RUSNANO News Sun, 27 Sep 2020 01:09:39 +0300 Oleg Churilov, RMS: The Self-Isolation Regime Has Caused a Growing Interest in Our Solution <p>Logistics robots are an area of the robotics market that has been growing rapidly in recent years. In turn, special successes are noticeable in such segment as warehouse robots or robots for use in depots. The domestic robotics market is seriously inferior in the development of markets of several advanced countries, where the number of warehouse robots is measured in hundreds of thousands (!) Nevertheless, in recent years, there have been serious advances in the segment of warehouse robots in Russia. You can find out more about the participants in the Russian warehouse robot market on the Robotrends website.</p> <p>Below is a summary of a conversation with one of the active participants in the warehouse robots market &mdash; <b>Oleg Churilov</b>, CEO of RMS, interviewed by Alexey Boyko, the Editor of RoboTrends.</p> <div class="image left"><img alt="Oleg Churilov, CEO of RMS" src="/upload/images/news/Churilov_.jpg" /></div> <div class="imageTitle">Oleg Churilov, CEO of RMS</div> <p></p> <h4>Oleg, tell us about your company.</h4> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RMS (Robotics Management Systems)</a>&mdash; RMS (Robotics Management Systems) is a company developing software for managing a swarm of logistics robots. RMS is part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies actively cooperating with Ronavi Robotics known for its autonomous logistics robots.</p> <h4>Why does Ronavi Robotics need the RMS solution despite the fact that the company&rsquo;s robots are provided with their own software?</h4> <p>Ronavi robots certainly have their own built-in software, which is created in this company. Our expertise is to control the swarm of robots. Our system can work, for example, with hundreds of robot platforms at the same time. It builds a warehouse map, gives each robot a task, sends to automatic charging the robots, whose charge levels fall below the specified mark. The system deals with emergencies, such as obstacles that prevent the robot from moving along its given route. Mainly, the RMS system allows many dozens of robots to move in a single warehouse space at the same time, doing the tasks we send them.</p> <p>The RMS software is a middleware between robots and the WMS (warehouse management system) warehouse management software.</p> <h4>Have you worked with the SAP warehouse management software?</h4> <p>Yes, we have integrated robots into the SAP system. SAP has an ERP platform with many modules. The domestic 1C is approximately the same; it has modules such as 1C: Warehouse, 1C: Accounting, etc. The ERP SAP also has the EWM (Extended Warehouse Management) module for automating a high-tech warehouse complex. RMS supports the integration of robots into SAP EWM, which greatly simplifies warehouse automation using logistics robots.</p> <h4>Is RMS able to work not only with SAP EWM, but also with other warehouse management systems?</h4> <p>That&rsquo;s right, and in this, we see our competitive advantages, the application of our competencies! We can integrate RMS with almost any warehouse management system. In addition, our system can be integrated with almost any warehouse robots.</p> <p>With Ronavi robots, this integration has already been carried out. Now Ronavi Robotics is deploying pilot projects, and we provide the integration of robots into various warehouse programs. However, in the same way, we will be able to integrate other robots if the relevant order appears.</p> <h4>Do you interact with other Russian or foreign manufacturers of warehouse robots?</h4> <p>Yes. We are currently negotiating with several foreign robot manufacturers. As for the Russian ones... So far, unfortunately, we have not seen on the market any developments that would be ready for mass production and commercial use, except for Ronavi. As for prototypes, there are a lot of them, and that&rsquo;s a good thing.</p> <h4>Where does the warehouse robotization begin?</h4> <p>The peculiarity of our system is that it is built on a modular type. The imitation module is the first thing we start using when interacting with a customer. The module allows you to build a diagram of a robotic warehouse with a motion simulation. To do this, a serious mathematical model is used&mdash;based on the data on the customer&rsquo;s cargo flow and the parameters of the robots planned for use, the most effective locations of the assembly stations, their number, and the number of robots are calculated.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p>This creates a digital model for the future warehouse. After the introduction of the robot, the same RMS module will be responsible for direct control of robots, and the model will become a digital double of the warehouse, which will allow visualizing its work and make all processes very visual. This helps in management decisions. The system collects telemetry from robots, accumulates information about the speeds reached, about the position of different goods at different warehouse locations and at different points in time. Analyzing the collected information allows to further optimize the work of the warehouse, clarify the algorithms that control the robots.</p> <h4>How are the RMS-controlled robots spatially positioned?</h4> <p>The Ronavi robots, for example, are guided by the QR tags stuck on the floor and racks. The tags allow for high accuracy of racking, which is directly related to storage density. The exact &ldquo;binding&rdquo; of storage units to unique tags allows the RMS system to have information about the current location of any product and robot at any time. Every time a robot drives past one or another mark, it informs the system about its status. The owner of the warehouse can log into the system and without any video cameras on a&nbsp;virtual map see what is currently happening in the warehouse, how much free space is available, and where the particular product is located.</p> <h4>Why did you choose the centralized approach? Why do all the robotic trolleys are operated from a single server, even including operations, such as deciding whether the recharge is necessary?</h4> <p>Choosing the solution architecture is a &lsquo;philosophic question&rsquo; to some extent. It is possible to act in different ways, increasing or reducing the autonomy of robots. Of course, we are familiar with the Amazon Robotics approaches, and we know people who wrote the relevant software. At the current development stage of the robotics of the warehouse in Russia, when the number of robots in the warehouse does not exceed 100, we believe that a centralized server is an optimal solution. Another thing, if we are talking about thousands or tens of thousands of robots. Then it would be appropriate to switch to decentralized architecture when part of the route-building functions can be delegated to the robotic &lsquo;brains&rsquo;.</p> <h4>How is RMS going through a &lsquo;self-isolation&rsquo; period?</h4> <p>n recent weeks, we have felt a great surge of interest in our topic. More recently, we have had to prove the feasibility of robotic warehouses, with an emphasis on efficiency. We&rsquo;ve usually heard typical doubts regarding how much cheaper a robotic solution would be than using inexpensive human labor?</p> <p>It was difficult to fend off, because, in the economy of 2019, robotics would pay off in about 5&ndash;6 years, if we talk exclusively about direct costs. However, some robotic companies have already started to offer their solutions on subscription terms (RaaS, robots as a service), which allows you to do without significant capital investments in robotics. The operation of the RaaS-based warehouse allows talking about operating costs comparable to those in unrobotized warehouses. The great advantage is the absence of a headache in terms of constant search for staff, and training thereof. Besides, unlike humans, robots do not get sick or lazy.</p> <p>The epidemic has shown even more clearly that the dependence on people, as well as staff in warehouses should be reduced as much as possible.</p> <p>Therefore, now we began to receive calls more often, we communicate more and more often with potential buyers. We interact with large logistics operators, industrial companies, retailers, and large online trade operators.</p> <p>Experts began to understand that working on the GTM (goods-to-man) principle, when a robot would bring a rack with goods to a picker, was 5&ndash;7 times more efficient than the traditional approach, when a person with a trolley would wander around the warehouse, picking up goods. A person with a cart makes about 60 picks per hour, and the same person at the &lsquo;picking station&rsquo;, to which robots with racks drive up one after another&mdash;up to 450 picks per hour. For online trading, the opportunity to achieve such a gain in the order picking time is very important!</p> <p>Now many of our potential clients are concerned about solving a momentary task&mdash;to withstand the many times increase in demand for their services, which they have faced after the introduction of the self-isolation regime. Here, the proverb is relevant about not changing horses in midstream, they don&rsquo;t have time to modernize the process. But as soon as they solve these problems, they will be engaged in the robotics of their warehouses, and I believe we are to launch a lot of pilot projects.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 6 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The WRS Bashni Factory Allocated Over RUB 1 Mln for Assistance to Taganrog’s Healthcare Facilities <p>The Taganrog WRS Bashni factory, producer of wind turbine towers (a joint venture between Windar Renovables S.L., a Spanish company, JSC RUSNANO, and PAO Severstal), furnished personal protective equipment and antiseptics for doctors of the city&rsquo;s healthcare facilities. The wind energy factory allocated over RUB 1 mln for the purchase of face shields, protective eyewear, coveralls, medical gloves, respirators and antiseptics. This charitable assistance was provided to Taganrog&rsquo;s City Hospital No. 7 and polyclinics Nos. 1, 2, 3 for the protection of medical personnel, who are located within the risk area.</p> <p><strong>Petr Spiridonov</strong>, CEO of WRS Bashni, LLC: &ldquo;This is our first installment of charitable assistance. We are in constant contact with Taganrog&rsquo;s administration over rendering support to the city&rsquo;s healthcare personnel. The coronavirus pandemic is a total challenge. We&rsquo;ll overcome it only by working together.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Alisher Kalanov</strong>, Head of Management Company RUSNANO&rsquo;s Investment Division: &ldquo;Today, healthcare workers are on the front lines of the coronavirus infection struggle. Therefore, our wind energy factories are helping doctors ensure health and safety during this difficult time. That&rsquo;s the least a socially responsible business can do.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Justo Acedo</strong>, CEO of Windar Renovables S.L.: &ldquo;The spread of the coronavirus infection knows no boundaries. We see the hardships doctors are facing in Spain, where a huge number of people have fallen ill. Russia is now entering the pandemic&rsquo;s acute phase. We consider it our duty to assist healthcare workers in Taganrog, where we have our Russian production, which employs more than a hundred local workers.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Dmitry Goroshkov</strong>, Severstal&rsquo;s Director for work with energy companies: &ldquo;Today&rsquo;s developments have shown clearly that, in today&rsquo;s hi-tech world the greatest virtue still is concern for one another. And we, business representatives, are obliged to provide assistance to healthcare personnel who risk their own lives in the struggle against the spread of the coronavirus infection.&rdquo;</p> <p>Earlier, on April 9, 2020, another of RUSNANO&rsquo;s portfolio companies, Vestas Manufacturing Rus, a producer of wind turbine blades, delivered at no cost personal protective equipment to medical personnel of the Ulyanovsk Perinatal Center (SHI (State Healthcare Institution) City Clinical Hospital No. 1) from own reserves.</p> <p>The WRS Bashni, LLC began operations on December 12, 2018. It became the first producer in Russia of this equipment as part of the government&rsquo;s program for developing renewable energy, and creating a new sector of hi-tech power plant engineering.</p> Wed, 6 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Second Wind Power Plant of Wind Energy Development Fund Enters Commercial Production Phase in Rostov Region <p>On May 1, 2020 Kamenskaya WPP with installed capacity of 100 MW started supplying electricity and power in full to the wholesale electricity and electric capacity market (WEECM). The first phase of the plant (50 MW) started supplies to the WEECM on April 1, 2020. The wind power plant became the second completed facility of the Wind Power Development Fund (a joint investment fund established on a parity basis by RUSNANO Group and PAO Fortum) in the Rostov Region.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/Vetropark_Uliyanovsk_.jpg" style="width: 1200px; height: 630px;" /></p> <p>Kamenskaya WPP consists of 26 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas, each with a capacity of 3.8 MW. Production of key components, such as blades and towers, was localized through the agency of RUSNANO Group in Ulyanovsk and Taganrog (Rostov Region). Nacelles are assembled at an enterprise in Dzerzhinsk (Nizhny Novgorod Region). As confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, more than 65% of the equipment used in Wind Power Plant is manufactured in Russia. This guarantees capacity payments under the rules defining the generation capacity prices for facilities based on renewable energy sources (CSA RES). The wind farm was built near Sulinskaya WPP (100 MW), which started supplies to the WEECM on March 1, 2020.</p> <p>By the end of the first half of 2020, another wind power plant of the Fund is expected to be commissioned in Rostov Region&mdash;Gukovskaya WPP with installed capacity of 100 MW. The commissioning of individual systems is being completed on its territory, and personnel make arrangements for the equipment comprehensive testing. Arrangements are also made to start construction of Kazachya WPP with the installed capacity of 100 MW in the Rostov Region. In addition, the Fund implements projects for construction of wind power plants in the Republic of Kalmykia (200 MW) and in Astrakhan Region (176 MW).</p> <p>Thus, the portfolio of the Fund&rsquo;s projects implemented in the Rostov and Ulyanovsk Regions today consists of three wind power plants with a total capacity of 250 MW. Projects with a total capacity of 576 MW are at various stages of implementation.</p> <p>The Wind Energy Development Fund was established by its co-founders to make investments in the construction of wind power plants. The Fund is managed by Vetroenergetika Management Company which is jointly and equally owned by Management Company RUSNANO LLC and PAO Fortum. Following tenders to select investment projects for the construction of renewable energy generation facilities, the Fund was awarded contracts for 1,823 MW of wind energy. The wind farms are to be put into operation before 2024.</p> Wed, 6 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Boris Podolsky, Executive Director of Management Company RUSNANO, “We ought to view this crisis as an opportunity to innovate” Izvestiya,&nbsp;28.04.2020 <div class="img"><img alt="Boris Podolsky, Executive Director of Management Company RUSNANO" src="" /> <p>Boris Podolsky, Executive Director of Management Company RUSNANO<br />Photo: TASS / Sergei Petrov</p></div> <p>RUSANANO, one of the largest state investors in high-tech, enjoyed several widely-publicized successes last year: the estimated value of <a href="/press-centre/media/20190515-forbes-chubais-unicorn-who-is-behind-rusnano-first-1-billion-usd-project">OCSiAl, a graphene nanotube manufacturer, increased to $1 bln</a>; <a href="/press-centre/news/20191014-rusnano-wind-farms-construction-starts-in-rostov-region">a wide scale construction of wind farms</a> began in the Rostov region, and the first Russian large-capacity gas turbine for the energy sector passed its testing phase. The newspaper Izvestia has learned how the socio-economic impact of investing in high-tech is assessed and about the state of the nanotechnology industry in year 2019 from <a href="/about/management/podolskiy">Boris Podolsky</a>, Executive Director of Management Company RUSNANO.</p> <h4>&mdash; What were RUSNANO&rsquo;s goals, tracked using KPIs, in 2019 and to what extent were they achieved?</h4> <p>&mdash; Overall, our KPIs are tied to the development of the nanotechnology industry and the amount of additional nonstate funding we attract for its growth. Factors, such as turnover from the sale of nanoproducts and export volumes are clearly indicative of the sheer scale of operations of our portfolio companies. Last year, their turnover rose by 11% to reach RUB 445 bln, and the equivalent cumulative sum, based on prices for end buyers, for the entire period exceeded RUB 2 trln. Export sales by portfolio companies increased by 8% in 2019 (in comparison to the previous year) and reached RUB 78 bln, and the equivalent cumulative sum based on manufacturers&rsquo; prices was over RUB 350 bln.</p> <p>However, I understand that these figures do not tell us much about the level of innovation. Hence, JSC RUSNANO&rsquo;s strategy includes a point about a relative KPI tied to turnover from nanoproducts and export sales, which have to be greater than the corresponding growth in the non-natural resource-based industries of the Russian Federation by 1%. In other words, if the high-tech innovative sector is doing well, it will grow faster than other segments of the economy.</p> <p>In fact, the turnover of portfolio companies is going up at an even faster pace, and by the end of 2019, the rate of increase of income from nanoproducts was 8% higher than that from industrial sectors of the Russian Federation, thus exceeding the KPI 8-fold. The 4% growth in exports of nanoproducts exceeded that of the non-natural resource-based sector of Russia&rsquo;s economy, thus exceeding the aforementioned KPI 4 times. This measurement of success is important because it shows the demand for and the competitiveness of products and solutions that we have invested in on the global market. After all, innovations, as a rule, target markets worldwide. Based on the results so far, we are doing fairly well.</p> <h4>&mdash; What about RUSNANO&rsquo;s second goal&mdash;investments?</h4> <p>&mdash; At our current stage of development, which began in 2014, we have been following a private equity fund model, i.e. we have been investing in new projects only using newly-established funds, managed by Management Company RUSNANO, that focus on specific industries or regions. Funds are created by attracting at least 50% of the total investments from outside partners. We assess our performance based on the total amount of external funding the new funds attract, which were established with participation of RUSNANO. The more of them there are, the more support promising high-tech solutions will receive.</p> <p>By the end of 2019, we were able to create nine funds, managed by Management Company RUSNANO. They attracted RUB 80 bln in funding from external investors. Last year, more than RUB 26 mln&nbsp;of the aforementioned total came from mandatory payments made by partners as part of their strategic partnership agreements. During the next phase, the money will be used to establish funds. I think that soon they will be able to make their first investments and you will be sure to hear about them. So in this particular area, we have been able to reach the goals that we set in 2019.</p> <p>New funds, established with the participation of RUSNANO, have already invested approximately RUB 43 bln in portfolio companies. For instance, the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/fehtf" target="_self">Far East High Technologies Fund (FEHTF)</a> reached its first four deals last year, and all of them are in areas that are new for us. The following businesses received funding on condition they localize their products and services for the Far East: <a href="" target="_blank">Hotlead</a>, a cloud-based service; Visitech, a provider of solutions for automating occupational and industrial safety systems; <a href="" target="_blank">Titan Power Solution</a>, a manufacturer of ultracapacitors, and Cinemood Portable Movie Theater.</p> <h4>&mdash; The government is reforming the system for evaluating business innovation support provided by the state in order to ensure investors have rights when taking on risk. How effective do you think the investment mechanisms in the company are?</h4> <p>&mdash; We fully support the government&rsquo;s work in this area. In fact, we took part in drafting of this legislation. It is important to ensure that the government&rsquo;s regulation of spending is compatible with global norms used to assess the performance of the direct and the venture capital investment sectors.</p> <p>Accordingly, RUSNANO has long been using the portfolio approach to evaluate performance by taking into consideration the entire portfolio of assets during an investment cycle or the life cycle of a fund. At the end of 2019, the combined investments made by JSC RUSNANO in projects of the <a href="/portfolio/companies" target="_self">entire portfolio</a> (since its inception before 2014) amounted to more than RUB 200 bln. The other part of the portfolio is <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds" target="_self">funds</a>, which I talked about earlier.</p> <p>We ended our involvement in approximately 54 projects, i.e. almost half of the portfolio. And the average IRR (investment rate of return) on exit was 15.5% based on the fair value of an asset at the time it was handed over to be managed by Management Company RUSNANO. Our earnings from the investment portfolio, including from assets we sold off, exceeded RUB 90 bln.</p> <p>But is this a large or a small sum if the life cycle of a fund is not over yet? We compare returns on investment from projects and the fair value of current assets with corresponding investments made in the portfolio. If the difference is positive that means the investor is making money at that moment. For year 2019, this difference was positive for RUSNANO and amounted to more than RUB 14 bln. In addition, it is important for RUSNANO to look at our achievements in the context of the aim initially set by the government (our main shareholder), which was to create a new sector of the economy&mdash;the nanotechnology industry&mdash;in the nation.</p> <h4>&mdash; Unlike many venture capital funds, RUSNANO is a state entity. Do you, therefore, worry about being socially responsible or only concern yourselves with returns on investment from the portfolio?</h4> <p>&mdash; Our investments focus on tangible high-tech projects, i.e. technologies for our actual economic and industrial sectors. When you provide funding for technologies in manufacturing and take into account the complexity of a technology life cycle and the need for constant upgrades, naturally, there is a socio-economic impact of the investment.</p> <p>For instance, as part of our work, 115 enterprises and R&amp;D centers, with a presence in 35 regions, have been opened throughout the Russian Federation. As a rule, there were no existing equivalents used on industrial scale in Russia to technologies deployed. Since these enterprises started operating, they have paid RUB 152 bln in various taxes, thus increasing the contributions made into budgets by the innovation sector of the economy. More than 40,000 jobs have been created at the new production facilities. Frequently, individuals with absolutely new competencies are required by these enterprises. But, at present, it is next to impossible to find such staff in the Russian labor market, which is why the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) is involved in designing educational programs to train such future unique experts.</p> <p>Despite rumors to the contrary, RUSNANO does not provide direct support for innovative products and solutions, instead we invest in businesses. However, indirectly, our investments create demand for research and development work. After all, the established enterprises are innovative businesses, which are always searching for the best technologies and investing a certain percentage of their revenues into R&amp;D on an annual basis. Over all, by the end of 2019, our portfolio companies allocated approximately RUB 47 bln for research and development.</p> <h4>&mdash; What are your expectations for year 2020? And what effect has the Coronavirus pandemic had on RUSNANO&rsquo;s plans?</h4> <p>&mdash; For now, we have switched to working remotely just as most other companies. In light of the current crisis, it would be too presumptuous to say anything with any certainty about year 2020 or the nearest future. No one can accurately forecast what consequences the current crisis will have on the state of our projects and on the Russian or global economy.</p> <p>Without a doubt, it has already become more difficult to attract new investments to and to exit (sell our share) ongoing projects. Plus, many of our enterprises are facing hard times just as other small and medium-sized businesses. All of this is bound to have an impact on RUSNANO&rsquo;s plans.</p> <p>On the other hand, the pandemic has led to new growth in some areas of medicine and of the sector providing solutions for automation of occupational and industrial safety systems. Hence, we are attentively monitoring how the landscape of the technology sector is changing. Incidentally, many of our portfolio companies have adopted to the crisis by focusing their work on current needs to fight the Coronavirus pandemic. I know that several FIEP startups are currently waiting for approvals of their tests for detecting a SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus infection. Our portfolio companies are also developing vaccines and a number of medications, and are manufacturing diagnostic and other equipment for medical facilities converted into COVID-19 centers.</p> <p>After the lock down is over, arising issues will include identifying and repairing weak spots in the IT infrastructure and security systems in cities. And we can offer the following solutions: <a href="/portfolio/companies/fiberoptics-systems" target="_self">fiber-optic cables from Saransk</a> to ensure quality Internet connectivity; <a href="/portfolio/companies/elvees" target="_self">video surveillance and facial recognition systems, and smart cameras</a>, and robots that can perform people&rsquo;s jobs in crowded spaces and the logistics sector. So we should view this crisis, just as we would any other, as an opportunity to meet the demand for innovative solutions.</p> Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The TechnoSpark’s Biotech Startup Starts DNA Monitoring of the Health of Sports Pitches <p>The GreenGene startup (part of the <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark</a> Group of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) has launched pilot projects on DNA diagnostics of diseases of natural football pitches in Russian stadiums. The test system identifies 70 of the most dangerous bacteria and fungi in football pitches, park lawns, and golf courses.</p> <p>Pitches are not susceptible to the COVID-19 coronavirus, but they also have epidemics: infections can occur during the transportation of seeds or when the turf is transplanted, or when the growth conditions are changed. The warm and wet environment in which the pitch grass grows well is just as beneficial for the growth of bacteria and fungi when the pitch loses its properties and can be closed for quarantine.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Our startup helps management companies and greenkeepers avoid the additional cost of replacing pitches by detecting bacterial and fungal infections at the early stages when the coating can still be saved. Sometimes stadium owners have to partially change coverage including due to phytopathogens several times a year. Replacing a professional sports pitch costs the stadium from tens of thousands to millions of rubles and requires the closure of the stadium for several days. At the start of the season, we offer professional monitoring services for microbiological contamination,&rdquo; said <b>Yulia Dolgopolova</b>, Startup Director of TechnoSpark.</p> <p>The GreenGene diagnostic service for natural sport pitches allows identifying the composition of phytopathogenic organisms. The diagnostic technique, called microbiological profiling, is based on quantifying microorganisms using state-of-the-art Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology and big data analysis. The two-day analysis identifies 70 of the most common pathogens, which allows treating the pitch at an early stage instead of replacing it. For comparison, analysis of the traditional microbiological method of sowing takes 2 to 3 weeks, and cannot accurately determine the original species composition of phytopathogens.</p> <p>During the laboratory phase, the startup developed the technology to analyze samples of various types, including soil, plants, and seeds, and created the pathogen detection scheme. Now GreenGene improves the data algorithms on pilot projects in the Krasnodar region and Moscow.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The E-courses of the FIEP Educational Programs Allowed to Continue the Educational Process Amidst the Pandemic <p>One of the features of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Education Programs (FIEP) programs for excellence and retraining of the professionals from high-tech companies is the use of e-learning courses (ELC), virtual laboratory work, and simulators. After the introduction of restrictive measures to counter the spread of the coronavirus infection, the availability of ready-made online modules, as well as the experience in creation thereof, allowed the Fund&rsquo;s partner universities to quickly switch to remote learning formats.</p> <p>The remote educational technologies have many advantages, which include flexible management of the learning process, 24/7 access to content, the ability to pre-work skills in the process virtual simulation, minimizing the off-site training of specialists. The latter is especially important because the nanoindustry is usually represented by a&nbsp;medium and small business, where every employee is as good as gold and practically irreplaceable.