSC and the IBC RAS, taking advantage of their experience and resources to successfully develop and introduce this innovative treatment to patients in Russia,&rdquo; stated <strong>Jeff He</strong>, Chief Operating Officer at HiFiBio Therapeutics. &ldquo;This strategic partnership demonstrates our open, innovative approach, as well as the global collaboration needed to respond quickly to the challenges of a global pandemic,&rdquo; he stated.</p> <p>This new international partnership also boosts the potential for a scientific and technological alliance to arise between Pharmsynthez PJSC and the IBC RAS. &ldquo;In conjunction with developing a recombinant, composite, genetically engineered vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, which has been accomplished together with the IBC RAS and Pharmsynthez PJSC, setting up a facility to manufacture the neutralizing antibody to work against the SARS-CoV-2 virus helps create a unique portfolio that offers complete immunobiological coverage for the SARS-CoV-2 infection: preventive vaccinations, emergency immunoprophylaxis and immunotherapy,&rdquo; stated <strong>Aleksandr Gabibov</strong>, the director of the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry. &ldquo;The results of scientific research done in the world today suggest that the first generation of vaccines created to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection will probably not be able to fully control the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Under these conditions, expanding the arsenal of specific immunotherapy targeted at the SARS-CoV-2 infection becomes vital,&rdquo; the academician underscored.</p> <p>To help put the project in place involving creating the monoclonal antibody, Pharmsynthez PJSC registered a new company called JSC VAKTSINI. Besides this project, the company will be involved in developing other innovative, original products by Pharmsynthez PJSC, including a high-priority project to design its own in-house vaccine to combat the coronavirus.</p> Mon, 23 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO’s Biopharmaceutical Portfolio Company Successfully Entered IPO in New York <p>On October 30, Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a RusnanoMedInvest (RMI, RUSNANO&rsquo;s 100% subsidiary) portfolio company, held an initial public offering (IPO) on the American stock exchange NASDAQ. The company is engaged in research and development of innovative products for antiviral therapy, including therapy for the coronavirus infection COVID-19.</p> <p>Atea Pharmaceuticals has placed 12 mln ordinary shares at $24 per share. Thus, the IPO volume amounted to $300 mln, and the valuation of the entire company was about $1.94 bln. The listing took place on the NASDAQ stock exchange, which specializes in high-tech companies&rsquo; stocks; company ticker: AVIR.</p> <p>On the first day of bidding, the company&rsquo;s shares rose more than 25%.</p> <p>The IPO was organized by the largest investment banks: J.P.&nbsp;Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Evercore ISI, William Blair.</p> <p>Funds from the IPO will be used primarily for clinical research and for supporting the company&rsquo;s operations. The main programme of the company (AT-527) is the creation of a direct-acting drug for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of the new COVID-19 coronavirus infection.&nbsp;This programme is currently in its Phase 2 clinical trial. The company also conducts clinical researches in treatment of hepatitis C, human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and dengue fever.</p> <p>RMI acquired a stake in Atea&rsquo;s Round A financing in April 2014. RMI is not planning direct participation in the IPO.</p> <p>In addition to RMI the following venture funds are among the main shareholders of Atea: Morningside Investments Limited, Cormorant Private Healthcare Fund, JPM Partners, Bain Capital Life Sciences Investors, ABG-ATEAB Limited and the company&rsquo;s key management.</p> <p>&ldquo;The investment in Atea is RMI&rsquo;s most successful deal and a classic story of venture success. In 2014, we invested in the company at its inception. Beneath our very eyes, Atea has gone all the way of technological development, from the search for a potentially effective and safe candidate for direct antiviral action in laboratory experiments and pre-clinical studies in animal models, to obtaining preliminary, but significant practical clinical results in the treatment of a number of diseases that pose a challenge to the entire mankind,&rdquo; stated <strong>Olga Shpichko</strong>, Managing Director for Investment Activities of RUSNANO Management Company, commenting on the IPO of Atea Pharmaceuticals.