OpenBio communication platform, October 2018, Koltsovo, Novosibirsk Region

In october 2018 science town Koltsovo in Russia, Novosibirsk Region, is organising OpenBio communication platform – complex of events in the sphere of life sciences. OpenBio is dedicated to commercialization of ideas and business development in biotechnology. OpenBio communication platform includes international congress where several open discussions, exposition of biotech and biopharma enterprises from different countries, B2B brokerage event, discussion of joint participation in European research and innovation programs, exchange of experience, visiting of manufactories will be held.

In 2017 OpenBio was attended by 700 experts, business representatives and scientists. OpenBio was established in 2014 and was included in the official list of events of the EU-Russia year of science.

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The Association of clusters and technology parks with support of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation published an English version of its SEZ Business Navigator, which analyses the investment attractiveness of the Russian Special economic zones and ranks them.

According to Elmira Akhmeeva, Deputy Director of the Department for Regional Development of the Ministry, an English version of the Business Navigator lets not only Russian, but also foreign investors choose the most investment attractive areas for business development.

You can download it here
You can also see the SEZ production.

The Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF), April 19-21, 2018

The Yalta International Economic Forum (YIEF) is an annual business event held in the Crimea (Yalta). Along with the Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Eastern Economic Forum and the Sochi Investment Forum it is one of the four biggest economic forum held in Russia. The forum is sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Crimea and the Yalta International Economic Forum Fund with the support of the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation.
The YIEF has established itself as an effective international venue for discussing socio-economic development issues with a topical agenda that addresses the modern challenges facing the world economy.
Main theme of the forthcoming Yalta International Economic Forum will be “Global Future. Future of Russia”. Meaningful dialogue on global economic affairs, adjusted for modern geopolitical, social and cultural environment provides the Forum to be inclusively diversified and comprehensible, transforming the collective intelligence into dynamic, contextualized knowledge. As foreign honour guests of the event will be invited representatives of Austria and Germany. Forum’s debates will focus on such issues as mastering tools of digital economy, international cooperation for territorial development, investments in high-tech industries, future power economy, preservation of cultural heritage, human well-being, ecology and many others.
Each year the Forum is attended by high-level Russian government officials, international experts, influential international and Russian businesspeople and economists, representatives of major business organisations and other opinion leaders. An important YIEF focus is the search for ground-breaking approaches and instruments to solve the tasks of social and economic development and discussion of the best world business practices. The discussions are built around the search for answers to modern challenges spanning a wide range of topics: the creation of a competitive, diversified modern market economy that does not depend on the export of natural resources, effective interaction between business and government, the development of competitive innovative production and modern technologies, tapping the human potential, and support of small and medium-sized businesses. International and inter-regional cooperation also looms large on the agenda.
The YIEF is the main showcase of investment opportunities and the investment potential of the Crimea. An important feature of the region is that it is the only Free Economic Zone on the territory of the Crimean Federal District. An exhibition of the CFD investment projects is a permanent feature of the YIEF. Would-be investors have a chance to talk with officials, including the head of the Republic of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, who chairs the YIEF Organising Committee. By tradition, the third day of the Forum is devoted to meetings between the regional government representatives and the business community.

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History Facts

More than 2200 people took part in the YIEF-2017, including 200 foreign participants from 46 countries. The biggest delegation of the Forum was from Italy – more than 50 people represented it.
The Programme of the YIEF-2017 featured 35 business events: 25 topical discussions, grand session on construction development and key event of the Forum – the Plenary Session, divided into 3 blocks: “World”, “Country” and “Human”. The part “World” was devoted to analyzing economic environment in Russia through the eyes of international businesspersons. Participants of the Plenary session considered the place of Russia in the world economy, collaboration experience with the RF as business partners and discussed opportunities for foreign investors in Russia.
Block “Country” featured outlook of an innovative economy formation in Russia, complying with demands of future. “Human” part disclosed social and environmental issues.
Agreement and memorandums on the total sum of 100 billion rubles were concluded within the YIEF-2017.
YIEF-2017, which took place on April 14-16, 2016 was attended by 1100 people: politicians, business community and economic experts. Among them, there were 70 foreign participants from 26 countries.
II YIEF resulted in 12 investment agreements for the total of 70 billion rubles and a new security mechanism for foreign investors, willing to work in Crimea. The biggest investment agreement in the newest history of Crimea was concluded on the sidelines of the Forum – on construction of a new airport terminal building in Simferopol international airport. The sum of investments is about 32 billion rubles.

600 people attended YIEF-2016 from 13 countries of the world. 5 new residents of free trade area of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol were declared within the Forum. The participants of the Forum also reached the agreements on receiving residential status for 33 subjects. The number of a free trade area reached 850.


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The Russian IT system is the same as in any country in terms of infrastructure, usage, distribution, payments, etc.

