RUSNANO News Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:31:15 +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 VISITECH Will Help Support Industrial Safety for the URALCHEM Organization The portfolio company of Far East High Technology Fund VISITECH and URALCHEM Innovation LLC signed an agreement to implement a scope of work in the frames of won tender for Digital Challenge innovative ideas held by URALCHEM and the Skolkovo Foundation. <p>The portfolio Company of Far East High Technology Fund (set up with the participation of RUSNANO, VEB Group) VISITECH and URALCHEM Innovation LLC (a subsidiary of United Chemical Company URALCHEM JSC) signed an agreement to implement a scope of work in the frames of won tender for Digital Challenge innovative ideas held by URALCHEM and the Skolkovo Foundation.</p> <p>Pursuant to the agreement, VISITECH will ensure industrial safety of the Perm branch of URALCHEM.</p> <p>As part of the project, VISITECH will supply a positioning system that provides full-scale control over the work and movement of employees. The monitoring system records the beginning and the end of the work process, and VISITECH V-Track trackers make it possible to send a SOS signal to the system operator.</p> <p>In addition, the company will provide video analytics for the premises and personnel at the enterprise. VISITECH will install video cameras that will be used to analyze the presence of PPE (personal protective equipment) and compliance with industrial safety rules. Cameras will monitor the body temperature of staff and register violations of social distancing and the absence of a respirator. The system will be able to identify potentially dangerous situations and objects, and instantly report about deviations from reference values to the operator.</p> <p>The work on implementing the project has already begun.</p> <p>&ldquo;Safety is one of the core values of every manufacturing company. Tracking personnel using portable devices in conjunction with video analytics will significantly increase transparency and the reliability of information about the personnel work. This will entail both responsiveness in the case of incidents and a culture change regarding occupational health and safety. If the pilot project is successfully implemented, we will consider scaling up the system to other manufacturing sites,&rdquo; stated <strong>Aleksandr Prygunkov</strong>, the general director of UCC URALCHEM JSC.</p> <p>&ldquo;VISITECH solutions help businesses to adopt an integrated approach towards occupational health and industrial safety issues at the enterprises. The used technologies make it possible to make the process end-to-end, from defining security policies to monitoring their implementation. In the context of the global sustainable development agenda, these technological solutions will actively be used at industrial sites not only in Russia but all over the world,&rdquo; stated <strong>Aleksey Tikhonov</strong>, Senior Managing Director for Products of RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Russian industrial safety market is now emerging, and major production companies and holdings are becoming the &lsquo;pioneers&rsquo;. Piloting VISITECH products at URALCHEM facilities will allow the project team, together with a leading fertilizer manufacturer, to test, finalize and enhance the advantages of the existing solution, that, we believe, can become a standard in the field of occupational safety in Russia,&rdquo; commented <strong>Ruslan Sarkisov</strong>, the CEO of the Far East High Technology Fund.</p> <p>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s challenges require modern solutions&mdash;the &lsquo;new normality&rsquo; of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the digitalization of health and safety was an important step towards an innovative future. VISITECH has dealt with complex projects repeatedly, and this time our team will do everything to ensure the high-quality implementation of the objectives that have been set,&rdquo; said <strong>Rustam&nbsp;Milanov</strong>, general director of VISITECH.</p> <p>The &ldquo;Anti-pandemic&rdquo; system from VISITECH is especially in demand to help digitalize occupational health and industrial safety (HS) in the context of the &#39;new normality&#39; of the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> Wed, 7 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The World’s First Standards for the Digitalization of Artificial Lighting Have Been Developed <p>The Russian Lighting Research Institute named after Sergey Vavilov (VNISI) has developed new national standards in the field of digitalization of innovative artificial lighting. The work was carried out with the support of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs to facilitate the implementation of the Digital Economy in the Russian Federation national program and aimed at forming a regulatory framework for digital technologies in the field of LED-based artificial lighting.</p> <p><b>The following standards have been prepared in the state certification system for mandatory conformity assessment:</b></p> <ul> <li>GOST R &ldquo;Artificial Lightning. Information Technologies. Internet of Things. Information Support for Inventory of Lighting Objects. Terms and Definitions&rdquo;</li> <li>GOST R &ldquo;Artificial Lightning. Information Technologies. Internet of Things. Information Support for Inventory of Lighting Objects. Classification of objects&rdquo;</li> <li>GOST R &ldquo;Artificial Lightning. Information Technologies. Internet of Things. Information Support for Inventory of Lighting Objects. Requirements for Integration with Adjacent Information Systems&rdquo;.</li></ul> <p><b>A preliminary national standard (PNST) has also been developed:</b></p> <ul> <li>PNST &ldquo;LED Lamps. Information Technologies. Smart Manufacturing. Requirements for a Typical Digital Model&rdquo;.</li></ul> <p>The developed set of standards, which have no Russian or international analogues, is intended to become the regulatory and technical basis for the information support of artificial lighting for the development of smart LED lighting production, inventory of lighting facilities, and their digital integration into information and analytical systems, such as Smart City, Smart Road, etc.</p> <p>The standards are supposed to be used for technical inventory and certification of lighting systems and lighting control systems, the preparation of input data for the design, operation, overhaul, and reconstruction of lighting systems and objects, as well as for creating digital models of physical and logical objects of lighting systems for their use in information modeling in the design, and also for creating &quot;digital twins&quot; of lighting systems.</p> <p>The experts from Svetoservice-TeleMekhanika LLC (LightService-TeleMechanics) were involved in the development of the standard. Draft standards were publicly discussed with the participation of the Technical Committee on Standardization &ldquo;Cyber-Physical Systems&rdquo; (TC 194), the Institute of Light Sources named after A.N. Lodygin, the Association of Manufacturers of LEDs, and other enterprises.&nbsp;</p> <p>The standards are planned to be approved and put into effect in early 2021.</p> Wed, 30 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Optic Fibre Systems Delivered the First Batch of Innovative Optical Fibre for the TEA NEXT Project The first batch of the new standard optical fibre has already been delivered to Incab LLC, one of the leading fibre optic cable manufacturing plants, where the cable for the first pilot section of the TEA NEXT project will be manufactured. <p>The first batch of the new standard optical fibre has already been delivered to Incab LLC, one of the leading fibre optic cable manufacturing plants, where the cable for the first pilot section of the TEA NEXT project will be manufactured.</p> <p>A newly improved G.654 single-mode Low Loss optic fibre with a pure quartz core can be used to build high-performance optical telecom networks. Such as terrestrial long-haul communication systems and long-haul sub water cables with optical amplifiers.</p> <p>Besides that, low latency and increased modal bandwidth allow you to design backbone networks with an optimal number of signal amplification points and regeneration, which reduces equipment costs in FOL construction.</p> <p>Optic Fibre Systems JSC mastered G.654 optical fibre production in less than six months together with Sumitomo Electric Japanese company, a strategic partner of the plant.</p> <p>Before being put into mass fabrication, the quality of G.654 optic fibre produced by Optic Fibre Systems was confirmed by joint tests with Rostelecom PJSC and the largest Russian cable plants Incab LLC, Saranskkabel-Optika LLC, Opten-Kabel LLC, Altai-Kabel LLC and Moskabel-Fujikura JSC.</p> <p>Rostelecom first announced the launching of TEA NEXT in June 2020. TEA NEXT is a large-scale communications project for FOL construction with the country&rsquo;s route&mdash;from Kaliningrad to Sakhalin. The new FOL&rsquo;s designed capacity will be 96 dark fibres, which will be used both by International Telecom Operators and global OTT media services as a transit resource for communication in Asia and Europe and by national operators in Russia.</p> <p>During the new optical fibre communication line construction, ultra-low attenuation optic fibres will be used, produced by Russian Optical Fibre Systems JSC.</p> Wed, 3 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Educational Program for Designers of Nanomodified Composites with Defined Properties Has Been Created <p>The Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia (MUCT) has completed a new advanced training program in the development, research, and modelling of nanomodified polymeric materials with special properties. The training course was supported by the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. Specialists from the research and production company Khimpromengineering (UMATEX), the managing company of the Rosatom&rsquo;s Advanced Materials and Technologies Division, will be trained in the pilot group.</p> <p>The new 300-hour degree program is designed to provide advanced training for engineers and scientists who use physico-chemical, chemical, and thermal techniques to investigate polymers and composites, as well as for those whose work is related to the design and management of chemical production and the development of chemical engineering processes used to create, study, and simulate nanomodified polymers with special properties. Students will learn how to produce thermoplastic and thermoactive polymers, how to synthesize binder components for polymer composites, and how to regulate their properties, including the use of nanoscale components. As a result, they will learn how to predict the properties of new polymers and composites without carrying out field experiments, and how to plan the costs of establishing appropriate production facilities. &ldquo;The main feature of the program is that it will teach students not only to assess the possibility of creating a composite with the desired properties at the physical and chemical level but also to calculate the economics of future production by verifying material or process properties using digital predictive modelling in advance, without conducting in situ experiments,&rdquo; said <strong>Igor Sirotin</strong>, Dean of the Faculty of Petrochemicals and Polymer Materials at the MUCT.</p> <p>The pilot group will start training in mid-February 2021. It will include specialists from five UMATEX subsidiaries from the Rosatom&rsquo;s Advanced Materials and Technologies Division. These include Prepreg-SKM and its research center. In 2009-2018, Prepreg-SKM was part of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s investment portfolio.</p> <p>&ldquo;In pursuit of its goals, UMATEX is implementing numerous investment projects in the materials science sector, acquiring core companies, launching start-ups, and overseeing composite implementation projects in other agencies and companies within the Rosatom circuit. It is interested in improving the quality of expertise and reducing the time and cost of R&amp;D. This is possible with the use of digital tools in materials science and production. We will cover this subject quite extensively, from components to finished products, including their geometry. Industry-leading software will be used for this purpose,&rdquo; Igor Sirotin explained the specifics of the advanced training program. &ldquo;There is a general theoretical interdisciplinary course on the physics, chemistry, and physical chemistry of polymers and composites, and two professional modules for professionals of different profiles&mdash;engineering and management. However, it turned out that both were of interest to everyone in the pilot group. The training of engineers, scientists, technologists, and project managers from the parent organization is therefore likely to be consistent across all three modules.&rdquo;</p> <p>It is intended to use predominantly distance learning methods. However, quite a lot of practical laboratory work is envisaged, using real instruments to investigate the properties of polymers and composites. In particular, it is envisaged that computer modeling of the new material will culminate in full-scale fabrication in the laboratory.</p> <p>Polymer composites based on nanomodified carbon fibers are increasingly being used in the aerospace and nuclear industries, the automotive industry, power generation, construction, shipbuilding, bridge construction, and pipeline transport. Compared to traditional structural materials (steel, aluminum, reinforced concrete), they have uniquely high strength, fatigue resistance, chemical, and corrosion resistance. The level of technology for the mass production of carbon composites and the extent to which they are used in the industry determine the scientific and technological potential of any nation. This means that qualified personnel are in demand, capable of developing such materials with given properties and modelling the processes by which they are produced.</p> <p>Rosatom, under the 2019 agreement with the Russian government, is overseeing the development of the entire new materials industry. UMATEX combines a research center and plants for the production of high-strength and high-modulus carbon fibers and fabrics based on them, and is ranked number one in Russia and among the top ten global producers of wide-grade carbon fibers. The company also provides engineering support to partners. UMATEX faces the challenge of full import substitution by creating a high-tech and globally competitive product.</p> Wed, 3 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Gazprom Neft and VISITECH Have Developed a Unique Device for Positioning Drilling Rigs Specialists at VISITECH, which is included in the portfolio of the Far Eastern High-Tech Fund established with the participation of RUSNANO and Gazprom Neft have successfully implemented a comprehensive research and development project and have created VISITECH Q-SPT, a high-tech device for determining the position of drilling rigs. <h5>Specialists at VISITECH, which is included in the portfolio of the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/fehtf">Far Eastern High Technologies Fund</a> established with the participation of RUSNANO and Gazprom Neft have successfully implemented a comprehensive research and development project and have created VISITECH Q-SPT, a high-tech device for determining the position of drilling rigs. The tests were carried out in Russia&rsquo;s northernmost onshore field under development&mdash;Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye field (Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Tazovsky District).</h5> <p>The device is unique as it allows positioning a drilling rig with an accuracy of less than 5 cm in field conditions. This is a record for equipment of this class, with equivalent foreign equipment able to achieve a maximum precision of 15 cm. As a result, operations can be scheduled and performed at a higher level of precision, minimising drilling errors and increasing field production by covering larger areas of productive formations. These levels of precision were achieved thanks to a combination of the latest navigation components and an innovative ABC software platform with the use of machine-learning technology in the field of geodesy. By fully utilising three navigation satellite systems (GLONASS, GPS, BEIDOU) the solution is capable of achieving high results even in the northern latitudes of Russia.</p> <p>Its key feature is that it is fully autonomous, which minimises the number of trips that need to be made by personnel for the purposes of fixing coordinates. This feature enhances safety at the production site and reduces equipment downtime and costs.</p> <p>The Q-SPT tracker hub is manufactured in Russia and is designed to be operated in the most extreme conditions, including in the Far North. The device is protected against sudden fluctuations in temperature and humidity, and if necessary its built-in battery allows it to operate without an external power source for more than 15 hours. The Q-SPT hub can also replace a high-precision base station for the purpose of generating RTK GNSS corrections, and quickly switches to this mode at the touch of a button. The device is equipped with LoRaWAN and 4G LTE modules for data transmission and can be equipped with a secure Iridium satellite communication.</p> <p>The next stage of the product development is scheduled for 2021. The goal of this stage is to produce and test an updated version of the device with additional functional capabilities of a central information hub that receives data not only from the drilling rig&rsquo;s on-board computer, but also from all parts of the facility&rsquo;s IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) system. The combination of ZigBee, LoRaWAN, and UWB technologies in one solution allows it to work with almost any IIoT devices, and to consolidate and then transfer structured data to the client server in encrypted form. The platform will be able to display the current state of drilling rigs along with other important business facilities on a single map, as well as to conveniently process the resulting data array using expert and cognitive analytics tools.</p> <p>The oil and gas industry is a priority area for RUSNANO. The Group&rsquo;s portfolio includes several other high-tech projects in the oil and gas industry that are either already in operation or will enter commercial operation in the future. For example, <a href="" target="_blank">Geosplit</a> is already using unique innovative technologies to carry out downhole marker studies. Another project is <a href="" target="_blank">TUBOT</a>, a company specialising in in-pipe robots, which is currently developing a robot for oil-filled pipelines jointly with Transneft Diascan and Transneft.</p> <p>&ldquo;We see that both in Russia and around the world there is a great demand for high technologies that optimise processes in the development and implementation of software solutions to improve industrial safety, labour protection and production efficiency in industrial enterprises. Such solutions are able to change the face of traditional industries by digitising the processes related to occupational health and safety, and promptly investigating and preventing accidents using big-data analytics. VISITECH Q-SPT is a perfect example of such a development. Using the accumulated scientific expertise of a number of major companies, VISITECH has created a device that, in terms of its capacities, exceeds world-known analogues. And in view of the magnitude of the oil-production sector, such developments may have a tremendous commercial potential,&rdquo; said <strong>Artur Martirosov</strong>, Investment Director of FEHTF.</p> <p>&ldquo;Increasing productivity and labour safety are key priorities for the oil and gas industry. Today, the only way to achieve these goals is to use the digital solutions provided by the Industry 4.0. The implementation of innovative tools requires the acceleration of all processes involving technologies: from searching to testing technological hypotheses and creation of industrial solutions. One of the most striking examples of such an approach to working with innovations is a joint project with VISITECH. Working to a very tight deadline, a solution for positioning drilling rigs was developed and tested in field conditions, and it was found to meet the best standards of precision. It is important that this solution was developed and tested in a very short period of time, as rapidly implementing new technologies makes it possible to immediately improve the efficiency and safety when developing hard-to-recover reserves in the Arctic Region,&rdquo; said <strong>Mikhail Korolkov</strong>, Head of the Centre for Digital Technologies at Gazprom Neft.</p> <p>&ldquo;A research and development project aimed at creating a digital satellite receiver to monitor the positioning of the drill string was accomplished by a joint project Agile team, which included specialists from Messoyakhaneftegaz and Gazpromneft-Digital Solutions, as well as software designers. This is a great example of cooperation between several companies in order to solve a complex innovation problem. The dynamic team not only developed a technical solution in the shortest possible time frame, but also tested a prototype in an autonomous Arctic field. The completed work has confirmed the effectiveness of the chosen solution, which may in time represent another step towards increasing the level of automation of field development,&rdquo; said <strong>Gizar Nasibullin</strong>, Technical Director of Messoyakhaneftegaz.