</p> <p>She also notes that Atea Pharmaceuticals has yet to conclusively prove the drug&rsquo;s efficacy in treating COVID-19 as part of a large and final Phase 3 clinical trial in 2021. &ldquo;However, we are confident that the company&#39;s huge backlog in the form of a solid scientific and clinical base will allow it to obtain impressive results and replicate the success in other areas of clinical development, primarily in the treatment of hepatitis C, which is another acute social problem all over the world,&rdquo; <strong>Olga Shpichko</strong> emphasized.</p> <p>The biopharmaceutical company Atea Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is engaged in research and development of innovative products for antiviral therapy against RNA viruses. The company is engaged in the following programmes for the treatment of life-threatening viral infections: COVID-19 (key programme), hepatitis C, human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and dengue fever.</p> <p>Due to the global pandemic of the new COVID-19 coronavirus infection, which spread globally in February-March 2020, the company promptly switched the main focus of its research to combating the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In May-October, two tranches attracted the investments series D round for a total of $215 mln. Phase 2 clinical trial of the AT-527 candidate in the field of COVID-19 treatment started in May 2020. The results of the study are expected in early 2021, and then the company plans to begin the last Phase 3 clinical trial on the COVID-19 treatment in 2021.</p> <p>In October 2020, the company entered into a licensing agreement with the global pharmaceutical company Roche (Switzerland), under which the rights to the AT-527 candidate for the COVID-19 treatment (excluding the United States) were ceded to Roche. Roche&rsquo;s upfront payment, under the terms of the agreement, amounted to $350 mln. The agreement also provides for subsequent significant payments based on the progress of the clinical programme against COVID-19 (milestones) and royalties from future sales.</p> Mon, 2 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 BioScreen’s Bacterial Contamination Monitoring Technology Is Ready to Be Included in the Standard Protocol of Technical Safety of Oil Equipment BioScreen&rsquo;s Bacterial Contamination Monitoring Technology Is Ready to Be Included in the Standard Protocol of Technical Safety of Oil Equipment <p>The bacterial contamination monitoring technology, developed by the BioScreen biotechnology startup (part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> of the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs), is ready to be included in the standard of technical safety of oil equipment. Its use will reduce material and environmental damage from the failure of oilfield equipment.</p> <p>Using the TechnoSpark platform solution for industrial microbiology, BioScreen identifies eight classes of piping-destroying microorganisms such as archaea and bacteria. These microorganisms are the cause of equipment corrosion, and the methods of combating each class vary. Based on the service data, technologists can accurately pick up biocides to prevent damage to equipment and oil spills.</p> <p>&ldquo;The transition from classical microbiological seeding to the NGS (next generation sequencing) that we use is a transition from analog to digital. Innovative oil service companies have already tried our technology and received accurate datasets that allow us to carry out symbiosis of big data and applied research,&rdquo; said <b>Gleb Speshilov</b>, Technical Director of BioScreen.</p> <p>The company has been developing the technology since 2018; in 2020 it has released a new extended version of the analysis to the market and conducted a study of more than 60 samples from the oil fields of Russia, finding in them 27 genera of harmful microorganisms. The analysis was carried out both for existing wells and for exploration of deposits, where it was necessary to assess potential risks. Now the technology of monitoring bacterial contamination of oil field equipment by NGS method is ready to be included in the standard of technical safety of oil equipment and mass use.</p> <p>&ldquo;Analysis of microbiological contamination is included in the microbiological assessment protocol, which is performed by oilfield service companies. In the USA, NGS is already widely used for these purposes. We hope that in Russia in the near future our fast and accurate technology will be included in Russian recommendations, and oil workers will optimize their methods of combating microbiological corrosion,&rdquo; added Gleb Speshilov.