</p> <p>Since its inception, the Fund has supported the innovative business in additional training of specialists capable of working on advanced production, creating, and using breakthrough technical solutions. As of today, at the initiative of almost two hundred enterprises from 40 regions of Russia, 200 modular educational programs in the fields of modern technologies in electronics, engineering, healthcare, construction, metallurgy, chemical industry, and other sectors of the economy have been developed. More than 70 Russian universities and research institutes acted as the authors thereof and based on the materials of the new programs provided training not only to employees of enterprises who applied to the Fund, but also other specialists and students.</p> <p>&ldquo;We talked to colleagues from universities, clarified how the e-courses created in the framework of projects with the Fund were used this spring, when the education system from the classrooms had switched to remote,&rdquo; said <b>Stanislav Nisimov</b>, Director of the Department of Educational Programs and Professional Skills of the Fund. &ldquo;We asked them to comment on whether our courses were in demand, and whether they suited students.&rdquo;</p> <p>The ready-made digital content and distance learning experience has helped the Fund&rsquo;s partner universities to effectively continue their student training. The use of the ELC was discussed at the Physics Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, at the Belgorod State Technological University named after V.G. Shukhov, the Vladimir State University named after Alexander and Nikolay Stoletovs, the Ural Federal University, the Voronezh State Technical University and others. For example, the electronic course of the Development and Production of Nanocomposite Polymer Materials with One-Dimensional Nanoadditives Program developed at the request of OCSiAl, RUSNANO portfolio company by the Novosibirsk National Research State University in 2018 is actively used in the master&rsquo;s degree programs of the Novosibirsk and Altai Technical Universities (AltGTU), and has also entered the main Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology course.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The remote courses developed by the Bauman Moscow State University are fully implemented in the educational process as part of a set of additional education programs in the field of wind energy. According to the authors, in 2020 these courses will be studied by more than 1,800 students of non-traditional energy, metrology, and other engineering specialties. Students who have already tested electronic courses were quite satisfied with the new education form. &ldquo;Conveniently, you can listen to lectures at any time, and at your own pace, as well as re-study the material and test your knowledge with the help of tests,&rdquo; says the student of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University <b>Yulia Raspopina</b>, the observer of the ELC &ldquo;Metrology and Metrological Support of Wind Power Plants (WPP)&rdquo;. &ldquo;WPP Designing. CAD-modeling course is well-equipped, allowing to remotely master the methods of designing various WPP parts using modern automated design systems,&rdquo; confirms <b>Ivan Lifantyev</b>, student at the Department of Gas Turbines and Non-Traditional Power Plants.</p> <p>First of all, the main theoretical part of educational programs has switched to the remote form. Advanced teachers have long gone from the role of &ldquo;screen-speaking heads&rdquo;; actively use animated infographics, high-quality design, professional video shooting, and other best infotainment techniques. The technology of checking the quality of the received knowledge through computer tests with automated results has been well mastered.</p> <p>Video workshops, representing full-fledged educational films, and video lectures of electronic courses on the use of molecular genetic markers for early diagnosis of prostate cancer and innovative methods of local destruction of tumors of parenchymatous organs have significantly diversified the training of residents of various departments of the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry named after A.I.&nbsp;Evdokimov, namely urology, hospital surgery, operative surgery and topographical anatomy, oncology and radiotherapy, and others. At the end of April, more than 100 junior doctors started these courses.</p> <p>&ldquo;The organization of the production practice of engineering students, which traditionally hosts industrial enterprises, has become a serious challenge in the transition to remote learning,&rdquo; said <b>Sergey Litvinets</b>, Prorector for Science and Innovation at the Vyatsky State University (VyatSU).&nbsp; The virtual internship, which was based on remote courses of advanced training programs cycle for personnel of biopharmaceutical industries, developed by the VyatSU in partnership with the RUSNANO&rsquo;s portfolio company <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_self">NANOLEK, LLC </a> and the Fund, has helped the students to get acquainted with the features of real production and gain valuable experience without being able to directly participate in the production process.&nbsp;</p> <p>For example, the NANOLEK&rsquo;s unique video workshop created in the real-world production environment allows to personally master the sequence and technique of performing basic and supportive operations for the production of biopharmaceuticals rather than through viewing windows or CCTV cameras. The effective practice of the skills of the personnel working in clean rooms playfully at the MFT Simulator and the 3D version of the Aseptic Manufacturing virtual reality simulator gives a unique opportunity to try yourself in several positions at different production sites.</p> <p>The students praised the alternative to the practice during forced self-isolation. &ldquo;Because of the coronavirus pandemic, my trip to the production practice at the research center of a major Russian biotechnology company did not take place,&rdquo; said <b>Anna-Anastasia Misterova</b>, the 2nd year student of the VyatSU Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Program. &ldquo;I was interested in the opportunity to remotely master the production of sterile biopharmaceuticals, especially since in the real world during the practice I would hardly have had the opportunity to work in the aseptic zone of the pharmaceutical company since it is the most important area because of the risk of exposing all production to contamination (pollution) in case of erroneous actions of personnel.&rdquo;</p> <p>In May this year, in order not to violate the professional development schedule, the Gruppa Magnezit, LLC (Satka, Chelyabinsk region) at the MISiS National Research University of Technology, under a new program in the field of improving technologies for the production of magnesial fire-resistant materials and products instead of the university&rsquo;s full-time practice, made a selection of virtual laboratory works and video lectures previously developed with the participation of the Fund. According to the project manager, Head of the Functional Nanosystems Department, <b>Denis Kuznetsov</b>, and the use of virtual simulators to develop skills on expensive analytical and test equipment stimulates the interest of listeners to introduce innovative approaches in research and development of new types of fire-resistant products.</p> <p>Today, about half of all Fund program trainees (more than 43,000) are students. This result was achieved due to availability of all the educational materials developed to the Fund&rsquo;s partner universities. Besides, the experience of creating remote modules has also led to the emergence of specialized departments and creative teams in several universities engaged in the transition of educational content into the online form.</p> <p>Recently, the National Research University Higher School of Economics has published the results of an interesting experiment involving 325 second year students from three Russian universities studying in the fields of engineering and construction. The students were randomly divided into three groups: one studied completely offline, the second switched to a mixed format, i.e., they attended seminars in person, and listened to lectures online, and the third group mastered the entire course remotely. As a result of the exams, it turned out that the level of knowledge obtained almost did not differ in all three groups; moreover, the marks of distance learners were even slightly higher. &ldquo;Quality online courses can no longer be considered a second-rate way of learning. They form competencies in students no worse than face-to-face classes,&rdquo; concluded <b>Igor Chirikov</b>, the Head of the Study, and Senior Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and associate fellow at the HSE Institute of Education.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Wed, 20 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 New Blood Preservation Technologies Have Been Developed at the Dubna Nanocenter <p>The Dubna Nanocenter has developed new blood preservation technologies, the press service of the Ministry of Investment and Innovation of the Moscow Region has reported. The Bioconservanty start-up received the terms of reference for the development of blood glucose preservatives from Invitro, the largest medical laboratory diagnostic network in the Russian market. The startup team of a resident of the Dubna SEZ has met the challenge.</p> <p>The Bioconservanty start-up, part of the International Innovation Nanotechnology Center, is aimed at developing and implementing biofluid analysis preservation technology in industrial production to stabilize blood glucose levels after the analysis is collected. This will allow more effective preservation of the initial composition of blood tests, bringing it closer to the real values in the human body.</p> <p>&ldquo;Blood sugar is important in diagnosing various diseases, especially diabetes. Laboratory glucose tests help to assess this indicator. Doctors pay great attention to controlling blood glucose levels and maintaining its initial values. This can be done through the long-term preservation of blood tests,&rdquo; explained <b>Sergey Tokarev</b>, Head of the Bioconservanty project.</p> <p>Today, there are two main technologies to avoid the breakdown of glucose in blood tests. The first one is freezing, an expensive and difficult-to-transport method. In the second, lithium heparin and sodium fluoride are used, but the decay time is too short.</p> <p>The experts of the Bioconservanty project proposed to replace sodium fluoride with other substances and proved that the shelf life without loss of glucose could be increased up to 48 hours. The research is ongoing. The company plans not only to increase the preservation period but also to make the solution suitable for testing other biofluids.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Wed, 2 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Maria Pazi named European Science Journalist of the Year at ECSJ2020 <div class="img"><img alt="Maria Pazi" src="" /> <p>Maria Pazi won the european science journalist of the year - 2020 award</p></div> <p><b>Maria Pazi </b>from Russia named European Science Journalist of the Year - 2020. The runners up are <b>Micho Tatalovic </b>(UK/Croatia) and Stan van Pelt (Netherlands). The announcement was made in Trieste during the closing ceremony of the European Conference of Science Journalism, ECSJ2020.</p> <p>The award was first launched in 2014 by the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) with support from Johnson&amp;Johnson. Initially called &ldquo;European Science Writer of the Year&rdquo;, it was later extended to all forms of journalism and renamed &#39;journalist&#39; to emphasize that, and the newly established European Federation for Science Journalism stepped in as a co-organiser. The jury of experienced journalists evaluated the texts published during the year 2019 that were submitted either by national science journalism associations or by self-nomination.</p> <p><b>Maria Pazi</b> has a background in biology (bachelor and master from Saint Petersburg State University). She started her science writing as an editor of a student newspaper of the department of biology in 2015. Since 2017 she has written science news for Russian Reporter, a prominent general interest magazine, and has freelanced for various media outlets. Maria has won several national awards, including the national contest &ldquo;Debut in science journalism&rdquo;, organized by the &ldquo;Science of the future - Science of the young&rdquo;&nbsp;(shortlisted, 2018), the national contest of innovative journalism Tech in Media, nomination &ldquo;Best publication in Federal print media, AI&rdquo;&nbsp;(winner, 2019), national contest Rusnano Russian Sci&amp;Tech Writer of the Year (shortlisted, 2019; winner, 2020). She was nominated to the European award by the Russian Association for Science Communication (AKSON) as a winner of the national contest.</p> <p>Micho Tatalovic, currently a news editor at Research Professional News, is one of the most prominent figures in European science journalism in recent years both as a writer and editor and as an active member of the community, working to improve the situation for science journalists in Europe and beyond. Mico splits his time between Croatia and the UK and has worked for New Scientist, Nature, and now Research Fortnight, while also freelancing for various outlets in Europe, US, and Canada. He is an alumnus of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship (MIT). He judges several awards. In 2019 he ran and produced sessions at the World Conference of Science Journalism, including a brainstorming session for the Kavli Foundation on the future of science journalism, and one on new business models for science journalists. He also teaches science journalism all over Europe as well as organizes workshops and events on this topic. He is a board member of the newly formed European Federation for Science Journalism.</p> <p>Stan van Pelt has only been a science journalist for a couple of years, after first working as a researcher in neuroscience. Even though his career is still short, his work is highly acclaimed. He is an editor at the University magazine Vox and freelances for a large number of newspapers and magazines, including the main Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. He also gives professional training in science writing to scientists. Last year his article on the make-it-or-break-it importance of large grants for the career of researchers, originally written for university magazine Vox, was a big hit on Dutch social media. This article was recently awarded the VWN Publication Award 2019 for the best Dutch science journalism production of the year and consequently was nominated by the Dutch association for science writers (VWN).</p> <p>Previous winners include <b>Alison Abbott </b>&amp; <b>Katia Moskvitch</b> (UK, 2019), <b>Eva Wolfangel</b> (Germany, 2018), <b>Hester van Santen </b>(the Netherlands, 2017), <b>Michele Catanzaro</b> (Spain/Italy, 2016), <b>Tanja Rudez</b> (Croatia, 2015).</p> Wed, 2 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Indicator-BIO Analyzer for Rapid Detection of COVID-19 from TechnoSpark’s Start-Up Passes Government Testing <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>Indicator-BIO analyzer for detecting the novel Coronavirus outside of lab settings has successfully passed government testing. The device was designed by Troitsk Research and Development Center (TRDC), a member of <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> of companies, which is a part of the investment network of RUSNANO Group&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. Testing was conducted at TechnoSpark Group&rsquo;s facilities.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/2020-06-17_Indikator-BIO.jpg" /> <p>Indicator-BIO analyzer</p></div> <p>Indicator-BIO, a point-of-care PCR analyzer, was designed as part of Federal Target Program &ldquo;National System of Chemical and Biological Safety of the Russian Federation&rdquo;. It was commissioned by Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, which also collaborated on this project. The Troitsk Research and Development Center started to work on it in 2018.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Indicator-BIO will help make testing people in offices, remote locations and at manufacturing sites the new norm. Together with other anti-epidemic measures, this will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in companies and institutions,&rdquo; said <strong>Denis Kovalevich</strong>, CEO of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies.</p> <p><strong>Denis Rebrikov</strong>, the head of analyzer development project and R&amp;D Vice-Rector at Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, said the main advantages of the device were its small size, portability and rapid testing capability. According to Denis Rebrikov, the Indicator-BIO is a stand-alone, battery-powered device, which can, therefore, be used in mobile test sites in remote locations. Test results from the device are transferred to the communicable diseases surveillance and response center via Wi-Fi. &ldquo;All of this allows us to perform tests under almost any field conditions,&rdquo; pointed out <strong>Denis Rebrikov</strong>. &ldquo;This device is especially useful in the current COVID-19 pandemic.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Indicator-BIO analyzer can be used to help diagnose not only the novel COVID-19 but also other infectious diseases.</p> <p>&ldquo;The device was designed to detect any pathogens, both viruses and bacteria. It can identify various genetic traits of a person as well as genetically modified components in food. Targets tested depend on reagent combinations that single-use cartridges are pre-filled with. We are ready to mass produce the Indicator-BIO, which is now available for pre-order,&rdquo; said <strong>Evgeny Gorsky</strong>, Troitsk Research and Development Center CEO.</p> <p>During government testing at TechnoSpark Group&rsquo;s facilities, the Indicator-BIO was able to simultaneously detect four different pathogens, placed in a microfluidic cartridge, without yielding either false-positive or false-negative results, with the aid of polymerase chain reaction (PCR, an amplification technique fundamental to much of genetic testing). Hence, the device was proven to live up to its specifications. Microfluidic cartridges for the test kits were also designed by Troitsk Research and Development Center.</p> <p>In March 2020, before the device was completed, experts from Federal Research and Clinical Center of Physical-Chemical Medicine of Federal Medical Biological Agency showed that the Indicator-BIO, using required test kits and reagents for detecting the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, was able to detect COVID-19 within 15 minutes as compared to 4-5 hours when testing was conducted by laboratory PCR.</p> Wed, 17 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Crocus Nano Electronics Has Released New Generation Non-Volatile Memory <p>Crocus Nano Electronics, a portfolio company of RUSNANO, announced the release of non-volatile resistive memory chips based on the 55 nm ULP (Ultra Low Power) process. The stated characteristics were confirmed by test results. Further work will be carried out in cooperation with the Russian and foreign partners of the company.</p> <p>The main goal is to integrate Russian memory chips into innovative products of the most promising areas of microelectronics&mdash;the Internet of things, artificial intelligence systems, industrial automation, portable and medical equipment.</p> <p>Resistive memory (ReRAM) is one of the varieties of non-volatile memory (which allows us to store data when there is no power supply). Crocus Nano Electronics is the only company in Russia capable of mass-producing new generation non-volatile memory.</p> <p>The first samples have a chip density of 1 Mbit and can be scaled up to 128 Mbit in the short term. The released chips demonstrate power consumption during the read and write operations at the level of the world&rsquo;s leading technologies of non-volatile memory.</p> <p>The first product with a new embedded memory chip that is planned for release is the radio frequency identification chip (UHF RFID technology), which is used, in many applications, for example in marking goods for warehouse accounting and inventory control. According to <strong>Alexey Khvalkovskiy</strong>, Director of product development at Crocus Nano Electronics, &ldquo;the high density and extremely low power consumption of this technology allowed us to create the design of one of the most miniaturized chips in its class. It uses only the energy received from the antenna for power supply and can receive data from a standard reader at a distance of more than 5 meters. It is planned that the first RFID chips produced by Crocus Nanoelectronics will be available for consumer use next year.&rdquo;</p> <p>The high energy efficiency of memory produced at the Crocus Nano Electronics plant is a key factor for applications such as the Internet of things and artificial intelligence systems. So, this technology allows us to create artificial intelligence systems, the energy efficiency of which many times exceed standard solutions. This will make it possible to release the autonomous artificial intelligence applications working from the battery. According to the forecasts of international experts, in 2024, the microelectronics market for artificial intelligence will exceed $100 mln and will increase by more than 60 times by 2029. The main drivers of growth in this market are self-driving cars, industrial electronics systems, and mobile devices.</p> <p>One of the additional advantages of ReRAM technology is its ability to be used in harsh environments and high temperatures. This creates additional prospects for applications in highly reliable electronics, including medical equipment, civil aviation, oil production (drilling), and many others.&nbsp;</p> <p>The development and production of Crocus Nano Electronics ReRAM memory chips were manufactured on 55 ULP CMOS by Shanghai Huali Microelectronics Corporation (HLMC).</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Best Technological Projects from All Over Russia Will Receive Up to RUB 500 Mln to Implement Their Innovations in the Far East The Far East High Technology Fund, established by RUSNANO, RVC and the Far East Development Fund announces the #GoEast open selection for startups. Applications can be submitted until October 5. <h5>The Far East High Technology Fund, established by RUSNANO, RVC and the Far East Development Fund announces the #GoEast open selection for startups. <a href="" target="_blank">Applications can be submitted until October 5</a></h5> <p>August 12, 2020,&nbsp;the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/fehtf">Far East High Technology Fund</a> (FEHTF), supported by the Ministry for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, has announced an open selection for high-technology projects from all over Russia, with the best innovations to be implemented in the Far East. The #GoEast application and selection process will take at least three months.</p> <p>The most promising high-technology projects will receive up to RUB 500 mln of investment in the project&rsquo;s capital from the Far East High Technology Fund, in order to implement their investment plans and carry out R&amp;D. In accordance with the terms of the selection, part of the funds must be used to localize and develop the business in the Far East.</p> <p>Any technology company with a documented turnover of RUB 30 mln or more in the last 12 months can take part in the selection. Innovations in the following five fields will be prioritized:</p> <ul> <li>IT (including consumer-focused and financial services, cloud technologies, and technologies to improve the quality of urban life)</li> <li>Energy technologies (including alternative energy infrastructure and sources)</li> <li>Medical technology and biotechnologies, including technologies for the agricultural sector</li> <li>Manufacturing technologies (including autonomous transport, robotics, and the Internet of Things)</li> <li>Educational technologies.</li></ul> <p>Working with independent experts, the Fund will, over several stages, select the 5 strongest projects, which will be invited to enter into a structured investment agreement with the FEHTF. In the course of the selection, the Fund will assist the projects in developing a business plan in order to integrate their solutions and technologies in the Far East. As part of the #GoEast competition, a series of meetings and webinars will be conducted, in which the participants will be able to learn about the opportunities for technical entrepreneurship in the Far East.</p> <p>&ldquo;The main goal for the authorities and the development institutes is to attract investment, develop the economy of the Far East, support the sector and promote the establishment of high technology production operations,&rdquo; said <strong>Yury Trutnev</strong>, authorized representative of the government of the Russian Federation for the Far Eastern Region. &ldquo;That means that we need to help investors, create a good investment climate, in order to launch and successfully implement new investment projects, including in the area of advanced technologies.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;In the Far East, systematic work is under way to create attractive conditions for doing business. These include measures which are already in operation - tax breaks and non-tax benefits which are available to companies which open new production operations in the region, as well as new support measures for the high technology sector, which are currently being developed as part of the national programme for the development of the far East. The technological development of the region is an important challenge, and achieving it will require groundbreaking ideas and the participation of the most skilled specialists, who will be able to put those ideas into practice. That is why we are willing to work together with promising companies which are interested in the application and further development of their innovations in the Far East - whether the projects in question were originally created in the Far East or in another region of our country,&rdquo; said <strong>Alexander Kozlov</strong>, Russian minister for the development of the Far East and the Arctic.</p> <p>&ldquo;#GoEast is an initiative of the Fund which is aimed at finding promising projects for investment and then development in the Far East, as well as being a way to inform young entrepreneurs about the opportunities that the region offers for technology businesses. The Fund can invest from RUB 50 mln to RUB 500 mln in a single project, and the companies which pass the #GoEast selection process and, jointly with us, develop a plan for the development of their business in the region, will be able to rely on us for funding within the above range, and the actual amount will depend on how much investment is needed for the implementation of their plans,&rdquo; said <strong>Ruslan Sarkisov</strong>, general director of the FEHTF.</p> <p>&ldquo;We at RUSNANO are ready support to companies, not only by providing funding, but also by allowing them to draw on our experience in the areas of marketing, corporate administration and management. We are also ready to work together with the applicants on building an effective system for dialogue with the main potential consumers of their products,&rdquo; added <strong>Sergey Vakhterov</strong>, Senior Managing Director, Investment Management at RUSNANO Management Company.</p> <p>Technoparks, innovation centres and business accelerators, including Skolkovo, the Internet Initiative Development Fund and Generation S, are already working on the selection of projects as part of the #GoEast program.</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The FIEP Helps Russian Engine Industry to Master the Most Advanced Engineering Technologies <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) has supported the development of an additional educational program for professional retraining in the field of system engineering of engines and power units. The professionals are trained by the Ural Federal University. The customer and technological partner of the project was the Ekaterinburg Ural Diesel-Motor Plant LLC (UDMP LLC), a leading Russian engineering company for the production of various diesels engines and diesel generators for shipbuilding, diesel locomotive building, and small-scale power generation.</p> <p>The need for new expertise in digitalization and system engineering of their specialists at UDMP LLC had appeared when they took a new direction&mdash;the development of an engine for heavy-duty vehicles. The order came from the Belorussian Belaz company. According to <b>Nikita Grigoriev</b>, the Chief Designer of UDMP LLC, it was necessary to increase the speed and quality of design and to manufacture products using the latest technologies and materials, which are actively being developed by engine manufacturers in other countries. We are talking about digital design technologies, including the creation of digital lookalikes, 3D printing, advanced methods of surface hardening, and coating.</p> <p>The program is designed to train managers and members of design teams, design engineers engaged in the development of engines and power plants, including electronic systems that ensure their work. The educational course has sparked a lot of interest on the part of UDMP LLC and its staff. The pilot group, which has already begun training, enrolled 55 people instead of the originally supposed 25 participants. &ldquo;This is the entire composition of the design service, including the managing staff,&rdquo; said <b>Nikita Grigoriev</b>, assessing the quality of the program.</p> <p>Due to the quarantine measures related to the coronavirus pandemic, the developers of the program are exploring the possibility of transition to online of all the planned internships at enterprises. To do this, listeners will be provided with remote access to software used by power plant designers in Advance Engineering and Siemens Industries.