</p> Wed, 27 Jan 2021 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 Four RUSNANO Group Companies Have Won the Priority 2.0 Awards <h5>The winners of the Priority 2.0 National Award in the field of effective use of advanced technologies were announced at the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation in Moscow on November 24, 2020. Four RUSNANO Group companies were among the winners.</h5> <p>In the Electronics and Robotics category, the award went to the Russian Center for Flexible Electronics for the Russia&rsquo;s first industrial production of microelectronic components based on thin-film plastic electronics technology. The center started its operation in March 2020 and has become the largest project implemented by the <a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;TechnoSpark Group of Companies</a> (part of the <a href="" target="_blank">investment network</a> of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) with the support of the Moscow government. The company performs prototyping and small-scale production of the key components for a wide range of devices&mdash;TFT-matrix (thin-film transistor matrix) for displays (e-paper, LCD screens, and OLED displays), sensors (biometric sensors, X-ray detectors, etc.), as well as integrated chips for radio frequency tags and sensors on an industrial scale. The technology for manufacturing flexible organic TFT-matrices on a plastic substrate, developed by the FlexEnable laboratory (UK), has been transferred to the new production facility and scaled up. In the future, the transfer of the technology for the production of flexible metal oxide (or IGZO, Indium Galium Zink Oxide) TFT-matrices and integrated circuits from the R&amp;D centers of IMEC (Belgium) and Holst Centre (Netherlands) to Russia will be completed.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics offers domestic companies access to breakthrough technology and at the same time participates in the formation of a new global market&mdash;thin-film plastic electronics where Russia can take the leading position within 3-5 years and cooperate with leading European companies. A cluster of small and medium-sized companies working on new products in the niches of flexible plastic sensors and disposable plastic tags has already started to form in our country, and our contract manufacturing allows for the development and scaling,&rdquo; said <b>Aleksey Gostomelsky</b>, Director General of the Russian Center for Flexible Electronics, after the award presentation.</p> <p>&ldquo;Cool project. This case is the pride of every Russian,&rdquo; said <b>Vadim Kulikov</b>, Director of the International Fund for Technological Development, Chairman of the Expert Council of the Prioritet Award, when presenting the award. In early November, as part of an expert tour, he visited the production site of the Russian Center for Flexible Electronics in Troitsk and now advises everyone to get acquainted with this unique project.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Geosplit LLC</a> (portfolio company of the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/rss-fund" target="_self">Rusnano Sistema Fund</a>) received the award in the Oil and Gas Industry category for the development of technologies for creating digital models of hydrocarbon fields and underground storage facilities based on reservoir monitoring using quantum markers. The innovative technology brings a new level of digitalization of oil and gas production, providing companies with operational and accurate quantitative data on the operation of wells. Moreover, these data can be obtained without additional labor- and resource-consuming downhole operations.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s nice that the organizers of the award have already recognized our contribution to the cutting-edge technology. However, Geosplit has ambitious development plans. Our developments are especially in demand now, when low hydrocarbon prices dictate the need to improve the economic efficiency of production. We see further development of our company in the direction of digitalization, creation of digital twin fields, and entering foreign markets. We&rsquo;ve made the first steps, but in the next few years we plan to significantly develop the business in both directions,&rdquo; said <b>Aleksander Katashov</b>, Director General of Geosplit.</p> <p>In the Overcoming nomination, the <a href="" target="_blank">TestGen</a> company from the <a href="" target="_blank">ULNANOTECH</a> Ulyanovsk Nanocenter was awarded for its high-precision CoV-2-Test genetic test system designed to detect the COVID-19 coronavirus infection. The company specializes in the production of genetic tests in cardiology, oncology, and urology. However, with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, it quickly responded to public demand and developed and began mass production of its test, which can be handled by standard PCR laboratories.</p> <p>&ldquo;Developing a kit for diagnosing the RNA coronavirus, we aimed to create a high-quality product with a high degree of reliability and highly productive enzymes that can detect infection while still in the incubation period,&rdquo; said <b>Andrey Toropovsky</b>, TestGen CEO. &ldquo;The task was accomplished, and laboratories received an effective and easy-to-use test system, but most importantly, we contributed to the struggle of the professional medical community worldwide against the pandemic. We supplied large volumes of tests as charitable and humanitarian aid, helping the regions of Russia and other countries. We are pleased that our work is primarily appreciated in our own country. As a continuation of this development, we created the first domestic express test for the diagnosis of the coronavirus antigen, which can be used not only in professional laboratories as a valid PCR test, but also within 15 minutes to conduct rapid screening in hospitals, airports, and mass gathering places. We are already beginning to prepare the documentation for the registration certificate.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="/portfolio/companies/nanolek" rel="nofollow">NANOLEK LLC</a> (a portfolio company of RUSNANO in 2011-2019) received an award in the Production Localization category for the HANTERAZA&reg; drug for the treatment of the rare genetic disease&mdash;Hunter syndrome. &ldquo;The work of our team evidences that our country is capable of producing complex innovative drugs that meet all international standards. Thank you for the recognition of our team. We, in turn, will continue to work for the development of Russian pharmaceuticals, as well as to draw attention to the problem of orphan diseases,&rdquo; assured <b>Elena Stukun</b>, Deputy General Sales Director of NANOLEC.</p> <p>The winners of this year&rsquo;s prize were 34 companies from various sectors of the Russian economy, whose achievements had been recognized as the best in the development, implementation, and promotion of advanced domestic technologies in all areas of industry and IT.</p> <p>&ldquo;In 2020, the award reached a new stage: responding to the today&rsquo;s challenges, the task of overcoming the negative trends associated with the pandemic and the unfavorable global economic situation, it was awarded &lsquo;for the effective use of advanced technologies&rsquo;. After all, it is quite obvious that it is the technological re-equipment of our economy that is extremely important for achieving the national development goals of the country. I congratulate the award winners on their deserved victory and wish all companies and enterprises that took part in the contest success on the difficult and often a thorny path of technological development,&rdquo; said <b>Vitaly Rasnitsyn</b>, Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Priority 2.0 Award.</p> Wed, 25 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Trueconf and Baikal Electronics Have Presented Russian Video Communication for Baikal Processors <h5>Trueconf and Baikal Electronics have announced a strategic partnership in which they have adapted Trueconf software to work with the command set of the Baikal-M processor based on the ARM architecture. The compatibility of these solutions will enable the construction of corporate communications networks for government and private organizations with high requirements for transparency of implementation and security of communications.</h5> <p>The ARM technology is becoming a new global trend: such processors combine high-performance RISC designs, reducing manufacturing costs and power consumption, which has already made them a great solution for portable devices, including laptops.</p> <p>Trueconf and Baikal Electronics have entered into a strategic partnership to provide domestic companies and organizations with high-quality video conferencing working in native mode with the Russian ARM-platforms and operating systems.</p> <p>To achieve this goal, Trueconf and Baikal Electronics formed a joint project team in 2018 with the primary goal of optimizing Trueconf&rsquo;s VCS solutions for ARM-compatible platforms. The collegial research of the companies ended with testing, during which the correct operation of Trueconf Room and Trueconf for Linux videoconferencing solutions on platforms with Baikal-M processors was confirmed.</p> <p>Baikal-M is a domestic on-chip system with eight ARM Cortex-A57 cores, an octa-core Mali-T628 GPU, and a large set of high-speed interfaces. It is a modern, high-performance processor designed for a wide range of target devices in the consumer and B2B segments.</p> <p>Trueconf Room is the Trueconf&rsquo;s software solution for organizing and managing video conferencing in conference rooms and meeting rooms that supports 4K UltraHD resolution and provides great integration capabilities with API commands for external control.</p> <p>Trueconf for Linux is a Trueconf client application for video communication and remote collaboration that works with Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Mint, and native Astra Linux, Alt, Red OS, and Lotus operating systems.</p> <p>Trueconf&rsquo;s ARM-compatible solutions will enable effective use of videoconferencing technology in smart city systems and embedded solutions that serve for the remote government or financial services&mdash;video kiosks, contact centers, and ATMs, as well as for remote customer service at stores, airports, and stadiums.</p> <p>This approach is designed to establish secure live communication between citizens and representatives of the state or large organizations, reducing the cost of building and maintaining IT infrastructure. In addition, it will allow avoiding the risks associated with the use of foreign hardware and software solutions.</p> <p>Earlier, special versions of the Trueconf software were released for the Raspberry Pi platform, providing full video calls and group conferencing on a credit card-sized computer.</p> <p>&ldquo;As of today, we can say unequivocally: ARM will become the basis for desktop systems, workstations, and laptops, as it has already happened with mobile devices and the Internet of Things,&rdquo; said <strong>Dmitriy Odintsov</strong>, Director for Development at Trueconf. &ldquo;The joint efforts of Trueconf and Baikal Electronics will allow providing customers with access to high-quality Russian video communications, adapted to a wide variety of application scenarios while avoiding the introduction of foreign products.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;One of the main tasks of domestic computer developers is to provide consumers with comprehensive software and hardware solutions built on the principles of technological independence,&rdquo; said <strong>Andrey Evdokimov</strong>, CEO of Baikal Electronics. &ldquo;We are pleased that the producers of operating systems are now joined by producers of anti-virus software, and we hope that Russian cooperation on the domestic IT market will increasingly grow every day.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 23 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 TechnoSpark Group Company Has Delivered the First Batch of Industrial 3D Printers to Europe <p>In December 2020, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TEN fab</a>, the contract manufacturer of mechatronics, robotics, and medical equipment (part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the TechnoSpark Group</a> of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) manufactured and delivered a batch of 100 Anisoprint printers to Europe.</p> <p>TEN fab&rsquo;s Composer A3 and Composer A4 3D-printers print composite parts and tooling for aviation, automotive, medical, and other industries. Anisoprint printers are used by BMW, Schunk, and other manufacturing companies.</p> <p>TEN fab has been the contract manufacturer of Anisoprint 3D-printer components since 2019, and since June 2020 it has been producing turnkey composite printers: making enclosures, assembling, testing the assembled hardware, and shipping to the customer.</p> <p>&ldquo;We used to make printers in contract manufacturing in Germany, but because of the pandemic, we have moved our production to Russia. TEN fab has provided the same project management quality as the German manufacturers, while at the same time we&rsquo;ve managed to reduce the cost of the product and internal costs of quality control. We are satisfied with the work and plan to continue cooperating with TEN fab,&rdquo; Anisoprint CEO <b>Fedor Antonov</b> assured.</p> <p>Anisoprint is a Russian-European company that develops and sells 3D-printers for printing composite products reinforced with continuous carbon or basalt fibers. Composites printed using anisoprinting technology are 30 times stronger than conventional plastic and twice stronger and lighter than aluminum.</p> Wed, 23 Dec 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 Thin-film Solar Power Is Expected to Grow at an Annual Rate of 10% <p>Over the next decade, production of thin-film solar modules will grow by around 10% a year in value terms. The increase in gigawatts of power will be comparable to the rate of growth in crystalline silicon solar power generation, which is booming. Meanwhile, flexible photovoltaics, which includes thin-film power generation technologies, has a number of advantages over a more common conventional solar generation, including a smaller carbon footprint. This is stated in a review by the New Energy Information and Analysis Center, prepared at the initiative of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>The average annual revenue growth rate for the thin-film solar cell market to 2024 will be 9.8%, and the global market size will increase from $6.2 bln in 2019 to almost $10.0 bln, <a href="" target="_blank"> according to a report </a> by Energias Market Research. The financial performance of this segment is likely to be better than that of manufacturers of the world&rsquo;s more common silicon solar panels, whose costs have been falling rapidly in recent years. Thin-film cells and modules in gigawatts of capacity will grow at a rate comparable to that of silicon panels and their share in total solar generation equipment production will not change, remaining at 5-6%, <a href="" target="_blank">ITRPV</a> believes.</p> <p>The first thin-film solar cells were developed in the 1970s by researchers at the Energy Conversion Institute at the University of Delaware in the USA. Quite quickly they entered industrial production and by the mid-1980s their share of the solar power market reached a third (in terms of capacity). Initially, the main advantage of flexible solar modules was the lower production cost compared to the more common silicon panels. &ldquo;The photovoltaic layer in thin-film modules is a few nanometers to a few micrometers thick, which is 300-350 times thinner than that in standard crystalline silicon solar panels. This makes them much lighter and flexible, so they can be integrated into the top layer of roofs, wall panels and even glazing. They can be the basis for mobile power plants, including on the roofs of cars and other vehicles. In addition, their production requires less energy and therefore has a lower carbon footprint, i.e., it is more environmentally friendly,&rdquo; the reviewer <strong>Vladimir Sidorovich</strong> says.</p> <p>At first, thin-film modules were considerably inferior to conventional modules in terms of efficiency. However, thanks to ongoing research and development work, the technology has been significantly improved and the most common types now have efficiencies above 21%, quite comparable to bulk silicon photovoltaics, and approach 30% in some niche applications. In addition, the output of thin-film modules is less dependent on temperature variations and is maintained at a fairly high level in weak or diffused sunlight.</p> <p>In Russia, in-house production of flexible photovoltaics is just emerging. The flagship company in this area is Solartek from the TechnoSpark Group of the Investment Network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP). Since 2014, it has been integrating the world&rsquo;s best examples of flexible solar panels into roofs and fa&ccedil;ades. Last year, Solartek and Sweden Midsummer agreed to localize the production of thin-film photovoltaics using one of the world&rsquo;s two most common technologies, CIGS (based on gallium-indium-copper diselenide). Solartek is now building for itself the Russia&rsquo;s first plant for the production of flexible solar panels, which will be manufactured under the SteelSun brand at the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials of the Republic of Mordovia in Saransk. The design capacity of the plant will be 10 MW per year.</p> <p>At the same time, Solartek intends to upgrade the Swedish technology to reduce the cost of manufacturing cells and modules and increase their efficiency, which will directly influence the competitiveness of products manufactured in Saransk. There are many entities to work with in Russia on this issue. For example, a joint startup of the North West Technology Transfer Center (also part of the FIEP investment network) and ITMO University Flex Lab in St. Petersburg is developing technologies for thin-film photovoltaics&mdash;perovskite, organic, and CIGS.</p> <p>&ldquo;The advent of flexible, thin, and lightweight SteelSun solar modules on the market will allow them to be used on virtually any building surface, increasing their energy autonomy. We are working on factory integration of such modules into roofing and fa&ccedil;ade materials so that the use of solar generation in cities would become standard and widespread,&rdquo; said <strong>Dmitry Krakhin</strong>, the Head of Solartek.</p> Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Equipment for the Production of Flexible Solar Panels Has Been Delivered to the Mordovian Nano Center <p>Solartek&rsquo;s construction of Russia&rsquo;s first flexible solar cell plant for power generation is entering a new phase&mdash;the installation of equipment. A key unit of Midsummer&rsquo;s production line has been delivered to Saransk to the site at the Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials Center of the Republic of Mordovia of the Investment Network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP).</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Equipment for the Production of Flexible Solar Panels " src="" /> <p>Equipment for the Production of Flexible Solar Panels</p></div> <p>Solartek of the <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Mordovia&rsquo;s NanoCenter</a>, and Sweden Midsummer agreed to localize production of thin-film photovoltaics in Russia at the end of 2019. The products will be launched on the Russian market under the SteelSun brand. The flexible solar panels will use one of the world&rsquo;s two most common technologies, CIGS (based on gallium-indium-copper diselenide). The solar cells are designed to be integrated into the roofing materials and fa&ccedil;ades of buildings. The design capacity of the plant will be 10 MW per year. The first phase of production is scheduled to start at the end of 2021.</p> <p>&ldquo;For testing purposes, the new plant produced around a thousand cells, confirming the stated performance of the equipment and the efficiency of the solar cells, which was the planned 15%,&rdquo; said <strong>Dmitry Krakhin</strong>, Project Manager.</p> <p>Solartek is developing industrial technology to integrate flexible solar modules into roofs and windows to simplify and increase the efficiency of the on-site solar power plants. The company&rsquo;s products are technologies for integrating flexible modules into the rolled roofing material, roof tiles, sheet metal, and windows and fa&ccedil;ade panels. A plant in Saransk will start its own production of flexible solar cells. As part of its research activities, Solartek&rsquo;s R&amp;D center will undertake a deep upgrade of the Swedish photovoltaic technology to improve its efficiency and reduce the cost of the end product.