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Innovative Products Implementation in Industrial Production Discussed at the Arkhangelsk Conference

The discussion was held within the framework of the conference on preserving human health in the Arctic, which took place in the capital of Pomorie on 1–3 June.

6 June 2022

The conference on preserving human health in the Arctic, which is among the events organised in the framework of Russia’s chairmanship of the Arctic Council in 2021–2023, was held in Arkhangelsk from 1 to 3 June.

According to the regional government website, during one of the sections, representatives of scientific organisations, industrial enterprises and authorities discussed the experience of the introduction of innovative products into production and their delivery to the consumer.

According to Alexey Korotenkov, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Industry and Science of the Arkhangelsk Region, the launch of new innovative projects is most actively conducted in the field of health saving — telemedicine, AI, various IT programmes and apps.

‘In recent years, the support of innovative projects has increased significantly. Now we organise competitions for applied and fundamental scientific research and participate in competitions held by the Russian Science Foundation on a priority basis; this year, more than RUB 80 mn is allocated to support projects, of which RUB 40 mn — from the regional budget. We also use the tools of the Skolkovo Foundation and the Foundation for Assistance to Innovations on various projects, such as Smart Grid, Start-Up 1 and Commercialisation. Our task is to create a system where we turn an idea and a development into a product that the market needs,’ said Alexey Korotenkov.

For example, scientists at the Federal Research Centre for the Comprehensive Study of the Arctic in the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences found a way to extract chitosan, which is used in veterinary medicine, from wood-destroying fungi (Chaga). NArFU has developed a technology for extracting collagen from reindeer skins, which can be used in medicine, pharmacy and cosmetology. Researchers at SMMU have developed an effective antiseptic.

A powerful base for research is created as part of the World-class Scientific and Educational Centre Russian Arctic. Marat Yeseev, scientific director of the Scientific and Educational Centre, talked about its possibilities. Alina Fadeeva, the representative of the Skolkovo Foundation, shared information about the support measures for the developers of innovative products. Scientists from various scientific organisations in the country also took part in the section session in the format of video conferencing.


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