</p> <p>The authors are confident in the great potential of replicating the program. First of all, NOVATOR Experimental Design Bureau, Uralvagonzavod Scientific and Design Corporation, NPO Avtomatiki&mdash;State Enterprise Scientific Production Association of Automation, Urals Optical-Mechanical Plant, and Kalinin Machine-Building Plant JSC may be interested in obtaining unique competencies of their specialists. Also, prospective consumers of the program are the manufacturing companies from the United Engine Corporation, the United Aircraft Corporation, and motor plants. In addition, Advance Engineering, the partner in the program development, renders system engineering services to Russian Railways, Rosatom, and other large holdings. There are plans to offer a new program to these enterprises, said <b>Elena Bespamyatnykh</b>, Director of the Center for Educational Technologies and Staffing for Innovative Activities of the Ural Federal University. &ldquo;The first circle of the program consumers covers engine building, but then any machine-building enterprises that intend to master digital design technologies may become the consumers. The Ural Federal University is simply obliged to cover the entire Urals,&rdquo; says <b>Stanislav Nisimov</b>, Director of the Department of Educational Programs and Professional Qualifications of the Fund. Due to the increasing demand of industrial enterprises for highly qualified personnel, there is a need to include the materials of this educational program in the curricula for students of the country&rsquo;s leading technical universities.</p> Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 A “Green” Standard for Energy Efficient Solar Panels Has Been Adopted <p>Rosstandard has approved a &ldquo;green&rdquo; preliminary national standard (PNST) for photovoltaic monocrystal modules, which are used in the creation of solar power panels. The document was drawn up as part of the activities of the Green Products and Technology Subcommittee of the TK 366 Technical Committee on Standardization with the support of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>The standard establishes the criteria and indicators of photovoltaic modules sufficient to classify them as &ldquo;green&rdquo; products and confirm compliance in the form of the &ldquo;green&rdquo; products ranking. The standard applies to monocrystalline photovoltaic terrestrial modules consisting of photovoltaic cells designed for electricity systems in the industry, agriculture, and household conditions.</p> <p>The PNST can be used by production companies and research teams performing work in the field of photovoltaics and by specialists involved in the regulatory provision of domestic solar energy. The standard promotes the competitiveness of environmental innovations aimed at ensuring a safe and supportive environment for human health and the environment, including the preservation and restoration of the natural environment, the management and reproduction of natural resources, and the prevention of negative impacts on the environment.</p> <p><strong>Yury Tkachuk</strong>, Director of the Department for Standardization of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs:&nbsp;&ldquo;The economic effect is expected through the application of the standard while promoting to new markets of environmentally oriented innovative products produced by various Russian enterprises. The higher the rank of &ldquo;green&rdquo; products is, the higher the chances are to take a place in environmental markets, including state-supported procurement for state needs.&rdquo;</p> <p>The PNST project has been developed as per the main provisions of the Federal Law No. 162-FZ of 29.06.2015 &ldquo;On Standardization in the Russian Federation&rdquo;, the fundamental national standards of the Russian Federation, as well as the fundamental &ldquo;green&rdquo; PNST.</p> <p>The new &ldquo;green&rdquo; standard will come into force on August 1, 2020.</p> <p>With the participation of the Department for Standardization of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, 440 national and interstate standards for nanoproducts have been developed; 680 documents on the quality, safety, ecology and innovation of products, technologies, facilities, and management systems of enterprises have been issued; Russian enterprises have received 66 certificates for green products and 12 opinions confirming the carbon footprint reduction.</p> Tue, 9 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Rusnano Group Companies Nominated for National Prioritet 2.0 Award <h5>Six companies from the RUSNANO Group are among the nominees for the Prioritet 2.0 National Award for the Effective Adoption of Advanced Technologies. The news was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> on the official web site of the Award.</h5> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/2020-08-04_Prioritet_Award_.jpg" style="width: 700px; height: 400px;" /></p> <p>The nominees in the Electronics and Robotics and Groundbreaking Technologies categories include <b>the Russian Flexible Electronics Centre</b>, a member of the TechnoSpark Group, which is part of the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs&rsquo;s investment network. Russia&rsquo;s first facility for the industrial production of key components for displays and sensors based on thin-film plastic electronics was opened this year in Troitsk, which is now part of Moscow.</p> <p><b>TestGen </b>LLC, from ULNANOTECH, the Ulianovsk nanocentre, which is another member of the RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs&rsquo;s investment network, has also been nominated, in the Medicine and Healthcare and Overcoming Challenge. That last category was introduced this year, to recognize effective applications of new technologies in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. TestGen was nominated for its development of the CoV-2-Test, which can diagnose COVID-19 infections.</p> <p>&ldquo;When we developed the test we did not set ourselves the goal of winning a place in a national rating or winning any other professional awards. We just wanted to make our contribution to the fight against the pandemic by providing a highly accurate diagnostic system. And our company achieved that goal: now TestGen&rsquo;s system is supporting our shared struggle in Russia and several other countries. The highly efficient enzymes used in the production of the tests make it possible to identify the presence of even the smallest quantity of the virus in the test sample, and are suitable for the purposes of early-stage diagnosis,&rdquo; said <b>Andrey Toropovskiy</b>, the company&rsquo;s General Director.</p> <p>Another nominee for the Overcoming Challenge category is <b>Pharmsynthez </b>PJSC (a RUSNANO Management Company portfolio company). Pharmsynthez is working on the development of a preventative vaccine against COVID-19 based on pseudoviral nanoparticles. Also nominated for the category Pharmaceutical and Microbiology Production is the new-generation endogenous interferon inductor NEOVIR&reg;, a modern synthetic biostimulator medicine.</p> <p><b>Nanolek</b>, established with the participation of RUSNANO, is also on the list of nominees. At the height of the pandemic Nanolek presented Efferon, an extracorporeal hemoperfusion apparatus. Another high technology solution that may play a role in the fight against coronavirus is the electronic checkpoint and access management system, a combined hardware and software solution developed by <b>MIKRON</b> PJSC, which uses wristband sensors to measure body temperature. Between 2010 and 2016 MIKRON was part of RUSNANO&rsquo;s investment portfolio.</p> <p><b>Geosplit</b>, a portfolio company of the Rusnano Sistema SICAR Fund (established jointly by RUSNANO JSC and Sistema JSFC) was nominated in three categories: Oil and Gas Production, High Technology Exports and Import Substitution. Geosplit&rsquo;s digital models of oil deposits and underground hydrocarbon reservoirs, created by using quantum markers to monitor processes in geological formations, are in increasing demand, both in Russia and internationally.</p> <p>The Prioritet awards recognize companies and new developments which promote the expansion of domestic high-technology manufacturing and help make the Russian manufacturing sector more competitive in both national and international markets. Applications <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">can be submitted</a> until October. The jury will vote, and the formal prizegiving ceremony will he held in the second half of October 2020, in Moscow.</p> Tue, 4 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 An Industrial Energy Storage Production Cluster Will Be Created in the Novosibirsk Region <p>The Energy Accumulation Systems industrial cluster is planned to be created in the Novosibirsk Region, and about 20 Novosibirsk enterprises can be involved in its work. The tasks include both scientific research and production of equipment for energy, urban electric transport, and other industries, <b>Alexey Nizkovsky</b>, Director of the Center for Regional Development, told TASS on Tuesday.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the Novosibirsk Region, it is planned to create the Energy Accumulation Systems industrial cluster to solve several priorities in energy storage and development of this market in Russia,&rdquo; Nizkovsky said.</p> <p>He specified that the cluster&rsquo;s enterprises would solve several problems&mdash;from scientific research to the production of high-tech equipment for energy companies and other industries. In particular, it is planned to produce energy-saving equipment for urban electric transport, to develop specialized controllers, allowing to solve the issues of monitoring and management of various devices.</p> <p>&ldquo;These organizations have already implemented many joint pilot projects, such as the supply of energy storage systems to Tuva. Previously, electricity supply to remote villages of the republic was available 5&ndash;6 hours a day, and after the project implementation, the electricity is supplied 24 hours a day,&rdquo; Nizkovsky said.</p> <p>According to the agency&rsquo;s interlocutor, the main competitive advantage of the new industrial cluster will be the development of production facilities for turnkey manufacturing of the components and ready-made solutions for the energy storage systems. Nizkovsky specified that the industrial production of such systems has not yet been mastered in Russia.</p> <p>According to the Ministry of Economic Development of the Novosibirsk Region, about 20 Novosibirsk enterprises may be involved in the cluster operation, in particular the Energy Storage Systems Company, Liotech, LLC, the Oxid Novosibirsk Radio Component Plant, and the Novosibirsk State Technical University.</p> <p></p> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 TUBOT Robotic start-up Becomes an Exclusive Partner of the German Manufacturer of Inspector Systems Intra-Tube Robots in Russia <p>From June 2020, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TUBOT robotics start-up</a> will exclusively represent the German robotics company Inspector Systems in Russia. TUBOT is a member of the TechnoSpark Group with the participation of SIGMA.Novosibirsk, the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Education Programs, and has been working with Inspector Systems on intra-tube diagnostic projects since 2017.</p> <p>The global market for intra-tube diagnostics is estimated at more than $20 bln, and the robot-assisted diagnostics accounts for $1 bln. According to analysts, in the next 7 years, it will be the fastest-growing segment with an average annual growth rate of 17%. In the world, oil pipelines alone account for more than 2.5 mln km. In Russia, there are about 250,000 main pipelines, the 80 % of which have been in operation for more than 30 years. A significant part of the pipelines runs underground, which makes it impossible to replace them massively. One of the applications of intra-tube robots is the localization of problem sections of the pipe for their subsequent repair or replacement.</p> <p><img alt="Внутритрубный робот TUBOT" src="/upload/images/news/2020-06-23_Tubot_Robot.jpg" /></p> <p>Russian TUBOT specializes in intra-tube robots, including the development of a robot for oil-filled pipelines in partnership with Transneft-Diascan and Transneft.</p> <p>&ldquo;Inspector Systems has been developing and manufacturing intra-tube robotic systems for more than 35 years, and among European companies, it has the widest range of products for most industrial pipes and applications. These include urban heating networks, pipelines of oil pumping stations, liquid cooling systems of nuclear reactors, ventilation systems of skyscrapers, as well as quality control of the production of pipe-rolling plants. Now these solutions will be available to Russian companies,&rdquo; said <b>Boris Galkin</b>, a Board Member of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> and CEO <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SIGMA.Novosibirsk</a>.</p> <p>The robotic complexes move inside pipes with a diameter of 75 to 1,200 mm, including contaminated ones, and they can move on horizontal, vertical, and sloping pipelines, overcome bends and narrowing. The robots serve for visual inspection, polishing, cleaning, painting and are complete with video inspection, ultrasound, magnetic vortex current, resurfacing, and vacuum cleaning modules. The examples of use include diagnostic engineering communications at the CHP/HEP, coating inside pipes, cleaning water pipes from scum and dirt, and checking the safety of cooling systems at the nuclear power plant.</p> <p>&ldquo;The intra-tube robot replaces the methods of external diagnostics of pipelines and engineering systems and allows reducing the cost of repairs and maintenance, and increasing the frequency of surveys several times, and thus preventing accidents, human casualties, and environmental damage,&rdquo; said Inspector Systems CEO <b>Marcus Hitzel</b>.</p> <p></p> Tue, 23 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The FIEP RUSNANO Start-Up Will Help to Make the Work of Football Coaches More Effective <h5><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">InMotion</a> professional tracker for team sports allows to digitize the performance of athletes and objectively assess each player</h5> <p>The start-up of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> of Companies (part of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) has developed a system allowing to digitize the performance of football players in training and thus make the coaches work more efficiently. This was reported on Tuesday by the TechnoSpark press service.</p> <p>&ldquo;The TechnoSpark&rsquo;s InMotion professional tracker for team sports allows digitizing a wide range of indicators of athletes in training and during games. This will help to individually and objectively evaluate each player and make the coach&rsquo;s work more effective. This kind of system should also be made part of the method of working with national football teams in other sports in Russia. We will work closely on this with colleagues from the Digital Economy Development Fund and the Russian Ministry of Sport,&rdquo; <b>Maxim Belitsky</b>, Director of TechnoSpartk Sports, said in a statement.</p> <p>Sensors track the position and actions of athletes on the field using LPS and GPS technologies, as well as transmit the data collected by the complex in real time. The development appeared by order with the participation of the InStat international company&mdash;the sports analytics market leader.</p> <p>The system will begin to carry out its tasks within the framework of the working group of the Digital Technology Development Fund. The group, formed at Forum.Digital on May 29, included representatives of the Russian Ministry of Sport, the Digital Economy Development Fund, the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and digital sports solutions companies.</p> <p></p> Tue, 2 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 ANO eNano in partnership with the FIEP has held the CEE2020 online conference on engineering education <blockquote>The video of the conference is available <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on the ANO eNano YouTube channel</a>. All materials and presentations of speakers will be published <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on the conference website</a> shortly.</blockquote> <p>On May 28, the first Russian online Conference On Engineering Education 2020 (CEE) took place. The event was organized by ANO eNano and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) of the RUSNANO Group. The event was supported by the NUST MISiS, EdCrunch, and the ITMO University.</p> <p>The topic of the conference &ldquo;Engineer 2020: at the Junction of Technology, Design, and Entrepreneurship&rdquo; attracted more than 600 participants both from Russia and the CIS, and neighboring countries. 22 speakers, leaders of engineering education and technology business gathered on the same platform and talked about their experience of engineers training.</p> <p>&ldquo;We see that it is important for the employer and business that the university&rsquo;s educational program on their order and, most importantly, the results thereof correspond to the request. Simply put, the business acquires competence from the university and for this purpose it is important to have fast and cheap process providing a guaranteed result. Therefore, first of all, employers focus on the format of short programs of additional education, and not on a full master&rsquo;s or bachelor&rsquo;s degree,&rdquo; <b>Stanislav Nisimov</b>, Director of the Department of Education Programs and Professional Skills of the FIEP, said in his speech.</p> <p><b>Vitaly Genarov</b>, the Head of the Project Education Center at the 20.35 University, spoke about the experience of creating a networked educational environment and about the transition of design and educational modules into an online format. &ldquo;The current situation has shown that the future belongs to mixed formats. Online solutions will be in some ways the standard of work, but will not replace face-to-face programs,&rdquo; he said at the end of the speech.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is impossible to form competences in engineering areas without being involved in project activities. Of course, online courses and programs can help here, but it is impossible without personal communication and study,&rdquo; said <b>Nurlan Kiiasov</b>, Director of the EdCrunch University Center of the NUST MISiS, Founder and Program Director of the EdCrunch Conference.</p> <p>As part of the panel discussion &ldquo;Engineer 2020: An Image in Competence&rdquo; concluding the online conference, the Dean of the Faculty of Technology Management and Innovation of the ITMO University <b>Anton Gopka</b> found out from representatives of the industry what competencies and skills were in demand by Russian innovative companies, whether universities were able to prepare for high-tech business, whether Russian developments could compete with foreign ones, and how they could be implemented in world markets. The panelists, which included engineering companies, venture capitalists, and contract businesses, shared their views on the style of teaching engineering in Russia and the main differences from the training of engineers in the U.S. and Europe, as well as discussed the issues of raising investments in technology business and online education opportunities in the current realities.</p> <p>&ldquo;Unfortunately, we see a lot of problems in terms of modern engineers training: while the research part is generally at a good level, the engineering part, that is building of something with one&rsquo;s own hands, and developing it, is almost non-existent. These are the competences that are now most in demand in the market,&rdquo; <b>Oleg Lysak</b>, Director of Contract Businesses at TechnoSpark from the FIEP investment network, said during the discussion.</p> <p>&ldquo;I had a chance to study in Russia and abroad at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I can say that in terms of theoretical knowledge, we are on a par with, and maybe ahead of the United States, but when it comes to practice, the transfer of theory into real life, the commercialization of research results, Russian engineers are significantly behind in this regard,&rdquo; said <b>Dmitry Vasilyev</b>, Co-Founder and Director for Development at Karfidov Lab.</p> <p>&ldquo;The education at the university alone is not enough to develop engineering competences. Educational programs certainly close some gaps, but not all. A full-fledged multidisciplinary engineering infrastructure is required from innovative companies, development institutions and regulators,&rdquo; said <b>Andrey Senyy</b>, Vice President, CEO of OCSiAl Energy.</p> <p>Summing up the first online conference on engineering education, <b>Igor Valdman</b>, CEO of ANO eNano said: &ldquo;We see the need to create a system of professional support at the workplace. For a young specialist it is necessary to engage educational and information services that will quickly develop some skills and rapidly prepare him/her for professional activities in a certain environment. It is also important that for complex projects it is often about creating a multi-professional team, and not just about an individual specialist. In this regard, the online format can act as a kind of educational additive: adding it to face-to-face formats in the correct &lsquo;proportions&rsquo; will allow us to create a rather strong engineering personnel development program. Already, some universities such as our partners the NUST MISiS and the Vyatka State University have started to move in this direction. Their findings and results suggest that even more attention is already given and will continue to be given to remote resources.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 2 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The FIEP Methodology Has Been Used to Train Medical Personnel to Combat COVID-19 <p>The Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry has developed a program to prepare medical personnel for work with COVID-19 patients. This university benefited from the experience of creating educational programs and distance courses, accumulated during five years of cooperation with the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of the RUSNANO Group. By the beginning of the summer, more than 5,500 medics had been trained.</p> <p>The need for additional training of specialists arose in March-April of this year when centers for patients with the coronavirus infection were urgently established throughout the country. Given the rate of spread of the disease and the danger thereof, doctors, paramedics, and medical students who practiced directly in treatment facilities needed the necessary new knowledge.</p> <p>The task of rapid training of medical personnel was successfully solved by the staff of the Department of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology and the Faculty of Further Vocational Education of the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry. The 36-hour training cycle &ldquo;COVID-19 Coronavirus Infection: Clinic, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention&rdquo; has been formed on an expedited basis.</p> <p>The program consisting of four webinars, a set of materials for self-training, a collection of video instructions is fully implemented in a remote format, taking into account the regime of preventive restrictions imposed in the capital. The online forum organized for students allows asking additional questions to the experts of the department after webinars. The knowledge obtained is computer-tested, which provides, in addition to issues, solving clinical problems.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the preparation of the program, the experience gained through the participation in the FIEP educational projects was useful,&rdquo; said <b>Vladimir Evdokimov</b>, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Further Vocational Education, Professor of the Department of Clinical Functional Diagnostics at the MSUMD. &ldquo;The principles of the modular-competent approach, recommendations for the training implementation in a remote format have allowed creating the optimized program and evaluation tools in the short term.&rdquo;</p> <p>The content of the course is largely based on recommendations on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19 of the Russian Ministry of Health and Rospotrebnadzor, data from the World Health Organization, Chinese, American and European Centers for Disease Control, as well as analysis of domestic and foreign scientific publications and legal documents.</p> <p>In the first training phase, the university provided the necessary theoretical training for 2,500 of its senior students in the medical and dental faculties before being assigned to the epidemic control centers. Successful approbation of the new program and some revision of the content have allowed the subsequent launch of training for residents, doctors, paramedics, and nurses. By the beginning of June, almost 3,000 specialists had completed their training. The program is posted on the CME Continuous Medical Education portal, and all specialists who have passed it will receive 36 hours in their portfolio, necessary for periodic accreditation and admission to medical activities.</p> Tue, 2 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 National Standards for Digital Telecommunication Cables Developed with the Support of RUSNANO Have Been Approved <p>Creating an accessible, sustainable, and secure high-speed high-data information and telecommunications infrastructure is one of the key goals of the national Digital Economy Project. At the same time, the state sets a goal to ensure meeting the demand for innovative products primarily through the domestic technologies.</p> <p>Optic Fiber Systems (Optikovolokonnye Sistemy), JSC unique production site has been established in the capital of the Republic of Mordovia with the participation of the RUSNANO Group. This is the first and so far, the only optical fiber plant in Russia. Work is also underway to create a single regulatory and technical support for high-tech optical fiber markets and products based thereon.&nbsp;</p> <p>In 2020, the following national standards for the key element of fiber-optic data transmission systems&mdash;optical cables developed by the Russian Scientific and Research Institute of the Cable Industry with the direct support of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs were approved:</p> <ul> <li>GOST R 52266-2020 &ldquo;Optical cables. General Specifications&rdquo;</li> <li>GOST R IEC 60794-1-24:2020 &ldquo;Optical cables. Part 1&ndash;24. General Specifications. Basic test methods for optical cables. Methods for determining electrical characteristics&rdquo;</li> <li>GOST R IEC 60794-1-21:2020 &ldquo;Optical cables. Part 1&ndash;21. General Specifications. Basic test methods for optical cables. Mechanical test methods&rdquo;.</li></ul> <p>The national standards establish general requirements harmonized with the international ones as well as the testing methods for main functional indicators of optical cables, such as lifespan, optical, electrical, and stress-stain behavior, operating temperature ranges, and ensuring unambiguous identification and comparability thereof. &ldquo;The introduction of national standards will facilitate the implementation of the Digital Economy national program and create conditions for increasing competitiveness and reducing the dependence of the domestic cable industry on imported optical fiber,&rdquo; said <b>Yuri Tkachuk</b>, Director of the Fund Standardization Department.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Tue, 12 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Group Supported Publication of the Textbook on Renewable Energy <div class="img"><img alt="Textbook “Development of Renewable Energy in Russia: Technologies and Economics”" src="" /> <p>Textbook &ldquo;Development of Renewable Energy in Russia: Technologies and Economics&rdquo;</p></div> <p>RUSNANO Group together with the Publishing house &ldquo;Tochka.Digital&rdquo; and the Russia Renewable Energy Development Association (RREDA) presented the textbook &ldquo;Development of Renewable Energy in Russia: Technologies and Economics&rdquo; (under the general editorship of A.B. Chubais). At an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">online conference</a> on September 1, <b>Anatoly Chubais</b>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO MC, and <b>Vasily Zubakin</b>, Professor, Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources, Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I. M. Gubkin, <b>Alexey Zhikharev</b>, Director of Russia Renewable Energy Development Association (RREDA), and <b>Mikael Gorsky</b>, Head of the Publishing house &ldquo;Tochka.Digital&rdquo; spoke about the relevance of the publication.</p> <p>The textbook is created with the support of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of RUSNANO Group and is intended for the students of universities engaged in training specialists in the field of renewable energy sources (RES) use, as well as for upgrading the skills of existing engineering and management staff of the industry. The textbook deals with Russia&rsquo;s contribution to climate change mitigation, the goals and prospects of RES development in our country. The authors analyze in detail various sources of renewable energy&mdash;wind, solar, water energy, biogas and landfill gas&mdash;their energy potential, technological, economic and environmental aspects, and prospects for development. A separate Chapter focuses on the impact of generation based on renewable energy sources on the development of energy systems and industry.</p> <p><b>Anatoly Chubais</b>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company: &ldquo;There is no longer a doubt that over the past two years there has been a fundamental shift in the renewable energy in Russia, a whole new industry has emerged. Today, more than 1,700 MW of new capacities based on RES have been introduced, by 2024, this figure will reach at least 5,400 MW. At the same time, a whole industry cluster is being created in Russia, including not only generation, but also industry, science and education. Today, it already exists, and by 2024, 12 thousand jobs which previously did not exist at all will be created in these four segments of the industry. This means that we need to systematize the educational process in the new industry, introduce modern technological solutions and the economy description based on the established rules of the Russian market. To work on the textbook, a star team of authors was assembled who participated in the development of the regulatory framework under which the RES industry in Russia begins its practical work. Until now there has been no such a systematic description that took into account the latest trends in technology, legislation and economics, and I am happy that we have managed to complete this big work by the beginning of the new academic year in higher education institutions.