</p> <p>Midsummer is a Swedish company, a technology leader in solar energy, one of the world&rsquo;s leading developers and suppliers of advanced integrated solutions in the field of flexible solar cells. The Midsummer flexible solar cell manufacturing process ensures minimal carbon emissions compared to other solar module manufacturing technologies, as confirmed by a life cycle analysis conducted by independent experts. The SteelSun plant is expected to become a supplier of lightweight flexible PV cells, modules, and end products not only in our country, but also abroad, including with the support of Midsummer, which has declared an interest in distributing solar modules made in Russia.</p> <p>Flexible photovoltaics, including those integrated into the structural elements of buildings and structures, are a fast-growing market throughout the world. It will increase from $6.2 bln in 2019 to nearly $10.0 bln in 2024. The average annual revenue growth rate in the thin-film solar cell segment will be 9.8%. Such estimates are contained in a report by Energias Market Research.</p> Wed, 17 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Energy Storage Technologies Will Help Change the Approach to Electricity Supply <h5>In large cities, electricity is no longer perceived as a good thing, but rather as a fact of life and something commonplace. Power outages have become a rarity, and any failures or malfunctions occurred unnoticed by most townspeople.</h5> <p>However, today Russia has a large number of communities and even entire regions where electricity is an expensive and scarce resource. It is primarily about the isolated territories, the Far North and the Arctic Circle. There is no connection to the country&rsquo;s Unified Energy System, and communities are supplied by diesel generation, perhaps the most expensive method of electricity generation. Sometimes, due to savings, in the villages, there is no light for most of the day. It is not uncommon for villages and settlements to have outages for most of the day because of the economy. Renewable energy sources play the first fiddle here.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="" /></div> <p>To provide uninterrupted power in areas that are not connected to the central power supply, solar-diesel power plants with energy storage units are built. Such a connection ensures the continuity of the power supply. For example, during the day, when there is enough sunlight, the power plant runs directly on solar panels, the excess power is accumulated in industrial storage, and diesel generators are switched at night.</p> <p>The use of accumulation systems will ensure a stable and reliable power supply to communities regardless of weather conditions, as well as in the morning and evening peaks of power consumption. Such a project is already being implemented by the RUSNANO Group and the Energosistemy Management Company. The construction of five autonomous hybrid power units (AHPU) in the decentralized power supply zone of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will begin shortly. The AHPU includes a solar power plant (SPP), a diesel power plant (DPP), and an electric energy storage system (ESS). It is planned to use lithium-ion batteries produced in Russia by <a href="" target="_blank">Liotech</a>, a portfolio company of RUSNANO.</p> <p>The development of energy storage technology will help to fundamentally transform the electric power industry. This is not just a local issue, like providing electricity to remote or isolated areas. This is beneficial for all participants in the energy market. Ultimately, the development of energy storage technologies will help to reduce the cost of hydrocarbon fuel, push the development of renewable energy sources, increase the reliability of electricity supply, reduce the cost of grid infrastructure, and for consumers, the price of electricity will become more affordable.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="" /></div> <p>The energy storage technologies already exist in Russia, and right now they are being actively developed. For example, the Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Novosibirsk technological engineering company, created by the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, together with the Novosibirsk DC Systems develop, manufacture, and implement high-capacity energy storage devices. The equipment created by ESS together with the Institute of Power Electronics of the Novosibirsk State Technical University NETI has already been installed at the Burzyansk Solar Power Plant in Bashkiria, which is the largest energy storage facility in Russia. The batteries for this project were supplied by Liotech.</p> <p>Now the main consumer of high-capacity storage is isolated power systems using renewable energy sources. However, this is not the only option for their operation. Storage tanks are needed in power systems with sharply variable load schedules, which are commonly used in oil and gas fields. The process of drilling a well requires a power source of much greater capacity than in the normal mode of operation of the field. That&rsquo;s why such facilities are equipped with so-called &ldquo;hot standby&rdquo;. With the new storage tanks, these backup generators are not needed. They are also used to provide uninterrupted power in the event of a city grid outage. Such projects were implemented by Liotech in the Principal Plaza Business Center, in the Polymetal office, and at the Belorussky Railway Station in Moscow.</p> <p>Another domestic company engaged in energy storage development is EnergoZapas, a startup of the SIGMA.Novosibirsk, nanocenter that is part of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;Energozapas is the only company in Russia that develops solid-state storage power plants (SSPS) for industrial energy storage. The principle of the SSPS operation is based on the consumption of electricity at night when there is a surplus of it and the price is minimal. Just at this time, the unit lifts the load to a height of several hundred meters, and during the day it generates electricity by lowering the load by gravity.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p>Unlike pumped-storage power plants, SSPS does not require a water source or elevation gradient. It can be built on any flat terrain. The structure is resistant to wind and seismic loads and is environmentally friendly. The cycle efficiency is at least 80%, and the service life is 50 years.</p> <p>Solid-state storage power plants are considered very promising. According to forecasts, already by 2025, the growth of the world market of energy storage devices will reach USD 80 bln, and the SSPS will account for 10%.</p> <p>Whatever energy storage technologies are, their further development is impossible without a clear legislative framework. That&rsquo;s why Energy Storage Systems together with the Novosibirsk State Technical University NETI, with the support of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, developed the first national standards for the design, testing, and operation of high-power electric energy storage units. The standards went into effect on November 1, 2020, and apply, among other things, to the systems that are designed for stand-alone operation with the ability to be connected to the electric grid.</p> <p>The development of standards was aimed, among other things, at integrating storage units into the unified energy system and creating a developed infrastructure.</p> <p>&ldquo;The energy storage market in Russia is just being formed; therefore, generating companies, enterprises, and grid companies, together with the scientific community, are creating the optimal image of storage systems, their structural composition, the functions they perform, and solving issues of electromagnetic compatibility with the general industrial grid and autonomous loads,&rdquo; said <strong>Dmitriy Korobkov</strong>, one of the SNE developers and a leading design engineer at the Institute of Power Electronics of the NSTU NETI. &ldquo;Our standards provide answers to these questions. If the storage tank is made according to the developed standards, it may be connected to the public network without fear that it will ruin anything.&rdquo;</p> <p>The developed standards also take into account and adapt the international requirements for market participants. This will help domestic developing companies to enter international markets.</p> <p>Experts believe that the introduction of standards will be a driver of industry development. In 2021 it is planned to continue to work on the formation of the regulatory framework in this area.</p> Wed, 16 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Graphene Nanotubes Gain Traction in Automotive Market: OCSiAl Confirms Compliance with IATF 16949 Graphene nanotubes gain traction in automotive market: OCSiAl confirms compliance with IATF 16949. <p>OCSiAl has confirmed its graphene nanotube solutions production facility and management system to be compliant with the IATF 16949 standard, paving the way to even wider application of graphene nanotubes in auto industry. Li-ion batteries with increased energy density, light weight, smart car bodies, and safe, energy efficient tires are the drivers for a rapidly growing demand for graphene nanotubes in transportation.</p> <p>OCSiAl has passed an audit for compliance with the requirements of IATF 16949, validating its status as a reliable graphene solutions supplier and its quality management system compliance with the auto industry&rsquo;s strict requirements. The company production sites and management system were already compliant with key industry regulations, including ISO 9001, and have passed clients&rsquo; audits. Key points noted during the IATF check were the company&rsquo;s system for handling clients&rsquo; feedback, the raw material and product storage system, the equipment for nanotube solutions for battery production, and the risk assessment system.</p> <p>&ldquo;Long, flexible, electrically conductive and strong graphene nanotubes significantly enhance and even grant new properties to literally all materials that are being used in cars. They make it possible to produce safer, lighter, smarter, and more eco-friendly vehicles to facilitate the ongoing fundamental transformation of the auto industry,&rdquo; said <strong>Konstantin Notman</strong>, OCSiAl Senior Vice President.</p> <p>In batteries, graphene nanotubes serve as bridges between silicon particles, creating a robust network inside the anode and protecting it from degradation. Additionally, the use of nanotubes results in an energy density of up to 350 Wh/kg, the possibility of increasing SiO content to 90%, faster charging, and improved safety.</p> <p>The modification of plastics with graphene nanotubes leads to impressive results in anti-friction and anti-wear coatings, as well as exterior parts painted using the electrostatic painting method. Graphene nanotubes optimize the overall performance of tires, improve abrasion resistance leading to a longer life, bring a strong improvement in wet grip that boosts safety, and allow unrivalled improvement in rolling resistance that reduces vehicles&rsquo; energy consumption and emissions.</p> <p>&ldquo;To intensify our joint developments with partners in transportation materials engineering, OCSiAl launched its state-of-the-art R&amp;D and technical support center in Luxembourg in September 2020 with the focus on solutions for auto industry,&rdquo; added Mr. Notman. Other centers of this kind are located in Asia and Eastern Europe.</p> Tue, 9 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Russia Needs a Tenfold Increase in the Production of Energy Storage Systems <p>The potential market for energy storage systems in Russia will be 10-15 GW by 2030. This means more than a tenfold increase from the current level. This is stated in the review by the New Energy Information and Analysis Center, prepared at the initiative of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP). However, domestic production of batteries for such systems is minimal: imported products, particularly from China, are already absolutely dominant. This threatens domestic producers with a market loss of several bln dollars per year.</p> <p>The only Russian manufacturer of domestically produced lithium-ion batteries for industrial use is the Novosibirsk-based Liotech, owned by RUSNANO. It now produces only 128 MWh of cells per year. There are two main areas of application: electric transport (electric buses, long-distance trolleybuses, potentially battery-powered railway locomotives) and backup power systems (as emergency power sources; in isolated renewable energy systems; and potentially for peak power requirements in new hydrocarbon fields).</p> <p>The FIEP&rsquo;s <a href="" target="_blank">Energy Storage Systems</a> supplies industrial batteries based on Liotech cells. In particular, its units operate in solar power plants to cover emerging generation shortfalls, including at night.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">ENRU</a> of the <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> also operates in the &ldquo;behind the counter&rdquo; home storage segment of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s FIEP investment network.</p> <p>The Energy Storage Systems (ESS) are one of the fastest-growing segments of the global electricity sector. In ten years, its volume has increased 48-fold, with an average annual growth rate of 47% <em>(according to the EnergyNet Infrastructure Center&rsquo;s expert analysis report &ldquo;Energy Storage Applications in Russia: Opportunities and Barriers&rdquo;, 2019)</em>. The rapid development is linked to the need to balance the fluctuating output of the most widespread alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind, and the falling cost of batteries due to rapid advances in manufacturing technology. <a href="" target="_blank">BloombergNEF</a> predicts that the global installed capacity of energy storage systems will increase by 122 times by 2040. As expected by Lux Research, the annual turnover of the energy storage market in 2035 will be $546 bln.</p> <p>The author of the report, <strong>Vladimir Sidorovich</strong>, cites the following factors contributing to the growth of the ETC market:</p> <ul> <li>the increasing share of alternative generation (solar and wind) in the electricity sector and the resulting increased need for power system capacity regulation;</li> <li>course for the decarbonization of heavy industry;</li> <li>conversion to electricity for transport, including commercial and industrial vehicles;</li> <li>ambitious plans to produce carbon-free (green) hydrogen and synthetic fuels; and</li> <li>increased demand from electricity consumers to optimize costs.</li></ul> <p>The sector is dominated by lithium-ion batteries, as the least expensive technology and showing a <a href="" target="_blank">steady trend</a> in reducing the cost of generation (eight times over a decade). <a href="" target="_blank">According to the International Energy Agency (IEA)</a>), the main markets for ETC deployment are South Korea, China, the USA, and Europe. However, Saudi Arabia has recently started building a Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries plant with a capacity of 3 GWh per year.</p> <p>The technology of gravity SSD looks promising. They are less demanding on the natural environment and have much less impact on the environment than pumped-storage power plants, which had become widespread in the 1960s. The principle of operation of solid-state storage power plants is based on lifting loads several hundred meters in the air at night, when there is a surplus of electricity and it is cheap, and generating it by lowering loads by gravity during the day when electricity is expensive. In Russia, such technology is being developed by <a href="" target="_blank">Energozapas</a>, a company from the</p> Tue, 9 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0300 FIEP Helps Bring High Technology to Russian Enterprises <p>Scientists think it up, and businesses implement it. It is a simple formula, but not so easy to be applied in life. As you know, all high-tech hardware needs brains to work with it. The speed of scientific and technological progress is already such that skills in many sectors of the economy require constant updating, roughly every 2-3 years.</p> <p>The demand for highly qualified professionals is also growing, thus intensifying this problem. According to a Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, one in two employers worldwide cannot find an employee with the necessary qualifications for an open position. In Russia, only 17% of the specialists have high qualifications, 48% have medium qualifications, and 35% have low qualifications. In total, there are 1.3 bln people in the world in a &ldquo;skills gap&rdquo;, according to research by the consulting company. However, one of the most important global problems is the gap between the education provided by universities and technical colleges and the requirements of the real economy.</p> <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, established in 2010, aims to bridge this gap and build bridges between theory and practice in order to transfer high technology into production. It commissions educational programs from universities, which aim not only to raise the qualifications of specialists but also to train students. These programs are based on the best international practices in the application of advanced technologies in production and are developed with the participation of leading specialist research organizations.</p> <p>In 10 years, this format of interaction has proved its viability. One example is Severstal, which, among others, produces raw materials for powder metallurgy and additive technologies. The corporation is keen to expand this promising field, but to do so it needs a professional workforce capable of developing new materials that best meet customers&rsquo; needs.</p> <p>Using the methodology developed by the Fund, the A.A.Baikov Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science (IMET of the RAS) has created a retraining program in the field of technologies for the synthesis of metallic one- and multi-component powders.</p> <p>The training lasts 500 hours and is aimed at design engineers in metal powder synthesis technology and manufacturing engineers in powder products. Using state-of-the-art mathematical modelling techniques, they will be trained to create materials with given properties. About half of the time is devoted to the lecture course and the other half to research and development work.</p> <p>&ldquo;The results of the research will not be &lsquo;shelved&rsquo; but will be commercially developed by Severstal,&rdquo; <strong>Alexander Anokhin</strong>, Deputy Director for Scientific Work at the IMET of the RAS, is confident. &ldquo;We plan to establish an engineering university to train researchers, developers, technologists, designers, and programmers who will create new products and technologies. The Fund, thanks to its proprietary methodology, makes it possible to reduce the time and financial resources required to retrain a company&rsquo;s engineering staff, which ensures that scientific and technological challenges are addressed proactively, thereby actually guaranteeing the high competitiveness of the business area or the company as a whole in the long term.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Alexander Anokhin, the university plans to take a sector-specific approach to developing new educational programs and aligning them with the end-to-end chain of creating innovative products, i.e., from raw materials to the final product. For example, there is already a great need to develop new industry programs in the field of modern non-ferrous and rare metal technologies, as well as the production of magnetic materials for their use as one of the elements of wind turbines in the alternative energy area.</p> <p>Another example is the Vyatka State University, which has been working with the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs since 2013, having developed and implemented several in-depth training courses for specialists from the industry.</p> <p>Some of them are related to biopharmaceuticals and are aimed at retraining employees for high-tech production at the NANOLEK plant, which is part of RUSNANO.</p> <p>A special feature of the programs is that, through them, a scientific theory is reinforced by practice. For example, as part of a program related to the development and production of immunobiological drugs, the institute has created interactive simulators using virtual reality technology that replicate production processes as realistically as possible, but in digital format.</p> <p>Thanks to cooperation with the Fund and the real economy, the Vyatka State University has begun training bachelors and masters in a new promising field: pharmaceutical biotechnology.</p> <p>The university&rsquo;s cooperation with the Fund is not limited to this area.</p> <p>Since 2014, the Fund has supported several skills development programs: manufacturing of nanocomposites based on elastomers, production of tire materials using nanotechnology, and production of agrochemicals with nanopolymer coating.</p> <p>&ldquo;About 300 specialists and students have been trained in these programs,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Fomin</strong>, the Vyatka State University&rsquo;s Vice-Rector for International Activities. &ldquo;This year has seen the launch of an educational program related to the production of new, unique materials, fluoropolymers. Before, there was no training at all in the country for specialists in this field.