First Day of “Open Innovations” Forum “CORPTECH: DNA OF THE CORPORATION OF THE FUTURE” Completes in Moscow

Digital transformation of business and development of corporations of the future became the key topic of the first day of Open Innovations Moscow International Forum. This year the Forum brought together at Skolkovo Technopark some 18,000 participants: internationally famous futurologists, professors of leading international business schools, technological evangelists and leading experts in management, managers of startup companies and IT entrepreneurs, more than 1,000 representatives of mass media.

Open Innovations 2017 Forum was opened by Vice Premier of the Government of the Russian Federation Arkady Dvorkovich and Viktor Vekselberg, President of the Skolkovo Foundation.

“Open Innovations presents an excellent networking opportunity for forum participants looking for investments. The Government is ready to support innovations, provide for sustainable growth and become a partner for the business community and the society,” Arkady Dvorkovich said.

In his introductory remarks at the first plenary session of the Forum, entitled “Companies in a digital era. Corporation or collaboration,” president of Skolkovo Foundation Viktor Vekselberg, said: “Over the past several years the Open Innovations Forum has earned itself a good reputation. Since 2016 the number of Forum participants grew from 12,000 to 18,000. Russia was and is today a very attractive platform for adoption of global solutions. Our country has a tremendous potential and excellent opportunities, and can serve as a competitive player in global economic space. Moreover, Open Innovations Forum is a great place for representatives of small and medium-sized business to do some networking and reach a new level of quality.”

The Forum opened with a panel discussion entitled “Transform or Die. A New Life of Old Industries,” moderated by Pekka Villakainen, Senior Advisor to the president of Skolkovo Foundation. The participants agreed that technologies along can help change business in a fundamental manner; it is especially important for large companies that will need to modernize business processes to remain afloat. Technologies, at the same time, should not remain the only focus, they should serve just as a way to achieve goals.

David Hanson, founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics, presented Sofia, a robot created by the company. The presentation was met with great enthusiasm. The Sofia project, Mr. Hanson said, is an attempt to create artificial intelligence that could learn to understand people and take care of them, as well as be motivated to improve life conditions on the planet Earth.

John Nosta, president of NostaLab, one of the most famous and active supporters of a digital revolution in the sphere of digital medical technologies, and the gospel-writer in this area of science, spoke at the session entitled “Digital Medicine Revolution.”

Digital technologies transform the habitual notion of medicine, expanding the capabilities of practicing physicians, and handing over some of the important health monitoring functions into their own hands, John Nosta said.

Mitio Kaku, a famous physicist and futurologist, became the headliner of the first day of the Forum, speaking at the panel discussion entitled “Applied Quantum Technologies. How is the World Changing?” in which he talked about the ways in which our life will change within the next few decades.

“Development of quantum computers will allow us to send our emotions and feelings via the web. The new internet will be a network connecting one human brain to another without intermediaries,” Mitio Kaku said.

Vice Premier Arkady Dvorkovich, who spoke at the panel discussion, said that the Government of the Russian Federation will be working on concrete projects in the sphere of quantum technologies, focusing on basic issues that highly qualified expertise can bring to fruition.

Skolkovo Technopark hosted MBA express, a mini lecture course. For 2 1/2 hours representatives of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Yan Xu and Xi Chang, as well as Jonas Hedman of the Copenhagen Business School, talked about the essence of innovative activities of large corporations, the future development of FinTech direction, and cash-free transactions.

Top mangers of major Russian and international companies discussed the working conditions of staff in modern open offices during the panel discussion entitled “Ping Pong for Billionnaires. What is the Setup of the Corporate Culture of Technological Giants?”

Timur Bekmambetov, a famous Russian film director and founder of BAZELEVS Film Company, introduced DREAM APP, a new reality show that was created to support startup companies. Specially invited star investors of the program were Timur Bekmambetov himself, actor Emmanuil Vitorgan, singer Valeria, producer Iosif Prigozhin and other media personalities.

German Klimenko, advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, speaking to the press at the Forum, discussed the problem of reducing numbers of jobs due to fast development of new technologies.

According to Mr. Klimenko, technological progress in general leads to an increase in the number of jobs requiring high qualifications. People will always find a job in such a gigantic country as Russia, he said.