&rdquo;</p> <p>The textbook raises an issue of development of technologies for industrial energy storage, integrated use of storage devices and renewable energy facilities in energy supply systems. The textbook also deals with such an important and relevant topic as the industrial segment of the RES cluster in Russia and the practice of localization in the country, taking into account the&nbsp; recently adopted legislative framework. A significant part of the textbook is devoted to the economic aspects of RES-based energy development&mdash;it analyzes the economic and non-economic factors that affect the effectiveness of projects, examines the theoretical and methodological foundations of support systems for the industry in Russia and abroad, including tools for supporting RES in the wholesale energy and capacity market, in the retail market, and in isolated systems. Special priority is given to the analysis of RES investment projects&mdash;the specifics of calculating and evaluating efficiency in the current support system.</p> <p>A unique broad team of authors who made a great practical contribution to the development of key areas of RES in Russia participated in the writing of the textbook. Among them there are such well-known specialists in the energy industry as&nbsp; <b>Alisher Kalanov</b>, Head of RES Investment Division of RUSNANO MC, one of the founders of the RUSNANO-Fortum Wind Energy Development Fund; <b>Igor Shakhray</b>, Director General of Hevel group of companies&mdash;leader in the field of solar energy in Russia; <b>Kimal Yusupov</b>, Director General of Vestas Rus Company&mdash;the flagship in the field of localization of wind power equipment production. Among the science editors and publishers there are <b>Vasily Zubakin</b>, Professor, Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources in Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I. M. Gubkin,&nbsp; <b>Anatoly Kopylov</b>, Director General of Acta Consult consulting company who participated in the implementation of projects in the field of RES in Kazakhstan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, and many others.</p> <p><b>Vasily Zubakin</b>, science editor of the textbook, Head of Department of Renewable Energy Sources in Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after I. M. Gubkin, said that the team of authors faced the challenge of synchronizing the knowledge that new specialists of the renewable energy industry should have with the help of unified training programs.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was not easy to do this, as the issue of RES is very diverse: it includes the energy of the sun, water flows, air masses, earth&rsquo;s heat and much more,&rdquo; admitted Professor Zubakin. &ldquo;As a result, the textbook describes the physical basis for the functioning of renewable energy sources, technological and economic aspects of integrating new sectors into the current system of the Russian energy power industry. It takes into account the global context of sustainable carbon-free development and combating global warming.&rdquo; He said that a team of like-minded professionals had been working for a year and a half over the textbook, which included experts, raising the RES issues back in the Soviet era; there were those who promoted the establishment of a regulatory framework for RES starting with energy reform. The authors include top managers of many companies operating in the RES sector, as well as many leading scientists who have linked the situation in Russia with global experience and trends. Young professionals who came to the industry just a few years ago and are now playing an active role in the industry construction also worked on the textbook. In the near future, the textbook will be sent to the libraries of major technical universities with specialized departments.</p> <p><b>Alexey Zhikharev</b>, Director of RREDA, said that there was a stable demand for highly qualified specialists in the technological and financial sector of the RES in Russia. He estimated that today about 400 industry specialists graduate from Russian universities annually, by 2025 this figure will grow 3 times, and by 2035 the annual need for qualified personnel for the industry will reach 50 thousand. &ldquo;Of course, the textbook is a big event for us. It will become a handbook for all industry participants. We already understand that a second printing will be required,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p>The textbook was reviewed by the Federal Educational and Methodological Association (FEMA) in the higher education system in the direction of &ldquo;Electricity and heat power&rdquo;, which confirmed the high quality of the textbook and its relevance. The publication is recommended as a textbook for higher education programs and is of interest to universities that provide education in the field of renewable energy sources.</p> <p>Publishing house &ldquo;Tochka.Digital&rdquo;, according to its Head <b>Mikael Gorsky</b>, in cooperation with the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs and RREDA plans to launch a series of webinars with the authors of the textbook, who will tell a wider than technical and economic experts audience about the advantages, opportunities and prospects of the renewable energy sector. He hopes that the topic will be interesting for everyone who somehow interacts with it: for example, for marketers, HR specialists, representatives of companies working or intending to work with the renewable energy sector. In addition, in October, the Publishing house &ldquo;Tochka.Digital&rdquo; plans to publish a reference book of the world&rsquo;s best achievements in RES, which will take into account the Russian experience as well.</p> Tue, 1 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Russian Ministry of Health Recommends the Genetic Tests of TestGen from the Ulyanovsk Nanocenter for the Diagnosis of the Coronavirus <p>On June 3, 2020, the Russian Ministry of Health approved and sent to the regions for use in clinical practice the 7th version of the Temporary Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the New Coronavirus Infection (COVID-19). The list of recommended diagnostic tools includes the high-precision genetic CoV-2-Test tests of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TestGen</a> from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ULNANOTECH</a> Ulyanovsk nanocenter, part of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>The document of the Ministry of Health has been developed by an interdisciplinary working group of leading experts based on Russian and foreign clinical experience. The new version of the guidelines significantly redesigned and expanded all sections and presented new treatment regimens with the use of the latest drugs. The guidelines are intended for doctors of medical and preventive institutions of the infectious profile, as well as doctors-resuscitators of intensive care departments of the infectious hospital, and primary care physicians.</p> <p>The TestGen&rsquo;s CоV-2-Test test kits allow determining the presence of the coronavirus in a sample taken from the mucosa lining of the naso- or oropharynx, with the accuracy of more than 96% in the early stages of infection. The test is based on the real-time polymerase chain reaction method with reverse transcription (RT-PCR), which is recommended by the World Health Organization as the most accurate and reliable way to diagnose the viral infection. Testing can be carried out in standard PCR laboratories.</p> <p>The Roszdravnadzor&rsquo;s registration certificate for the new test was received on May 15, 2020, followed by the immediate launch of mass production thereof. At present, TestGen has also obtained a European CE Compliance Certificate and a registration certificate of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the COV-2-Test test kit.</p> <p>&ldquo;The timely detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA using nucleic acid amplification techniques is of key importance for the COVID-19 etiological laboratory diagnosis. The inclusion of our test in the methodical recommendations of the Russian Ministry of Health underlines the importance of our development for the practical public health of the Russian Federation,&rdquo; said <b>Andrey Toropovsky</b>, CEO of TestGen, LLC.</p> <p>In May, the first 10,000 sets of the CoV-2-Test were handed over to the Ulyanovsk region. On May 28, <b>Anatoly Chubais</b>, Chairman of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Executive Board, together with a member of the Central Staff of the ONF, the author of the Region of Care project <b>Nyuta Federmesser</b>, brought a lot of 20,000 tests to Dagestan. In total, it is planned to deliver to the country 50,000 tests, purchased both at the expense of the employees of the RUSNANO Group and with funds allocated by the company for charitable assistance.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 4 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Anatoly Chubais Has Held the Fifth Defense of Master’s Degree Projects of the Technology Entrepreneurship Interuniversity Program <p>On April 29, 2020, the defense of the project proposals of students of the Interuniversity Master&rsquo;s Degree Program for training high-tech engineers took place in a remote form. The certification commission was headed by <b>Anatoly Chubais</b>, the Chairman of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Executive Board and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, Head of the Department of Technology Entrepreneurship at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT).&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the natural science part of the master&rsquo;s thesis defended by everyone in their university, the graduates of the Interuniversity Program, uniting the MIPT, NRNU MEPhI, and NUST MISIS, additionally offer a business model and an assessment of the commercial potential of the project, implemented based on one of the partner companies of the program. They can be not only RUSNANO design companies but also other high-tech enterprises.</p> <p>According to the tradition, Anatoly Chubais reminded that those were not the students who chose the projects. Both the topic of the master&rsquo;s thesis in the scientific part and the commercial project, as well as the possible scenarios of its development, were set by the leaders of the companies. In this regard, the student&rsquo;s work should be assessed not by the project profitability and prospects, but by the level of understanding achieved, and the quality of the analysis.</p> <p>This year, the defense took place for the fifth time. Four projects received a positive assessment.</p> <p><b>Veronika Rocheva</b>, the student of the Department of Technology Entrepreneurship at the MIPT, collaborating with LabTech, presented the project to create express laboratories for the detection of vegetable fats in the milk. Dairy producers and their customers, as well as retail chains, are interested in constant quality control of incoming raw materials. The LabTech development allows making a large number of tests with the sensitivity of specialized laboratories. In particular, they can detect less than 1% of vegetable fats in the milk. High-quality milk falsification screening is achieved through spectrophotometric analysis using the sampling method developed by LabTech. The commercial model involves renting hardware with software.</p> <p><b>Ilya Parakhnevich</b>, CEO of DIALTECH, was partly an exception to the rule of assigning a topic to a student by the partner company of the Interuniversity Program. He set a goal for himself by defending a diploma on the project of his own company, engaged in the development of dialogue robots. This market is booming, and by 2024 it is expected to grow about four times compared to 2019, to $16 bln&mdash;in the world, and up to $640 mln in Russia. The company creates dialogue robots based on the analytical processing of real-world conversations of call-center employees in medical clinics, banks, industry, and development sectors. For a large company, the development of a robot from scratch makes it easy to scale the experience on smaller customers. Anatoly Chubais praised the project level, noting not only the student&rsquo;s deep understanding of the subject, but also the combination of a technology entrepreneur and an investor in one person. He said he hoped it would produce &ldquo;explosive results in business&rdquo;.</p> <p><b>Boris Matveyev</b>, the MIPT student who has been working for Puls Zhizni (Pulse of Life) for two years, has defended the project of the market launch of an analytical platform for early screening of cardiovascular diseases. The platform developers are confident that the connection of customized ordinary tonometers to the cloud resources of the MedBrother platform will allow analyzing both the extreme points of blood pressure and the entire trajectory thereof. This information will help to warn the patient about the risk of some exacerbation and give advice to consult a doctor for a more detailed examination. Anatoly Chubais called the idea chosen by the startup &ldquo;bright and seductive,&rdquo; and it implied going on the information flows created by the existing devices and, by adding their algorithm, significantly expanding the range of products for the user. However, the project has many internal traps, which he wished the student engaged on degree thesis would overcome before the market launch of the product.</p> <p><b>Marina Stolpovskaya</b> is developing the technology of spraying thin films of aluminium oxide (Al2O3) for Mapper, the RUSNANO&rsquo;s portfolio company. Replacing aluminium with aluminium oxide in the production of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) could make the production process faster and cheaper, opening up new markets for the company. The film sprayed in the experiments may already be used as a sacrificial layer, but further research is required to create a functional layer. The members of the certification committee wished success in this R&amp;D work and future business projects.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to Anatoly Chubais, the certification committee included <b>Yuri Udaltsov</b>, Deputy Chairman of the RUSNANO Management Company, Chairman of the Council of the Interuniversity Program, <b>Andrey Danilin</b>, Deputy Head of the Educational and Methodological Department of the NUST MISiS, <b>Sergey Maruyev</b>, Head of the Department of System Analysis and Informatics of the Institute of Economics, Mathematics, and Information Technologies of the RANEPA, <b>Alexander Khelvas</b>, Director for Development of the Center for Open Systems and High Technologies, and <b>Vyacheslav Chikin</b>, Deputy Head of the Department of Technological Entrepreneurship at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Entrepreneurship, Scientific Director of the MIPT Interuniversity Program.</p> <p>In May, new recruitment for the 2020&mdash;2022 study cycle starts. The information on admission to the Interuniversity Master&rsquo;s Degree Program is available at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Nanocentres of RUSNANO FIEP Promptly Launch Mass Production of Face Shields for Protection against COVID-19 <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>Nanocentres of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) of RUSNANO Group promptly launched mass production of face shield visors used for protection against COVID-19&mdash;over 30 thousand units per month. On April 29, RUSNANO Group donated a batch of 1000 visors to volunteers of the Zhivoy Foundation to be sent to medical institutions and ambulance stations of Moscow. Previously, 1,000 face shields were given to doctors in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region, as well as 100 shields to the RAS Hospital in Troitsk (New Moscow) and to the city&rsquo;s housing and communal services employees.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Face Shields for Protection against COVID-19" src="" /> <p>RUSNANO Group donated a batch of 1000 visors to volunteers of the Zhivoy Foundation to be sent to medical institutions and ambulance stations of Moscow.</p></div> <p>&ldquo;This gift from RUSNANO is very important,&rdquo; said Viktoria Agadzhanova, Head of the Zhivoy Foundation. &ldquo;We will send about 20 shields per ambulance station and 60-80 per hospital; about 20-30 medical institutions in total. Since face shields are reusable, they can be washed, disinfected and reused, so we will cover the need for face shields in these hospitals through the end of the epidemic.&rdquo; According to Ms Agadzhanova, all medical institutions are in need of such protection: &ldquo;Now there are almost no doctors left who do not work with COVID-19, patients can be everywhere.&rdquo;</p> <p>FIEP Nanocentres network of RUSNANO Group responded to the urgent need for personal protective equipment for medical personnel working with COVID-19 patients, and organized the production of face shields at <a href="" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> of Companies&rsquo; production sites in Moscow and the <a href="" target="_blank">North-West Technology Transfer Centre</a> (NWTTC) in Leningrad Region. Together they are producing more than 30,000 protective shields per month. The face shields provided to the Zhivoy Foundation in Moscow were developed and produced by <a href="" target="_blank">TEN fab</a> in TechnoSpark.</p> <p>Protective shields are designed for individual protection of eyes, respiratory tract and skin from direct contact with various small particles and viruses, to prevent involuntary contact with the face by hands. This noticeably reduces the possibility of contracting COVID-19. Visors are made of durable plastic, reusable, easy to disinfect, lightweight and convenient to use. They can be easily adjusted to the required head size. They can provide effective protection not only for doctors, but also for employees of other contact professions, such as salespeople and front-office operators of service sector working directly with customers, couriers, housing and communal services employees.</p> <p>In the course of charity events, protective shields are given to doctors free of charge. Other companies interested in improving safety of their employees and private individuals can place an order at <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Nanocenters of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs Have Promptly Launched the Mass Production of Personal Protective Equipment <p>The Nanocenters of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s <b>Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs</b> have promptly launched the mass production of personal protective equipment against COVID-19, and the face shields&mdash;visors are being created on 3D farms.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p><b>Oleg Lysak</b>, Director of Contract Businesses at the TechnoSpark Group of Companies says: &ldquo;We use 3D farms since the 3D printing technology allows for quick deployment of fast production. Now we produce, manufacture, and assemble several types of medical devices here. These are simple visors to protect all contact professionals, as well as medical professionals from the impact of external factors.&rdquo;</p> <p>The 3D farm is open 24/7. Up to thirty thousand protective shields can be produced here per month. The visors are reusable. They can be washed, disinfected, and used again.</p> <p><b>Oleg Lysak</b>, Director of Contract Businesses at the TechnoSpark Group of Companies says: &ldquo;These are the simplest and, thus, the most reliable 3D printers using the FDM technology of the so-called molten-fiber layer printing. Layer-by layer, the printer applies the molten fiber to get the product with the necessary durability. The shield is quite simple in structure and consists of three main parts. The first is this printed bezel, printed for an hour and a half. The second part is also important and represents a visor, in fact, a screen of the 3 mm thick film cut on a laser machine, a mask, allowing to adjust the visor to the size of the head, and the seal providing soft retention thereof.&rdquo;</p> <p>RUSNANO donated the batch of 1,000 visors to the volunteers of the Zhivoy Foundation to be sent to the Moscow medical facilities and emergency stations. According to Victoria Agadzhanova, Director of the Zhivoy Foundation, since the shields are reusable, i.e., they can be washed, disinfected and reused, the demand of 20 to 30 hospitals for face shields will be met until the end of the epidemic.</p> <p>Earlier, another batch of 1,000 shields was handed over to the medical organizations of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, and another 100 visors were received by the Hospital of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the city of Troitsk, New Moscow.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Anatoly Chubais Donates COVID-19 Test Kits From Ulyanovsk to Medical Professionals in Dagestan <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>On invitation from Dagestan&rsquo;s leaders, <strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company LLC, together with <strong>Nyuta Federmesser</strong>, a member of All-Russia People&rsquo;s Front (ONF) Central Committee and the creative force behind ONF&rsquo;s &ldquo;Region of Care&rdquo; project, visited the republic on Thursday. During the trip, Anatoly Chubais met with <strong>Vladimir Vasilyev</strong>, the Head of the Republic of Dagestan.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Anatoly Chubais Donates COVID-19 Test Kits to Medical Professionals in Dagestan" src="" /></p> <p>At that time, the first batch consisting of 20,000 <a href="/press-centre/news/20200518-fiep-testgen-network-registers-ultra-accurate-test-for-covid-19" target="_self">highly sensitive molecular </a>diagnostic tests for diagnosing COVID-19, manufactured by the <a href="" target="_blank">TestGene</a> company of the <a href="" target="_blank">Ulyanovsk nanocenter ULNANOTECH</a>, which is part of the investment networkof the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP of RUSNANO Group), arrived in the Republic of Dagestan. The delivery was made in cooperation with the Sozidaniye charity foundation and All-Russia People&rsquo;s Front. The first batch of TestGene diagnostic kits was purchased using over RUB 10 mln in funds, collected by staff at RUSNANO Group in the shortest time possible. Anatoly Chubais and Nyuta Federmesser personally handed over the test kits to medical workers of the republic&rsquo;s diagnostic center in Makhachkala, where the PCR laboratory is located.</p> <p>RUSNANO plans to send 50,000 in-house manufactured test kits in total, which have been purchased using funds allocated by the company to charity work and collected from RUSNANO employees.</p> <p>Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company <strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong> said &ldquo;Dagestan is experiencing one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in Russia. Hence, RUSNANO decided to send a batch of highly sensitive tests to the republic, which had been swiftly designed and manufactured on a large scale by our company TestGene, based in Ulyanovsk. A standard PCR laboratory can simultaneously analyze 96 samples in two hours&rsquo; time using these tests kits. I&rsquo;m grateful to employees of RUSNANO Group for donating their own money to purchase the first batch of kits for the Republic of Dagestan. We hope that our aid package will help speed up testing for COVID-19 and slow down the spread of the virus.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Anatoly Chubais Donates COVID-19 Test Kits to Medical Professionals in Dagestan" src="" /></p> <p><strong>Nyuta Federmesser</strong>, the creative force behind ONF&rsquo;s &ldquo;Region of Care Project&rdquo; and founder of Hospice Charity Fund Vera, said &ldquo;Dagestan is one of our 26 regions of care. But for me it&rsquo;s not simply one of many but, in fact, the one and only. When you become familiar with Dagestan, in my opinion, you either fall in love with it forever or view it as yet another hospitable sunny region in the Caucasus. For me, it seems it was love at first sight. Therefore, I simply cannot remain on the sidelines while Dagestan is in trouble. I kept thinking about all the special-needs children at orphanage Zabota (and hoping that none of them would die), and about employees and the elderly under observation at psychiatric care homes in Buynaksk and Kazanishche. I was also wondering how the still underdeveloped palliative care facilities were managing in mountain villages where the Coronavirus is wreaking havoc right now. I simply knew that as soon as I got better I&rsquo;d go to Makhachkala straight away. We brought several thousand PPE (personal protective equipment) items, supplied by ONF projects #WeAreTogether and Region of Care. We were also fortunate to have reached an agreement with RUSNANO and the Sozidaniye (Compassion) charity foundation, which meant thousands of test kits that will help medical workers diagnose COVID-19 and stop the outbreak, arrived with us.&rdquo;</p> <p>Dagestan has reported some of the highest numbers of cases of Coronavirus disease in the Russian Federation. On May 28, the republic was in 6th place, based on COVID-19 infections, after Moscow, Moscow Region, Saint Petersburg, and Nizhny Novgorod as well as Sverdlovsk Regions.</p> Thu, 28 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Nanotechnology Standardization Technical Committee Enters the Top-10 in Russia <p>The Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) has published the Efficiency Rating of the Standardization Technical Committees based on the results of their work in 2019. The Nanotechnology Standardization Technical Committee (ТC 441) entered the top ten of the 213 rated.</p> <p>The TC 441 was established and operates based on the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. It is chaired by the CEO of the Fund, <b>Andrey Svinarenko</b>. The key focus of the committee is the development, production, turnover, safety, metrological support, terminology, and classification of nanotechnology products. It is also responsible for coordinating the work of the specialized technical committees on the standardization of innovative products created with the use of nanotechnology.</p> <p>The rating is published annually and is based on data from the annual reports of technical committees and expert assessments on a whole group of indicators, including a significant reduction in the standard average development time and the active participation of the TC in the work of Rosstandard to improve and develop the national standardization system.</p> <p>&ldquo;In the context of the priority of innovative development of the national economy, the TC 441 focuses its activities on the maximum application of the developed standards in the implementation of national projects, the improvement of the quality of technological solutions in the domestic market, displacement of the outdated technologies, stimulating the research and development in enterprises to produce competitive products. The Nanotechnology TC operates on direct communication with nanoindustry enterprises that are interested in developing and updating standards, coordinating its regulatory actions with regional development institutions, and embedding current standardization documents into the mechanisms to support innovation,&rdquo; said <b>Yuri Tkachuk</b>, Director of the Fund&rsquo;s Standardization Department.</p> <p>As part of the Nanoindustry Standardization Program, the Committee coordinated the development of more than 440 standards covering the nanotechnology industry and related high-tech sectors of the economy. This program is one of eight industry dedicated programs approved by Rosstandard, which, given their importance, are the basis of the national standardization system.</p> <p>The Committee organizes the review, preparation of conclusions, and voting on the officially submitted international documents on the standardization, namely ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnology and IEC/TC 113 &ldquo;Nanotechnology for Electrical Products and Systems.&rdquo; In 2019, the TC experts prepared and submitted conclusion reports for more than 50 drafts of international standardization documents to the Secretariats of the RosISO (Russian Committee of a&nbsp;member of the International Organization for Standardization) and the RosMEC (Russian National Committee for Participation in the International Electrical Commission).</p> <p>The activities of the TC 441 within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union are aimed at developing interstate standards in the nanoindustry with the participation of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Republic of Armenia.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 25 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 TestGene Receives European CE Certificate for COVID-19 Detection Tests <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>On May 20, 2020 <a href="" target="_blank">TestGene</a> received the European CE Certificate for a genetic test designed to detect the SARS-CoV-2 RNA of COVID-19 at the earliest stages. TestGene operates at the <a href="" target="_blank">ULNANOTECH</a> Ulyanovsk nanocenter included in the investment network of the RUSNANO Group Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p><img alt="СЕ_ТестГена" src="" /></p> <p>The certificate confirms that the company&rsquo;s medical device meets the requirements of the European Union. The document is valid throughout the European Union and allows for the unrestricted distribution of products. According to <strong>Andrey Toropovsky</strong>, CEO of TestGene, the CE Certificate is another confirmation of the high quality of medical products manufactured by the company. &ldquo;The new test system has a good export potential. To date, we have already requests from Ireland, Sweden, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands,&rdquo; the CEO believes.</p> <p>On May 15 this year, TestGene received a registration certificate of the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor) for its COVID-19 test systems and immediately started its mass production. &ldquo;Our production capacities allow us to produce up to 50,000 tests per day, and up to two million per month in the future. I&rsquo;m sure that the company will make a worthy contribution to the fight against the pandemic by offering the world community, along with existing analogues, a high-quality and high-precision diagnostic kit,&rdquo; Andrey Toropovsky stressed.</p> <p>The test allows for determining the presence of coronavirus in a sample taken from the nasal or oropharyngeal mucosa with an accuracy of more than 96% at the early stages of infection. The CoV-2 Test is based on the real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method, which the World Health Organization recommends as the most accurate and reliable way to diagnose viral infection. Testing can be performed in standard PCR laboratories.