</p> Mon, 2 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Rescue Operations Become Faster Thanks to Graphene Nanotubes <p>The lightest high-pressure cylinder in the world, developed with the help of graphene nanotubes, is not just yet another milestone for reinforced composites. The development will make rescue operations faster, helping to save precious time for firefighters and medical workers, and will reduce the energy and fuel consumption in transportation, meeting the targets of key regions to decrease the weight of CNG or hydrogen storage systems for the automotive industry.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Rescue operations become faster thanks to graphene nanotubes" src="/upload/images/news/2020-08-17_OCSiAl_Safer_nano.jpg" /></p> <p>Every second matters when your work is saving lives, and this is particularly true for firefighters who have to carry heavy equipment on their shoulders. Since advanced composite materials have become part of our everyday life, firefighters&rsquo; gear has got lighter, but it still weighs more than 27 kg on average. With the help of graphene nanotubes (also known as single wall carbon nanotubes), engineers at the innovative company Techplast that is based in Poland have found a way to further reduce this weight to make rescue workers&rsquo; activity more comfortable and faster by providing them with the lightest cylinders in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;Graphene nanotubes introduced in composite reinforcement bring improvements in interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) leading to an increase in burst pressure level by up to 30%, according to the results of cylinder impact tests,&rdquo; said Piotr Saferna, R&amp;D leader of Techplast. &ldquo;This incredible improvement in impact resistance has allowed us to reduce the weight of the cylinder while maintaining the mechanical properties, which results in the lightest 6.8&nbsp;liter cylinder in the world for 300 bars of working pressure. The total mass of our SAFERnano cylinder, including all protective attachments and coatings, is less than 2.8&nbsp;kg. This new generation of cylinders achieves a weight reduction of up to 75% compared with competing solutions, and of 15% compared with our previous generation of products.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Rescue operations become faster thanks to graphene nanotubes" src="/upload/images/news/2020-08-17_OCSiAl_Cylinder_schem.jpg" /></p> <p>The R&amp;D team at Techplast worked for three years to create the lightest cylinder in the world, which was achieved with the use of TUBALL graphene nanotubes, produced by Luxembourg-based OCSiAl. Today, this new generation of cylinders is already available on the global market, with recently completed T&Uuml;V certification confirming full compliance with international safety standards for storage of various gases, including air, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.</p> <p>In addition to the current applications in the fire rescue and emergency industry, this innovation has prospective uses in lightweight automotive onboard hydrogen storage that could boost the development of&nbsp;hydrogen fuel cell cars, which are considered to be one of the promising ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Lighter nanomodified cylinders with capacities up to 350 liters could be used as a new generation of pressure tanks for storing hydrogen to power vehicles, resulting in reduced fuel and energy consumption.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Astra Linux Group of Companies and Baikal Electronics JSC Have Signed a Cooperation Agreement <h5>The memorandum of cooperation between Astra Linux and Baikal Electronics has been signed. The parties have agreed to expand cooperation in the development and production of domestic software and hardware solutions, as well as to ensure their compatibility before entering the market and forming a special loyal pricing program for Russian custome</h5> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Astra Linux</a> Group of Companies, the developer of domestic operating systems and virtualization platforms, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baikal Electronics</a>, the developer of Russian processors of the Baikal family, announce the conclusion of a cooperation agreement aimed at developing cooperation in creating software and hardware solutions, as well as hybrid technology stacks.</p> <p>As part of the signed memorandum, the Astra Linux Group of Companies began to release special versions of operating systems adapted for all new processors and chips manufactured by Baikal Electronics. The development of compatible OS releases will now take place as quickly as possible since samples of new products will be provided to Astra Linux professionals before the final release stage. As a result, consumers will immediately receive ready-made and proven hardware and software systems, and they will not need to spend their resources on finding and testing compatible options.