&rdquo;</p> <p>Many breakthrough technologies capable of revolutionizing both industry and our lives are still on their way to the real economy, this is the so-called deep tech. However, professionals with skills of the future, or future skills, need to be trained now. This is what the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs promotes, offering future and current professionals a wide range of career opportunities, ensuring that they are in high demand.</p> <p>In the ten years of its operation, the Fund has implemented more than 200 educational programs and trained more than 94,000 specialists, students, and teachers. 219 companies from 40 Russian regions initiated the development of the programs. During this time, 80 higher education institutions and scientific organizations have become partners. &ldquo;As practice shows, almost one-third of the businesses come back to us to do new educational projects. For us, this is an indicator that the Fund is successfully providing education for business,&rdquo; said <strong>Stanislav Nisimov</strong>, Director of the Fund&rsquo;s Department of Educational Programs and Professional Qualifications.</p> Tue, 9 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0300 FIEP Has Supported the Training of Specialists in the Synthesis of Metal Powders for Additive Technologies <p>Two pilot groups are completing their professional retraining program in the field of synthesis technologies of metal single- and multicomponent powders for powder metallurgy and additive technologies. It was developed by the Baykov Metallurgy and Materials Institute (IMET RAS) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (subordinate organization of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation) at the request of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP). The new program was initiated by Severstal PJSC.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="FIEP Has Supported the Training of Specialists in the Synthesis of Metal Powders for Additive Technologies" src="" /></div> <p>The fields of application of powder metallurgy around the world are rapidly expanding, covering the most science-intensive and high-tech areas. Now, this technology is used to produce ship propellers, sliding bearings, implants, heat-resistant alloys, superconductors, photovoltaic materials, alloys for soldering, special tools and tooling, wear-resistant mill bearings, transformer cores, magnetic components, fuel cells, and other precision MIM-technology products. Even broader prospects are opening up for additive manufacturing.</p> <p>Severstal produces raw materials for powder metallurgy and additive technologies, but the product range is still narrow. The company&rsquo;s development strategy includes the expansion of the powder business, including for 3D printing. Production of dozens of metal powders with different compositions is expected. This is why the company needs advanced training of engineers capable of developing new materials, including for the needs of specific customers.</p> <p>For the first time, an academic institute under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation has been involved in the development of an industry-specific educational program with the participation of the Fund. However, in this case, such a choice is fully justified: IMET RAS is the cradle of powder metallurgy in our country. &ldquo;This is the first professional retraining program for the industry made by our institute from idea to educational product. It should be noted that our scientists and specialists had previously participated in the development of educational programs of the Fund on superhard composite materials,&rdquo; the Director of IMET RAS, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, <b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Vladimir Sergeyevich Komlev</b> commented.</p> <p>Most of the researchers at the institute are engaged in fundamental and applied research and the development of new materials and products. &ldquo;The Institute was created 82 years ago for classical metallurgy, then the development of technologies in the field of powder metallurgy actively began. Many heads of laboratories were at the origins of their fields, and therefore their scientific and technical level was much higher than in universities,&rdquo; said <b>Aleksander Anokhin</b>, the head of the program&rsquo;s author team and Deputy Director for Scientific Work at IMET RAS.</p> <p>IMET RAS intends to replicate the experience gained in the development of this program by developing new training courses for practitioners in all four main areas of its research: both on non-ferrous and ferrous metallurgy, and also on ceramics (oxygen-free and oxygen), composites, and biomaterials. &ldquo;We have schools that are thoroughly familiar with all the processes involved in creating these materials. It would be right for this experience to be useful in the real production sector,&rdquo; Deputy Director of IMET RAS said. He said that in the long term there were plans to create an open engineering university, which would train specialists: researchers, developers, technologists, designers, and programmers, focused on creating new products and technologies. At the same time, there would be a focus on modern technical solutions, allowing the creation of new industry technology chains for the production of globally competitive products.</p> <p>The educational program is designed for 500 hours of training for two target groups: design engineers in metal powder synthesis technology and manufacturing engineers in powder products. The lecture workshop is conducted online, and a recording is kept to allow for repetition of the material. About half of the training time is devoted to research and development (R&amp;D) in Severstal&rsquo;s priority areas. Aleksander Anokhin is sure that the results of these studies will be used for implementation at the enterprise, and definitely will not lie on the shelf.</p> <p>Specialists from the country&rsquo;s leading institutions of higher education were involved in the development of the educational program: Petrozavodsk State University (Karelia), Cherepovets State University (Vologda region), Moscow Polytechnic University, Baltic State Technical University &ldquo;Voenmeh&rdquo; D.F. Ustinov (St. Petersburg), STANKIN Moscow State Technological University, and other partners. The research base of the Moscow Polytechnic University, the Cherepovets State University (CSU), and others were used for internships and practicums.</p> <p>Another feature of the program was the training of two pilot groups of specialists. The first consists of the Severstal employees enrolled at the Moscow Polytechnic University, and the other is made up of polytechnic students sent to the Cherepovets State University, who are future interns or the Severstal employees.</p> <p>There are plans to scale the program at Voenmeh, the Petrozavodsk and the Vladimir State Universities, as well as other universities so that in addition to the master&rsquo;s degree to provide their students with the opportunity to obtain an additional engineering specialty.</p> <p>In the expert review of the educational program prepared by Kompozit JSC from the city of Korolev near Moscow stands out the ability of the graduates of the training course to test technologies for obtaining nano- and fine-dispersed metallic materials for powder metallurgy and additive technologies, as well as to optimize and modernize the production of products from them to reduce labor intensity and cost.</p> <p><b>Anatoly Kasimtsev</b>, Director of Tula Metsintez LLC noted that the professional competencies formed by the program &ldquo;were absolutely new for this sphere and met the current demands of companies,&rdquo; and therefore &ldquo;the program has high relevance.&rdquo; &ldquo;A distinctive feature of the program is its high degree of practical orientation, which is achieved by performing research and development, and active internships,&rdquo; says <b>Konstantin Ivanov</b>, Rector of Voenmeh.</p> <p>IMET RAS Director Vladimir Komlev notes that &ldquo;we have shown in practice the possibility of building an educational horizon from the basic research stage to industrial production in such an innovative field as additive technologies. I do not exclude that this educational product or its modules can be the basis of individual educational trajectories of the master&rsquo;s degree students with a focus on the real economy.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 24 Nov 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 Promobot Opens a Development Center and an Office in Vladivostok The Russian manufacturer of service robots Promobot opens an R&amp;D subdivision office and laboratory in Vladivostok. <p>The Russian manufacturer of service robots Promobot opens an R&amp;D subdivision office and laboratory in Vladivostok. Its purpose is research and development in modeling realistic human appearance for Robo-C humanoid robots. The opening was financed by the Far East High Technology Fund and in participation with RUSNANO.</p> <p>This is Promobot&rsquo;s second office to open in Russia and the fourth in the world.</p> <p>This new subdivision includes a 3D modeling center for humanoid robots, a polymer laboratory for developing hyper-realistic artificial skin, and a representative office to work with the Asia-Pacific Region.</p> <p>Vladivostok is the second city after Perm, where the company has its R&amp;D center and laboratories. The Far East subdivision of Promobot focuses on developing artificial skin and 3D android models to manufacture Robo-C humanoid robots further.</p> <p>Experts on polymers, artists, 3D-model makers are staff members of the Far East subdivision.</p> <p>Perm will continue to create the metal frame for Robo-C, hardware components and software to control the robot&rsquo;s moving parts. Furthermore, the entire development process of V4 service robots is done in Perm.</p> <p>&ldquo;Vladivostok has a pretty strong robotics engineering school, with regular competitions among school and university students. There are notable startups in this area. It is a landmark event that the leading company in Russian robots is being developed in the region. We hope it will give impetus for a strong robotics cluster to be here,&rdquo; said <strong>Ruslan Sarkisov</strong>, General Director of the Far East High Technology Fund.</p> <p><strong>Peter Chegodaev</strong> became the head of the Far East Office. He is a businessman and a Russian sculptor &amp; designer known for participation in creating special effects for Russian blockbusters such as The Crew and The Age of Pioneers.</p> <p>&ldquo;The main goal of our team is to make humanoid robots look not only realistic but also attractive and bring esthetics in this direction. We have all the right conditions for this in Vladivostok. I am sure that we will make a qualitative leap in the industry in the nearest future,&rdquo; says <strong>Peter Chegodaev</strong>, Head of Promobot&rsquo;s Far East office.</p> <p>Vladivostok is the fourth city where Promobot is based: the Skolkovo resident&rsquo;s headquarters and manufacturing are located in Perm. The American office is in Philadelphia. The Asian representative office is in Hong Kong.</p> <p>The opening in Vladivostok was financed by the Far East High Technology Fund, which allocated RUB 200 mln to the company in April 2020, including for development in the Far East Federal District.</p> <p>&ldquo;At this very moment, we are working on technologies that have no analogues either in Russia or in the world. Russia is on its way to becoming a world-class center of service robotics,&rdquo; <strong>Alexey Yuzhakov</strong>, Chairman of the Promobot Board of Directors, shares his view. &ldquo;It is nice to know that thanks to us, the regions such as Perm and Vladivostok are becoming the drivers of this process.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 2 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0300 New Members of the Supervisory Board of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs Have Been Approved <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Board of Directors has approved the new composition of the Supervisory Board of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. Upon completion of the conciliation and notification procedures, the Supervisory Board will include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Vladimir N. Knyaginin</strong>, Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg;</li> <li><strong>Sergey A. Kulikov</strong>, General Director of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company LLC;</li> <li><strong>Maxim P. Nikitin</strong>, Senior Researcher&mdash;Head of Nanobiotechnology Laboratory of the Federal State Autonomous Educational Institution of Higher Education &ldquo;Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University)&rdquo;;</li> <li><strong>Artem R. Oganov</strong>, Professor at the Autonomous Non-Profit Educational Organization of Higher Education &ldquo;Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology&rdquo;, Professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences;</li> <li><strong>Valery N. Falkov</strong>, Minister of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation;</li> <li><strong>Vyacheslav V. Shulenin</strong>, Deputy Chairman of VEB.RF;</li> <li><strong>Aleksey K. Ponomarev</strong>, Senior Vice-President for Industry Relations of the Autonomous Non-Profit Educational Organization of Higher Education &ldquo;Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology&rdquo;.</li></ul> <p>The Supervisory Board is the highest collegial management body of the Fund. According to the statutes of the Fund, the Supervisory Board is responsible, among other things, for determining the Fund&rsquo;s priorities, strategy, and budget.</p> <p>&ldquo;The renewal of the Fund&rsquo;s Supervisory Board is aimed at implementing the decisions of the Government of the Russian Federation to reform development institutions. The Fund, as part of the RUSNANO Group, will be part of the larger VEB.RF team focused on achieving national development goals. I am convinced that the experience of institutional support for the innovation sector accumulated at the Fund will be in demand in further processes of technological modernization of the Russian economy. This cannot be achieved without building a close relationship between industry, science, and education. The new composition of the Supervisory Board of the Fund is designed to ensure such interaction to effectively solve the tasks set,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, and Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company LLC.</p> Tue, 2 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Novosibirsk Residents Have Taught Drones to Explore Quarries <h5>The startup of the <a href="" target="_blank">SYGMA.Novosibirsk nanocente</a> has developed a service relevant to Russia&rsquo;s hard-to-reach regions and extractive industries.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Novosibirsk Residents Have Taught Drones to Explore Quarries" src="" /></p> <p>&ldquo;In 2020, the Optiplane Design Bureau start-up team successfully implemented a new &#39;drone as a service&#39; service for quarries. Previously, it took a team of mine surveyors a month to measure the volume of a single open-pit mine, and in winter it was completely impossible, but now one mine surveyor and two hours of work are enough for the mine surveying&rdquo;, SYGMA.Novosibirsk&rsquo;s press office informed. &ldquo;This is especially relevant in hard-to-reach areas of Russia: Magadan, Yakutia, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, where Optiplane drones had been operating throughout 2020.&rdquo;</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Optiplane</a> Design Bureau clarified to Infopro54 that the complex included the Optiplane S2 rotorcraft and a smart recognition system.</p> <p>&ldquo;The rotorcraft performs an automatic overflight of the quarries and carries out aerial photography. The recognition system automatically processes the survey material and calculates the volume of the quarry. There is no need to keep or call in professional pilots for the quarry, the complex will do everything on its own,&rdquo; <strong>Kirill Yakovchenko</strong>, Development Director and Co-Founder of the Optiplane project, explained to the editorial board.</p> <p>The complex is also suitable for tasks in the fields of surveying and energy, agriculture, and security. The Optiplane S2 is already being used in a variety of industries.</p> <p>&ldquo;Their direction of application depends mainly on the payload, and we are prepared to integrate almost any payload. For full automation, all that is needed is the integration of smart data processing software based on machine recognition,&rdquo; Yakovchenko comments. &ldquo;For the energy sector, for example, it is the automatic detection of defects on power lines, calculating the sag and deflection of poles, for security, it is the detection of intruders, and for agriculture&mdash;the regular monitoring of fertilizer application results.&rdquo;</p> <p>He specified that many foreign mining companies were at that moment relying on technology solutions that would enable faster, better, and cheaper data collection and analysis. Solutions were emerging, including those based on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).</p> <p>&ldquo;All these solutions use two types of aircraft: drones and copters. These types of drones are not optimal for use in quarries. The copters are maneuverable, they can take off, fly around, and land fully automatically, but they do not have enough range to capture the quarry even in a few flights,&rdquo; Kirill Yakovchenko says. &ldquo;Aircraft, on the other hand, although they have a good range, cannot be used automatically in quarry conditions: they are not maneuverable and require qualified pilots to launch.&rdquo;</p> <p>The complex, developed by the Novosibirsk Optiplane Design Bureau startup, will cost from RUB 2 mln, with rent starting from RUB 40,000 per month. The company says it can be used in quarries all over the world. The developers plan to take their solution overseas in the coming months.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are now actively working towards scaling up production. We are partnering with experienced UAV component manufacturers, including foreign factories. Increasing production capacity is one of our main objectives for the coming year,&rdquo; the Optiplane Design Bureau Development Director says.</p> <p>According to a report by Ernst &amp; Young Global Limited, in Russia alone, the potential impact of drones in the mining sector is $180 mln per year. Globally, the figure is tens of times higher. After all, 75% of the entire market for investment in UAV-related projects is held by the USA and China.</p> Tue, 19 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0300 A New Industry Standard for Batteries: Ultra-Clean Facility for Graphene Nanotube Dispersions OCSiAl has launched one of the world&rsquo;s cleanest facilities for the production of graphene nanotube dispersions for lithium-ion batteries. <p>OCSiAl has launched one of the world&rsquo;s cleanest facilities for the production of <a href="/portfolio/companies/ocsial">graphene nanotube</a> dispersions for <nobr>lithium-ion</nobr> batteries. The use of graphene nanotubes is currently the only cost-effective solution on the market for the problem of silicon anode degradation. Nanotubes are able to prevent the failure of the anode by forming a robust conductive network to hold particles of silicon together during their expansion.</p> <p>At Tesla Battery Day, Elon Musk announced plans to increase the silicon content in EV battery anodes, and other leading battery manufacturers are also adopting this approach: substitution of the graphite by silicon, which addresses the key industry challenge of reaching high energy density, fast-charge ability, and cost reduction of electric vehicle <nobr>lithium-ion</nobr> batteries. To meet the essential demand in solving key battery problems, OCSiAl has launched a new ultra-clean facility for TUBALL&trade; BATT, its graphene nanotube dispersion for silicon anodes. The newly opened plant has already successfully passed an audit by one of the global leaders for <nobr>lithium-ion</nobr> batteries.</p> <p>Long, flexible, electrically conductive and strong, graphene nanotubes serve as bridges between silicon particles, creating a robust network inside the anode and protecting it from degradation. OCSiAl&rsquo;s nanotube dispersion for batteries has proven its cost-effectiveness: virtually all <nobr>Li-ion</nobr> battery makers are applying or developing technologies incorporating graphene nanotubes, and some mass-produced electric vehicles powered by nanotube batteries are already on the road.</p> <p>To serve the needs of clients around the world, four industrial-scale factories in Japan, China and Russia produce TUBALL&trade; BATT nanotube solutions for anodes and cathodes, and three R&amp;D centers in Luxembourg, Russia, and China develop products and support customers in the world&rsquo;s key markets.