INTERVIEW: Presidential Internet ombudsman Dmitry Marinichev on the state’s role in e-commerce.
A successful tech entrepreneur since the late 1990s, Dmitry Marinichev was appointed Internet Ombudsman by President Putin in 2014. He is also a member of the Expert Committee of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives and a member of the General Council of the Delovaya Rossia business association. In this interview, Mr. Marinichev explains what his role as Internet Ombudsman consists in and how requests from foreign players. He also shares his views about Russia’s interdependence with other countries in today’s globalized world and the impossibility of separate development in the field of technologies.

When and why was the institution of presidential Internet ombudsman created?

The emergence of an Internet ombudsman was primarily due to the fact that the government realized the importance of the digital economy. The Internet is not only penetrating almost all areas of life, it is becoming the driver of the economy.

Illustrating this, President Putin held a meeting with online entrepreneurs in June 2014. During the meeting, he stated that business should not avoid coming into contact with the government, and that cooperation would be beneficial to both the state and entrepreneurs. Thus, the government started a dialogue with the industry.

A few weeks later, on July 17, the post of the Internet ombudsman was created under the authority of Boris Titov, the Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights.

The second reason is the necessity for the government to support the industry. The digital economy doesn’t develop without hurdles. The role of the Internet ombudsman is, first of all, to address the individual inquiries of companies that are experiencing difficulties. The ombudsman also has to identify the essential issues of the industry and analyse the available data on these issues relating to Internet companies.

Thus, the Internet ombudsman represents the interests of the industry and helps solve issues in a dialogue that may involve government bodies, lawmakers, or the judicial branch. We can bypass layers of bureaucracy and speak directly with the presidential administration, for example.

How do you intervene in legislative work?

An important part of our work consists of helping lawmakers improve the quality of legislation. They often lack specific technical expertise on the Internet industry, which may lead to laws or draft laws which can be absurdly inadequate from a business standpoint and be regarded from abroad as “yet another wave of restrictions and censorship.”

For example, back in 2014 we intervened in the preparation of the law on personal data storage. We made the text more flexible than it was in its initial version; then we began a dialogue with ministries to have them apply the law as appropriately as possible.

In their effort to regulate or control the Internet, the authorities don’t always take into account the technical nuances or the business side. They behave like a bull in a china shop!

Do you receive requests or complaints from foreign tech companies or investors?

Yes, a significant number, including from the Association of European Businesses and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). Many of these requests have been related to the law on personal data storage. Some companies have even been affected indirectly by this law. For example, we helped a European maker of medical X-ray equipment; the equipment in itself had no relationship with data storage, but its use did.

We haven’t received any requests from VC investors so far, but we would certainly consider them. We usually treat all requests that concern state bodies.

In his statements over the past few years, which were marked by political tensions with the West, Dmitry Marinichev repeatedly warned about the risks associated with Russia’s potential economic and technological isolation.

To what extent is the Internet industry affected by corruption or illegal conduct by officials?

Although these things still affect Russian business life to a certain extent, they apply much less to Internet companies. It is hard to illegally seize the assets of companies [Mr. Marinichev refers to cases of property disputes involving corrupt officials (“raiderstvo” in Russian), with legitimate owners losing control of their businesses] whose value lies essentially in human resources or immaterial assets. And corruption is more difficult when payments are made online and duly registered.

Since 2014 most Western tech investors (VCs) have left or shown less interest in the Russian market. Meanwhile, some foreign tech companies have been repelled by, or could not continue to operate under, new legal rules. Would you agree that reducing tech exchanges with the West could make Russia’s technological, economic and social modernization more difficult?

At the starting point, there was the idea of less reliance on foreign technologies. But this has become, in the view of a part of the political elite, a temptation toward isolationism. In a certain sense, this is a psychological legacy of the past. Russia’s elite doesn’t have a technologically or globally-oriented mindset – which is partly a reflection of the nation’s social mindset in general.

Those born and raised in the Soviet Union in the main do not understand, much less trust, the new global technological environment that is emerging before our eyes.

To be fair, one must also say that some people in the Western world, too, may have designs of isolating Russia.

I do not support these views. Import substitution or even protectionism is a legitimate option for certain industries – agriculture, for example. But in the field of IT, this may lead to retardation. IT modernization can only be globally integrated and cooperative. What’s more, it requires the development of civil society and higher education.

Some people here like to speak about “Russia’s own path,” but in IT this is practically meaningless. The Russian IT system is the same as in any country in terms of infrastructure, usage, distribution, payments, etc. There isn’t any specific Russian background there.

Russia is definitely involved in the globalized, interdependent world. It is legitimate for a government to protect state interests – but we are witnessing the emergence of a totally new world, with people’s mind set and behaviour changing thoroughly and rapidly. And the state’s capacity to intervene and restrict things will decline.

Many people inside ministries understand these trends very clearly. But some lawmakers have a Cold War mentality, and it is also our role to try to open their minds to these new realities.


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.

Contact details:

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