Category Archives: NanoTechnologies

Shvabe to Build Nanotechnology Center

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The Ural Optical and Mechanical Plant, with the support of Sverdlovsk authorities, has begun construction on the Nanomechanics Scientific Laboratory Center in Yekaterinburg, according to the press service of the Sverdlovsk region government.

The project will help advance the domestic nanotechnology industry, said Sergei Sarapulov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Science for the Sverdlovsk region.

The Center will be composed of three laboratories: nano-electronics, nano-mechanics, and nano-optics. More than 3 billion rubles will be invested in establishing and outfitting the laboratories with modern equipment by 2015.

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Abramovich to Invest in Skolkovo Realty Project

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Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich will invest up to $1 billion in Skolkovo-Park, an executive from his investment vehicle Millhouse said Tuesday.

Millhouse has already invested $400 million in buildings located in Skolkovo-Park and is planning to spend up to $1 billion in total, the company’s development head Igor Pyatibratov said Tuesday.

Skolkovo-Park is real estate and park development located on the edge of Moscow.

It is expected to be completed by 2018 and includes a makeover of Meshchersky Park, new transport facilities, residential buildings and a large golf course, according to Millhouse.

Opportunities of Open Innovations Forum

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Russia has no other model of sustainable development than innovational one, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said ahead of the 2nd Open Innovations Forum which will take place in the Russian capital from October 31 to November 2. He doesn’t exclude that important agreements with leading foreign companies in the field of new technologies will be signed following the Moscow Forum.

The main goal of the forum is to get businessmen, authorities, scientists and education experts acquainted with key trends of innovative development and to determine challenges and opportunities emerging along with a new scientific and technical revolution.

The Open Innovations Forum showed itself as a universal platform for discussion, Dvorkovich, Chairman of the forum’s organizing committee, noted.

Special MIT research overseeing innovative trends of 2013 will be presented at the forum and will become a starting point for further discussion. However, the innovative development forum is not only theory.

New projects and new businesses should become the obvious benefit of the forum. It’s necessary to strengthen an innovative wave spreading throughout the county as it’s the only chance to get decent economic growth, Dvorkovich underlined, saying that Russia is ready to do its best to have people with money and those with ideas meet, cooperate and implement new projects.

Russia Launches ‘DARPA’ Analogue

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Russia’s Defense Ministry’s Future Research Fund for promoting promising military research and development projects has begun awarding its first prizes. President Vladimir Putin signed into law last October a bill setting up the agency, analogous to America’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Rights to all intellectual property and scientific developments produced by the fund will remain state property.

The Defense Ministry announced the results of the Future Research Fund’s first competition to select R&D projects. Defense Ministry spokesman Anton Tyurin said 40 projects had been selected from 800 submitted. Competition winners will receive 50,000-70,000 rubles ($1,600-2,230). He noted such developments as a portable remote device for detecting people in woods and earth shelters, as well as a portable, autonomous system for high-precision orientation of objects in space.

Nanotechnology Cooperation Deal Signed by Russia, S.Korea and Singapore

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Russia, South Korea and Singapore signed a cooperation deal on developing nanotechnology.
A memorandum of understanding broadens investment in the Asia Nanotechnology Fund, which was set up last September by the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnology (RUSNANO), the Singaporean Economic Development Board (EDB) and Singapore-based investment group 360ip.
The nanotechnology cooperation fund, to be based in South Korea as a limited partnership, is expected to start with a capitalization of 100 million U.S. dollars.
It will invest in nanotechnology-related projects in their growth and expansion stages, with some funds earmarked for nanotechnology-related projects in their start-up stages.
The fund is considered as a mechanism for finding promising technologies in Russia and Asia alike. This strategic partnership will help us promote Russian high-tech products in international markets.