</p> <p>In addition, these versions of operating systems, complete with devices based on Baikal Electronics solutions, will be available on more favorable terms than those offered when buying OS licenses for foreign processors.</p> <p>As of today, the release of the protected Astra Linux Special Edition operating system, designed for use with the Baikal-M processor, the latest development of Baikal Electronics, is already available for order. The Baikal-M processor is a so-called 28-nm crystal-based system based on eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 (ARMv8-A) cores; four clusters of two cores each, with a frequency of up to 1.5&nbsp;GHz and an eight-core Mali-T628 graphics processor with a frequency of up to 700 MHz. The experts of both manufacturers conducted a set of tests, the results of which have fully confirmed the consistent work of the joint solution. The release was developed and debugged on Edelweiss boards built on Baikal-M processors.</p> <p>&ldquo;The release of Astra Linux on our Baikal-M processor is a very important step for the development of the Russian IT market as a whole and the Baikal ecosystem as part of it,&rdquo; says <b>Andrey Evdokimov</b>, CEO of Baikal Electronics. &ldquo;It is all the more gratifying that we are talking about software solutions developed by one of the leaders of the Russian software industry. In the near future, we expect to see on the market completely Russian computers from our partners, built on the basis of Baikal processors and using the Astra Linux operating systems, competitive both in terms of user characteristics and cost.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The demand for Russian IT products grows every day. Today, it is becoming especially critical to build effective interaction between software companies and computer manufacturers. Timely response to the current market demands and the creation of competitive software and hardware solutions that meet all the requirements of import substitution are the main tasks of all leading developers. The agreement with Baikal Electronics will allow us to seriously advance in expanding the market for equipment based on domestic processors in terms of Russian operating systems,&rdquo; sums up <b>Ilya Sivtsev</b>, General Director of the Astra Linux Group of Companies.</p> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Sergey Kulikov Has Been Elected as the Chairman of the RUSNANO’s Executive Board The Board of Directors of RUSNANO has elected Sergey Kulikov as the Chairman of the RUSNANO Executive Board. <h5>The Board of Directors of RUSNANO has elected Sergey Kulikov as the Chairman of the RUSNANO Executive Board.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sergey Kulikov has been elected as the Chairman of the RUSNANO’s Executive Board" src="/upload/images/news/Kulikov-Sergey_snippet_01.jpg" /></p> <p>On Thursday, December 3, according to a directive from the Russian Government, the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Board of Directors voted to appoint <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong> as the&nbsp;Chairman of the Executive Board of the RUSNANO Management Company&nbsp;LLC for a five-year term. The Board of Directors decided to terminate the powers of Anatoly Chubais, who had previously held this position. The Board met in the form of absentee voting. Sergey Kulikov has taken up his duties.</p> <p>As a reminder, on December 2, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited Sergey Kulikov, the first Vice-Chairman of the Military-Industrial Commission, to head RUSNANO. The head of the state announced his decision on Wednesday at the videoconference meeting with Kulikov. &ldquo;Without any exaggeration, this is one of the key areas of development not only for Russia but for the entire world economy,&rdquo; <strong>Vladimir Putin</strong> said.</p> <p>The President recalled that the company had been created in 2007 &ldquo;to bring new types of nanotechnology products to industrial production&rdquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is clear that certain costs are inevitable in the first stage. This has been the case with any major national project, but with both your experience and such a young enthusiasm in mind, I hope that you will be able to ensure that the accumulated knowledge and competencies of the company are used for the next powerful leap forward, to not only launch this process, I believe that it has already been launched, but also to make it effective from an economic point of view, to ensure greater implementation across the economy both in the civil and in the military fields. Great responsibility will be placed on your shoulders; very large-scale tasks have been set before you. I want to wish you success,&rdquo; the President added.