</p> <p>The newly opened plant sets a new safety standard: the entire production process, including the packaging area for finished dispersions and the quality control area, has been designed to a clean room class. &ldquo;Even the smallest airborne particles in battery element manufacturing can contaminate the battery that ends up in your phone or electric vehicle, increasing risks of a short circuit, fire, or even explosion. Our manufacturing process sets <nobr>end-user</nobr> safety as the first priority. We are honored to have received confirmation of meeting the highest quality standards from one of the leading EV batteries manufacturers in the world,&rdquo; said <strong>Andrey Senyut</strong>, CEO of OCSiAl Energy.</p> <p>The new plant is located in Novosibirsk, Russia, adjacent to the core OCSiAl nanotube synthesis facility, which currently accounts for more than 90% of global graphene nanotube production capacity. &ldquo;Following the launch of the new plant and its successful audit process, we intend to scale up such facilities with new technological and quality standards to Asia, Europe, and the United States, within easy reach of gigafactories, to develop a global sustainable supply chain for battery manufacturers,&rdquo; <strong>Andrey Senyut</strong> added.</p> Tue, 16 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Projects Showcased at INNOPROM Exhibition in Tashkent Projects from RUSNANO (part of VEB.RF) were showcased at &ldquo;INNOPROM: Big Industrial Week in Uzbekistan&rdquo;, an international trade fair that took place from April 5 to 7 in Tashkent. <p>Projects from RUSNANO (part of VEB.RF) were showcased at &ldquo;INNOPROM: Big Industrial Week in Uzbekistan&rdquo;, an international trade fair that took place from April 5 to 7 in Tashkent. The event organizers were the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan.</p> <p>The exhibition&rsquo;s renewable power generation section featured <a href="/portfolio/companies/vestas">Vestas Manufacturing RUS</a>, a joint venture of RUSNANO, Vestas and Consortium of Ulyanovsk Region Investors (which the Ulyanovsk Nanotechnology Centre ULNANOTECH (RUSNANO Group) is a part of). Wind turbine blades made from composites are unique for Russia products manufactured by Vestas Manufacturing Rus. The production facility is located in the Ulyanovsk Aviation Cluster.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is great to see that the renewable energy sector is developing at great pace in Uzbekistan. Aside from quality equipment, Vestas offers an opportunity for collaboration in staff training so as to share the experience we have gained in the Russian market with others,&rdquo; stated <strong>Kimal Yusupov</strong>, Managing Director of Vestas Manufacturing Rus.</p> <p>Exhibition participants also included VISITECH, a portfolio company of the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/fehtf">Far East High Technology Fund</a>, established in collaboration with RUSNANO, VEB.DV and RVC. VISITECH develops and produces safety management software for industrial use and offers companies an opportunity to digitize workplace safety processes.</p> <p>During the exhibition in Tashkent, VISITECH showcased the capabilities of its geonavigation platform linking together various software components, equipment and IoT devices into an intelligent system aimed at improving workplace safety and management effectiveness at industrial facilities in Uzbekistan. As a result, VISITECH and the Ministry of Innovative Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan reached an agreement that would enable the company to become a part of the digital transformation process of the manufacturing sector in Uzbekistan.</p> <p>&ldquo;There is great interest and potential in cooperating with industrial facilities in Uzbekistan more closely. And, in the nearest future, we are planning on starting a fruitful and active collaboration here,&rdquo; noted <strong>Rustam Milanov</strong>, General Director of VISITECH.</p> <p>The exhibition showcased more than 200 exhibits from the largest companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses from Russia, Uzbekistan, France, Belarus and Kazakhstan.</p> Thu, 8 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 NovaMedica R&D Centre Released the First Commercial Batch of Avifavir Antiviral Drugs The NovaMedica Innotech Technology Centre announces the release of the first commercial batch of Avifavir&reg;, an antiviral drug. <p>The NovaMedica Innotech Technology Centre (a subsidiary of the NovaMedica pharmaceutical company, an investment project of RUSNANO) announces the release of the first commercial batch of Avifavir&reg;, an antiviral drug, as part of a partnership with Kromis LLC, a joint venture of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and ChemRar Group.</p> <p>The production level of Avifavir at NovaMedica Innotech will be 100,000 packs per month.</p> <p>&ldquo;Technology transfer was carried out efficiently and promptly thanks to hard work of the R&amp;D division team and a well-suited production equipment profile. The first commercial series of the drug is at present ready for shipment,&rdquo; <strong>Alexander Rudko</strong>, General Director of NovaMedica Innotech Technology Centre commented.</p> <p>Technological lines used for manufacturing Avifavir pills are certified in accordance with the GMP requirements. All NovaMedica Innotech Technology Centre&rsquo;s pharmaceutical quality system processes ensure the fabrication of a quality product. Quality control is conducted at each stage of the technological process, making it possible to assess the product&rsquo;s compliance with the requirements of specifications and regulatory documents.</p> Thu, 4 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Ronavi H1500 Robot Has Been Tested at the Moscow Refinery <p>The Ronavi H1500 logistics robot was tested in a robotic multi-level storage warehouse with an&nbsp;automatic electric stacker. The project was implemented in August 2020 at the site of the digital logistics space of the Gazprom Neft Moscow refinery.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Ronavi Robotics" src="" /></p> <p>The H1500 robot manufactured by Ronavi Robotics (part of the TechnoSpark Group) is designed for autonomous operation in pallet or shelving warehouses. The robot delivers the cargo to the static order collection area and takes it back, thus increasing the productivity of the human employee 5-8 times.</p> <p>&ldquo;Recently, we have been increasingly receiving requests for production logistics robotization, when it is necessary to transfer cargo from one production site to another, or to the warehouse of finished products without human participation. The robot allows to save the employees serving this site from routine operation,&rdquo; said <b>Ivan Borodin</b>, Director of Ronavi Robotics.</p> <p>During the tests in the Gazprom Neft logistics space a situation was simulated where an battery-powered piler pulled a pallet out of the parts storage area and transported it to an intermediate point on the cargo table. From there, the Ronavi H1500 RMS-operated robot, with the integrated MES/WMS, transported the pallet to the endpoint, in the set-off area.</p> <p>Ronavi Robotics (part of the TechnoSpark Group of the Investment Network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) is the first Russian company to develop, manufacture, and sell robots for independent operation in warehouses. Serial production of the AMR H1500 was launched in 2019 at two industrial sites&mdash;in Troitsk (Moscow) and Eindhoven (Netherlands) at the capacities of VDL ETG&mdash;one of the largest European engineering companies.</p> <p>The area of the new logistics space of the Moscow refinery is 15 thousand square meters. The digital space combines an automatic warehouse, storage system, and other robotic technologies.</p> <p>Warehouse robotics is actively being used in the world, and the use of AMR is one of the main areas of implementation of robotics. Amazon&rsquo;s warehouses use more than 200,000 of these robots. Little by little, the trend towards warehouse automation is beginning to be noticeable in Russia. There are already the first introductions; for example, robotic warehouses operate in Russia at IKEA, Miratorg, and the increasing number of large market participants are conducting relevant tests.</p> Thu, 4 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0300 The Innovative Business Supporting Tools Have Been Discussed at the Nanoindustry Congress <p>On December 3, 2020, the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs together with the Interindustry Association of Nanoindustry Nonprofit Partnership held the concluding event of the 9th Congress of Nanoindustry Enterprises&rsquo;2020 &ldquo;10 years of Modern Innovation Infrastructure: Challenges for Established Support Mechanisms in the New Realities&rdquo;.</p> <p>This year, the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs <strong>is celebrating its tenth anniversary</strong>. Heads of development institutions together with innovative businesses were invited to the event and discussed what the support tools available to high-tech enterprises had given them, how they were adapting to the challenges of the new times, what opportunities for commercialization and support of innovative solutions existed at that time, and what needed to be done in the subsequent decade.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p><b>Anatoly Chubais</b>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, opened the Congress. &ldquo;The Fund&rsquo;s team has done a tremendous amount of work over the years. The nanoindustry in Russia has been created. When we started out, a lot of people didn&rsquo;t understand what startup and pitch were. Today there is a large-scale result, which, to my deep conviction, changes the fate of the country,&rdquo; the head of RUSNANO said.</p> <p>Many of the RUSNANO Group&rsquo;s biggest achievements would not have been possible without the Fund, Anatoly Chubais believes. As the brightest examples, he named the <a href="/portfolio/companies/ocsial" target="_self">OCSiAl company</a>, the first Russian unicorn in the industrial sector, GTD-110, the first Russian high capacity gas turbine, the Russian center of flexible electronics, the network of nanocenters.</p> <p>In the <a href="" target="_blank">educational sphere,</a> the Fund has been able to build several levels of work&mdash;from Nanograd, which involves thousands of schoolchildren, to educational programs to retrain personnel of high-tech companies. &ldquo;Most of the RUSNANO projects would not have taken place if the Fund had not organized the training of those specialists, whom no one else in the country trained. Without it, it would have been impossible to launch our fiber optic project or the oil and gas pipe coating plant,&rdquo; <b>Anatoly Chubais</b> said.</p> <p>He also noted the high professionalism of the team that had worked on the creation of the <a href="" target="_blank">standards and other documents of technical regulation</a>. &ldquo;Now there&rsquo;s a solid base here. Now standardization switches to the &lsquo;green&rsquo; topics, which will be the basis of transformations in the Russian technosphere in 20-30 years,&rdquo; the head of RUSNANO said. Much has been done by the Fund <a href="" target="_blank">for the regulatory framework as well</a>. The most important documents, including the latest amendments to the law &ldquo;On Science&rdquo;, the government decree on the rules for evaluating the effectiveness of the use of state support by development institutions and monitoring and controlling the implementation of investment projects, and dozens of other documents were born with the support of the Fund specialists.</p> <p>He also noted the important role of the Fund&rsquo;s network of nanocenters, calling them &ldquo;powerful drivers of the investment process both in the regions and in the whole country&rdquo;. &ldquo;Without infrastructure, there would be no nanoindustry itself. The most important strategic task remains to bring the nanoindustry infrastructure to self-sufficiency. It is a matter of our professional honor. It is difficult but possible,&rdquo; the head of RUSNANO is confident.</p> <p>In conclusion, Anatoly Chubais said that this was his last Congress and last day at the company. He thanked his colleagues for working together on one of the most interesting projects of his life.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>CEO of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs <b>Andrey Svinarenko</b> spoke in more detail about the results achieved by the Fund. Over the 10 years that the Fund has recently celebrated, 12 nanocenters and more than 800 startups have been created, revenue for 10 years has amounted to RUB 31 bln, including RUB 9.5 bln last year. &ldquo;This year, because of the pandemic, revenues will be slightly lower than planned, but production growth will still be above average for the economy,&rdquo; the head of the Fund said. The total yield and return of investments in startups and other infrastructure projects have amounted to RUB 4.5 bln, and co-investments of other investors in the projects of the Fund&mdash;to more than RUB 14 bln.</p> <p>The total revenue of the country&rsquo;s nanoindustry enterprises for 10 years has exceeded RUB 9.7 trln. &ldquo;We started from scratch in 2011. This would have been impossible without the support provided by the Fund and other development institutions,&rdquo; Andrey Svinarenko says.</p> <p>Two hundred high-tech companies, of which only less than a quarter form part of the RUSNANO Group, have received personnel support thanks to 206 educational programs created with the participation of the Fund. About 100 thousand specialists of teams of enterprises, which were aimed at mastering new technological processes and products, and students, who passed these programs in universities as part of training courses, have gained modern knowledge of innovative technologies. It was a sought-after job: a third of companies applied to the Fund again for other educational programs. The 70% of the universities with which educational programs were created have noted an increase in the R&amp;D funding at the expense of those companies for which they trained specialists with the support of the Fund.</p> <p>&ldquo;We decided right away that we had to deal not only with students but also to prepare applicants for universities. The task was to try, when students were only interested in economics and law, to refocus their attention on the natural sciences, and to direct the children&rsquo;s choices toward engineering education. For this purpose, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RUSNANO School League</a> was created, which has developed about one hundred new methods of teaching science disciplines in schools,&rdquo; Andrey Svinarenko said.</p> <p>More than 470 national standards were created which have been applied in more than 4,000 enterprises. Seven hundred and sixty certificates of conformity were issued, which have ensured the entry of innovative products into the market.</p> <p>Speaking about the ongoing reform of development institutes, Andrey Svinarenko, CEO of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs said that in his opinion, there were reserves for combining instruments and areas of support both in terms of infrastructure, where this complexity had to be ensured from the creation of start-ups to taking them to market or to a significant sales of their products, and by forming an ecosystem, which from their side was represented by education, standardization, technical regulation, and regulatory support for regulating the innovation environment. This also provided great results.</p> <h3>Summary of Information. The Nanoindustry in Russia Works</h3> <p>When RUSNANO was created in 2007 with the task to form a new industry in Russia&mdash;the nanoindustry, this work was approached comprehensively, as it turned out that it was not enough to invest in the construction of new production: it required qualified personnel, which in most cases was not available on the market at all, changes in regulations and technical standards, and it was necessary to work on the promotion of innovative products on the market. The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs took care of all this.</p> <p>During these years, the Fund has established a network of 12 nanotechnology centers in nine regions of Russia, which have become the basis for the formation of breakthrough industrial areas. OCSiAl was created at the SYGMA.Novosibirsk Nanocenter, which has launched the world&rsquo;s first commercial production of single-walled carbon nanotubes. In 2019, its value exceeded $1 bln. The ULNANOTECH Ulyanovsk nanocenter has acted as the operator of the project on the creation of the wind energy cluster and construction of the composite blades production plant. The Fund has supported the creation of Russia&rsquo;s first high-powered GTD-110 gas turbine. The revenues of the Fund&rsquo;s infrastructure projects have exceeded RUB 31 bln during the period of activity. More than 3,600 high-tech jobs have been created there.</p> <p>The flagship nanocenter, the TechnoSpark Group of Companies, has been ranked first in terms of efficiency in the National Technopark Rating for five years in a row. In March 2020, the Russian Center for Flexible Electronics was put into operation there. This is the world&rsquo;s first industrial production of non-silicon electronics components. The products are represented by the key components for LCD, OLED, and EPD screens, integrated circuits, and chips for sensors and RF tags, other micro-, and nanoelectronics. The goal is to make a deep upgrade and maintain a leadership position in the world where organic electronics are projected to dominate in ten years.</p> <p>The Nanotechnological Center of Composites has created the full cycle from development to serial production of products from composite materials, which were in demand in aviation, ground transport, reconstruction in construction, and in many other industries. The Baikal Electronics startup has developed a range of domestic processors that are used in networking and telecommunications equipment, industrial automation systems, desktop computers, and soon to appear in laptops.</p> <p>Employees of the Fund have developed their own technology for creating educational programs for business. There are already more than 200 of such programs, and over 100 thousand specialists from innovative enterprises and students of leading technical universities have been trained. The platform is a unique distance learning platform for engineers, technopreneurs, and students. The experience of online education accumulated in cooperation with the Fund has become a lifesaver for many universities during the lockdown declared due to the spread of the coronavirus infection.</p> <p>The Fund contributes to updating undergraduate and graduate programs to meet labor market requirements, sets trends of modern staffing, and helps innovative companies to reduce costs to address staffing issues and avoid the risks of mismatch of personnel qualifications to business tasks. Specialists have the opportunity to confirm their qualifications in more than 200 professions.</p> <p>The task of the Fund is to involve the younger generation into the study of natural sciences, to acquaint them with the high-tech sector, and to motivate schoolchildren to choose a career in the nanotechnology industry and breakthrough technologies. More than 170,000 schoolchildren from all over the country have taken part in the Fund&rsquo;s youth projects.</p> <p>More than 4,000 companies use the standards developed with the participation of the Fund, enterprises, and Rosstandart. Under the standardization program in the nanoindustry, 474 relevant national standards have been drawn up, including 66 &ldquo;green&rdquo; standards for environmentally oriented products. Fifteen regional offices of the Center for Standardization in Innovation facilitate access of new goods and services to the market. The technological corridors prepared by the Fund for high-tech product groups have ensured the displacement of obsolete technologies and stimulated the creation of new competitive products.</p> <p>The Fund implements projects to promote domestic nanotechnology products on the world and Russian markets. As a result, 22 nanotechnology solutions have been certified by Gazprom, 19&mdash;by Transneft, and 28 have been implemented in the road transport industry. More than 5,000 apartment buildings have been overhauled using innovative materials.</p> <p>Effective development of high-tech businesses requires favorable regulatory environment, access to long-term money, and effective financial and nonfinancial support mechanisms. The Fund is actively involved in both the development and implementation of significant government initiatives and the improvement of national legislation.</p> <p>PROTOM and P-Cure have created a compact proton complex for the treatment of cancer as part of their support of international cooperation. It is characterized by the high precision of intervention, small size, which allows it to be placed in existing hospitals, as well as lower cost compared to its counterparts. All this makes it possible to increase the availability of proton therapy, the most precise and technologically advanced method of radiation therapy. Profotech and Satec have created an optical electronic transformer&mdash;a single comprehensive device for measuring power quality and metering.