New Russo-Dutch Skoltech education hub to focus on stem cell technology
10 Apr '13
Russia’s Vavilov Academic Institute of General Genetics and the Netherlands’ University of Groningen are expected to establish a new research and education entity to focus on stem cells, called the Skoltech Stem Cells Center for Science, Innovation and Education, the Skolkovo Foundation reports. The new Center will be part of Skoltech, an ambitious research and education project fostered by Skolkovo, Russia’s most widely-touted state-sponsored innovation hub still under construction outside Moscow.
The creation of the Center was formally agreed upon this past Monday during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Netherlands.
Under plans, the Stem Cells Center will produce at least 20 fully-trained specialists in regenerative medicine a year. The Center’s activities are expected to lead to a much more profound understanding of fundamental aspects related to stem cells, which must result in the development of new therapies and drugs, the Skolkovo Foundation believes.
The Foundation also hopes that the Center will give Russia the fast track in joining the world’s leading biomed research nations in a near future.
The Stem Cells Center is only the first in a projected series of 15 Skoltech Centers for Science, Innovation and Education to be set up by 2020. Those will be international projects to last five years each. The overall tab for the series is a reported $675m.
Tapping into combined international programs and syllabi to be offered by the Centers is expected to help students dive deep into most advanced scientific research projects from their early years of training.
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