</p> <p>&ldquo;TestGene has one of the strongest teams in the country in the field of molecular genetics,&rdquo; said <strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company. &ldquo;Their new test will help fulfill the instruction of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to increase the scale of testing for coronavirus infection as the restrictions are gradually being removed. Mass testing will long remain a common practice for all large production facilities, a part of our daily life.&rdquo;</p> <p>To recap, TestGene already has European CE Certificates for test systems for diagnosing the gender of a child from the blood of a pregnant woman and for early diagnosis of prostate cancer. These and other diagnostic kits have been supplied to countries of the near and far abroad for several years.</p> Thu, 21 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Baikal Electronics Has Chosen Synopsys Technologies and Solutions for Its Microprocessors <p><b>Baikal Electronics</b> has used Synopsys products and IP solutions to develop its processor.</p> <p>Synopsys, Inc., the largest U.S. CAD electronics design company, announced that Baikal Electronics had used the Synopsys EDA and IP-cores to develop its <b>Baikal-M</b> microprocessor.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="/upload/images/news/2020-04-24_Baikal-M.jpg" /> <p>Baikal-M microprocessor.</p></div> <p>The performance and energy efficiency of the 28nm Baikal-M, which includes eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores and an eight-core ARM graphics accelerator, are largely achieved through the use of the Synopsys Fusion Design platform to design high-performance and low-power-consumption devices. The high performance of the processor, combined with a variety of Synopsys interfaces, allows using Baikal-M for a wide consumer segment and the B2B market, namely desktop computers, laptops, monoblocks, microservers, and built-in systems.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Fusion Design Platform and Synopsys interface solutions allow us to create fast and high-performance processors based on ARM architecture,&rdquo; said <b>Grigory Khrenov</b>, CTO of Baikal Electronics.</p> <p>To develop the processor, Baikal Electronics used the following key products and the Synopsys IP solutions, the Fusion Design platform components such as Design Compiler Ultra, IC CompilerTM I, StarRC, PrimeTime SI, TetraMAX, etc.; the DesignWare IP interface solutions: PCI Express, DDR4, SATA 6G, USB 3.0/2.0, and many others.</p> <p>&ldquo;Synopsys is actively cooperating with leading microprocessor manufacturers to introduce key innovations in EDA and IP technologies to develop high-performance and energy-efficient processors,&rdquo; said <b>Michael San</b>i, Vice-President of Marketing and Strategy at Synopsys Design Group. &ldquo;We look forward to continuing our partnership with Baikal Electronics to further develop technological innovation in the fast-growing Russian IT market.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We think that cooperation with world leaders such as Synopsys is the only way to create quality and competitive products,&rdquo; said <b>Andrey Evdokimov</b>, CEO of Baikal Electronics.</p> Thu, 21 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 CML AT Medical and the Tomsk National Medical Center Have Developed Unique 3D Printed Cancer Implants <p>The engineers of the CML AT Medical project company of the Northwest Technology Transfer Center (NTTC) together with Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow of the Oncology Research Institute of the Tomsk National Research Medical Center (TNRMC) of the Russian Academy of Sciences Ilya Anisenya have developed a number of unique bone implants designed for patients suffering from various forms of cancer. The NTTC is a part of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs.</p> <p>The customer was the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sintel</a> manufacturing company, operating in reconstructive surgery. At the moment, the implants have been successfully installed in six patients of the Tomsk Scientific Research Center. The structures of titanium powder with a complex cellular structure have become a&nbsp;full-fledged replacement for the radius, humerus, tibia, and shoulder joint affected by cancerous tumors.</p> <p>According to <b>Yana Chekryzhova</b>, Head of CML AT Medical, printed implants are often the only way to keep a person able to move and live a full life. Cancer patients need a strictly individual approach, taking into account the degree and form of bone damage, the location of the tumor, and many other important factors. 3D printing allows the manufacture of complex-shaped endoprostheses with a cellular surface structure that cannot be produced by traditional methods.</p> <p>According to <b>Ilya Anisenya</b>, who carried out the surgeries, in all cases the implants were completely equivalent to the replacement bones of the patient, there were no problems when installing them, and the intervention itself was assessed as a successful one. Currently, implants show a good level of osteointegration, and patients undergo a post-surgery rehabilitation course. At CML AT Medical, the experience of cooperation is also positive and is planned to be developed. In September&ndash;October 2020, CML AT Medical intends to offer its products to a&nbsp;number of cancer centers across the country.</p> <p>Additive technologies in medicine have started to be used relatively recently. The implant was first printed only in 2012 by the Belgian company LayerWise. At the same time, the first surgery was carried out to implant a 3D printed titanium lower jaw. Currently, more than 300,000 of such surgeries are performed in the United States every year. The Russian market for medical products using 3D printing technologies is only developing. Meanwhile, the CML AT Medical professionals have already managed to achieve the superiority of their implants over the available analogues on the market on a number of important parameters. Thus, due to the mesh structure of the product surface, designed by the company&rsquo;s engineers, it was possible to provide better osteointegration of the implant into the patient&rsquo;s bone tissue, which ensures the stability of the implant. In addition, the cost of CML AT Medical endoprosprothesses is on average 20% lower than the price of its competitors. The process of production of individual medical products from the moment of receiving CT images of the patient to the shipment of the finished product takes about 2.5 weeks, which is crucial for the surgical treatment of patients with severe forms of oncology.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 New FIEP Projects to Develop the National Qualification System in the Nanoindustry Have Been Launched <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) together with its partners started elaborating new projects on the National Nanoindustry Skills System development.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the five professional standards in nanoelectronics and composite nanostructured polymers and nanometals, a designer of the professions of the future will be created for the technologies whose widespread use in industrial production is still expected.</p> <h2>Designing Professions of the Future</h2> <p>&ldquo;In the context of the transformation of the modern labor market, both in terms of changing the content of traditional professions and in view of the emergence of new ones, it is necessary to understand how to timely assess such changes and how to identify new and promising professions,&rdquo; said <b>Angelina Volkova</b>, Head of Professional Skills Development of the Fund. Predicting the professions of the future or the advanced qualifications is associated with the search for new technologies. In order to develop the advanced qualifications designing method within the Fund&rsquo;s new project, a competent portrait (profile) of the professional developer or user of the promising technology will be drawn up, and the processes for the integration of the advanced qualifications in the Russian and global economy will be described.</p> <p>The Saint-Petersburg Electrotechnical University ETU LETI will have to solve this problem together with the Fund&rsquo;s professionals, and the technologies of atomic-molecular design, the architectonics of supramolecular structures, synthesis of artificial inorganic and organic materials, and hybrid compositions, which were actively developed at the end of the 20th century, have been defined as the promising ones.&nbsp;</p> <p>This technology stack is a modern interdisciplinary end-to-end technological trend determining the prospects for the creation of new materials and substances, and is implemented using a set of processes, such as matrix assembly and self-assembly, self-organization in non-equilibrium conditions, incorporation and encapsulation of polymolecular associates, additive superprecision 2D and 3D printing, and molecular layering, quantum-wave superlocal and selective stimulation of reactions. This, in turn, allows the formation of a variety of technological trajectories in various fields of research and production while maintaining the unity of knowledge. The technology of atomic-molecular design and synthesis is considered to be an end-to-end technology for creating new substances and materials for various branches of scientific research and engineering as well as industrial production activities of a modern technology professional.</p> <p>During the project implementation, the innovative companies implementing technologies for atomic-molecular architecture and design in various fields (genetics, pharmacology, application of new materials, nanotechnology) will help to form qualification requirements for the professionals working within the framework of a system end-to-end technology in various industries, as well as a set of industry qualifications in compliance with the qualification levels.</p> <p>According to experts, the demand for atomic-molecular design and architectonics professionals is expected to increase. At the same time, the availability of the current purely applied qualification requirements, supported by real professional activities in the future, will allow for the targeted formation of advanced training programs for professionals capable of implementing breakthrough technologies.</p> <h2>New Professional Standards for the Nanoindustry</h2> <p>The Fund&rsquo;s project to develop five professional standards in the fields of nanoelectronics and composite nanostructured polymers and nanometals, the demand for which is dictated by labor market, has also been aimed at further developing the National System of Nanoindustry Qualifications. The application of professional standards allows forming qualification requirements in order to assess the professional qualifications of employees and to create a basis for building an educational trajectory for both future and current professionals. For the education system, professional standards are also a guideline, allowing to adjust the content of educational standards and programs in accordance with the qualifications of the staff.</p> <p>The development is initiated by the nanoindustry qualification assessment centers and is based on the practical application of a number of existing professional standards, as well as the accounting for the qualifications life cycle.</p> <p>The new professional standards will take into account the qualification requirements to implement the fully-featured production process in accordance with the business processes of high-tech products production, as well as requirements for graduates of professional educational organizations, which will allow to form the so-called &ldquo;input&rdquo; qualifications and to assess qualifications within the framework of intermediate and final certification of students of universities and colleges. For young people, this will be an opportunity to confirm the compliance of the obtained education with the labor market requirements or to adjust the educational trajectory in a timely manner, and for educational organizations, it will serve as a&nbsp;characteristic feature of compliance of the implemented training programs with the expectations of employers, and will reduce the employers&rsquo; uncertainty and risks in employment.</p> <p>The project will be implemented by the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Service under the President of the Russian Federation together with experts from the real sector of the economy, including professionals with experience in production work in the areas of professional activity corresponding to the focus of the developed professional standards, experts in personnel management, training, and development, rationing and labor rate setting, representatives of educational organizations implementing training programs for the nanoindustry, and leading employees of scientific organizations.</p> Thu, 20 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Global Success of Nanotubes Created in Russia Celebrated with Russian Federation National Awards in Science and Technology <p>Winners of the 2019 Russian Federation National Awards in science and technology were scientists from Kutateladze Institute of Thermophysics of the Siberian Branch (SB) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS): Academician Mikhail Predtechensky, Academician Dmitry Markovich and Professor Vladimir Meledin. They were recognized for creating the foundations of the global industry of single-wall carbon nanotubes and for proving that new diagnostic techniques for non-equilibrium systems and their management were scientifically sound.</p> <p>Scientists at Kutateladze Institute of Thermophysics SB RAS have been conducting fundamental and applied research into non-equilibrium systems of molecular clusters for many years. These studies became the basis of the world&rsquo;s only scalable technology for the industrial manufacture of single-wall carbon or graphene nanotubes, which was created by Academician Mikhail Predtechensky. Establishing the OCSiAl company ensured the idea found its practical application.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="Academician Mikhail Predtechensky" src="" /> <p>Academician Mikhail Predtechensky</p></div> <p>&ldquo;At present, graphene is a cutting-edge material and so are single-wall carbon or graphene nanotubes. We could expect that, as the stone and bronze ages that came before it, this period of technological advances, characterized by today&rsquo;s light and durable carbon-based materials, will be referred to as the age of carbon,&rdquo; said <strong>Mikhail Predtechensky</strong> is an academician and R&amp;D Head at OCSiAl.</p> <p>RUSNANO was the first external investor that believed in the team of Russian founders of OCSiAl and their graphene nanotube technology. Overall, RUSNANO invested more than $20 mln in the project, starting with funds provided for the construction of the first synthesis unit in Novosibirsk.</p> <p>&ldquo;Mikhail Predtechensky is truly one of the greatest scientists in academia who was the first to understand that even the most extraordinary findings of fundamental research are often difficult to market,&rdquo; said <strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Board at RUSNANO Management Company LLC. &ldquo;After all, anything that solves your clients&rsquo; specific problem sells well. Academician Mikhail Predtechensky has this unique ability to use research study results to create an innovative product that is in high demand on the global market. The best example of this is the OCSiAl project, which RUSNANO was a part of. Its founders wished to achieve an ambitious goal&mdash;to design an industrial-scale manufacturing process for graphene nanotubes, a universal additive capable of changing properties of materials it is added to. Only a few years ago, the idea seemed impossible, but today OCSiAl has essentially created its own global market for graphene nanotubes. I truly believe that Mikhail Predtechensky is one of Russia&rsquo;s globally recognized entrepreneurs in manufacturing technologies. And I am immensely happy that his contributions to science and innovative business have been recognized by the government.&rdquo;</p> <div class="img"><img alt="OCSiAl the biggest manufacturer of graphene nanotubes" src="" /> <p>OCSiAl the biggest manufacturer of graphene nanotubes</p></div> <p>OCSiAl is the biggest manufacturer of graphene nanotubes. Nowadays, OCSiAl, which produces 90% of the global supply of graphene nanotubes, is the biggest manufacturer of this unique material. More than 600 companies from all over the world purchase OCSiAl products, i.e. nanotubes under brand name TUBALL&trade;. And the number of buyers keeps on growing.</p> <p>By 2020, OCSiAl&rsquo;s capitalization reached $1.5 bln according to external investor estimates. Hence, reputable western experts included OCSiAl in the list of unicorn startup companies, the Global Unicorn Club.</p> <p>The country&rsquo;s leadership has shown that they highly value OCSiAl&rsquo;s innovations by awarding the Russian scientists behind them with the 2019 Russian Federation National Awards for outstanding achievements in science and technology. Most importantly, the method of synthesizing graphene nanotubes, designed by Academician Mikhail Predtechensky, found its application on an industrial scale. In fact, for the first time since the inception of these awards some years ago, the winners were employees of a private company, who have achieved success in a sphere that is not part of the natural resources sector of Russia&rsquo;s economy.</p> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Anisoprint Moves Composite Printer Production from Germany to TechnoSpark <div class="image left"><img alt="3D-принтер компании Anisoprint" src="/upload/images/news/2020-06-18_3D-Printer.jpg" /></div> <p>In June 2020, contract manufacturer of mechatronics, robotics, and medical equipment <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TEN fab</a> (part of the TechnoSpark Group of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) began mass production of the Anisoprint Composer A3 and Composer A4 3D-printers.</p> <p>Under the contract, TEN fab manufactures cases, mounts internal elements therein, and conducts testing before shipping. The customer receives a fully packaged 3D-printer. TEN fab and Anisoprint have been collaborating since 2019. Initially, TEN fab produced only enclosures for 3D-printers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Since Europe is our main market, the mass production of Composer printers originated from Germany. When the coronavirus emerged, we decided to move the production to Russia where we can always personally communicate with the production staff regardless of the situation with international borders. This guarantees a well-made product to customers,&rdquo; said <b>Fedor Antonov</b>, Anisoprint CEO.</p> <p>The Composer 3D-printers print composite products reinforced with continuous carbon or basalt fibers. The printhead of these printers is equipped with two nozzles: the first one performs co-extrusion&mdash;the fiber pre-impregnated with a special polymer mixture is combined with a thermoplastic, the second one supplies clean plastic for printing outer shells and supports. Models differ in the size of the construction area. The Anisoprint technology allows printing of production tooling, brackets, and other aircraft interiors, parts and functional prototypes in many areas from aircraft construction to healthcare.</p> <p>TEN fab manufactures parts, assembles the case, mounts components therein, connects electronic components, calibrates the table, tests printers according to the customer&rsquo;s protocol, and packs finished products.</p> <p>&ldquo;The infrastructure created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TechnoSpark</a> is not only competing with the European one but also successfully wining this competition. This is a very correct story for the Russian innovation system: the company with the Skoltech-based team core, coming to the world level, has placed production in Russia to export high-tech products in the future,&rdquo; said<b> Denis Kovalevich</b>, CEO of TechnoSpark Group.</p> <p>TEN fab has accumulated experience in mass producing of 3D-printers of varying complexity: in 2019, Imprinta also moved to TEN fab the production of 3D-printers for plastic printing.</p> <p></p> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Altren Will Sell Dutch EWT Wind Turbines in Russia <p>According to the website of the Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWPI), the Altren Russian project company and Emergya Wind Technologies B.V., the Dutch manufacturer of wind turbines, have signed a partnership agreement.</p> <p>According to the document, as an EWT partner in Russia, Altren can sell EWT equipment and draw customers and investors to install 500 kW&ndash;1 MW wind turbines in isolated and hard-to-reach areas where power is provided by diesel power plants. These areas are considered to be the most promising ones for the development of renewable energy sources (RES).</p> <p>Founded in 2004, EWT is the world&rsquo;s leading developer and manufacturer of direct-drive wind turbines. To date, more than 600 EWT turbines have been installed in North America, Europe, and Asia, covering electricity needs of almost 500,000 households.</p> <p>Altren notes that the agreement will allow the company to cover the entire power spectrum of wind turbines, ranging from 5 kW to 1 MW wind turbines. At the moment, Altren can offer partners and customers any comprehensive solution that includes RES equipment, drives, and off-grid and on-grid control systems. The solutions can be used both in microgeneration and for large wind farms, both for auxiliaries and the energy supply of small settlements or industrial parks.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With EWT, we also discussed the possibility of localizing wind turbine components in Russia, if the market volume allows it in the future,&rdquo; Altren added.</p> <p>Established in 2016, Altren (Ulyanovsk, Russia) is a member of the RAWPI, the resident of the ULNANOTECH Ulyanovsk nanocenter. The company specializes mainly on wind power. It operates on the renewable energy market in Russia, implementing projects to localize components of wind power plants, as well as projects of autonomous hybrid power systems based on renewable energy for isolated and hard-to-reach areas.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Scale of Nanotechnology Industry: What RUSNANO’s Investments Brought to Russian Economy <h5>RUSNANO finished 2019 not only with positive results in its investment portfolio, but also with a set of specific projects in the highly demanded areas, from renewable power generation to medicine</h5> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="" /></div> <h2>Trillion Sales Technologies</h2> <p>Last year, RUSNANO portfolio companies achieved an 11% increase in their sales of nanotechnology industry products&mdash;to RUB 445.4 bln compared to 2018. It should be noted that while RUSNANO, as one of the leading institutions for Russia&rsquo;s development, is building the domestic nanotechnology industry, the accumulated sales of portfolio companies have reached a colossal amount of RUB 2.27 trln, and exports of these innovative companies have exceeded 353 bln RUB. In 2019, exports increased by 8.1%, to RUB 78.12 bln, compared to the previous year.</p> <p>&ldquo;We believe that in the next ten years, the Russian nanotechnology industry will become one of the top three among the high-tech industries in terms of export volumes,&rdquo; <strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong> predicted back in 2017. As of today, if we take into account the manufacturers of nanoproducts independent of RUSNANO, the volume of Russian nanotechnology industry exports reached RUB 541 bln in 2019 alone.</p> <p>According to RUSNANO&rsquo;s development strategy, one of the key performance indicators is the faster growth rate of nano-revenue of invested companies compared to the dynamics of industrial production in the country. At the end of 2019, the growth of nano-revenue exceeded the dynamics of industrial production by 8.1 percentage points, which is 110.5% against 102.4%, according to Rosstat.</p> <p>At the end of 2019, the growth rate of exports of portfolio companies exceeded the growth rate of exports of the Russian Federation (excluding the oil and gas sector) by 4.4 percentage points. This was achieved, among other things, due to RUSNANO&rsquo;s systematic work on industry development. Today, the projects supported by the state company contribute to the solution of government tasks in the field of technological development.</p> <p>&ldquo;Dozens of RUSNANO&rsquo;s portfolio companies are somehow involved in a wide range of national projects. Today, for example, RUSNANO is a leader in the Russian renewable power generation sector. And this is a direct contribution to the implementation of the national environmental project. In this regard, it should be noted once again that our activities directly, not indirectly or via some tricky methods, influence a significant part of national projects,&rdquo; <strong>Anatoly Chubais </strong>says.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="" /> <p>UEC-Saturn PJSC</p></div> <p>What is the impact of the establishment of RUSNANO on the budget? Tax liabilities made by the portfolio companies exceeded RUB 152 bln as of the end of 2019, and in 2018 recouped the government&rsquo;s contribution to the establishment of RUSNANO in the amount of RUB 130 bln. Last year alone, nanotechnology companies paid RUB 20 bln in taxes.</p> <p>&ldquo;Almost all expenses of the government for the establishment of RUSNANO were reimbursed in the form of taxes. The goal we were established for, our mission have been fully accomplished and will be pursued in the future,&rdquo; the head of the company stated.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=" "></iframe></div> <h2>Geography of New Production Facilities</h2> <p>One of the questions RUSNANO is often asked is: &ldquo;Where can we see the real results for the economy, as statistics can be misleading?&rdquo;</p> <p>The answer to this question is very simple&mdash;the result can be seen in the establishment of new high-tech plants and enterprises. In 2019 alone, the number of launches in Russia under investment projects with RUSNANO&rsquo;s participation increased by 18. In total, there are already 115 enterprises and R&amp;D centres opened due to the nanotechnology company. Together with 13 nanocentres of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, they cover 37 regions of the country.</p> <p>Another indicator is the number of workplaces created. By the end of the last year their number in portfolio companies exceeded 40,000. Approximately 1,400 specialists are engaged in research and development activities. RUSNANO companies&rsquo; total expenditures on research and development (R&amp;D) have exceeded RUB 46.9 bln over the whole period.</p> <h2>Innovation Machine</h2> <p>As is well known, RUSNANO selects promising projects and technologies and invests in companies at the stage of production creation or scaling-up. Since 2007, such investments have accumulated RUB 202.5 bln in a wide range of high-tech areas &ndash; from the production of materials with unique properties to the creation of new areas in medicine and energy.</p> <p>RUSNANO makes a profit from its successful projects by investing in the establishment of new companies. By the end of 2019, there were 54 exits from the historical portfolio projects with an average IRR of 15.5% (compared to fair value in 2013, when portfolio management was transferred to RUSNANO Management Company). By the beginning of 2020, total revenues from the investment portfolio amounted to RUB 90.8 bln, which, together with the fair value of the current portfolio, exceed investments by RUB 14.1 bln. In other words, as of today, the result from investments is positive.</p> <h2>Arrival of Private Investors</h2> <p>Since 2014, RUSNANO has moved from direct investments in promising projects to the classic fund of funds model, i.e. investments began to come only from funds created together with industry partners in the private sector. Since then, the effectiveness of RUSNANO has also been measured by how many third-party funds have been raised for the development of the industry. By early 2020, nine new funds managed jointly by RUSNANO Management Company raised RUB 80 bln from third-party investors. In 2019 alone, external investors invested RUB 26.1 bln in two new funds. New funds with RUSNANO&rsquo;s participation have already invested about RUB 43 bln in portfolio companies. The funds are focused on different sectors of the economy &ndash; renewable power generation, chemistry, and digital solutions.</p> <p>&ldquo;Venture business is about risks. You need to build a business in this area in such a way that you can hedge it. There is a simple idea about that. It is called a portfolio. What is a venture fund? It is a portfolio. And it is definitely not one, not three, not five, but 10-15, or even more projects. What are they for? Let us take the sails on the mast of the ship as an example. The ship got into a storm, some of sails were torn up, and some remained intact, so the ship reached the shore. You can fail many times, but it is important for the portfolio to bring a positive result in the end,&rdquo; <strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong> explains.</p> <h2>Network of Infrastructure Centres</h2> <p>Without innovative infrastructure, no advanced production can be created or developed. The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) of RUSNANO Group is responsible for creating the institutional conditions for the implementation of high-tech solutions.</p> <p>The Fund&rsquo;s area of responsibility includes nanocentres for technological start-ups, personnel training programmes, advanced regulatory documentation, demand stimulation and information support.</p> <p>The Fund has formed a network of 13 nanotechnology centres in different regions of Russia. Every year, dozens of start-ups appear in them in the material based and hardware industries, and their total number has already reached 811. Investments in the network exceeded RUB 13.4 bln, 2.9 bln of which in 2019. Revenue from infrastructure projects over the past 12 months have increased by 70%, to RUB 9.4 bln, compared to 2018.</p> <p>In 2019, five companies of the FIEP investment network were included in the V national rating of the most efficient technoparks, which is compiled annually by the Association of Clusters and Technoparks of Russia. For the fourth consecutive year, the first place in the rating of technoparks in terms of the efficiency of operation and attractiveness of sites for high-tech companies is taken by TechnoSpark Group (Troitsk, New Moscow).