</p> <p>The Fund is also responsible for popularization of nanotechnology and information support for high-tech business. Along with traditional methods of interaction with the media and congress and exhibition activities, the Fund, together with the Bumaga (Paper) Media Company, have invented the Science Bar Hopping popular science festival, a new format of communication between young scientists and those who were interested in our science. Before the quarantine measures were introduced, lectures had been held in dozens of small bars. In this chamber format, the festival, among other popularization projects of the Fund, was awarded the Grand Prix of the &ldquo;Silver Archer&rdquo; National Public Relations Award as the best PR project of 2018 and won the For Fidelity to Science Award in the Best Popular Science Project 2019 category. This year, the festival switched to online, thereby increasing its audience reach by an order of magnitude.</p> Thu, 3 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics Is a Partner in the Development and Production of the World’s First Flexible Display with Full-color Electronic Paper <p>The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics (part of the <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> of the <a href="" target="_blank">Investment Network </a>of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) has become a key partner in the mass production of thin-film TFT-matrices for the world&rsquo;s first flexible display with full-color electronic paper based on plastic electronics, which was presented on December 3, 2020, by E Ink, the world&rsquo;s leading producer of &ldquo;electronic paper&rdquo;.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics Is a Partner in the Development and Production of the World’s First Flexible Display with Full-color Electronic Paper" src="" /></p> <p>The new color display is flexible, lightweight, and durable thanks to the plastic TFT-matrix, and transmits a full palette of colors. Like other electronic ink displays, it doesn&rsquo;t glare in the sun and has ultra-low power consumption. Thin and light displays are ideal for wearable device applications, the market for which is growing steadily. IdTechEX predicts it will reach more than $150 bln per year by 2026.</p> <p>The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics is a production partner of the project to create the first flexible color screen with a plastic TFT-matrix. The screen uses thin-film organic TFT-matrices and reflective electronic paper that reproduces the full color in every pixel. The development work was carried out by E Ink and Plastic Logic. Samples of flexible full-color e-paper displays will be available to electronics developers as early as this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Flexible electronics allows creating new in-demand products with a display on full-color electronic paper&mdash;for example, bright energy-efficient signs, bracelets with individual design, clothing with durable comfortable screens, decor elements&mdash;and we are ready to produce key components for them,&rdquo; said <b>Alexey Gostomelsky</b>, Director General of the Russian Center for Flexible Electronics.</p> <p>The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics (international brand&mdash;TEN flecs) is the only company in Russia that has translated the advanced technology of flexible electronics into industrial production. The plant prototypes and manufactures key display and sensor components based on organic and metal-oxide thin-film flexible electronics technology. The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics is part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies of the Investment Network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;S Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. The production was launched in March 2020, the plant is located in New Moscow (Troitsk).</p> <p>Currently, displays with full-color electronic paper are produced on a rigid base and are used in advertising media that do not require flexible form factors. Flexible electronics technology makes it possible to add new applications where thinner and lighter displays are needed.</p> Thu, 3 Dec 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 Sergey Kulikov Joined the Board of Directors of the Skolkovo Foundation On January 26, the new Board of Directors of the Skolkovo Foundation managed by VEB.RF (Vnesheconombank) and new strategic performance indicators for 2021 as part of the Foundation&rsquo;s development strategy preparation were approved. <p>On January 26, the new Board of Directors of the Skolkovo Foundation managed by VEB.RF (Vnesheconombank) and new strategic performance indicators for 2021 as part of the Foundation&rsquo;s development strategy preparation were approved. <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, the Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company, joined the new Board of Directors.</p> <p>The Board of Directors approved the set of strategic KPIs of the Skolkovo Foundation for 2021. The KPI system aims to maximize investments in projects that affect Russia&rsquo;s national development goals while maintaining the institute&rsquo;s financial efficiency.</p> <p>&ldquo;Today, we made decisions on the Foundation&rsquo;s performance indicators and amendments of management bodies, which were provided for by the government&rsquo;s roadmap for reforming development institutions. The reform aims to synchronize and re-orientate our entire large team&rsquo;s work to achieve the development goals. The Skolkovo Foundation is an important centre of due diligence in the field of innovation. Its competencies must work to achieve the overall result, including creating comfort in Russian cities. Amendments in the Board of Directors are also subordinated to the logic of the reform of development institutions. It includes leading experts and leaders of the innovation industry in Russia, and I am convinced that the reconfiguration will give a new impetus to the development of the Foundation,&rdquo; said <strong>Igor Shuvalov</strong>, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Skolkovo Foundation.</p> <p>&ldquo;Today, state institutions are faced with the task of restructuring their activities to meet the national goals of the country. As development institutions, we should move in this direction in close cooperation to strengthen each participant&rsquo;s effectiveness and the entire investment policy of the state. It is essential to offer Russian scientists and high-tech businesses effective investment and infrastructure tools to ensure the transformation of scientific and technological developments into a marketable product, aimed at global markets,&rdquo; said <strong>Sergey Kulikov</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>The Foundation&rsquo;s goal is to support technological entrepreneurship in Russia and commercialize the results of research activities. The number of Skolkovo residents has already exceeded 2,700. The Foundation provides them with a range of services required for bringing their developments to the Russian and international markets.</p> Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:00:00 +0300 TestGen from the Rusnano FIEP Network Has Developed the First Domestic Snap Test for Coronavirus <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 first domestic snap test for rapid detection of the coronavirus antigen (SARS-CoV-2) in human saliva has been developed by specialists of the <a href="" target="_blank">TestGen</a> Company from the <a href="" target="_blank">ULNANOTECH</a> Ulyanovsk nanocenter, which is a part of the <a href="" target="_blank">investment network</a> of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. Currently, the necessary documentation is being prepared for clinical trials and obtaining a registration certificate for the medical device.</p> <p>The developed test detects the presence of the coronavirus immediately after it enters the human body when there are no clinical manifestations of the disease. The analysis does not require special expensive equipment. The test result can be obtained within 15 minutes. The test is suitable for use in areas with high stream of people, such as hospitals, airports, and train stations.</p> <p>According to one of the main TestGen developers, candidate of biological sciences <b>Denis Viktorov</b>, antigens are proteins that are part of the virus and are recognized by the immune system. There are specific antigens that are present, for example, only in the causative agent of the new coronavirus infection. Unlike the antibody test, which is positive only in the presence of an immune response, that is, in the later stages of the disease, the antigen test determines the presence of the virus itself. This antigen can be identified by special antibodies included in the test strip.</p> <p>&ldquo;The test system is based on the use of immunochromatography, which is a faster alternative to the PCR research, and does not require special equipment and complex preanalytical material preparation for the analysis. Accordingly, the snap test can be done not only in the laboratory but also in hospitals, airports, or anywhere else. The new development will allow to get the results in just 15 minutes. This will make it possible to conduct express screening of a large flow of people, to quickly identify those who fall ill even in the absence of any signs and, as a result, to prevent the widespread occurrence of the infection,&rdquo; says Denis Viktorov.</p> <p>According to <b>Alexey Grachev</b>, Doctor of Biological Sciences, a specialist in the development and production of antibodies, the difference between the new snap test and its current analogues on the market is its high sensitivity, comparable with PCR, and not only smears from the nasopharynx, but also the saliva of the patient may be used as the material for the analysis.</p> <p>Upon successful completion of clinical trials and obtaining a registration certificate, TestGen, connecting industrial partners, will be able to quickly organize the serial production of rapid tests on an industrial scale. As the company noted, TestGen&rsquo;s experience in rapidly scaling up production developments was tested on the CoV-2-Test, a high-precision molecular genetic test for diagnosing the new type of coronavirus. This test system was created and promptly brought to market in spring 2020 and is now actively used in laboratories in Russia and some foreign countries.</p> <p>Let us remind that coronavirus diagnosis is not the only infectious area of the TestGen R&amp;D research. The company has already developed a test system to detect five urogenital infections with a single PCR test. The second generation of development will include 12 infections. Further plans include diagnosis of human papillomavirus, hepatitis B, C, and D, a panel of respiratory infections relevant to the epidemic season, as well as several others.</p> Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Promobot and Its Partner Have Developed a New Generation Document Scanner Robot manufacturer Promobot and Smart Engines, an algorithms computer sight developer, have signed an agreement to launch the Promobot Scanner to scan documents and fill out forms automatically. <p>Robot manufacturer Promobot and Smart Engines, an algorithms computer sight developer, have signed an agreement to launch the Promobot Scanner to scan documents and fill out forms automatically. The Far East High Technology Fund, established with the participation of RUSNANO, invested RUB 200 mln in Promobot in 2020.</p> <p>Promobot Scanner is an automatic document scanning and form filling device.</p> <p>The cooperation agreement between Promobot and Smart Engines is for three years.</p> <p>Smart ID Engine, an optical recognition technology, is responsible for data recognition in Promobot Scanner, allowing organizations to process documents with personal and sensitive data without transmission to external services. The Promobot team developed hardware design and its hardware components. The production of scanners will be launched in Perm: Promobot will rework one of the robot assembly shops for this purpose. The Perm company will also be responsible for the sales and distribution of the product.</p> <p>&ldquo;Collaborative development helps you to take a look at products from a different angle. It&rsquo;s an interesting and worthwhile experience when developers of computer sight algorithms and engineers who specialize in robots work together. The product is born at the junction of different competencies, experiences, and views for work, and this is priceless,&rdquo; says <strong>Oleg Kivokurtsev</strong>, Development Director at Promobot.</p> <p>Promobot Scanner scans documents, recognizes their details, and sends them to various information systems to automatically fill in the required fields. It reduces waiting time for visitors and time for filling in forms about nine times. Today, Promobot Scanner works with 15 types of documents: from Russian passports to marriage certificates. It supports handwritten passports and typewritten residence address stamps. So far, it has been integrated with Automated Identification System Multifunctional Center for Provision of State and Municipal Services, Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography, 1C Company, and Infoclinika system for data export.</p> <p>When a document is attached to the device&rsquo;s scanning surface, its image is streamed to the recognition module for processing. Artificial Intelligence algorithms provide data extraction from the document and perform inter-frame integration of recognized details online. The process stops automatically, without human involvement, when the system is sure of the result. The time from the beginning of document recognition to data entry into the information system, considering the time for streaming, is about 5 seconds. The &ldquo;pure&rdquo; time of the document recognition on one frame takes less than a second.</p> <p>&ldquo;Promobot Scanner release is a story of cooperation between hardware and software developers, whose solutions are already in demand in Russia and the world market. This synergy will allow organizations to implement the best practices for automatic document processing and increase the level of client service in branch offices,&rdquo; says <strong>Nikita Arlazarov</strong>, director of the special projects at Smart Engines.</p> <p>The developers plan to launch about 3,000 new-generation scanners on the market in 2021 to be used in offices, medical clinics, banks, Multifunctional Centers for Provision of State and Municipal Services, and other areas where document filling is required. Today, more than 200 scanners have already been pre-purchased. The companies estimate that the total investment in the R&amp;D project will be about RUB 80 mln.</p> <p>Promobot robots work in 40 countries and serve as promoters, administrators, diagnosticians, concierges, and guides, replacing and supplementing &lsquo;live&rsquo; employees. Promobots can be found in Sberbank, Dubai Mall, the largest shopping mall in the world, Istanbul Sabiha G&ouml;k&ccedil;en International Airport, Walmart stores, the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Multifunctional Centers for Provision of State and Municipal Services in Moscow and Perm and other crowded areas.</p> Thu, 25 Feb 2021 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 Collaboration with FIEP Has Enabled the STANKIN MSUT to Ramp Up Training for Specialists in High-Tech Companies in the Pandemic <p>The experience of organizing professional retraining and professional development with the participation of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) has enabled the STANKIN Moscow State University of Technology (STANKIN MSUT) to continue training employees of high-tech companies under the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic. Based on four educational programs created in cooperation with FIEP, eight new courses had been developed, in which 410 specialists from two dozen enterprises, including Shvabe JSC, NPO Energomash JSC, MMZ Avangard JSC, ODK-Saturn PJSC, and the military-industrial complex Military Industrial Corporation &ldquo;NPO Mashinostroyenia&rdquo;, were trained in 2020.</p> <p>The forced transition to distance learning formats required universities to make rapid changes both in the form and in the content of education. The latter has had the greatest impact on the segment of commercial Further Vocational Education and Training (FVET) programs. The STANKIN MSUT has found a solution to the problem, taking advantage of the experience of working together with the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>Since 2013, four joint FVET programs have been developed at the STANKIN MSUT in the fields of mechanical and instrument engineering, metallurgy and metalworking, electronics, optoelectronics, and telecommunications. Their customers included CJSC &ldquo;Plant of Experimental Mechanical Engineering&rdquo; of the S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Almaz-Antey, and two RUSNANO portfolio companies: IRE-Polus and Microbor Composite Ltd. Specialists from these enterprises were trained in modern precision technologies in mechanical engineering, high-speed multi-coordinate machining for special properties of nanostructured surfaces, application of laser technologies, development and introduction into production of superhard polycrystalline diamond composite materials for the metalworking, oil and gas and mining industries. The materials of all programs have been incorporated into undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and are used for further education of specialists in other enterprises. By 2021, 3,615 trainees have been trained under the joint programs of the Fund and the STANKIN Moscow State University of Technology.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the full transition to distance learning, the principal features of the educational programs created with the participation of FIEP have become highly sought after. They rigorously aim at eliminating the qualification deficits that exist in a particular enterprise. The methodology developed at the Fund ensures that the company&rsquo;s needs were accurately identified. All programs consist of modules designed for different target audiences. Consequently, some of the content can be easily transferred to other specialist training courses. In the pandemic, the most in-demand technology has been the creation of distance learning modules, which are also an indispensable part of the educational programs created with the FIEP support. The STANKIN MSUT has proved to be a pioneering university there: back in 2018, the professional retraining program for specialists at Microbor Composite Ltd. was taught in an experimental format&mdash;via a Telegram channel,&rdquo; said <strong>Stanislav Nisimov</strong>, Director of the Department of Educational Programs and Professional Skills of the Fund.</p> <p><strong>Alevtina Mozharovskaya</strong>, Director of the Interindustry Institute for Development of Innovative Technologies at the STANKIN Moscow State University of Technology, in turn, shared her experience in implementing FVET programs in 2020: &ldquo;Educational projects with the Fund differ from others primarily in their focus on innovation, on a breakthrough. They do not just produce an educational result, but create an environment for interaction and partnership between science, education, and industry, and enable innovative solutions to be developed and implemented in the course of training.&rdquo;</p> <p>The pandemic has made significant adjustments to further vocational education: the mobility of trainees and trainers has been restricted, training budgets for staff have been cut, and the need has emerged for an environment for sharing experience and knowledge. The limitations have only exacerbated the already existing needs for educational technology transformation. The gradual digitization of the economy has already led to a demand for IT specialists with competencies in organizing production processes. The university is therefore launching a new pool of programs with a focus on strategic challenges, the digital transformation of industrial manufacturing using machine learning and big data. All this is intended to contribute to the development of enterprises and increase their competitiveness.</p> <p>At the end of 2020, the STANKIN MSUT employees developed an innovative additional professional development program &ldquo;Digital Duals in Production&rdquo;. The program is unique in its exploration of the tools and concepts of numerical modelling applied to the industrial enterprise. The program offers trainees a holistic perspective on transforming production or setting up a new digital factory.</p> <p>Besides, the university has improved the quality of its distance learning modules by incorporating online counselling to support trainees. The practical exercises are accompanied by videos of identical examples in the workplace. In general, there are more practical tasks in the distance learning programs to improve theoretical material and practical skills. The practical orientation is achieved through a review of unique assignments that relate to the trainees&rsquo; current activities in the company.