The program of the Forum consisted of more than 60 sessions, and more than two dozens business contracts were signed. For instance, the IIDF and VEB Bank signed an agreement worth RUB 200 mln, on investments into StartTrack, the leading Russian collective financing platform. Another agreement worth RUB 100 mln concerned investments of the Gruzdev Family Foundation into IT I Skolkovo Venture Foundation.


Russia’s mobile economy at 4% of GDP to outgrow agriculture, insurance

3D mobile phones around a world globeThe contribution of mobile economy to Russia’s GDP was RUB3.2 trillion or 3.8% of GDP, Vedomosti daily said on September 25 citing a report by Russian Association of Electronic Communication (RAEC), OC&C researcher, and Google.
This is already on par with such sectors of the economy as water and gas utilities (3.1% of GDP), education (2.6%), accommodation and catering (0.8% of GDP). Report authors argue that by 2021 the mobile economy contribution to the GDP will grow to 4.7%, beating such major industries and agriculture and insurance.
The mobile economy is defined in the report as all services based on mobile telephony and mobile data, including traditional telecom services, applications, and online commerce.
The share of the telecom and internet providers in the segment is high at 65%, but is projected to decline to about 58% by 2021. Mobile penetration in Russia is estimated at 178%, while mobile users are active in various application-based services, commerce, and social media.
While mobile data traffic is 10 times cheaper in Russia than in the US and three times cheaper than in Germany, Russia is the fifth country in the world in terms of applications downloaded.
In the meantime in 2016 alone about 1.2mn people were employed in the mobile industry, with another 0.43mn jobs to be created in the segment in the next five years.
Previously Russian internet services major Yandex clashed with Google that began to beat the local company through better penetration on mobile devices. After a lengthy lawsuit Google had to comply with the ruling of Russia’s anti-monopoly watchdog forcing it to unbundle its services on Android devices.
According to another study by the Russian Post and the Association of Internet Trade Companies (AITC), Russia’s e-commerce market grew by 22% year-on-year to RUB498bn ($8.6bn) in January-June 2017.
AITC believes the e-commerce market will top RUB1.1 trillion ($19.1bn) by the end of 2017. The share of cross-border trade online free of tax amounted to RUB178bn or 35.7% of total market. Out of that, the shipments of Russian Post (Pochta Rossii) accounted for 67.5%.


Open Innovations Forum 2017, Moscow, 16-18 October


“A significant factor in development is, of course, new technologies,” said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at the plenary session of the Financial System of a Competitive Economy in the 21st Century: Challenges and Solutions forum. “Quite recently, we adopted the Digital Economy programme that covers all spheres of life. We are planning to discuss this programme in the near future during the Open Innovations forum in October at Skolkovo. I invite all those who are interested to take part in the forum. “But it should be understood that digital technology, both in our country and abroad, is not only an enormous breakthrough, it also brings a set of challenges, and that is clearly visible if we take the financial sector as an example. On the one hand, distributed ledger technology (blockchain) – both crypto-currencies and so-called smart contracts – increase market possibilities. On the other hand, the absence of general rules for the application of these instruments creates threats for the markets. The major global banks, therefore, are now agreeing on joint work in this sphere. The Russian banking community is also beginning to develop their approaches,” said the prime minister.

The Open Innovations forum is the key international platform in Russia for discussing global tech trends, sharing experiences, and presenting the latest solutions.

The basic principles of the exhibition space are:
— maximum concentration of tech solutions
— effective interaction of participants
— interactive expositions.

Download presentation: Open Innovations 2017_ENG

The annual Open Innovations forum has been held in Moscow since 2012 under the aegis of the Government of the Russian Federation and is rightfully considered a unique discussion platform for participants in the formation of an innovative ecosystem.

The forum’s main goal is the development and commercialization of new technologies, the popularization of world technology brands and the creation of new tools for international cooperation in the field of innovation. The program includes plenary sessions and themed sessions, an exhibition, educational events, seminars and master classes, innovative shows, business meetings and, of course, informal networking.