</p> <p>Sergey Kulikov said that work was to be done to improve the overall efficiency of the Group. &ldquo;I think it is important to strengthen the work on the creation of new products and conditions for implementation thereof. We already have the market request for innovative developments, whereas the accumulated experience and capacity of the company will allow to satisfy and multiply it. Our task is to learn how to turn ideas into products, sales into life cycle contracts, and experimental production into industrial ones. All these steps will help to increase the investment appeal for potential partners and generally strengthen the company&rsquo;s position in the market. Of course, this will require updating the company&rsquo;s strategy, bringing it in line with global trends and market trends,&rdquo; Kulikov said.</p> <h3>For Reference</h3> <p><strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong> studied at the Military University of the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian Academy of Public Service under the President of the Russian Federation, and the Bauman Moscow State Technical University.</p> <p>Ph.D. in Economics.</p> <p><strong>Professional Activity</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sergey Kulikov worked for Rosoboronexport entities.</li> <li>From 2008 to 2018, he held senior positions at the Rostec State Corporation, including that of the Director of the Radio-Electronic Cluster, and headed the RT Business Development investment company.</li> <li>From 2018 to 2020, he was the First Vice-Chairman of the Military-Industrial Committee.</li></ul> Fri, 4 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Ulyanovsk-based Vestas and RUSNANO Joint Venture Delivers Blades for 100 Wind Turbines <h5>The Ulyanovsk-based Vestas Manufacturing RUS plant (a RUSNANO portfolio company) has dispatched its 100th set of <a href="/portfolio/companies/vestas" target="_self">blades for wind turbines</a> since its launch. The innovative equipment components are to be sent to a wind farm in the Astrakhan Oblast.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Since the beginning of 2019, the plant, which became Russia&rsquo;s first producer to use this innovative product manufacturing process, has delivered 300 composite blades to Russian and foreign wind farms. These new components have been used to install 100 Vestas wind turbines, with a total capacity of approximately 400 MW. The low-carbon power generated at these farms results in a decrease of 380,000 tons in carbon dioxide emissions a year in relation to the amount of greenhouse gases produced by traditional power plants of similar capacity. The clean power produced by wind turbines with the blades manufactured in Ulyanovsk can meet the needs of 340,000 average-sized households.</p> <p>Owing to the support provided by the government of the Ulyanovsk Region and to unprecedented measures taken to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus, the production of blades did not cease even in spring 2020, a particularly dangerous period of the pandemic.</p> <p>The Vestas Manufacturing RUS plant has been increasing its production capacity year-on-year, for instance, in 2020, it increased by 40%. Blades from Ulyanovsk are used as components of Vestas wind turbines on farms of the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/wedif" target="_self">Wind Energy Development Fund</a> (established, on a parity basis, by RUSNANO JSC and Fortum PJSC) in the Rostov Region and the Republic of Kalmykia. Plans for 2021 include supplying the Fund&rsquo;s wind farms in the Astrakhan and Rostov Regions.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="" /> <p>General Director of Vestas Manufacturing RUS Kimal Yusupov</p></div> <p>General Director of Vestas Manufacturing RUS Kimal Yusupov has said &ldquo;Vestas, together with RUSNANO and local partner manufacturers, is successfully stepping up production in Ulyanovsk. The fact that products made in Russia are of high quality is evidenced by the first ever export delivery to Denmark this year, and by long-term orders for equipment with a combined capacity exceeding 1,800 MW for Russia&rsquo;s wind power market placed as part of the framework agreement with the Wind Energy Development Fund. We&rsquo;re confident that our blades can meet the enhanced requirements for localizing equipment manufacturing capacities as part of the second stage of the import substitution program in Russia. During the next phase, aside from fiberglass, composite profiles made using the pultrusion method, resins and other components produced in Russia will be used in the manufacturing process.