</p> Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Dr.Web Has Introduced an Antivirus Compatible with the Russian Baikal Platform <p>Dr.Web, Baikal Electronics, and Basalt SPO have announced that Dr.Web had become the first anti-virus compatible with the Baikal hardware platform running Alt Workstation 9.</p> <p>Tests conducted by the companies have confirmed that the installation, activation, configuration, and operation of all components of Dr.Web for UNIX in this configuration are successful and do not cause any problems.</p> <p>Thus, the Russian anti-virus supports operation on the domestic processor developed using the ARM64 architecture, which, in turn, interacts correctly with the Russian Alt operating system.</p> <p>Earlier, Dr.Web provided support for the ARM64 platform as part of its products for UNIX systems, the processors based on which are already seriously competing with Intel in their performance.</p> <p>&ldquo;Compatibility of Dr.Web anti-virus products with Russian operating systems and platforms is one of the Dr.Web&rsquo;s top priorities. We are participants in the import substitution program and the confirmation of Dr.Web for UNIX compatibility with the Russian Baikal platform running Alt Workstation 9 is an important step in the development of Russian hardware and software systems,&rdquo; said <strong>Eugeniya Khamrakulova</strong>, the Head of the Dr.Web&rsquo;s Technology Partnerships Department.</p> <p>&ldquo;The development of the ecosystem around the Baikal processors is our primary task, which we have been successfully addressing for the last year,&rdquo; notes <strong>Andrey Evdokimov</strong>, CEO of Baikal Electronics. &ldquo;We are pleased that the producers of Russian operating systems are now joined by producers of anti-virus software, and we hope that Russian cooperation on the domestic IT market will increasingly grow every day.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;One of the main tasks of domestic software and computing developers is to provide consumers with comprehensive software and hardware solutions built on the technological independence principles,&rdquo; emphasized <strong>Alexey Smirnov</strong>, CEO of Basalt SPO. &ldquo;This issue is particularly urgent for owners of critical information infrastructure. The hardware and software stack developed by Dr.Web, Baikal Electronics, and Basalt SPO allows you to create the basis for a secure, modern, and sanction-resistant digital infrastructure.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 17 Dec 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 Ivideon Presents a Multifunctional Cloud-Based Video Analytics Service for Offline Businesses Ivideon, a partner of the Rusnano Sistema investment fund and a resident of the Skolkovo information technology cluster, has presented Ivideon Analytics, a cloud-based end-to-end analytics service. <p>Ivideon, a partner of the Rusnano Sistema investment fund and a resident of the Skolkovo information technology cluster, has presented Ivideon Analytics, a cloud-based end-to-end analytics service. By using consolidated video surveillance data from sales and service points in offline businesses, customer behavior can be analyzed in real time.</p> <p>&ldquo;Currently Ivideon counts more than 1,000 companies in the retail sector among its clients. Some of these are already using our video analytics service. It has been demonstrated that the use of face recognition technology can help retailers reduce losses from theft and fraud by up to 60%, and cut payroll expenses by 25%. Ivideon Analytics offers many other digital solutions which can open up new possibilities for marketing analysis: personalization of consumer behavior, help in understanding of how the sales area operates, and Customer Journey Map analysis.&nbsp; Ivideon&rsquo;s computer vision technology can make any offline business transparent, allowing operators to observe and analyze processes that would otherwise be invisible. Ivideon currently has a 2/3 share of the cloud analytics market in Russia, and this new solution will allow us to grow further and increase our foreign sales,&rdquo; said <strong>Andrey Yudnikov</strong>, CEO and founder of Ivideon.</p> <p>Allied Market Research has valued the global video analytics market at $4.1 bln, and has forecast that its compound annual growth rate (CAGR) will be 22.7% over the next 7 years. The research agency considers that the main factor in the growth will be the increase in demand for cloud-based video surveillance services and in the volume of video data produced. Globally, video surveillance cameras generate more than 850 petabytes of video data every day. Another factor in the development of this market will be the increasing role played by AI and machine learning technologies in video analytics. The main business areas in which video analytics solutions are already in use and are being developed are the retail, medicine, logistics, financial services and manufacturing sectors.</p> <p>In response to general market trends and consumer demands, Ivideon has developed Ivideon Analytics, an end-to-end video analytics service. This solution unites Ivideon&rsquo;s existing analytical modules in a combined dashboard, providing information on visitor numbers, their age range and whether or not they wear masks, face-recognition data for both regular and new visitors, calculations on the average length of a customer visit, customer conversion rates and how long it takes to make a sale, and comparative data for different dates and data on the proportion of new visitors.</p> <p>Ivideon Analytics&rsquo; face recognition function can help a business prevent incidents of theft. A blacklist of potentially dangerous visitors to shops can give shop managers or security staff advance warning of an approaching risk. Ivideon Analytics also has an anti-fraud function, which can monitor suspicious till operations.</p> <p>The fact that Ivideon Analytics is a cloud-based system means that it is affordable for even small businesses as no expensive equipment or software needs to be purchased, and no installation or integration is required. In order to use the system, it is enough to activate one or more cameras, which may be of any brand, and enable the Ivideon Analytics system to access the camera feed. The system supports 98% of the video surveillance equipment currently on the market, and will cost the client about RUB 3,150 a month.</p> <p>For large retail chains Ivideon Analytics also offers a &ldquo;shop of the future&rdquo; service: an additional module which conducts shelf analysis and automates merchandizing functions.</p> <p>Ivideon offers direct access to API data, allowing the solution to be integrated into any corporate business system. All data, organized in different categories, can be visualized via the dashboard.</p> Thu, 11 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0300 WRS Towers Produced a Record Number of Wind Turbine Towers in 2020 The Taganrog-based company WRS Towers, a RUSNANO portfolio company, produced a record number of towers for wind turbines in 2020: 145 units. <h5>The Taganrog-based company <a href="/portfolio/companies/wrs-towers">WRS Towers</a>, a RUSNANO portfolio company, produced a record number of towers for wind turbines in 2020: 145 units. Since production was first launched at the end of 2018 the company has delivered a total of 267 towers.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="WRS Towers Produced a Record Number of Wind Turbine Towers in 2020" src="/upload/images/news/2021-02-11_Bashni-VRS_snippet.jpg" /></p> <p>This result represents an important milestone for the company. The wind turbines constructed using these 267 towers will be able to provide a rated capacity of 1,000 MW of &ldquo;green&rdquo; electricity.</p> <p>WRS Towers LLC was established in December 2018. It is jointly owned by Windar Renovables (51%), RUSNANO (24.5%) and Severstal (24.5%). The project is being performed by means of special investment contracts (SPIC) concluded between the Russian Federation, the Rostov Region, Severstal PAO and WRS Towers. Currently the company uses 82% of the materials and components manufactured in the Russian Federation.</p> <p>The key customers include Siemens Gamesa Renewables Energy LLC and Vestas Rus LLC, which purchase the towers for their wind turbines.</p> <p>Green power stations using equipment produced by the Taganrog-based company have already been constructed in the Kamensk, Azov and Upper Don districts of the Rostov Region. In total these account for more than 150 wind turbines. The company also plans to launch production for export.</p> <p>More than RUB 1 bln have been invested in the development of WRS Towers since the company was established.</p> <p>&ldquo;This is an important landmark for the company and for the whole renewable power sector in Russia. In just a few years, we have managed to launch industrial-scale production of one of the main components of wind turbines, with a high degree of localization. This is the result of joint work, not only between investors&mdash;RUSNANO, Severstal and Windar Renovables, but also, and equally importantly, the government of the region. The Rostov Region has been playing an active role in the development of green energy for many years, and this has enabled it to attract investment, create new jobs, increase tax receipts and improve the structure of the energy mix and the environmental situation in the region,&rdquo; said <strong>Alisher Kalanov</strong>, Head of the Renewable Energy Investment Division of RUSNANO Management Company, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of WRS Towers LLC.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are continuing to work on the production of wind turbine towers, which are growing in capacity all the time, and we are also working to ensure the maximum possible degree of localization for all components used in the production of wind turbines. The involvement of Severstal and RUSNANO in the foundation and development of Russia&rsquo;s first producer of turbine towers for use in green energy projects has already made a significant contribution to reducing damage to the natural environment&rdquo;, said <strong>Peter Spiridonov</strong>, General Director of WRS Towers.</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Vasily Shpak, the Ministry of Industry and Trade: “Baikal Is One of the Whales on Which We Will Build the Domestic Computing Ecosystem” <p>Baikal Electronics held the First Practical Conference &ldquo;Ecosystem Development and Growth Drivers&rdquo;, where dozens of produced and promising partner solutions based on the Baikal processor line were presented. Baikal Electronics is the largest project of the T-Nano nanocenter of the Investment Network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>The conference was opened by <b>Vasily Shpak</b>, Director of the Department of the Radio-Electronic Industry of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. &ldquo;We are determined to follow the path of import substitution for the country&rsquo;s technological independence and sovereignty. This necessarily requires our own Russian computing technology, which cannot be independent without the use of domestic microarchitectures. Baikal is one of the whales on which we will build the entire ecosystem,&rdquo; Vasily Shpak said.</p> <p>The representative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade talked about the measures to support domestic manufacturers of computer equipment: &ldquo;To organize market niches within government procurement and among companies operating under the 223-FZ Law, quotas have also been introduced in computing, which must be compulsorily complied with from the beginning of 2021. In the near future, only those that use a domestic central processing unit will be considered Russian computing equipment. We will build up pressure and provide preferences and benefits to Russian producers. We are ready to subsidize R&amp;D costs also for final computer hardware and system and application software.&rdquo;</p> <p>Measures to support buyers of domestic computer equipment are being seriously considered. &ldquo;Starting this year, a preferential leasing program is already in place. We are considering direct subsidies for buyers of Russian equipment,&rdquo; Vasily Shpak said. According to him, the proposal to prohibit the purchase of foreign analogs in the presence of appropriate positions in the Register of Russian radio-electronic products is being finalized by the Ministry of Justice.</p> <p><b>Svetlana Legostaeva</b>, General Director of the Computing Technology Consortium called for putting the interests of the consumer at the forefront. &ldquo;Domestic products have a 30 percent preference in government procurement, but the benefits of this gets the supplier, not the buyer,&rdquo; the head of the consortium pointed out. She is convinced that the consumer must be a key player in the microelectronics ecosystem. &ldquo;Whatever the pressure, if we exclude the interests of the consumer, who also solves the state&rsquo;s problems, all the multibln-dollar investments will be meaningless,&rdquo; says Svetlana Legostaeva. We need measures to support consumers of domestic microelectronics. &ldquo;Computing Technology&rdquo; together with the ANO &ldquo;Center of Competence for Import Substitution in the field of ICT&rdquo; prepared a letter to the Russian government, where one of the ideas was to subsidize the excess cost of domestic computing equipment over foreign counterparts.</p> <p>The letter also requested to give instructions to the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Digital Economy to analyze the state information systems (SIS) of all federal executive bodies (FEB), to determine the possibility and timing of their adaptation to the domestic architecture, to form a plan up to 2024 with the perspective until 2030, indicating the necessary financial resources for this, including support for software developers, SIS, and computing equipment. She reminded that the share of Russian computers on the Russian market was extremely low&mdash;13%; it was planned to raise it to 44% in 2024; the share of Russian microprocessors used in domestic products was set to increase to over 50%.</p> <p>One of the key problems is the prevailing lack of consumer confidence in domestic computing technology and even fear of it, says Svetlana Legostaeva: &ldquo;To overcome this, in fact, unfounded prejudice, it is necessary to inform about the real cases of application of domestic technology, and the story should be told on behalf of consumers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Baikal Electronics is the first Russian processor manufacturer ready to produce more than 100,000 Baikal-T and Baikal-M products in 2021. Director General of the company, <b>Andrey Evdokimov</b> called on all technology and software developers to work together to create this demand for domestic products. He also reported on Baikal Electronics&rsquo; plans for the coming year. A third processor, Baikal-S, is scheduled for release. It will be a powerful and efficient server processor with 48 cores of the ARM 75 architecture, frequency of at least 2 GHz, and saturated peripherals. The first products are expected to come out in Q1 2021, the first implementations&mdash;in Q3 2021. In Q3 2021, we plan to release the Baikal-M1/2 processor, which will have four cores, rather than eight as in the standard, one memory controller, partially reduced peripherals, the processor will be lighter, smaller, but its cost will be lower. It will allow creating cheaper workstations and thin clients.</p> <p>Many conference participants talked about their successful cooperation with Baikal Electronics. <b>Sergey Grishakov</b>, Director of the Product Marketing Department of DEPO Electronics, a manufacturer of domestic computing equipment, assured that &ldquo;the results of a large pool of comparative tests of Baikal-M and comparable Intel models were almost comparable&rdquo;. He praised the wisdom of the Baikal Electronics team, which collected wishes from the entire development community. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why the processor turned out to be very convenient. Baikal M is a great machine where you can build an entry-level server. We intend to release three lines of server platforms,&rdquo; Sergey Grishankov said. The DEPO Electronics customer solutions also have a Baikal-M-based unit.</p> <p>The level of security services for critical information infrastructure, possible on foreign processors, is incomparably lower than in the case of integrated security based on our topology, which is possible only on Russian processors, &ldquo;which include a new flagship Baikal M&rdquo;, said <b>Andrey Tikhonov</b>, CEO of the Trusted Platform Association uniting 34 companies engaged in import substitution in the field of microelectronics. He is confident that Baikal-M will take the lead among desktops, and intends to make every effort to make the same happen in network technology. The head of the Association reminded that from the middle of the following year the register of telecom equipment suppliers would include manufacturers that would work only with Russian processors. &ldquo;Based on Baikal-M, it is possible to make, for example, a very wide range of routers, representing a great advantage for the entire industry. We are very much looking forward to Baikal-S, which can be used to make high-performance routers,&rdquo; Andrey Tikhonov said. The specialist, who worked at IBM for a long time, is convinced that &ldquo;without their own electronics there is no digital sovereignty, and without it, there is no sovereignty at all. We have the ability to create the most advanced electronic component base. In 3-5 years, we will reach parity with foreign manufacturers in all key areas.&rdquo;</p> <p>Edelweiss specialists have been familiar with Baikal processors for a long time and have developed about 20 complex radioelectronic devices based on them, said <b>Aleksander Murashov</b>, the head of the Technical Expertise and Product Promotion Department of the company. According to him, the most promising for commercialization is the personal workstation, which is already presented in two options. Edelweiss is ready to adapt them for any operating system. Also, monoblocks were made, Baikal-M-based information stands were developed. They are already used to sell tickets in Yekaterinburg and Nizhny Novgorod. There are options for specialized purposes: for museums, universities, kindergartens, and stores. Recently, a new end product has appeared&mdash;smart stops, which, in addition to information boards, are equipped with Wi-Fi, charging, a security button, and four video cameras. The first 150 units are already operated in Nizhny Novgorod. The company is also preparing the prototypes of server boards for the organization of data storage systems, which are going to be produced as early as next year. The next step, according to Alexander Murashov, will be the release of the Baikal-M-based notebook, for which a new board, and then an industrial computer will be developed.</p> <p>Edelweiss together with Nvidia intends to develop telecommunication equipment on the basis of Baikal processors &ldquo;possessing such speeds, which at the moment are absent in Russian products,&rdquo; assured Aleksander Murashov. Eventually, based on Baikal processors it will be possible to build IT networks of entire industrial enterprises, including workstations, servers and routers, and almost all automated control systems.</p> <p>Finally, the Lagrange Sarmah modular computer based on the Baikal-M processor was demonstrated for the first time at the conference. The first engineering samples were received in August of this year (estimated cost RUB 49 thousand). The new product was presented by <b>Aleksander Kornev</b>, CEO of the Lagrange project, a developer of computing machines&mdash;computers and motherboards. &ldquo;We always wanted to develop technology on domestic processors,&rdquo; the head of the project admitted. As concepts, the company has packaged solutions based on Baikal-M in the form of a blade server, which can be placed both in a server rack and stand on the table (the price for a single structure is approximately RUB 50-60 thousand), and a monoblock based on Lagrange Sarmah with a display of 27 inches, Full HD, with a fully passive cooling system. It is expected in mid-2021, and the price will be around RUB 80 thousand.</p> <p>Within the framework of the conference, Baikal Electronics and the Domestic Software Association of Software Developers signed a cooperation agreement. Andrey Evdokimov, Director General of Baikal Electronics, and <b>Renat Lashin</b>, Executive Director of the ARPP &ldquo;Domestic Software&rdquo; put their signatures under the document. Andrey Evdokimov explained the conclusion of the agreement by the need to create a single ecosystem for consumers: &ldquo;The user doesn&rsquo;t see the processor at all, he has the software in front of him/her first. It is very important that all this acts as a single quality product, and the user enjoys working with it.&rdquo; On behalf of the Association, which unites 190 Russian IT companies, Renat Lashin said the following: &ldquo;the creation and development of domestic ecosystems of software and hardware is a very important task for the state. Our interaction will only strengthen and give momentum to the result.