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Tel: +7 (495) 956 00 33
Free hotline: 8 (800) 250 09 21

HOMA – Polymer, dispersions, adhesives producer

homa-logoHOMA Group – is the leading Russian manufacturer of polymer dispersions, adhesives, and paint/varnish materials, meeting the various and ever changing needs of customers in chemical based industries.
Company aims to provide its partners and clients the full range of technical solutions from product selection, through implementation to any technical support requirements. Homa Group specialists are always ready to answer customers questions, which may arise concerning any stage of the product’s life cycle including those related to improvement in quality and increased production. Company is always ready to provide its recommendations on modernization of the production facilities and processes.

HOMA Group is Russian company taking the lead in the Russian market. Its products are used in 34 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, and a widespread distribution network provides the effective distribution of the products.

The structure of the modern chemical holding “HOMA Group” includes:

  • facilities for the production of polymer dispersions, adhesive and paint/varnish systems used in various applications. Total production capacities are over 2500 tons per month.
  • two Scientific research and Test Centres, which in their 16 years of activity have developed more than 1000 formulations;
  • a proving ground in Shchelkovo City where new products are tested in conditions simulating as close as possible the actual use conditions;
  • a Professional Development School – this centre is for the training of specialists in the construction industry, and is a joint project of the HOMA Group and the leading manufacturers of floor coverings. This project is scheduled for launch in 2016.

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Contact Information:
109431, Moscow, ul. Privol’naya, 70.
Tel: +7 (495) 781-66-78

SibEnzyme – enzymes for genetic engineering and medical applications

sibenzymeSibEnzyme Company supply enzymes worldwide including US, EU, Japan, Turkey, India, Malaysia, South Korea and other countries.

SibEnzyme company was founded in 1991
Company’s headquarter is located in Scientific and Technological park of Novosibirsk, Russia Scientific and Technological park of Novosibirsk includes Academgorodok of Novosibirsk, Medical research cluster, Agricultural research cluster
and Center of virology and biotechnology.
It is the second biggest scientific center in Russia.
SibEnzyme company is a member of BioMed Cluster of the Novosibirsk region.

SibEnzyme in one of the leading worldwide producers of enzymes for DNA research, supplying our product more than 25 years. Production is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Basic activities of the company are discovery, study and production of enzymes for genetic engineering and medical applications.
SibEnzyme has a big collection of bacterial strains-producers of enzymes, including more than 100 recombinant ones. There are three companies in the world producing more than 200 restriction enzymes: New England Biolabs, Life Technologies and SibEnzyme.
SibEnzyme first discovered new types of DNA endonucleases: nicking DNA endonucleases, site-specific methyl-directed DNA endonucleases.
Strong R&D team with more than 35 years of scientific experience.

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Contact Information:
Ak.Timakova str. 2/12, Novosibirsk, Russia, 630117
Ph./Fax +7(383) 333-6853

TSMCERAMIC: multi-purpose energy-efficient liquid coatings

tsmceramicslogoTSMCERAMIC is an up-to-date efficient heat insulation materials designed by Russian scientists with the use of nanotechnologies. This material is universal for integrated barrier protection of various types of surfaces.
It has record low coefficient of heat conductivity approved by GOST 7076-87 that distinguishes TSMCERAMIC among other conventional heat insulation materials such as an expanded foam or a glass wool.
Use of this material gives an exceptional energy saving effects thanks to ceramic hollow (vacuum) microspheres contained therein.
main_imgThese microscopic particles form the basis of heat insulation creating a thick barrier and reflect heat energy without absorbing it as other conventional heat insulation materials.
Consistency of TSMCERAMIC resembles a traditional paint allowing easy and quick application of the material to a surface using an airbrush or common brush.
This material is very adhesive and can be applied to all types of surface: from concrete and bricks to wood and plastic. Its thin consistency allows using this material freely to protect various objects of unusual form and design.

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Contact Information.
Moscow, 16, Sushchevskiy val, 4
Tel: +7(499)301-01-22

National University of Science and Technology «Misis»


In 2014 National University of Science and Technology “MISiS” became one of the winners of the competition for financial support from the Federal Government of Russia and is proud to be among 15 university participants of the TOP 5-100 Project to maximize the competitive position of a group of leading Russian universities in the global research and education market

In 2017 within the framework of the TOP 5-100 Project NUST MISiS announces International Open Grant Competition designed to provide support to invite Leading scientists and young scientists with international background.

We will be very grateful if you could help us to circulate information about our Grants.