</p> <p>&ldquo;The unique competence of TechnoSpark is the ability to build new technology companies from scratch &ndash; from a start-up business hypothesis to a commercially sustainable business. Our companies are continuously investing in the development of new technologies. Only in this case do they have a chance to take their market share or even form a new segment. This is what attracts investors to us, so in 2019 we started opening our technology companies for them,&rdquo; says <strong>Denis Kovalevich</strong>, CEO and shareholder of TechnoSpark Group of Companies.</p> <h2>Support of Innovations</h2> <p>The Fund develops personnel training programmes for high-tech industries. By the end of 2019, more than 94,000 specialists, teachers and students had been trained under 199 programmes. About 200 companies from 40 regions initiated the programmes. More than 75 higher education institutions took part in the development. 70 professional standards for promising engineering professions have been approved.</p> <p>The Fund is improving the system of technical regulations and standards to remove barriers to innovations. The Innovation Certification project involves 17 regions of Russia. 680 documents on compliance of quality, safety, eco-friendly and innovative products, technologies, facilities and enterprise management systems were issued, 76 of them in 2019. 255 national and interstate standards for nanoproducts have been developed, including 15 in the last year. 66 certificates for eco-friendly products and 12 reports confirming the reduction of the carbon footprint were issued.</p> <div class="img"><img alt="" src="" /> <p>Press Service of PAO Fortum</p></div> <p>The FIEP initiates an increase in demand for innovative products in key industries. The total volume of their application during the capital repair of apartment buildings in 2019 amounted to over RUB 4.5 bln. The project documentation for Gazprom&rsquo;s investment projects includes 22 nanotechnology solutions. 19 technologies are applied at the facilities of the Transneft system.</p> <p>As part of the International Cooperation and Export national project, the Fund supported 17 companies manufacturing high-tech products.</p> Thu, 14 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Group Funds Study of Blood Coagulation System in Patients with COVID-19 <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>RUSNANO Group has allocated RUB 4 mln to the National Association of Primary Immunodeficiency Experts (NAPIE) to support a clinical test aimed at studying the state of the blood coagulation system in patients with COVID-19. Russian scientists assume that it is possible to avoid severe manifestations of the disease by monitoring the state of the coagulation system via timely detection of hypercoagulation changes and controlled administration of anticoagulant drugs that correct excessive blood clotting. A high-precision Thrombodynamics test produced by <a href="/portfolio/companies/hemacore">HemaCore</a>, a RUSNANO portfolio company, is used, among other things, to diagnose the haemostasis system.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Исследование системы свертывания крови у пациентов с COVID-19 компании «ГемКор»" src="" /></p> <p>The RUSNANO donation is aimed at providing volunteers directly involved in the study with personal protective equipment, compensation for their costs of living in isolation and moving to clinical sites, as well as compliance with other necessary personal and public safety measures.</p> <p>It is arranged by the Center for Theoretical Problems of Physical and Chemical Pharmacology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Department of Oncology, Hematology and Radiotherapy of the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Dmitry Rogachev National Medical Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology. The study involves several large medical institutions in Moscow focused on the treatment of patients with suspected or confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus infection, such as the Federal State Budgetary Healthcare Institution &ldquo;Hospital of the Russian Academy of Sciences&rdquo; (Troitsk), State Budgetary Healthcare Institution &ldquo;City Clinical Hospital No. 40 of the Moscow Healthcare Department&rdquo;, State Budgetary Healthcare Institution &ldquo;V.V. Vinogradov City Clinical Hospital of the Moscow Healthcare Department&rdquo;, State Budgetary Healthcare Institution &ldquo;I.V. Davydovsky City Clinical Hospital of the Moscow Healthcare Department&rdquo;, and others.</p> <p>The study&rsquo;s purpose is to reveal whether hypercoagulation leads to deterioration of patients&rsquo; condition up to the development of critical consequences and determine an effective scheme for correcting excessive blood clotting in COVID-19. The Thrombodynamics test is one of the few laboratory methods that can detect blood clotting disorders with high sensitivity and help the doctor assess the effectiveness of anticoagulant treatment. It is assumed that Thrombodynamics test can become a good predictive tool for detecting patients with a negative prognosis at the early stages of the disease even before the clinical manifestations of complications. This will help prevent the progression of the disease and reduce the number of patients requiring intensive care, thus improving treatment results and reducing the burden on hospitals and the healthcare system as a whole.</p> <p>The study is planned to be completed by the end of May 2020, after which, if successful, the practice of using the Thrombodynamics test to diagnose the haemostasis system in patients with coronavirus infection may be extended to the regions of the Russian Federation.</p> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company:&nbsp;&ldquo;Finding an effective way to prevent the severe consequences of coronavirus infection is an extremely urgent task for healthcare. We are proud that high-precision diagnostics from HemaCore is used as part of an important clinical test on blood clotting and can help in the treatment of this dangerous disease. It would have been impossible to launch the study quickly if it were not for the dozens of volunteers who came to help in the laboratories of Moscow medical institutions leaving their homes for a few weeks to do so. Among them are young doctors, biologists and chemists, and we considered it our duty to help in arranging the safest possible conditions for working with the blood of patients with COVID-19, which is a potentially dangerous material.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 14 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Get Support and Enter the International Market. How Does the Russian-Israeli Research and Development Support Program Works? <h5>On July 15, 2020, the Ninth selection of projects for participation in the Russian-Israeli R&amp;D support program in nanotechnology and high-tech sectors was launched. Based on the results, the grant of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs will be awarded to the projects selected. Inc. has figured out how this program works and what the applicants need to succeed.</h5> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <h2>Promoting Innovation</h2> <blockquote>Israel has a great experience as a joint research and development partner in creating a favorable climate for the development of innovative startups.</blockquote> <p>The program started with the signing of an agreement on cooperation in research and development by the governments of Russia and Israel in 2010. On the Russian side, the agreement was implemented by the RUSNANO state corporation, and on the Israeli side&mdash;by the office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy of Israel. Subsequently, during the reorganization, RUSNANO was divided into JSC RUSNANO and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP), which has taken over the implementation of the Russian-Israeli program. In 2016, changes also took place for the Israeli partner: the Innovation Agency of the State of Israel was created based on the Chief Scientist Office.</p> <p>Israel has a great experience as a joint research and development partner in creating a favorable climate for the development of innovative startups. &ldquo;Israel is called the &lsquo;startup nation&rsquo; for a reason. It is an advanced R&amp;D country, and consequently, Israeli partners are able to bring to the projects the developments in bringing the product to a state in which it is of interest to the end consumer. A very successful production duo is emerging, where the Russian partner provides a highly professional technological expertise, its competitive production capabilities, and the Israeli participant uses its customer acquisition experience, meeting their needs taking into account market trends, good knowledge of regulatory systems in the largest sectors of the global market,&rdquo; says <b>Alexey Kachay</b>, FIEP Deputy Director General.</p> <p>Also, the search for partners and interaction with them is simplified by the strong ties between Russia and Israel. &ldquo;Up to 80% of our partners in Israel speak Russian and have obtained education or experience in the Soviet Union or Russia,&rdquo; says Kachay.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <blockquote>A joint application for the project shall be submitted by Russian and Israeli participants to participate in the selection process.</blockquote> <p>The support for the project selected is represented by awarding to the Russian participant the grant that usually represents 30-40% of the budget of the Russian part of the project and in any case, may exceed 50%. The applicant provides the rest of the budget either independently from its own funds or through the third-party fundraising. The grant is gratuitous&mdash;the allocated funds may only be returned in case of misuse thereof. The Innovation Agency of the State of Israel provides similar support to the applicant&rsquo;s Israeli partner.</p> <p>A joint application for the project shall be submitted by Russian and Israeli participants to participate in the selection process. Alongside the application submission, the participants will also settle issues related to the development of cooperation during the project and the subsequent stage of commercialization, ownership of intellectual property created during the project, and financial and other issues for the project launch.</p> <p>It should be noted that the program is designed for joint R&amp;D and construction works. The partner applicants, where one party is engaged in the product creation and the other&mdash;only in commercialization thereof, will not be selected. If the Russian applicant does not have a partner in Israel yet, the FIEP and the Innovation Agency are ready to help in its search. Israeli participants can get the same support to find a partner in Russia.</p> <p>&ldquo;We do everything possible to help find suitable partners. We use the help of our program partners (FIEP), as well as Israeli representatives in the destination countries, such as Yakir Davidson (Head of the Trade and Economic Mission of the Israeli Embassy in Russia. &mdash; Inc. remark). We also recommend the startups to turn to potential partners on their own,&rdquo; the representative of the Innovation Agency said.</p> <p>According to him, Israeli companies are interested in the program. The more participants succeed and show the end result, the higher the value of participating therein will be. In any case, the agency sees great potential in cooperation between the two countries&mdash;Russia and Israel.</p> <p>Meanwhile, there are cases where the program was initiated by the Israeli party. &ldquo;Before the start of the grant, we had communicated with AquaMaof for more than two years, showed them our developments, discussed the prospective interest of the aquaculture market in our products, planned joint work on their experimental base taking into account their leading positions and experience in the aquaculture industrialization market. A month before the end of the selection, our Israeli partner said: &#39;Do you know about such a program? Let&rsquo;s participate!&#39; The decision was made instantly in a telephone conversation, and for two weeks we have been preparing the materials for submission in a round-the-clock mode,&rdquo; says <b>Olga Afanasyeva</b>, Executive Director of Protein KormBioTech Issledovaniya. Her company together with its Israeli partner was selected, received the grant, and is now close to the launch of its product.</p> <h3>The opportunities the project participants get:</h3> <ul> <li>grant support</li> <li>creating a high-tech product</li> <li>international cooperation</li> <li>bringing the product to the international market</li> <li>project development prospects in the innovation sector</li> <li>strengthening the project team</li> <li>followed by technology or product scaling.</li></ul> <h2>Selection Features</h2> <blockquote>It should be noted that during the project evaluation, the experts give their recommendations, after which the applicants have the opportunity to finalize the application.</blockquote> <p>In total, eight selections took place during the program, where more than 70 applications were considered. The first two selections of projects from Russia were carried out by the RUSNANO state corporation, and the FIEP was involved in the implementation and funding of the projects. During the selection process, each application undergoes scientific and technological expertise both with the FIEP and the Innovation Agency. For these purposes, the FIEP engages third-party industry experts with extensive experience in this field.</p> <p>Experts assess the application on the following parameters: scientific validity and technical feasibility; innovativeness, the availability of the final product, prospects for commercialization thereof; cost reasonableness, the availability of the necessary infrastructure and, in general, the ability to do the job stated, as well as the involvement of both partners.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our task is not only to select the best project but also to help selected projects to become the &lsquo;best version of themselves&rsquo;, to take them to the next level. Of course, one of the important tasks of the program is to develop joint cooperation and prepare projects for commercial implementation. But the task of increasing the country&rsquo;s research and engineering potential is equally important. Maybe our specialists will fail to bring the matter to commercial success now, but they will be able to apply the experience in new projects,&rdquo; explains Kachay.</p> <p>&ldquo;The requirements for materials are above average. It is also necessary that a plan for joint research work is available. Fortunately, we had plans for such works, but our plans is one thing, and formalizing these data for research and development and to schedule all the works&mdash;is another,&rdquo; Afanasyeva commented on the application preparation process.</p> <p>It should be noted that during the project evaluation, the experts give their recommendations, whereafter the applicants have the opportunity to finalize the application. In addition, during the examination, a kind of &laquo;second chance&rdquo; is given, where the additional materials are requested from the partner applicants. After a thorough analysis of the application by the Russian and Israeli parties, a final decision is taken. The application gains support under the so-called &ldquo;two-key&rdquo; principle, i.e., only if approved by both the FIEP and the Israel Innovation Agency.</p> <h3>Russian-Israeli Program in Figures</h3> <ul> <li><strong>70 applications</strong> have been reviewed for the duration of the program</li> <li><strong>5 years</strong> the expected commercialization of the technology</li> <li><strong>9 projects</strong> have been selected and supported</li> <li><strong>3&ndash;4 months</strong> to make a decision on the project (taking finalization into account)</li></ul> <h2>The Key to Success</h2> <blockquote>In total, nine projects have been selected over the years. Two of them have already been implemented, one is nearing completion, and the other six are in different implementation stages.</blockquote> <p>Preference is given to projects that promote the development of new productions and tools. Another factor that increases the chances of success is the availability of a clear commercialization program in both global and local markets. The most common mistake is that the application is not filled out in sufficient detail, which is why experts are unable to give a comprehensive assessment of the project.</p> <p>In total, nine projects have been selected over the years. Two of them have already been implemented, one is nearing completion, and the other six are in different implementation stages. The first project from the completed ones is the device for crushing stones in the body (litotriptor) created by the Tomsk Advanced Powder Technologies and the Israeli Lithotech Medical. After the completion of the project, the device successfully went through the Russian and European certification, and its sales and deliveries to medical facilities were started. The second is the piezosensor developed by Moscow NIIGrafit from Moscow and Israeli I. A. Research. The piezosensor acts as a hydrophone, a vibration sensor, and an acoustic vibrations component. At the moment, all research and development on the project have been completed, and the team is working to expand the piezosensor application range.</p> <p>The project of Protom from the Moscow-based Protvino science city and the Israeli P-Cure is also nearing its completion. The partners have developed the proton therapeutic complex that would make proton therapy more accessible in the treatment of cancer. Proton therapy allows the tumor to be destroyed by a radiation particles beam with minimal impact on the surrounding vital organs.</p> <p>The proton unit consists of two parts. Protom was responsible for the proton accelerator, and P-Cure&mdash;for the medical and hardware part, which shows the location of the tumor in real time. Now the unit, created by the partners, is FDA-certified. It differs from its counterparts in fundamentally smaller sizes and weights, more affordable price, reduced operating costs, high accuracy of treatment, and mobility.</p> <p>According to <b>Mikhail Marash</b>, founder and CEO of P-Cure, he has extensive experience applying for various support programs, since it is a common practice in Israel. The advantage of their application was the established partnership with the Protom team. Together, they considered various options for participating in startup support programs and decided that the Russian-Israeli program would be the best option for them. Among its strengths, Marash noted the openness to dialogue and minimum bureaucracy.</p> <p><b>Olga Afanasyeva</b>, Executive Director of Protein KormBioTech Issledovaniya, agrees with him. Her company is working with Israel&rsquo;s AquaMaof to develop astaxanthin, the natural antioxidant being one of the most expensive ingredients in aquaculture feed.</p> <p>The interaction with the Israeli partner allowed Protein KormBioTech Issledovaniya to enter the international market and start preparations for production in Russia. Currently, the partners have completed the development of the unit technology for production, and experimental batches are being tested in Israel.</p> <p>&ldquo;This program is the best we know in Russia. For us, and most likely for many other areas, the interaction with the Israeli partner is the Elon Musk&rsquo;s &lsquo;trampoline&rsquo; to enter international markets,&rdquo; Afanasyeva believes. &ldquo;In any case, after the demonstration of the feed reports of Maof Hanegev Ltd (a subsidiary research division of AquaMaof, with which we conduct R&amp;D), the top three world aquaculture feed companies began negotiations with us; in parallel with this, Russian manufacturers started to treat our developments seriously.&rdquo;</p> <p>From the very beginning, the Russian-Israeli program set quite high standards for the quality of application, so not everyone copes with them from the first time. Even with this outcome, having received the assessment of highly qualified experts involved in the analysis of applications, participants have the opportunity to improve the level of development of the project and come with it again in the following years.</p> <p>In 2020, the selection of applications will last until November 25. Priority is given to the technological areas on which the FIEP focuses, namely quality of life, new materials and coatings, energy efficiency, nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, photonics, neurotechnology, and artificial intelligence.</p> <p>Ultimately, for startups, participation in the Russian-Israeli program of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs and the State of Israel Innovation Agency offers several opportunities at once. Firstly, it provides cooperation with a foreign partner and joint structuring of a project. Secondly, it provides invaluable experience in planning and systematizing work for a long period. Thirdly, it is the possibility of entering the international markets with a product. Fourthly, the grant funds themselves will help to significantly promote R&amp;Ds. All this brings practical benefits for participants at any stage of the project.</p> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The RUSNANO’s FIEP Nanocenter Hands Over 1,000 Protective Screens to Medical Institutions in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region <p>On April 27, the Northwest Technology Transfer Center (NWTTC), as part of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP), handed over to medical institutions in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region 1,000 protective facial screens reducing the risk of the COVID-19 infection. The batch, handed over to doctors, included an improved model of the product, the total weight of which is 2 times lower than that of the previous versions.</p> <p>The Northwest Nanocenter used the best engineering practices to organize efficient production, resulting in the production of a batch of protective screens in two days. &ldquo;The technical solutions proposed by our CML AT Medical engineering company reduced the printing time of individual items 5 times, thereby influencing the production cycle as a whole. To date, we have all the necessary resources for the rapid and mass production of protective facial screens,&rdquo; commented <b>Daniil Kovalchuk</b>, Director General of the NWTTC.</p> <p>Protective screens are designed to individually protect the eyes, airways, and skin from direct exposure to various small particles and viruses. They are made of durable plastic, are reusable, easily disinfected, have a small weight, and are easy to use. They can be easily adjusted to the desired size of the head. They can provide effective protection not only to doctors, but also to employees of other contact professions, for example, sellers and front-office operators of the service sector, working directly with clients, couriers, and employees of housing and utilities infrastructure.</p> <p>The production of protective screens is a continuation of the NWTTC social initiative, which aims to assist health facilities in combating the spread of the coronavirus infection. Earlier, the Northwest Nanocenter and the TechnoSpark Group supported the nationwide #3Dvracham movement and handed over to the participants 300 kg of plastic for 3D-printing of scarce disposable components of masks and other products used by medical professionals in their fight against COVID-19.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Amendments to the Law on Science Will Help Creating New Jobs <p>The amendments to the law on science adopted by the State Duma on Friday will help to create new jobs and bring Russian innovations to the world level. This was stated to TASS by <b>Alexey Kachay</b>, Deputy Director General of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs of RUSNANO.</p> <p>&ldquo;The forthcoming law will provide great support to the innovation industry, create new projects, new jobs, and allow to gain leadership positions in increasing number of industries. The ideas will be embodied in specific companies not only for the Russian market but also over time&mdash;on a global scale,&rdquo; Kachay said.</p> <p>According to him, the law introduces a number of new concepts, linking innovation activities at various stages, in particular the concept of direct or venture financing of innovative projects.</p> <p>&ldquo;The proposed law is based on the logic of promoting projects between different stages. Once scientists have invented something, the project switches to the commercialization stage&mdash;from the late stage of research and development, the start-up creation, its growth, scaling, and further development. In this way, various forms of state financing of innovations are provided,&rdquo; the agency&rsquo;s source added.</p> <p>He also specified that the proposed law would give venture capitalists and high-tech entrepreneurs the necessary &ldquo;right to risk&rdquo;. In this case, companies can deal not only with short-term, fast-reaching and guaranteed projects, but also with breakthrough ideas, whose success at the start is not obvious, but can bring the greatest results for the society and the economy.</p> <p>&ldquo;The proposed law determines that in innovation there is a possibility of not achieving the planned result, and this is normal. Not every ruble of the budget funds will lead to something financially embodied. Sometimes a start-up tries to do something, then, realizing that the original idea does not work, reformats its activities and achieves success in a different technological incarnation. For the company and its investors (including the state) it means success, new markets, new horizons of development and significant economic effect of investment. But it will not happen with all investments, some projects will not be able to kick-in or even pay off, but, assessing the overall portfolio of investments, it will be a noticeable result,&rdquo; Kachay concluded.</p> <h3>About the Law</h3> <p>On Friday, in the first reading, the State Duma adopted amendments to the law on science and state scientific and technical policy. The purpose of the proposed law is to form a unified system of state support for innovation.</p> <p>The initiative was developed by the Ministry of Economic Development under the Russian President&rsquo;s message and aims to establish the acceptable level of financial risks in venture financing using budget funds.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Mon, 25 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Allocates RUB 5 Mln to Help the Far East Overcome the Spread of 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>RUSNANO Group has allocated RUB 5 mln to support the Far East regions in their fight against the spread of coronavirus. The aid programme is being implemented by the <a href="" target="_blank">Far East and Arctic Development Fund</a>&nbsp; (FEDF) following an order of <strong>Yury Trutnev</strong>, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District. More than 20 large Russian companies participate in the financing. The target volume of the support programme is RUB 950 mln.</p> <p>The programme is aimed at improving the level of personal protective equipment and specialized equipment for the Far Eastern Federal District&rsquo;s medical institutions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This will reduce the risks of contracting disease for medical personnel and improve the effectiveness of therapy for patients with COVID-19.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p>Procurement of additional personal protective equipment is centralized and already distributed to medical facilities of the Far Eastern regions. 289,000 protective coveralls, 206,000 protective goggles, 408,000 respirators and 200,000 pairs of medical gloves are provided to medical personnel for the raised funds. Besides, direct financial aid for the health care needs of Republic of Buryatia, Trans-Baikal Territory, Kamchatka Territory, Magadan Region and Jewish Autonomous Region is provided. The necessary equipment for regional hospitals has already been procured with these funds.</p> <p><strong>Anatoly Chubais</strong>, Chairman of the Executive Board of Management Company RUSNANO:&nbsp;&ldquo;Amidst the ongoing pandemic, we consider it our duty to create the safest possible environment for medical personnel working in a highly stressful health care environment. In the Far East, it is particularly important to ensure the timely delivery of protective and medical equipment to all remote areas with difficult transport accessibility.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Alexey Chekunkov</strong>, General Director of the Far East Development Fund:&nbsp;&ldquo;A set of measures aimed at fighting the spread of infection is being implemented in the Far East. It is important for the state, development institutions and large companies to work together. This makes it possible to provide doctors with effective personal protective equipment in a timely manner and to ensure professional and prompt medical assistance to Far Eastern patients. We thank RUSNANO and all participants of the programme for their support and participation. I am sure that together we will be able to overcome temporary difficulties and win.&rdquo;</p> <p>VEB.RF, Roman Abramovich Foundation, PJSC Polyus, Evraz, PJSC RusHydro, SIBUR, JSC Russian Copper Company, Nakhodka Marine Trade Port, MC Kolmar, GC Rusagro, RFP Holding, Baikal Mining Company, SUEK, SMNM Veco, Backer Hughes and a number of other companies are already participating in the Far East regions support programme implemented by FEDF.</p> Mon, 25 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The First Russian Monoblock PC on the new Baikal Chip and Domestic Linux Released <h5>Edelweiss, being the first of three Russian developers to launch monoblock PCs based on the domestic Baikal-M mobile processor, announced the release of its touchscreen PC based on this chip. The releases of new products from its competitors are expected any day.</h5> <h2>Baikal-based Sensor Monoblock</h2> <p>As it became known to CNews, the Russian Edelweiss company engaged in the electronics development, had released monoblock computer with a touch screen based on the domestic Baikal-M processor. Apparently, this is the first completed PC running on this chip.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s Executive Director <b>Aleksandr Grishchenkov</b> said in a conversation with CNews that as of that date the PC was presented in the form of engineering samples. &ldquo;Now the product is submitted for testing to various organizations, and after the tests, the industrial batch run will be formed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;We do not disclose information about potential customers yet.