</p> Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Sergey Kulikov Paid a Working Visit to the TechnoSpark Group of Companies in Troitsk Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the RUSNANO Management Company&rsquo;s Executive Board, began his acquaintance with the assets of the RUSNANO Group by visiting the Nanotechnology Center TechnoSpark&nbsp;in Troitsk. <h5>Sergey Kulikov, Chairman of the RUSNANO Management Company&rsquo;s Executive Board, began his acquaintance with the assets of the RUSNANO Group by visiting the Nanotechnology Center TechnoSpark&nbsp;in Troitsk.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sergey Kulikov Paid a Working Visit to the TechnoSpark Group of Companies in Troitsk" src="/upload/images/news/2020-12-17_TechnoSpark_Kulikov_01.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the RUSNANO Management Company&rsquo;s Executive Board began his working visit by meeting with <strong>Denis Kovalevich</strong>, the founder and Chairman of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies, who told him about the history of the establishment of TechnoSpark. After that, they visited the TechnoSpark Entrepreneurship School, where they met with students from Tyumen, Tomsk, Yekaterinburg, and other cities&mdash;participants of the #startupdiploma program.</p> <p>Then <strong>Oleg Lysak</strong>, General Director of TechnoSpark Group, led Sergey Kulikov through the production facilities of the nanotechnology center, which house companies and contract manufacturing facilities created by the nanotechnology center.</p> <p>Finally, the new production site of the Russian Center for Flexible Electronics (RCFE) was demonstrated which was launched in March 2020 by Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. Troitsk RCFE produces key components for a wide range of radio-electronic devices:&nbsp;TFT LCD matrices (e-paper, LCD screens, OLEDs) and sensors (biometric sensors, X-ray detectors), as well as integrated circuits for RFID tags and sensors.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Sergey Kulikov Paid a Working Visit to the TechnoSpark Group of Companies in Troitsk" src="/upload/images/news/2020-12-17_TechnoSpark_Kulikov_02.jpg" /></p> <p>&ldquo;We should mention TechnoSpark projects in the field of logistics, sensorics, flexible electronics, robotics, biomedicine, including highly accurate test systems for COVID-19 detecting, which is topical today,&rdquo; noted <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong> after the visit.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are particularly pleased by young people who are passionate and benefit-oriented, with burning eyes, and who have already learned victories and mistakes. The Center&rsquo;s greatest value is the unique culture of growing projects and teams. Our joint task is to create conditions for the emergence of fundamentally new products and technologies using the existing experience of developers and leaders, flexible engineering and production infrastructure that will be in demand in the domestic and foreign markets, as well as to form the basis for the development of technological leadership,&rdquo; stressed Sergey Kulikov.</p> <p><strong>Denis Kovalevich</strong>, Chairman of the Board of Directors of TechnoSpark Group of Companies, stressed that three competencies unique for our country have been formed in 7 years.</p> <p>&ldquo;First, we&rsquo;re talking about starting technology infrastructures from scratch that work for hundreds of startups and companies growing in new markets. Secondly, we made the world&rsquo;s first startup studio model in the material industries and have already begun to transfer it to other regions of Russia. Finally, we created a unique technology for diagnosing entrepreneurial competencies, which allows us to identify &lsquo;hidden talents&rsquo;. It is already being adopted by Universities and corporations interested in entrepreneurship. Today we discussed both the development of the portfolio already created by TechnoSpark and opportunities for scaling our experience,&rdquo; noted <strong>Denis Kovalevich</strong>.</p> Fri, 18 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Earns Profit and Leaves Project with Thermoelectric Component Manufacturer <h5>RUSNANO finished participation in its project with RMT Ltd, a Russian manufacturer of thermoelectric micromodules (TEMM). RUSNANO&rsquo;s interest in this project was 39.48%, which earned it a profit in the scope of the purchase made by the technology company Ferrotec Holdings Corporation that acquired a 78.96% ownership in RMT Ltd. C-Group Capital Management MC also sold its 39.48% stake in RMT Ltd. Following this package transaction, the Russian thermoelectric component manufacturer will be a part of Ferrotec Europe GmbH, the corporation&rsquo;s German subsidiary.