The reference to detailed information on a competition is given below:

1. Open international grant competition of National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” designed to provide support to a research project implemented under the supervision of leading scientists

2. Open international grant competition of National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” designed to invite Leading scientists for short term joined research projects

3. Open international grant competition of National University of Science and Technology «MISIS» designed to support young scientists (PostDoc) with international background, invited to conduct a joint research project during 2 years (2017-2019)

4. Open international grant competition of National University of Science and Technology «MISIS» designed to support young scientists (PostDoc) with international background, invited to postdoctoral position at leading laboratories and infrastructures


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Contact Information:

National University of
Science and Technology «MISiS»
4 Leninsky prospect
119049, Moscow
Help and Assistance:
Tel. +7495 638 46 29

Open international grant competition of National University of Science and Technology “MISIS”

Open international grant competition of National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” designed to provide support to a research project implemented under the supervision of leading scientists

The grant competition objective is to: identify, in compliance with approved procedures and regulations, the best research project proposal (proposals) submitted by an applicant (applicants) seeking support in the form of a grant of the National University of Science and Technology «MISiS».
Grants of National University of Science and Technology «MISiS» are made available in the amount of up to 20 million rubles each to support research projects over a period of 1.5 years (01.07.2017 – 31.12.2018) with the possibility of being renewed based on the results of the previous work.
Envelopes with grant applications shall be submitted to the address of the grant competition organizer 119049 The NUST «MISiS», room B-520, 5th floor, Leninsky prospect, 4 Moscow
(International Research Projects Department, code №431) in the period from May 1, 2017 to May 22, 2017 (12:00 Moscow time).
Participation eligibility requirements
Research teams in collaboration with leading Russian or foreign scientists that are recognized by the global scientific community as authoritative and influential leaders within their respective fields of science and research areas that designed and submitted their grant applications in compliance with Paragraphs 5.1 to 5.4 of the Competition Documentation, are deemed as a single applicant.
A leading scientist may take part in one research project only.

Research project and research project implementation requirements
Any research projects proposed hereunder may not duplicate any prior or current research projects financially supported by different level budgets of the Russian Federation or funded from other sources;
The National University of Science and Technology «MISiS» will make its grants available to support successful research projects proposed for implementation within the following fields of science:
– Meta-materials and post-silicon electronics materials design
– Autonomous energy and energy efficiency
– Materials and technologies for improving human lifespan and overall quality of life
– Industrial design and engineering technologies to reindustrialise the economy
– Green technologies for efficient resource use
The Leading scientist undertakes an obligation as a research outcome to attract additional funding for the implementation of scientific research from other sources, at least 30% of the grant requested;

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For more information please visit National University of Science and Technology website.

RuNiTrade – B2B e-Trade platform

runitrade2015-2016 «Trailtrans logistics» created an electronic trade B2B-platform «RuNiTrade» which is a ready tool for promotion and delivery of Russian goods all over the world.
«RuNiTrade» provides solutions for trade and logistics for enterprises in key branches of industry in Russia and worldwide.
B2B (RuNiTrade) is a dynamic e-commerce platform which will squeeze the global distances between Russian and foreign businesses.
It is easy to use, robust, reliable, secure and scalable system over the internet It would bring business community on the one place of business friendly environment where they will be able to buy and sell goods in order to gain profit and fulfill business activities.
Globalization, economic expansion, innovation and technology has made e-trading predominant in contemporary economic life.

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Contact information:
Building 60a,
Sovetskaya St.
180000, Pskov City
Pskovskaya Oblast,
Russian Federation
Tel: +7 (8112) 33-11-12

IQ-CHem: International Projects Contest

Screenshot_49IQ-CHem is an international contest of innovative projects in the field of chemistry and new materials.

SIBUR Holding established the IQ-CHem contest in 2010. As of today, SIBUR is Russia’s largest integrated gas processing and petrochemical company. More than 1,000 projects have been submitted by aspirants within the five-year history of the contest. IQ-CHem acquired a new open format in 2016 to attract leading chemical corporations and venture funds seeking opportunities of cooperation with promising startups.

Download full SIBUR IQ-CHEM Contest presentation.

Contact Information:
Ekaterina Romanyuk
+7 (495) 777-55-00 (*28-66)