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Grishchenkov, the estimated cost of the device will be from RUB 150 thousand, depending on its version. Edelweiss believes that first of all corporate customers for whom technological independence is important may be interested in computers.</p> <p>It is noteworthy that this is not about adapting a previously existing PC for Baikals, but about a specialized development for domestic chips. &ldquo;This is a new step towards import substitution of computing technology targeted at the mass market of IT equipment,&rdquo; says Grishchenkov. &ldquo;The monoblock is the first of a series of consumer computing devices that we plan to bring to the market in the near future.&rdquo;</p> <p>The top manager did not give details as to whether this range would also be based on Baikals, or other processors would be involved.</p> <p>According to CNews, Russian Depo and 3Logic companies should also present their monoblocks based on Baikal-M from day to day. Presumably, the presentations will take place at the Army 2020 international military-technical forum, which was opened on August 23, 2020, in Kubinka outside Moscow</p> <h2>Cooperation of Russian Developers</h2> <p>Let us remind you that the processor used in the Edelweiss PC, developed by Baikal Electronics, was introduced to the market in early October 2019. Unlike the company&rsquo;s first chip, Baikal-T1 on the MIPS architecture (created in accordance with the RISC concept, i.e., for processors with an abbreviated set of commands), Baikal-M is implemented on the ARM architecture.</p> <p>A month ago, on July 22, 2020, it was Edelweiss that announced the creation of the first motherboard based on Baikal-M, within the mini-ITX form factor. At the time of release, ATX and mini-ATX were also in development. At the same time, it was reported that in addition to the Baikal Electronics professionals, the developers of the range of the domestic ALT OS by Basalt SPO took part in the creation of the board.</p> <p>This company&rsquo;s ALT workstation operating system is preinstalled on the new Edelweiss monoblock. It is included in the Unified Register of Domestic Software under the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications and is compatible with a significant set of applications from this register, including CryptoPro CSP, Dr.Web, PostgresPro, DirectumRX, etc.</p> <h2>Technical Specifications of the PC</h2> <p>Edelweiss assures that all circuitry solutions of the monoblock were developed in Russia by their own engineers. The system supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM, M.2 M key expansion slots (PCIe 3.0 x 4) for NVME SSD, PCIe 3.0 x8, and 2x SATA 3.0 6 Gb/s.</p> <p>The computer has a set of I/O interfaces that include USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectors, an optical S/PDIF port and a single headphone/microphone jack, audio out and line in.</p> <p>The touch screen has a diagonal of 23.8 inches, Full HD resolution, and an IPS matrix. According to the developer&rsquo;s description, the platform is equipped with a retractable webcam with a dual (stereo) microphone, which is hidden inside the body and excludes the possibility of hidden video surveillance.</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 TestGene from RUSNANO Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs Network Registers Ultra-accurate Test for COVID-19 <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><a href="" target="_blank">TestGene</a> from the <a href="" target="_blank">ULNANOTECH</a> Ulyanovsk nanocenter (part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) of RUSNANO Group) received a registration certificate of the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor) on May 15, 2020 and has launched mass production of its own genetic test for COVID-19. The new test system shows the presence or absence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA at the earliest stages with high accuracy of more than 96%.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The CoV-2-Test" src="" /></p> <p>The CoV-2-Test system was developed by TestGene specialists in about a month. The first batches are ready to be sent to the regions of Russia.</p> <p>The CoV-2 Test is based on the real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method, which the World Health Organization recommends as the most accurate and reliable way to diagnose viral infection. When developing the test system, recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration were also taken into account.</p> <p>The sample for analysis is a biomaterial taken from the nasal or oropharyngeal mucosa of the patient, or sputum from the lungs. Due to the use of modern highly productive enzymes, the test detects even a very small amount of genetic material (RNA) of the virus in the human biological material. This helps to detect the disease in the incubation period at the earliest stages. A high-precision test result can be obtained in two hours.</p> <p>According to <strong>Denis Viktorov</strong>, Head of the Laboratory for Scientific and Technical Development of TestGene, PhD in Biology, the RT-PCR method is best suited for detecting SARS-CoV-2, since it is highly sensitive and allows detecting even single copies of the virus RNA in a biological sample. In addition, this method allows for making the test highly specific, since the flexibility at the development stage allows for selecting unique nucleotide sequences that occur only in this virus.</p> <p>The new test system has successfully passed clinical testing at the Federal State Budgetary Healthcare Institution &ldquo;Head Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology of the Federal Medical-Biological Agency of Russia&rdquo; (Moscow) and showed the test accuracy of 96-100% in case of the right analysis at all stages. The sensitivity threshold is 500 copies of virus in 1 ml of biomaterial.</p> <p>&ldquo;The company&rsquo;s production capacities and the availability of GOST ISO 13485 certification allow us to produce up to 50,000 tests per day at the initial stage, and up to 2 mln per month in the future. TestGene will provide any assistance in the delivery of test systems to the regions of Russia,&rdquo; assured <strong>Andrey Toropovsky</strong>, CEO of TestGene, PhD in Medicine. According to TestGene CEO, all PCR laboratories are equipped with devices for performing such analyses. Therefore, testing can be performed not only in specialized centers. &ldquo;To enter the foreign market, we are preparing to receive the European CE Certificate for the test system,&rdquo; added Andrey Toropovsky.</p> <p>The Governor of the Ulyanovsk Region <strong>Sergey Morozov</strong> declared readiness to use new TestGene products in this constituent entity of the Russian Federation: &ldquo;We have significantly increased the laboratory base. We already have agreements on the supply of systems to hospitals in the Ulyanovsk Region,&rdquo; Head of the Region stated in an address on his Instagram <a href="" target="_blank">page</a>.</p> <p>TestGene believes that one of the bottlenecks in mass diagnostics is the low throughput of laboratories, the so-called &ldquo;human factor&rdquo; when one laboratory assistant can qualitatively isolate the virus RNA from about 100 samples during a shift. &ldquo;When developing the test system, we initially laid down the possibility of automating the process with the application of robotic stations, which will increase the productivity of laboratories by eight times, which means that diagnostics will become more accessible and faster,&rdquo; said Andrey Toropovsky. &ldquo;The cost of a test system in the test price structure in laboratories is on average no more than 30%,&rdquo; <strong>Dmitry Pak</strong>, Development Director of TestGene, said.</p> <p>CoV-2-Test is the first solution for the reagent diagnosis of the novel coronavirus, but not the only one proposed by RUSNANO Group. Thus, Troitsk Engineering Center from TechnoSpark Group in collaboration with the Federal Scientific and Clinical Center of Physical and Chemical Medicine of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency have developed the Indicator-BIO analyzer device which is capable of detecting dangerous viruses in 15 minutes. TechnoSpark also produces sets of key parts for Evotech-Mirai Genomics coronavirus mobile diagnostics devices created by the Russian company Evogen and the Japanese company K.K. Mirai Genomics.</p> Mon, 18 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Rescue Operations Become Faster Thanks to Graphene Nanotubes <p>The lightest high-pressure cylinder in the world, developed with the help of graphene nanotubes, is not just yet another milestone for reinforced composites. The development will make rescue operations faster, helping to save precious time for firefighters and medical workers, and will reduce the energy and fuel consumption in transportation, meeting the targets of key regions to decrease the weight of CNG or hydrogen storage systems for the automotive industry.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Rescue operations become faster thanks to graphene nanotubes" src="/upload/images/news/2020-08-17_OCSiAl_Safer_nano.jpg" /></p> <p>Every second matters when your work is saving lives, and this is particularly true for firefighters who have to carry heavy equipment on their shoulders. Since advanced composite materials have become part of our everyday life, firefighters&rsquo; gear has got lighter, but it still weighs more than 27 kg on average. With the help of graphene nanotubes (also known as single wall carbon nanotubes), engineers at the innovative company Techplast that is based in Poland have found a way to further reduce this weight to make rescue workers&rsquo; activity more comfortable and faster by providing them with the lightest cylinders in the world.</p> <p>&ldquo;Graphene nanotubes introduced in composite reinforcement bring improvements in interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) leading to an increase in burst pressure level by up to 30%, according to the results of cylinder impact tests,&rdquo; said Piotr Saferna, R&amp;D leader of Techplast. &ldquo;This incredible improvement in impact resistance has allowed us to reduce the weight of the cylinder while maintaining the mechanical properties, which results in the lightest 6.8&nbsp;liter cylinder in the world for 300 bars of working pressure. The total mass of our SAFERnano cylinder, including all protective attachments and coatings, is less than 2.8&nbsp;kg. This new generation of cylinders achieves a weight reduction of up to 75% compared with competing solutions, and of 15% compared with our previous generation of products.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Rescue operations become faster thanks to graphene nanotubes" src="/upload/images/news/2020-08-17_OCSiAl_Cylinder_schem.jpg" /></p> <p>The R&amp;D team at Techplast worked for three years to create the lightest cylinder in the world, which was achieved with the use of TUBALL graphene nanotubes, produced by Luxembourg-based OCSiAl. Today, this new generation of cylinders is already available on the global market, with recently completed T&Uuml;V certification confirming full compliance with international safety standards for storage of various gases, including air, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.</p> <p>In addition to the current applications in the fire rescue and emergency industry, this innovation has prospective uses in lightweight automotive onboard hydrogen storage that could boost the development of&nbsp;hydrogen fuel cell cars, which are considered to be one of the promising ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Lighter nanomodified cylinders with capacities up to 350 liters could be used as a new generation of pressure tanks for storing hydrogen to power vehicles, resulting in reduced fuel and energy consumption.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 The Astra Linux Group of Companies and Baikal Electronics JSC Have Signed a Cooperation Agreement <h5>The memorandum of cooperation between Astra Linux and Baikal Electronics has been signed. The parties have agreed to expand cooperation in the development and production of domestic software and hardware solutions, as well as to ensure their compatibility before entering the market and forming a special loyal pricing program for Russian custome</h5> <p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Astra Linux</a> Group of Companies, the developer of domestic operating systems and virtualization platforms, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baikal Electronics</a>, the developer of Russian processors of the Baikal family, announce the conclusion of a cooperation agreement aimed at developing cooperation in creating software and hardware solutions, as well as hybrid technology stacks.</p> <p>As part of the signed memorandum, the Astra Linux Group of Companies began to release special versions of operating systems adapted for all new processors and chips manufactured by Baikal Electronics. The development of compatible OS releases will now take place as quickly as possible since samples of new products will be provided to Astra Linux professionals before the final release stage. As a result, consumers will immediately receive ready-made and proven hardware and software systems, and they will not need to spend their resources on finding and testing compatible options.</p> <p>In addition, these versions of operating systems, complete with devices based on Baikal Electronics solutions, will be available on more favorable terms than those offered when buying OS licenses for foreign processors.</p> <p>As of today, the release of the protected Astra Linux Special Edition operating system, designed for use with the Baikal-M processor, the latest development of Baikal Electronics, is already available for order. The Baikal-M processor is a so-called 28-nm crystal-based system based on eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 (ARMv8-A) cores; four clusters of two cores each, with a frequency of up to 1.5&nbsp;GHz and an eight-core Mali-T628 graphics processor with a frequency of up to 700 MHz. The experts of both manufacturers conducted a set of tests, the results of which have fully confirmed the consistent work of the joint solution. The release was developed and debugged on Edelweiss boards built on Baikal-M processors.</p> <p>&ldquo;The release of Astra Linux on our Baikal-M processor is a very important step for the development of the Russian IT market as a whole and the Baikal ecosystem as part of it,&rdquo; says <b>Andrey Evdokimov</b>, CEO of Baikal Electronics. &ldquo;It is all the more gratifying that we are talking about software solutions developed by one of the leaders of the Russian software industry. In the near future, we expect to see on the market completely Russian computers from our partners, built on the basis of Baikal processors and using the Astra Linux operating systems, competitive both in terms of user characteristics and cost.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The demand for Russian IT products grows every day. Today, it is becoming especially critical to build effective interaction between software companies and computer manufacturers. Timely response to the current market demands and the creation of competitive software and hardware solutions that meet all the requirements of import substitution are the main tasks of all leading developers. The agreement with Baikal Electronics will allow us to seriously advance in expanding the market for equipment based on domestic processors in terms of Russian operating systems,&rdquo; sums up <b>Ilya Sivtsev</b>, General Director of the Astra Linux Group of Companies.</p> Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300 ELVEES NeoTek and Rostec State Corporation to Supply IP Cameras to Educational Institutions <p>At the end of 2019, <a href="/portfolio/companies/elvees" target="_self">ELVEES NeoTek</a> (a RUSNANO portfolio company), together with the National Center of Informatization (NCI, affiliated with the Rostec State Corporation), began to deliver supplies of Russian-manufactured video surveillance systems to facilitate the implementation of the Russian Federation&rsquo;s &ldquo;Digital Economy&rdquo; Program. The national scheme aims to, among other things, equip educational institutions with video surveillance and security systems.</p> <p>In total, more than 28,000 cameras have been delivered to 1,500 general academic institutions in 10 regions of the Russian Federation. A key goal of the project is to ensure safety in education facilities and to provide the groundwork (technology-wise) for remote learning. Within the framework of the &ldquo;E-learning environment&rdquo; federal initiative, a part of the national &ldquo;Education&rdquo; project, by 2024, Russia&rsquo;s Ministry of Education plans to equip more than 43,000 general academic institutions with security systems.</p> <p>The cameras are to be used to monitor schools&rsquo; entrances and exits as well as classrooms, which will help ensure safety on their premises and to stream lessons to pupils learning remotely.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="VisorJet Smart Mini IP cameras" src="" /></p> <p>VisorJet Smart Mini IP cameras, designed to provide high quality video feeds from within, have been selected for the use in schools.</p> <ul> <li>The VisorJet Smart mini is a compact security camera with excellent technical characteristics. Owing to its 2.8 mm fixed focal length wide-angle lens, the camera has a 120-degree angle of coverage, which is wider than that of most of its analogues.</li> <li>The VisorJet Smart Dome mini is a compact dome camera.</li></ul> <p>Orwell 2k, developed by the ELVEES NeoTek company (and included in Russia&rsquo;s register of locally-made software), has been installed on servers as part of the video surveillance system based on computer vision.</p> <p>Visor Jet Smart mini&rsquo;s unique features include its compact size, high sensitivity, advanced noise reduction capabilities, backlight compensation and new generation infrared (IR) night vision, thus enabling these IP cameras to provide quality video even in poor lighting. Their compact size makes them suitable for use in classrooms. The cameras come equipped with video analytics and are, therefore, capable of automatic real-time detection of smoke or fire; of identification of abandoned objects and other potential threats, and of raising the alarm.</p> <p>In order to continue with the program implementation and provision of necessary equipment, the ELVEES NeoTek company and Rostec State Corporation are planning on strengthening their technology partnership, and are discussing possible means of cooperation.</p> <p><strong>Alexander Rakutin</strong>, Director of Closed Joint Stock Company ELVEES NeoTek, said &ldquo;Russian-designed and manufactured security cameras ensure high quality video feeds and make us less dependent on surveillance equipment produced abroad and its delivery. Industrial grade IP cameras are now available for wide-scale use in Russian schools. Thanks to a subsidy received from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation in 2018, we were able to create a truly unique product, which the national program is in need of.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Dmitry Pimkin</strong>, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of RUSNANO Management Company LLC stated: &ldquo;Locally-produced technologies, developed in participation with RUSNANO in Russia, are essential for the implementation of national projects. Smart ELVEES NeoTek security cameras provide the tangible base for creating an integrated digital environment in Russian schools and the support for distance learning, an integral part of the education process, especially during a pandemic. In order to continue facilitating the implementation of initiatives in the sphere of digital and end-to-end technologies, as part of the national &ldquo;Digital economy&rdquo; program, RUSNANO has established a direct investment fund, which will start financing its first projects in 2020. The fund will focus on supporting the key technology areas of the national program.&rdquo;</p> <p>ELVEES NeoTek, a RUSNANO portfolio company, designs and manufactures a full range of IP cameras for various uses. Currently, the company is offering 8 types of cameras from 5 separate product lines: PTZ, Mini, Bullet, Dome and Fisheye. At the end of February, ELVEES NeoTek received a certificate of transport safety, issued by Russia&rsquo;s Ministry of Internal Affairs, for its products, thus proving they conform to the highest of standards.</p> Mon, 15 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Wind Energy Development Fund’s Third Wind Farm Begins Its Commercial Operations in Rostov Region <p>On June 1, 2020, the Gukovskaya Wind Farm, with the installed capacity of 100 MW, began supplying power to the wholesale electricity market (WEM). The wind farm is the third completed facility of the <a href="/portfolio/investment-funds/wedif" target="_self">Wind Energy Development Fund</a> (a joint investment fund established in equal partnership by PAO Fortum and RUSNANO Group) in the Rostov Region.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Wind Energy Development Fund’s Third Wind Farm Begins Its Commercial Operations in Rostov Region" src="" /></p> <p>The Gukovskaya Wind Farm comprises 26 wind turbines (each with a capacity of 3.8 MW), made by <a href="/portfolio/companies/vestas" target="_self">Vestas</a>. With participation of RUSNANO Group, manufacturing of key components, i.e. turbine blades and <a href="/portfolio/companies/wrs-towers" target="_self">towers</a>, was localized in Ulyanovsk and Taganrog (the Rostov Region). Gondolas are assembled at a plant in Dzerzhinsk (Nizhny Novgorod Region). As confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, more than 65% of the equipment used in wind farm is manufactured in Russia.</p> <p>With the Gukovskaya Wind Farm commissioning, the total power generating capacity of the Fund&rsquo;s wind farms in the Rostov Region is, at present, 300 MW. The Fund&rsquo;s portfolio of completed projects in the Rostov and Ulyanovsk Regions now includes four wind power plants (their combined capacity is equivalent to 350 MW). Currently, wind farms of 476 MW total capacity are at various stages of completion in Russia.</p> <p>The Wind Energy Development Fund was established by its co-founders with the aim of investing in the construction of wind power plants. The Fund is managed by <a href="" target="_blank">Vetroenergetika Managing Company</a>, owned in equal parts by PAO Fortum and RUSNANO Management Company LLC. Following a competitive bidding process to select investors in projects to build renewable energy source-based power generating facilities, the Fund won the right to construct WPPs with a capacity of 1,823 MW. The wind farms are expected to start operating by 2024.</p> Mon, 1 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 RUSNANO Group Supports Disability Rehabilitation Company <p>Access to a comfortable urban environment, including for low-mobility citizens is its inseparable quality. However, accessibility is not only the availability of ramps, special elevators, lifts, the so-called &ldquo;non-threshold&rdquo; environment, but also the availability of the technologies capable of helping people with disabilities to regain movement, adapt, and feel themselves as the full-fledged users of a fast-changing urban environment.</p> <p>The RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs has decided to support the ExoAtlet domestic company&mdash;developer of a unique medical exoskeleton (training equipment) for people with disabilities. Together with the Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, ExoAtlet has developed an educational program for medical rehabilitation of patients using the ExoAtlet robotic complex.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Western rehabilitation practice tends towards complete restructuring of the living space around the disabled person to suit his/her new needs,&rdquo; says <b>Elena Pismennaya</b>, Scientific Director of ExoAtlet. &ldquo;We believe that a person can and must be restored. We make the body work and come to life. It might do it as well.&rdquo;</p> <p>ExoAtlet is the first Russian mass producer of exoskeletons that can return the moving ability to people who have once been considered to be confined to a wheelchair.</p> <p>The ExoAtlet development is an exoskeleton, a hard metal frame that can hold a person upright. Electronics activates mechanisms that force a person&rsquo;s immobilized legs to take steps again. Experts say that &ldquo;a natural walking pattern is imposed&rdquo; to a person. The legs of a patient who has been motionless for a long time send the &ldquo;I&rsquo;m going!&rdquo; impulses to the brain which also has a powerful therapeutic effect.</p> <p><b>Elena Pismennaya</b> is sure that their invention will help to put patients with cerebral palsy on their feet and make them almost completely independent. In Russia, 1.5 mln people live with this diagnosis. The inability of conventional movements for patients with cerebral palsy is associated with incorrect control of the motor apparatus brain, which often leads to stiff muscle spasticity (a combination of spasm, muscle paralysis, and muscle overexertion). The exoskeleton helps to cope with this problem.</p> <p>&ldquo;When a child with cerebral palsy has a locomotive pattern &lsquo;stitched&rsquo; into the brain, he/she uses it without hesitation,&rdquo; explains <b>Elena Pismennaya</b>.</p> <p>Another 400,000 people who suffer a stroke each year could be added to the 1.5 mln cerebral palsy patients whom the exorehabilitation can help. 150,000 more Russians live with multiple sclerosis, and at least 100,000 have traumatic spinal cord diseases (TSCD). According to experts, exorehabilitation can help all these patients. ExoAtlet is currently conducting research to work with patients after endoprosthesis replacement.</p> <p>Sedentary or even more shut-in lifestyle leads to a lot of new complications for a person with problems of the musculoskeletal system: the blood supply to the muscles is disrupted, bedsores appear, calcium is washed out, and internal organs begin to work incorrectly resulting in the mass of diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle.</p> <p>&ldquo;All doctors, when talking about their experience of exorehabilitation, note the unexpected effect of patients coming out of depression,&rdquo; says <b>Elena Pismennaya</b>. &ldquo;This is typical for patients with cerebral palsy, strokes, and spinal cord diseases. A desire to live appears in people.&rdquo;</p> <p>Some public clinics already include exorehabilitation in the list of services that patients can use under the Compulsory Health Insurance Policy (CMI). But as a rule, we are talking about a two-week course once a year. This is not enough for everyone, since there should be more than 30 trainings in a row to obtain full rehabilitation.</p> <p>In ExoAtlet, the way out of the current situation is seen in the creation of a network of exorehabilitation centers in walking distance, similar to fitness centers, but designed especially for the disabled people. This will allow patients to undergo rehabilitation in a training format. Such a project has already been developed and is called ExoGym.</p> <p>The project can be successful from both the social and also the economic point of view. With an average cost of an exoskeleton of RUB 3.5 mln, an hour of classes in the most expensive private clinic in Moscow costs about RUB 5,000. With a broader offer or inclusion of the service in the CMI, the price of an hour can be significantly reduced. In case of its enough intensive use, the exoskeleton will pay off in one or two years.</p> <p>&ldquo;In assessing the cost-effectiveness of the equipment implementation, it is necessary to represent the balance between the three components of the result: economic, medical, and social ones,&rdquo; explains <b>Yulia Martynovich</b>, Chief Medical Officer of the SAA Zhukovsky Medical Center in the Bryansk Region. &ldquo;The analysis shows that ExoAtlet is a representative of the rehabilitation equipment range capable of keeping this balance in equal parts being the best option.&rdquo;</p> <p>However, experts are sure that for the widespread exorehabilitation it is necessary to overcome one more obstacle&mdash;the lack of qualified personnel.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are a start-up, a small company, we are not enough to train and control the correct actions of instructors,&rdquo; says <b>Alina Zvereva</b>, the Head of Marketing of the ExoAtlet&rsquo;s Russian office. &ldquo;You won&rsquo;t get to the clinic in Vladivostok for every little thing. Doctors often change; independently teach each other thereby contributing to the accumulation of errors.&rdquo;</p> <p>Therefore, the start-up turned to the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which has extensive experience in creating intensive refresher courses for high-tech sector professionals. The Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry develops the Medical Rehabilitation of Patients using the ExoAtlet Robotic Complex program.&nbsp;</p> <p>In ExoAtlet, the creation of an educational program is seen as only the first step towards forming a single platform for learning and data sharing between the medical communities, which they call ExoEdu. The company believes that the program will become a kind of constantly updated and replenished directory, which can be accessed at any time.</p> <p>Different locomotive violations require special recovery methods. Therefore, using the same tool, but different accessories, the instructor of physical therapy should be able to choose an individual treatment scenario for each patient.</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Fri, 5 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Prospects for the Development of Robotics in Russia. Despite the Economic Downturn, Robotics of All Spheres of Life Will Accelerate <p>The pandemic accelerates the introduction of digital technologies into all areas of life. 41% of the CEOs from 45 countries are preparing to work in a new post-crisis reality, investing in accelerating business automation.</p> <p>Before the pandemic, the sustainable development of companies was also linked to digital technologies. Automation gives business many advantages, but it is also important that the introduction of machine labor reduces such risks as the shortage of workers.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the summer of 2019, the Russian and the U.S. governments sounded the alarm around the same time&mdash;both countries were experiencing unprecedented staff shortages. There will soon be no one to work in factories, build, and maintain existing infrastructure, so the automation of routine dirty hard work is justified as never before.