&nbsp;</h5> <p>Due to an agreement between the parties, the value assessment of the interest held by RUSNANO has not been disclosed. The transaction had already been previously approved by the Russian Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, and ratified by the Board of Directors at Ferrotec Holdings Corporation; it will be completely paid for in cash by the end of 2020.</p> <p>In 2010, RUSNANO and C-Group Capital Management MC financed the creation of an automated commercial production facility for RMT thermoelectric cooling micromodules in Nizhniy Novgorod. The manufacturing facility has a capacity of 2 mln components per year. The project investment contributed by RUSNANO amounted to RUB 150 mln; this was part of a RUB 165 mln loan that was extended and then repaid on time. Exit proceeds (the IRR indicator) were above 17%.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Sergey Vakhterov</strong>, Senior Managing Director of RUSNANO Management Company, stated: &ldquo;The investment in RMT turned into another striking example of an innovative company that was first part of the RUSNANO portfolio and then went down the path from commercializing <nobr>Russian-produced</nobr> scientific developments and scaling up production, to successfully entering the global market. Currently, the size of this market exceeds $400 mln per year, and the areas of RMT&rsquo;s products use are continuously expanding owing to the solutions developed for telecommunications equipment, and how the 5G market is taking shape. We are proud that a Russian manufacturer of thermoelectric modules was able to integrate into the global supply chain, which is confirmed by the merger with the technology leader Ferrotec.&rdquo;</p> <p>Over the time that RUSNANO participated in the RMT project, it grew into one of the largest manufacturers of high-quality thermoelectric components worldwide. The company&rsquo;s share of the worldwide TEMM market is 16% due to the fact that it operates a complete manufacturing cycle, uses high quality materials, and can rapidly develop complex products. The chief consumers for its products are concentrated in the United States, Europe, South-East Asia, and other regions that have highly-developed manufacturing facilities for optical, micro, and nanoelectronics. Due to the industry&rsquo;s geographic specifics, exports account for up to 96% of RMT&rsquo;s revenues. The pool of clients is diverse, both in terms of the regions where they are present and their key industries.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thermoelectric micromodules are the main product manufactured by RMT Ltd, they are widely used in the refrigeration and temperature stabilization processes in optical, micro, and nanoelectronics. The particle size in the material that is used to manufacture the thermoelectric components ranges from 5 to 20 nanometers. TEMMs are based on the Peltier effect, which means absorption of heat at the point of contact (junction) between two dissimilar conductors when a current is passed through them.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the short term, RMT Ltd plans to improve the technology used in the assembly process, and decrease the prime cost per good involved in the mass production of TEMMs, by automating the manufacturing process. The company&rsquo;s latest development permits increasing the temperature during assembly, which will be a competitive advantage on the telecommunications market.</p> <p>Nowadays, TEMMs are in great demand in the field of telecommunications: in 5G communication networks, for GPON broadband access, in data centres, and in microelectronics to manufacture both sensors and semiconductors. In the area of healthcare, TEMMs are part of wireless health monitoring system sensors and laboratory equipment. Products made by RMT Ltd are also used in the space industry, for example to help cool certain satellite components.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Oct 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Production of Baikal-based Desktop Supercomputer Starts <h5>Using the COVID pause in its production plans, Hamster Robotics modified its Baikal-based mini-PCs, which resulted in the possibility to combine these computers into clusters for parallel computing and deployment of neural networks. The mass production of the new product has begun.</h5> <h2>Cluster of Mini-PC</h2> <p>As it became known to CNews, Hamster Robotics, the Russian developer of electronics and robotics, had modified its HR-MPC-1 mini-computer running on the domestic Baikal processor and launched its serial production. After refining, it became possible to combine computers into clusters followed by running parallel calculations on a single system and deploying neural networks.