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New Scientific Coordination Center Created in Tomsk With the Support of the Russian Ministry of Scientific Development

The purpose of this center is to shape a network of branch centers for the development of science and technology in connection with the leading Russian institutes of higher education, research centers, and the Russian Academy of Science.  They will guarantee the effective participation in the preparation of information (both analytical and forecast materials) in the priority direction of “Life Science“.  In 2011-2012 at least 10 of these branch centers are being created (Forsythe- centers).  As well it will be used to analyze the development of critical scientific technologies as outlined by Presidential decree: 

  • biocatalytic, biosynthetic and biosensor technologies;
  • biomedical and veterinary technologies;
  • genomic, proteomics and post-genomic technologies;
  • cellular technologies;
  • computer simulation of nano-material, nano-devices and nano-technologies;
  • nano-, Bio-, information, cognitive technologies;
  • technology of monitoring and predicting the state of the environment, prevention and disposal of pollution;
  • technology for reducing the losses from socially significant diseases. 

Two base programs are at present being developed by this coordination center: 

A program of preparation by the colleagues of the Forsythe-center of analytical-information surveys, which generalize the trends of scientific-technological development in the target areas;

A program of collaboration with the high-profile technological platforms: “Medicine of the Future”, “Radiation Technologies”, “Bioindustries and Bioresources - BioTech 2030”, and others. 

Growing and shaping the scientific database is one of the most important tasks of the center, which includes more than 1100 experts from 450 leading organizations (institutes of higher education, research institutes, production and distribution companies). At present in this database more than 200 experts and 50 leading life science organizations are represented. 

Nikolai Semenov, Department Director of Innovation Policy and Science for the Russian Ministry of Health said: 

“When we speak about the future of public health, we must understand that new technologies and new organizational models are necessary for us. Technological platforms are a fundamentally new model of communication, which creates short-term system prerequisites for these ideas to be realized at the state level.  A while back the tech-platform “medicine of the future” was discussed, but no one believed that it would produce results.  But in the past several months, and I assure you, they know about this platform in all branches of federal authority.  For these ideas it was possible to find an understanding on the summit level, because the tech-platform actually filled an empty niche. Indeed in the past, ideas and  initiatives which arose in small laboratories almost never made it to the ears of the main decision-makers.  Now that possibility exists. 

Now already we have begun proposing technological platforms to discuss our projects and present the mutual exchange of ideas.  Although there is serious reserve about the future, since none of these projects has had immediate success in terms of the short-term plans.  But these are strategic projects, which apply new approaches to organization of agriculture and public health, which must be given a further 5-7 years to realize results.  But if the strategy of development will simply proceed “top down”, without the initiative “from below”, we will only have state money.  These projects aim to produce strategic solutions.”

 Grigoriy Dunaevskiy, Pro-rector of scientific work at Tomsk State University said: 

“The national research center at Tomsk state university has participated in several technological platforms. Technological platforms are the most important mechanisms for state partnership in scientific innovation and development and today they have the focus and attention of all players from the sides of business and state. “Medicine of the Future” is an indisputable example of an active and successful platform.  We are ready to lend long-term support to this project on a whole series of directions.”