&rdquo;</p> Sat, 28 Nov 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 The Unicorn and the Camel. Startup Studio: Building a Successful Tech Business Without the Silicon Valley Startup Studio: Building a Successful Tech Business Without the Silicon Valley <p>The Silicon Valley model for growing an innovative tech company is highly dependent on the concept of the unicorn. VCs, angel investors, and accelerators sift through thousands of proposals sent to them by independent entrepreneurs. They fund a large number of them, hoping that one will become uber-successful. The single unicorn then attracts a huge volume of capital, allowing the VC to write off all the other companies as a loss.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The Unicorn and the Camel" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_Unicorn_Camel.jpg" /></p> <p>This process has a&nbsp;low hit rate, and requires a highly developed ecosystem that can support all the independent teams working to conjure the next unicorn. While the Silicon Valley model has been incredibly productive over the past 50 years, there is a growing need for other approaches with other advantages.</p> <p>The startup studio model aims to breed camels instead of unicorns: tough, hardy creatures that don&rsquo;t take a miracle to create.</p> <p>Camels produced at startup studios reach seed funding at a whopping 50% success rate.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark</a>, for example, is a fast-growing tech campus on the outskirts of Moscow that boasts this level of consistency. How is this achieved, and what are the advantages of this model?</p> <h2>Finding a Genius vs. Building a Team</h2> <p>The search for unicorns is a high-risk proposition, even within highly-saturated environments like Silicon Valley.</p> <p>Geniuses are great, but you may not always find one.</p> <p>However, the tech startups today has many important needs that require competent teams and clear entrepreneurial approach, rather than unique ideas.</p> <p>This is especially applicable to hardware and deep tech fields, where startups require more time and funding to get off the ground. Technospark is one of the first startup studios to take this as their focus. For example, it&rsquo;s known that large retail companies need warehouse robots, and there is great potential value in a startup that can build a stronger, cheaper bot&mdash;and Technospark launches such startup.</p> <p>Having identified a solid business hypothesis, the startup studio then engages an experienced tech business builder, offering him the role of entrepreneur-in-residence. He puts together a team of engineers. Back office staff such as lawyers and accountants is available for a monthly fee.</p> <p>The startup studio provides the early-stage capital and facilities that are so difficult to achieve for independent companies which are just starting out.</p> <p>This model, also known as the &ldquo;venture builder&rdquo; approach, is well suited for the hardware and materials space, as well as IT.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s also great for any city in the world that happens not to be San Francisco or Boston.&nbsp;While the first startup studios arrived in the mid-nineties, we are currently seeing a major global proliferation of such ventures. More information about the history of this phenomenon can be found&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Startup Studio waves by" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_Unicorn_Camel_01.png" /> <p>Startup Studio waves by</p></div> <h2>Companies as Clients</h2> <p>The deep tech-focused startup studio responds to two major trends in the high-tech sector.&nbsp;<strong>The first trend</strong>&nbsp;is a sharp decrease in the cost of starting a hardware venture in the last decade, which mirrors a similar process for software and internet startups from the mid-nineties to 2005.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Startup cost graph by TechnoSpark" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_Unicorn_Camel_02.jpeg" /> <p>Startup cost graph by TechnoSpark</p></div> <p>With a relatively modest war chest, a startup studio like Technospark can enter a variety of lucrative markets, with the high strike rate offering investors a clear path to profitability.</p> <p><strong>The second trend</strong>&nbsp;is in the behavior of large companies, which are now more and more likely to want to purchase startups rather than create a new department within their own corporate structure. In 2017, 50% of all mergers and acquisitions deals were purchases of startups; in 2012 this was 25%, and only about 7% in the 1990s.</p> <p>A great example of this is DSM, a 100-year-old Dutch chemical company that transitioned from coal to high-tech chemicals, and is now pivoting to biotech. It is doing so by purchasing dozens of small startups, not with mega-deals but with modest acquisitions in the tens-of-millions range.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="DSM acquisitions chart" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_Unicorn_Camel_03.jpg" /> <p>DSM acquisitions chart</p></div> <p>A hardware-focused startup studio like TechnoSpark meets this demand by using an assembly-line approach to startup creation. In a recent interview, founder <strong>Denis Kovalevich</strong> outlined the methodology: &ldquo;Of the 100 companies we&rsquo;ve launched during the past 5 years, 10 already have products on the market; these are the most marketable companies, and they will be sold in the coming years. The next 30 companies (we refer to them as &lsquo;candidates&rsquo;) are developing their products at full speed, and most of them will be transferred to the group of leaders in the next year or two. Then there are 60 very young startups, and we launch another 10&ndash;15 fresh startups every year.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>The goal is not to create an over-capitalized unicorn, but a highly viable company with an appropriate valuation.</strong></p> <p>These kinds of ventures easily find buyers, bringing a steady flow of capital back on to the assembly line.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="TechnoSpark" src="/upload/images/news/2021-04-05_TechnoSpark.jpg" /> <p>Photo by TechnoSpark</p></div> <p>Of course, we all love a good unicorn. Not all tech entrepreneurs are as public as Elon Musk, and 99.9% of tech entrepreneurs are noname. A business-savvy startup studio with entrepreneurs-in-residence can be extremely productive in terms of increasing efficiency and reducing investments in a wide range of fields within the high-tech sector.</p> <p>With many great leaps of conceptual innovation having already been taken by unicorns, an army of camels is on its way to secure sustained progress.</p> Mon, 5 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 Expert RA Confirms RUSNANO’s Rating of ruAA with Stable Outlook The Expert Rating Agency has confirmed that the credit rating of RUSNANO (a member of VEB.rf) remains at ruAA. The rating outlook is Stable. <p>The Expert Rating Agency has confirmed that the credit rating of RUSNANO (a member of VEB.rf) remains at ruAA. The rating outlook is Stable.</p> <p>The Agency notes that RUSNANO&rsquo;s systemic importance is fairly high, and points out that since it began operations the company has never missed a deadline for servicing its debentures.</p> <p>Expert RA first awarded RUSNANO a credit rating of ruAA with stable outlook in April 2019.</p> <p>In December 2020 Fitch Ratings also confirmed RUSNANO&rsquo;s Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) on par with the sovereign rating of the Russian Federation, BBB, with stable outlook.</p> <p>Expert RA also confirmed RUSNANO&rsquo;s debt instruments rating (for series 06, 07 and 08 bond issues) of AAAru.</p> Mon, 5 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0300 TechnoSpark Has Made Innovative Devices to Make It Easier to Start Oil Pumps <p><a href="" target="_blank">TEN fab</a> (part of the <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> of companies of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs), the contract manufacturer of mechatronics, robotics, and medical equipment has produced the first series of innovative devices for the discharge of gas from a submersible pump operated in an oil well. Their use makes it easier to restart the pump. The work was commissioned by Oklas Technologies.</p> <blockquote>The new gas discharge unit works as follows: when an oil pump is stopped, gas builds up in the oil pump and squeezes the pumped liquid into the annulus, which makes it difficult for the pump to start up again. By relieving the gas through the valve, the unit facilitates a restart.</blockquote> <p>Under the contract, TEN fab has produced eight turnkey gas discharge units (GDU), which will undergo pilot testing (PT) on wells at Tomskneft JSC TNK and Orenburgneft JSC, part of the Rosneft Oil Company system. The device developed by Oklas Technologies has an original design with internal labyrinth channels and a ball valve, it has no analogues in the world, which is confirmed by Russian patent No. 2733345. The GDU is designed for operation in wells with high gas content. In combination with a non-return valve, a new device is used to bypass the gas released when the pump is stopped. This gas accumulates under the check valve and squeezes the reservoir fluid out of the pump, which starts idling without pumping when restarted. Oklas Technologies&rsquo; custom-made devices make it easier to restart the pump in a well with high gas content and reduce the risk of equipment breakdown due to gas accumulation. The GDU can also be used in a packer pump arrangement to periodically relieve gas build-up underneath that could cause a stall in the pump supply.</p> <p>&ldquo;Only reliable and durable solutions take root in the oil industry. At depth in the well, there is no opportunity for regular maintenance and repair of the equipment, so every breakdown results in the lifting of the entire assembly. The result is well downtime and lost oil production. In order to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of our machines, strict quality control is required: all parts must be precisely manufactured and assembled under the technical documentation, and reliable suppliers of quality components must be selected, which is extremely difficult in a pilot production environment with unproven processes. We have a long and fruitful partnership with TEN fab. Our innovative products have been successfully tested in oil wells, proving that we had selected the right partner. That&rsquo;s why we have entrusted the production of the GDU to this company. We are satisfied with their work and plan to continue cooperation in the production of our other products in the future,&rdquo; says <strong>Vyacheslav Leonov</strong>, Technical Director of Oklas Technologies.</p> Mon, 1 Feb 2021 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 Expert: The Cost of Creating Startups in Russia Has Dropped Tenfold <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>&ldquo;The cost of creating a technology startup in Russia from scratch has decreased on average almost tenfold over the past ten years due to the emergence of contract infrastructure for engineering and production of the first batches of startup products, co-founder of the <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> of Companies (part of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s FIEP investment network),&rdquo; <strong>Denis Kovalevich</strong> told TASS on Friday.</p> <p>&ldquo;According to our estimates, while ten years ago it cost RUB 1 to 3 bln to build any material startup, for example, in robotics or medical instrumentation, today it costs almost ten times less to bring a company to the same state of development. This is what can be done through the formation of such a contract infrastructure. Startups don&rsquo;t have to invest in their own production and get distracted by non-basic engineering activities,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>According to him, in the seven years of its existence TechnoSpark &ldquo;managed to form campus in a clean field, where as of that day there were more than 100 companies that had appeared from scratch&rdquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;TechnoSpark has established a tight contract infrastructure for engineering and manufacturing the first batches of the startup products, not in the form of collective use centers, which require constant feeding by various subsidies and grants, but in the form of operationally recouped contract companies,&rdquo; Kovalevich noted.</p> <h2>The Challenge of the Future for Startups</h2> <p>According to the expert, the main challenge for the next ten years for infrastructure companies is the need for a multiple increase in labor productivity simultaneously with an increase in their production scale.</p> <p>&ldquo;This increase in productivity will allow them to enter the most complex industrial segments and learn how to create sophisticated technological products in a very short period of time,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>Kovalevich sees one option for the development of new technologies of the future in the launch of the so-called startup studios.</p> <p>&ldquo;On the one hand, Startup studios are replacing the early stages of investment&mdash;the finances from family and friends, investments from business angels and incubators. However, the most important thing is that, instead of support, they create companies themselves. A startup studio, in terms of its production capacity, is capable of creating 100 startups in 10 years. In my opinion, a new generation of studios can be created based on courageous universities and corporations,&rdquo; the expert said.</p> <p>According to Kovalevich, to provide startups with personnel it is necessary to actively develop technology &ldquo;to diagnose the entrepreneurial competencies of people in Russia&rdquo;.</p> <p>&ldquo;We need to diagnose half a mln people and train at least 10,000 new technology entrepreneurs. Then, new startups would be staffed. Of course, we need a new quality of management in Russian companies, so that they learn to buy startups in series to enter new markets for themselves,&rdquo; he said.</p> <h2>Experimental Production</h2> <p>According to the expert, another way to develop startups in Russia is to create advanced experimental production facilities around which clusters of dozens and hundreds of new startups would be formed.</p> <p>&ldquo;For example, startups that will make patches with embedded electronics or curved screens for smart speakers are already starting to appear around our new flexible electronics factory [at TechnoSpark]. Some of these startups are built by us, and some&mdash;by other tech entrepreneurs. Of course, the fundamental issue for this kind of experimental production is their scaling into powerful plants. This cannot be done without investment from large Russian corporations interested in expanding into global markets,&rdquo; Kovalevich explained.</p> Fri, 4 Dec 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Number of the RUSNANO Projects in the National TechUspekh Ranking Has Increased to 15 <p>Nine portfolio companies of RUSNANO and investment funds with participation thereof, including Novomet, Optical Fiber Systems, Motorika, Promobot, Titan Power Solution, Geosplit, Profotech, Liotech, and Plakart, were included in the TechUspekh 2020 National Ranking of Russian Fast-Growing High-Tech Companies. Also, TechUspekh included four companies with the participation of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. The 2019 ranking included eleven RUSNANO&rsquo;s projects.</p> <p>Two projects supported by the RUSNANO Group have been in the top 10 with revenues of up to RUB 800 million. Optical Fibre Systems, Russia&rsquo;s only optical fiber manufacturing plant, ranked fourth; and Motorika, which develops and manufactures modern functional prosthetic hands and technologies for the rehabilitation of people with disabilities ranked six. Novomet, the leading manufacturer of high-tech oil-submersible equipment, is in the top 10 in two ratings at once: innovative companies and companies with export potential. Also, the top ten ranking of companies with export potential (with revenues up to RUB 800 mln) included Promobot, the largest manufacturer of autonomous service robots in Russia, Northern and Eastern Europe.</p> <p>The companies of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) have increased their presence in the TechUp 2020 ranking to four projects. For the third year in a row, <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> has been in the top three among small innovative companies. &ldquo;This means that year on year we are not slowing down, confirming the success of the venture capital model,&rdquo; said <strong>Oleg Lysak</strong>, CEO of TechnoSpark. In 2020, the Russian Flexible Electronics Center, one of the world&rsquo;s first flexible transistor matrix manufacturing facilities, will open here; full-cycle contract manufacturing, including components for COVID-19 analyzers, has been established.</p> <p>The ULNANOTECH Ulyanovsk nanocenter has been listed in the ranking for the first time, but already in the second place among large companies with annual revenues of more than RUB 2 bln. It ranks second among the fastest-growing and most exportable members of the ranking. The TechUspekh Award also went to the Troitsk Engineering Center, which is working on the commercialization of developments in optoelectronic and bioanalytical instrumentation. The company&rsquo;s expertise has enabled it to respond quickly to the challenges of the coronavirus epidemic and to produce consumables for detection of the infection. The fourth FIEP company in the TechUspekh ranking is Nanotechnology Center for Composites. It provides a full range of engineering services, including technology development, design work, calculation and modelling, prototyping, testing, and production of small batches of composite materials products. Approximately a third of production is exported.</p> <p>The national rating of Russian high-tech high-growth companies, TechUspekh, is compiled annually by RVK. In 2020, its partners were the Innopraktika Non-State Development Institute and the Russian Export Center. The project is aimed at searching, monitoring, and promotion of promising fast-growing technology companies that have high leadership potential both in the Russian and global markets.</p> Fri, 29 Jan 2021 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-SINTEZ Fund and Gazprombank Sign a Memorandum for the Implementation of Joint Investment Projects The RUSNANO-SINTEZ Foundation and Gazprombank signed a memorandum of cooperation, under which the parties plan to jointly implement various investment projects. <p>The RUSNANO-SINTEZ Foundation and Gazprombank signed a memorandum of cooperation, under which the parties plan to jointly implement various investment projects. The first step in this direction was the provision of comprehensive financing by Gazprombank in the amount of RUB 5 bln to Sintez OKA Group of Companies.</p> <p>The funds will be used to create a modern medium-tonnage methyldiethanolamine and dimethylethanolamine production facility with an annual capacity of 15 thousand tons in Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod Region. The new production will meet the growing demand of the domestic industry for highly effective sorbents based on methyldiethanolamine, required for purification of natural and technological gases from acidic impurities. In addition, Russian consumers will be supplied with DMEA, which is the main raw material for the synthesis of cationic flocculants. A significant share of production will be exported. Currently, the project is undergoing state examination in order to obtain a construction permit.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our experience in project financing in the chemical and petrochemical industry, a unique platform and leading market positions allow us to organize effective financing in petrochemical projects with significant economic and social potential. The decision on financing was made in accordance with the strategy to support enterprises developing small and medium-tonnage chemical industry. Thanks to the well-coordinated work of the team of the Bank&rsquo;s Povolzhskiy branch we managed to build good relations with the client and to prepare the deal within a short period of time,&rdquo; said <strong>Alexander Ushkov</strong>, First Vice President of Gazprombank.</p> <p>&ldquo;As part of our cooperation, we hope that the high professionalism of Gazprombank and RUSNANO-SINTEZ teams will allow us to attract resources to the Sintez Oka production site to implement progressive technologies that ensure a decent level of industrial and environmental safety,&rdquo; commented <strong>Sergey Lugovskoy</strong>, CEO of Sintez Oka.</p> <p>&ldquo;In order to promote the state policy in the sphere of development of production of low- and medium-tonnage chemical products in Russia, the focus of RUSNANO-SINTEZ Investment Fund is concentrated on high-tech projects that have a complex influence on the development of this area of the chemical industry,&rdquo; added <strong>Dmitry Pimkin</strong>, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Head of the Investment Division K of RUSNANO Management Company.</p> Fri, 12 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0300