</p> <p>In fact, we are dealing with a desktop mini-supercomputer&mdash;a high-performance heterogeneous multiprocessor system. The parallel computer is built like a tower. For this purpose, a versatile mini-PC case has been developed, allowing to use it in both single and other assembly options of up to 10 pieces.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p>The length of mechanical tightening studs is the only constructive limitation in this case. In terms of simple integration (regardless of compactness considerations), the size of the cluster is reasonably unlimited.</p> <p>To arrange parallel computer, individual computers are connected through the 1GB Ethernet port. In such a cluster, one mini-PC becomes the master PC and further parallelizes tasks between other mini-computers.</p> <p>At the software level, no specialized software was created to combine mini-PCs with each other. Hamster points out that the computers are integrated according to the conventional MPI Message Passing Interface for parallel systems, for which the &laquo;bindings&rdquo; to the C, C++, and Fortran languages exist.</p> <h2>Release Time and Price</h2> <p>As one of the heads of Hamster Roman Burmistrov told CNews, the new product could be on sale as early as from July 2020 but plans to commercialize the product had been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, the production of circuit boards for mini-PCs has started just now.</p> <p>To date, all other necessary parts have also been paid for. Hamster has its own assembly production. The first production batch is expected at the end of September 2020. The company does not specify its volumes, counting on the demand from customers at the level of 50&ndash;100 thousand pieces per year.</p> <p>In the context of the government&rsquo;s policy on import substitution, according to Hamster, these customers include state institutions, state corporations, educational institutions, as well as companies working with the state, financial sector enterprises, and individuals. Earlier, from the words of Burmistrov, it was possible to conclude that Rosatom and Russian Railways had a prior experience with HR-MPC-1.</p> <p>The computers are expected to go on sale in October&mdash;November 2020. The price for one mini-PC will be from $220 to $400 depending on its version.</p> <p>Hamster does not disclose the cost of the HR-MPC-1 development, but emphasizes that it was entirely funded by the organization, without any government investment. In addition to Burmistrov, the main developers were his colleagues <b>Maxim Borisov</b> and <b>Vladislav Stain</b>.</p> <h2>Technical Details</h2> <p>The HR-MPC-1 employs the first processor from the domestic Baikal range&mdash;the 28-nm Baikal-T1 (new name BE-T1000) produced by Baikal Electronics&rdquo;, but in the future, the new Baikal-M ARM-processor will also be used. The ALT Linux OS by Basalt SPO was selected for pre-installation.</p> <p>The current processor has two superscalary p5600 MIPS 32 r5 cores. DDR3 RAM at 1,600 MHz is used. Power consumption is less than 5 Watts.</p> <p>The new product is equipped with the 1Gb Ethernet, SATA 3.0, and M2 mSATA ports, USB 2.0, I2C, SPI, UART, RS-232, RS-485, HDMI, and VGA interfaces. The dimensions of one mini-PC are 135x115x35 mm, and the board used in it is 120x105 mm. Single mini-PCs are mounted to the back of the monitor.</p> <p>The porting to the computer is expected for the neural networks creation library of the Russian Ashmanov Neural Networks.</p> <h2>What Are the Analogues?</h2> <p>As a concept, Burmistrov considers HR-MPC-1 to be an analogue of computers of the famous Intel range of productive desktop PCs of the NUC (Next Unit of Computing) family. These PCs do not take up much space, are easily transported, and are able to interact wirelessly with most of the periphery.</p> <p>NUC was first introduced by Intel in 2013. The first generation operated on Celeron Sandy Bridge processors, the second&mdash;on the Core i3 and the Core i5 Ivy Bridge, and the third was based on the Haswell architecture.</p> <p>In early 2017, the seventh NUC Baby Canyon family was introduced on Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 chips of Kaby Lake-Us TDP generation from 15 W to 28 W. In March 2018, Intel introduced NUC Hades Canyon based on the four-core Intel Core Kaby Lake processor with a Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics chip.</p> <p>In November 2019, CNews wrote that Intel would discontinue seven NUC models and stop supplying them after February 2020. These included Crimson Canyon (NUC 8 Home) devices based on 10-nm Cannon Lake processors that had never become widespread.</p> <p>At the end of January 2020, it was announced that Intel intended to develop the NUC range to increase performance while reducing overall energy consumption and maintaining the supercompact form factor of 10 x 10 cm.</p> Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300