</p> <p>&ldquo;Three years ago, robotics was a freak topic, but now it is clearer to customers, they are interested in the solutions existing in their industry and the benefits they can get from the introduction of robots,&rdquo; says <strong>Alisa Konyukhovskaya</strong>, Executive Director of the National Association of Robotics Market Participants (NARMP).</p> <p>Over the past five years, thanks to the development of such technologies as machine vision and artificial intelligence, the automation, which was previously widely used in the automotive industry, has captured new sectors of the economy. People are replaced by robots in the electronics industry, agriculture, retail, and services.</p> <p>In 2019, for example, the Office for National Statistics reported that 1.5 mln workers in the country were at risk of dismissal because of automation. Between 2011 and 2017, 25.3% of the supermarket sellers lost their jobs.</p> <p>The machines also replaced laundry workers, agricultural workers, and tire makers, whose numbers fell by 15 per cent or more. The public reaction is ambiguous because the loss of work is a threat to any adult.</p> <p>However, it is still not as significant as the loss of health. In the new pandemic reality, it became apparent that if the Amazon&rsquo;s contactless grocery stores were widespread and the delivery of products by drones was ubiquitous, many people would not fell victims to COVID-19. If most plants were fully automated, the economy would suffer much less.</p> <p>However, the &ldquo;if&rdquo; does not solve the problems of the human factor in business and economy.</p> <p>The introduction of digital technologies is necessary, and the degree of readiness of countries for automation varies. According to foreign analysts, three factors will play a crucial role in the successful economy digitalization:</p> <ul> <li>the ability of the education system to supply the market with the necessary qualified professionals</li> <li>the willingness of social institutions to adapt to the changes older people who will lose their jobs and will be forced to master a new profession</li> <li>funding for scientific and technological developments in the country.</li></ul> <p>The latter can be estimated, and according to this indicator among the 25 countries, Russia ranks 15th, investing 1.13% of its GDP in the technology development. By comparison, South Korea, the leader in this area, invests 4.23% of its GDP in the scientific and technological work, while the U.S. which ranks 4th, invests 2.79% of its GDP.</p> <p>The fact of interest in the development of robotics, demonstrated by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation, which had prepared a study together with the National Association of Robotics Market Participants (NARMP) on the promising applications of robotics in business, was positive against this background.</p> <p>&ldquo;The state&rsquo;s assistance in disseminating information is one of the important types of support for robotics manufacturers,&rdquo; said <b>Alisa Konyukhovskaya</b>. &ldquo;This measure helps to generate demand and prepare potential customers for the introduction of robotic solutions.&rdquo;</p> <p>According to Alisa Konyukhovskaya, this study was carried out to show the full range of applications of robotics and the variety of developments to inform potential customers about the existing solutions.</p> <p>The audit of domestic developments in the field of robotics allowed revealing that the country had its solutions in 12 areas and despite a small number of domestic developers, many of them created breakthrough technologies.</p> <p>Detailed descriptions are presented in the Promising Applications of Robotics in Business report, and here we will describe only some of the cases.</p> <h2>Processing Industry</h2> <p>Aripix Robotics, BID Technologies, Bitrobotics, Hamster Robotics, AvantgardPLAST, Androidnaya Technika, NIIIP-NZIK, JSC, ARCODIM-Pro, Norma IS, Robotech Sistemy, Russkiye Roboty, and Eidos Robotechnika are the leading Russian manufacturers of robotics for the industry.&nbsp;</p> <p>Aripix Robotics is a manufacturer of industrial 6-axing robotic manipulators. The Aripix A1 robots equipped with a computer vision system are being introduced at the factories of PIK-Industriya JSC and the Moscabelmet Group of Companies. An innovative feature is the change of the kinematic scheme of the robot (cylindrical instead of spherical one).</p> <p>Due to this, reliability has been increased, the requirements for gearboxes and, accordingly, the cost have been reduced, and the ease of setting up and reconfiguring the robot has been ensured.</p> <p>According to the Founder of Aripix Robotics <b>Andrey Spiridonov</b>, industrial robots are a promising area. &ldquo;Thanks to the rapid development of technology, industrial robots have become available, paying off in 1-2 years, and flexible&mdash;they are easily introduced and reconfigured to new production tasks. A change in risk assessment will serve as an additional incentive for the production robotization since the pandemic showed the unpredictable and negative impact of the human factor on production.&rdquo;</p> <p>Also, today domestic manufacturers of robotics have unexpected advantages. &ldquo;While previously, the bulk of industrial and logistics robotics was supplied from China, the supplies of Chinese robots have now been suspended, and their maintenance and repair periods have been extended,&rdquo; says Ronavi Robotics Director <b>Ivan Borodin</b>.</p> <p>ARCARMIM-Pro is a manufacturer of industrial console-type robots. In 2019, the company developed a robot to move long objects for AGVA Pro (production of cardboard spools) and received a patent for the invention of a universal adaptive working element of the capture device, which does not need to be reconfigured.</p> <p>At the moment, Innopolis together with the University are developing a robotic system for the construction of buildings using concrete 3D-printing.</p> <p>According to ARKODIM-Pro CEO Artyom Barakhtin, this project will revolutionize construction in a few years.</p> <h2>Construction and Dismantling</h2> <p>Intechros and FlyBrick are the leading Russian manufacturers of construction robots.</p> <p>JSC Intechros Engineering Holding develops engineering solutions for various industries and in particular the ROIN robot, designed to accelerate concrete work in the construction industry.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to the electric propulsion system and small dimensions (75 cm wide), the RTS R070 is used for dismantling concrete floors and supports, eliminating the need for the personnel in the danger zone of collapse, as well as reducing the time of dismantling works twenty times.</p> <h2>Agriculture</h2> <p>Agro Robotic Systems, Avrora Robotics, Agropolis, Cognitive Technologies, R. CERT, UrFU, YURGI, GEOSKAN, and the Center of Competence in Research and Development of Robotics, Technical Cybernetics, and Mechatronics are the leading Russian manufacturers of robots for agriculture.</p> <p>Aurora Robotics is a developer of unmanned transport control systems. The Agrobot drone is designed to process land, mow grass, watering, and transport cargo and harvest.</p> <p>The control system underlying Agrobot can be installed on almost any special equipment or tractor, thereby allowing to significantly reduce the cost of implementation in the existing fleet of equipment.</p> <p>Cognitive Technologies is the developer of artificial intelligence (AI) for ground transport. The Cognitive Agro Pilot autonomous agricultural transport management system can be installed on various agricultural equipment.</p> <p>It tracks the direction of the edge of the culture mown or land cultivated, the boundaries of the field, obstacles, equipment, and people, and the system builds the trajectory of movement by analyzing the locations and dynamics of objects.</p> <p>The cost of the system is reduced due to the non-use of satellite navigation and expensive sensors. The cognitive Agro Pilot is used in Brazil, China, the USA, as well as in agricultural farms in the Tomsk, Kurgan, Belgorod, and Rostov Regions, as well as in Tatarstan.</p> <h2>Mining</h2> <p>VIST Mining Technologies (VIST Group) and GEOSCAN are the leading Russian developers of robotic systems for the mining industry.</p> <p>GEOSCAN is a developer of multifunctional unmanned aerial vehicles that are used in different industries and, in particular, in the search for minerals and monitoring of the production progress.</p> <p>To perform aeromagnetic work in hard-to-reach areas, the developers designed a compact and high-precision quantum magnetometer moved by the Geoscan 401 quadcopter.</p> <h2>Logistics</h2> <p>Yandex, Cyberwarehouse, Ronawi Robotics, RoboCV, Sberbank, NPP Meter, and others are the leading domestic manufacturers of logistics robots.</p> <p>RoboCV is a developer of intelligent autopilot systems for warehouse and manufacturing equipment. The company has created an autonomous robotic tractor (robot tractor) to deliver components to the assembly line and move the finished product to the warehouse, as well as an unmanned pallet carrier with collaborative behavior technologies (robot-stacker), able to safely and independently operate in warehouses among the cargo, people, and dense traffic of other equipment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Ronavi Robotics is a developer and manufacturer of logistics robots. The Ronavi H1500 warehouse robot with a capacity of more than 1,000 kg is compact and has open API, allowing it to be quickly integrated into the warehouse.</p> <p>Robots are delivered by subscription (robot as a service, RaaS). In 2020, the company plans to introduce a robot for sorting small parcels and letters, and a robot for fulfillment centers.</p> <p>According to Ivan Borodin, Director of Ronavi Robotics, even those who were convinced that they could cope with the growing demand thought about robotics of the equipment warehouses.</p> <p>&ldquo;Increased demand in online stores has revealed bottlenecks in the organization of delivery from retailers. Moreover, while the last mile problem was solved quickly, by hiring couriers and renting a fleet of cars, it was not easy to increase the productivity of the warehouse. Robots, especially those supplied under the RaaS model, allow adjusting warehouse performance flexibly and quickly: a robot manufacturer can add new units in one day,&rdquo;&nbsp;explains <b style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Ivan Borodin</b>. &ldquo;We believe that the continued development of online retail requires import substitution of the full cycle of support for robotic warehouses.&rdquo;</p> <h2>Service in Public Places</h2> <p>Alfa Robotics, Promobot, R.Bot, WayBot, the Androidnaya Technika NGO, and Neirobotix are the leading domestic manufacturers of robots for the provision of services in public places.</p> <p>Promobot, a manufacturer of service robots, has developed a range of Promobot robots to be used as consultants and assistants in hotels, airports, shopping malls, and banks.</p> <p>The robot communicates in 10 languages, helps to get direction in the room, identifies the person, conducts electronic registration, and offers additional services.</p> <h2>Cleaning</h2> <p>Autonomous Technology is the startup that has developed the VEDROID autonomous robot to wash and disinfect large flooring areas.</p> <p>The speed of its work is 1,500 m2/h, it can wash up to 120,000 m2 of the floor, change the battery, and refill the water.</p> <h2>Inspection and Maintenance</h2> <p>Gyrolab Inertial Systems, Laboratotiya Buduschego (Laboratory of the Future), Diacont, IPC Crowler, Taris, Wicron, Introscan Technologies, SPBSU Dynamics, Gasproject-DKR, In-Pipe Robot, Promobot, and Aviarobots are the leading domestic robot manufacturers in control and maintenance.</p> <p>Diacont Group of Companies develops remotely-controlled robots for intratubular diagnostics, capable of detecting various defects (metal loss, corrosion, crack-like defects, etc.) in real time, and rank defects according to the degree of their danger.</p> <p>Laboratotiya Buduschego is a developer of a drone to diagnose and repair the Kanatokhod power lines. Using the simulator, the operator programs the trajectory, and the drone implements the diagnostics mission. Reaching the line, the drone sits on wires and diagnoses wires, insulators, supports, units on the track, performs maintenance and local repairs, while recharging from high-voltage lines.</p> <h2>Emergency and Security Systems</h2> <p>Systemservice and Constanta Group of Companies, GEOSCAN, EMERCOM, Center for Innovative Mountain Technologies, Android Technology, NGO, SMP Robotics, Servosila, Rokad, Set-1, and Promobot are the leading Russian manufacturers of robots for rescue and protection.</p> <p>SMP Robotics is the developer of the Tral Patrul protected autonomous robot, designed for round-the-clock and all-weather patrols of sparsely populated areas on programmed routes.</p> <p>Additional gas, smoke, and flame sensors can be placed on the robot. The robot&rsquo;s CCTV system supports the ONVIF protocol for transmitting video and other information to display it in a stationary CMS of the protected facility.</p> <h2>Exoskeletons</h2> <p>ExoAtlet, Androidnaya Technika, NGO, the Southwestern State University, the Mechatronics and Robotics Research Laboratory (IuZGI), Polezniye Roboty, Exorize, Kalashnikov Concern, and Exomed are the leading Russian manufacturers of exoskeletons.</p> <p>Polezniye Roboty and Sberbank Robotics Laboratory have developed the ExoChair passive industrial exoskeleton to support the lower body. It reduces fatigue and harmful effects of production on the health of workers. The exoskeleton is equipped with a data collection system with the AI technologies to analyze the workflow and the state of workers.</p> <p>Androidnaya Technika, NGO, the developer of the Fedor robot, has created the copy-type exoskeleton to control the anthropomorphic robot.</p> <p></p> <p>The exoskeleton is put on the operator, and the robot repeats its human movements. The development can be used in dangerous places and extreme conditions where human work is required.</p> <h2>Medicine</h2> <p>ExoAtlet, Eidos Medicine, Motorica, Gyrolab, Carfidov Lab, Neirobotix, and the United Instrumentation Corporation are the leading Russian manufacturers of medical robotics.</p> <p>Eidos Medicina is a developer of medical robotic simulators, which allow practising emergencies in military medicine, traumatology, and resuscitation. The company supplies robots to the United States, Europe, Brazil, China, and Japan.</p> <p>ExoAtlet is the developer of ExoAtlet rehabilitation robots designed to repair impaired and compensate for the lost musculoskeletal functions.</p> <h2>Moviemaking</h2> <p>Movicom is a developer of Robycam&reg;&mdash;the Russia&rsquo;s first cable system of free movement in space, designed for shooting sports, entertainment events, TV shows, and complex staged frames for movies.</p> <p>The system allows moving a gyrostabilized head in three-dimensional space, allowing to use cameras with long-focus optics and smoothly track objects without &ldquo;shaking&rdquo;, and is remotely controlled by the operator. Robycam&reg; was used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 11th Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi and other events.</p> <p>&ldquo;Robotics provides a strategic advantage in business development, and to stimulate the economy without dependence on other countries, it is necessary to support the production of robots in Russia,&rdquo; <b>Ivan Borodin</b> is sure.</p> <p>In addition to information support from the state, financial support for implementations is also needed, says <b>Alisa Konyukhovskaya</b>. According to her, due to the growing economic crisis, private business&rsquo;s money resources became limited, strict quarantine measures slowed down business activity, and the state became the main customer of the robotic system development.</p> <p>It supports robot manufacturers through various programs. For example, the Digital Economy Program covers part of the costs of implementation. Last year there was such support from the Russian Fund for Information Technology Development and the Skolkovo Foundation, concessional loans are given for implementation projects by the Industry Development Fund under the Industry Digitalization Program, and the Innovation Promotion Fund holds competitions for development.&nbsp;</p> <p>Developers need to be proactive, invest time and pay attention to this issue in order to be able to take advantage of these support measures.</p> <p>According to <b>Andrey Spiridonov</b>, tax holidays and subsidies, as well as the state support for enterprises actively robotizing their production facilities (subsidies for the installation of Russian-made robots, tax incentives for modernized Russian production equipment) would contribute to the more dynamic development of robot manufacturers.</p> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Additive Intervertebral Implants of the FIEP RUSNANO Start-Up Began to Be Used in Large Russian Clinics <p>For the first time, individual additive cages from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pozvonoq</a>, a joint project of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North-West Center for Technology Transfer (NWCTT)</a> and the Ortoinvest production company, have been installed in large Russian clinics to patients with spinal diseases. The NWCTT is part of the investment network of the RUSNANO&rsquo;s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP).&nbsp; The use of the Pozvonoq 3D printed cages has become an alternative to non-dynamic spine stabilization by splicing the lumbar vertebrae (OLIF, ALIF, and TLIF). The company is ready to replace half of the imported cages currently used in surgeries in Russia.</p> <div class="img"><img alt=" Pozvonoq customized additive cages" src="/upload/images/news/2020-05-15_Pozvonoq_1.jpg" /> <p>Pozvonoq customized additive cages</p></div> <p>The intervertebral cages (interbody implants) are widely used in the surgical treatment of patients with complicated degenerative spine pathology (osteochondrosis) in the form of spondyloarthrosis, spinal stenosis, and instability of the spine segments when the removal of deformed intervertebral discs is required. Traditional technologies involve the use of bone and polymer cages with a limited range of sizes; therefore, 3D printed cages, which can be almost perfectly picked up, thereby improving the quality of life of the patient, are increasingly spreading. The purpose of the cage is to stabilize the spine after decompression (release of nerve structures) due to spondylodesis, i.e., the fusion of the vertebrae. During surgery, the damaged intervertebral disc is replaced by a hard cage with bone tissue, which holds one vertebra above the other at the proper distance, thereby fixing the damaged spine segment. Over time, the vertebrae grow together through the cage holes into a single bone block. On the second day after the surgery, the patient can get up and is discharged home in less than a week. Correct installation and adherence to the correct motor regimen by the patient contribute to the absence of the need to replace the cages throughout life.</p> <p>Currently, Russia performs about 10,000 surgeries per year using traditional foreign-made intervertebral cages, and Pozvonoq is ready to replace up to half of this need with its products. &ldquo;In 2021, 450 types of our serial products will enter the market and will be commercially available in any clinic. The presented assortment covers the entire range of products for infertile spondylodesis and relevant surgical techniques,&rdquo; said <b>Olga Voblaya</b>, Director of Pozvonoq.</p> <div class="img"><img alt=" Pozvonoq customized additive cages" src="/upload/images/news/2018-12-05_TENMed_2.jpg" /> <p>Pozvonoq customized additive cages</p></div> <p>The 3D printed intervertebral cages have been installed in patients in the U.S., Great Britain, and Germany since 2017, and by the beginning of 2020 more than 20,000 similar surgeries have been performed. The 3D printed endoprostheses are also widely used for bone and joint reconstruction after severe trauma and cancer.</p> <p>The development of Russian additive cages began in early 2018: based on the world experience, the optimal geometry and structure of implants were chosen. Each cage is modeled by a special algorithm taking into account the individual anatomy and the nature of the patient&rsquo;s pathology. Medical additive devices are made from a fully biocompatible certified titanium alloy. The 3D printing technology allows for the creation of a mesh structure to better integrate a titanium implant with the patient&rsquo;s bone tissue.</p> <p>The experts of the R.R. Vreden Russian Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedics in St. Petersburg were among the first to use the Russian additive cages. In addition, the Institute has a number of its patents in this area. <b>Dmitry Ptashnikov</b>, President of the Russian Association of Vertebrologists, Scientific Director, Head of the Department of Spinal Pathology and Bone Oncology at the R.R. Vreden Russian Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedics, Deputy Head of Traumatology, Orthopedics, and Military Field Surgery at the North-Western State Medical University named after I.I. Mechnikov, Ph.D., Professor, sees great prospects for improving additive technologies and is confident in expanding the scope of their use in surgery. &ldquo;This technology is a modern domestic promising development. Now, it shows excellent results, allowing to adapt implants to the anatomical features of a particular patient and to achieve the required orthopaedic and clinical results with a minimum number of fixed segments. They have proven themselves in the treatment of the entire spectrum of pathological conditions in vertebrology&mdash;from trauma and degenerative diseases to spine tumors. Further studies on the change in the porosity and plasticity of the material will contribute to their early implantation and reduction of the frequency of pseudo-arthrosis,&rdquo; said Professor <b>Dmitry Ptashnikov</b>.</p> <p>At the Privolzhsky Research Medical University (PRMU) in Nizhny Novgorod, surgeries using new cages are regularly performed. <b>Andrey Bokov</b>, the PRMU researcher, Ph.D., noted: &ldquo;The Pozvonoq cage wins the competition from other manufacturers through geometry, which greatly facilitates the installation of front access even for patients with a body mass index of more than 36. The size range also includes hyperlordotic cages, which allow front-access correction of degenerative deformations, representing an innovative global trend. The supply of customized cages taking into account the features of the spine structure in a particular patient is also possible. It should be noted that these implants are delivered quickly. The cages are produced in Russia, which will make them less dependent on currency fluctuations. The implants developed are competitive with analogues of foreign and domestic manufacturers both due to quality and also due to their lower cost as compared to that of the most well-known manufacturers.&rdquo;</p> <p>The need to use additive technologies in spinal surgery is also noted by specialists of the Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics, where, since 2018, a major study has been carried out on the effectiveness and safety of using the 3D printed interbody implants to stabilize the vertebrae and pelvic joints, as well as in the large bone defects replacement.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The main advantages of the additive cages are the ability to manufacture and apply them taking into account the nature of pathology, individual anatomy, and bone parameters of a particular patient. The critical production aspects should be a well-established pre-surgery planning protocol and a short production cycle from the 3D digital model to the finished individual product. The medical advantages also include the high quality of the product, safety, and good preliminary biocompatibility. In addition, the low cost of the product determines the good marketing prospects of these implants and allows to hope for the greater use of technologies with proven efficiency in our country,&rdquo; Deputy Director of Education and Interaction with the Regions, Head of the Clinic of Spinal Pathology and Rare Diseases of the Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics, PhD, <b>Sergey Ryabykh</b> is sure.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Pozvonoq start-up of the Northwest Technology Transfer Center and the Ortoinvest Russian production company, developing and producing power equipment and implants for traumatology and orthopedics, plans to start production of serial 3D printed cages in 2020. The engineering is carried out by CML AT Medical, 3D printing&mdash;by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TEN MedPrint</a>, from the TEN Group of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TechnoSpark Group</a> of Companies. The distributor is Altermedika, one of the leaders in the distribution of implants and endoprostheses in Russia.</p> <p></p> Fri, 15 May 2020 12:00:00 +0300 Production of Baikal-based Desktop Supercomputer Starts <h5>Using the COVID pause in its production plans, Hamster Robotics modified its Baikal-based mini-PCs, which resulted in the possibility to combine these computers into clusters for parallel computing and deployment of neural networks. The mass production of the new product has begun.</h5> <h2>Cluster of Mini-PC</h2> <p>As it became known to CNews, Hamster Robotics, the Russian developer of electronics and robotics, had modified its HR-MPC-1 mini-computer running on the domestic Baikal processor and launched its serial production. After refining, it became possible to combine computers into clusters followed by running parallel calculations on a single system and deploying neural networks.</p> <p>In fact, we are dealing with a desktop mini-supercomputer&mdash;a high-performance heterogeneous multiprocessor system. The parallel computer is built like a tower. For this purpose, a versatile mini-PC case has been developed, allowing to use it in both single and other assembly options of up to 10 pieces.</p> <div class="iframe-box"><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></div> <p>The length of mechanical tightening studs is the only constructive limitation in this case. In terms of simple integration (regardless of compactness considerations), the size of the cluster is reasonably unlimited.</p> <p>To arrange parallel computer, individual computers are connected through the 1GB Ethernet port. In such a cluster, one mini-PC becomes the master PC and further parallelizes tasks between other mini-computers.</p> <p>At the software level, no specialized software was created to combine mini-PCs with each other. Hamster points out that the computers are integrated according to the conventional MPI Message Passing Interface for parallel systems, for which the &laquo;bindings&rdquo; to the C, C++, and Fortran languages exist.</p> <h2>Release Time and Price</h2> <p>As one of the heads of Hamster Roman Burmistrov told CNews, the new product could be on sale as early as from July 2020 but plans to commercialize the product had been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, the production of circuit boards for mini-PCs has started just now.</p> <p>To date, all other necessary parts have also been paid for. Hamster has its own assembly production. The first production batch is expected at the end of September 2020. The company does not specify its volumes, counting on the demand from customers at the level of 50&ndash;100 thousand pieces per year.</p> <p>In the context of the government&rsquo;s policy on import substitution, according to Hamster, these customers include state institutions, state corporations, educational institutions, as well as companies working with the state, financial sector enterprises, and individuals. Earlier, from the words of Burmistrov, it was possible to conclude that Rosatom and Russian Railways had a prior experience with HR-MPC-1.</p> <p>The computers are expected to go on sale in October&mdash;November 2020. The price for one mini-PC will be from $220 to $400 depending on its version.</p> <p>Hamster does not disclose the cost of the HR-MPC-1 development, but emphasizes that it was entirely funded by the organization, without any government investment. In addition to Burmistrov, the main developers were his colleagues <b>Maxim Borisov</b> and <b>Vladislav Stain</b>.</p> <h2>Technical Details</h2> <p>The HR-MPC-1 employs the first processor from the domestic Baikal range&mdash;the 28-nm Baikal-T1 (new name BE-T1000) produced by Baikal Electronics&rdquo;, but in the future, the new Baikal-M ARM-processor will also be used. The ALT Linux OS by Basalt SPO was selected for pre-installation.</p> <p>The current processor has two superscalary p5600 MIPS 32 r5 cores. DDR3 RAM at 1,600 MHz is used. Power consumption is less than 5 Watts.</p> <p>The new product is equipped with the 1Gb Ethernet, SATA 3.0, and M2 mSATA ports, USB 2.0, I2C, SPI, UART, RS-232, RS-485, HDMI, and VGA interfaces. The dimensions of one mini-PC are 135x115x35 mm, and the board used in it is 120x105 mm. Single mini-PCs are mounted to the back of the monitor.</p> <p>The porting to the computer is expected for the neural networks creation library of the Russian Ashmanov Neural Networks.</p> <h2>What Are the Analogues?</h2> <p>As a concept, Burmistrov considers HR-MPC-1 to be an analogue of computers of the famous Intel range of productive desktop PCs of the NUC (Next Unit of Computing) family. These PCs do not take up much space, are easily transported, and are able to interact wirelessly with most of the periphery.</p> <p>NUC was first introduced by Intel in 2013. The first generation operated on Celeron Sandy Bridge processors, the second&mdash;on the Core i3 and the Core i5 Ivy Bridge, and the third was based on the Haswell architecture.</p> <p>In early 2017, the seventh NUC Baby Canyon family was introduced on Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 chips of Kaby Lake-Us TDP generation from 15 W to 28 W. In March 2018, Intel introduced NUC Hades Canyon based on the four-core Intel Core Kaby Lake processor with a Radeon RX Vega M GH graphics chip.</p> <p>In November 2019, CNews wrote that Intel would discontinue seven NUC models and stop supplying them after February 2020. These included Crimson Canyon (NUC 8 Home) devices based on 10-nm Cannon Lake processors that had never become widespread.</p> <p>At the end of January 2020, it was announced that Intel intended to develop the NUC range to increase performance while reducing overall energy consumption and maintaining the supercompact form factor of 10 x 10 cm.</p> Fri, 14 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0300