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Skolkovo Fund and Urals Federal University agree to cooperate

19 Jul '11
Skolkovo Fund and the Urals Federal University (UrFU) in Sverdlovsk region have signed an agreement on cooperation and investment projects support, news agency RIA Novosti reports citing Viktor Vekselberg, the head of the innovation fund.

The agreement was reportedly signed at the international event Innoprom-2011 in Ekaterinburg.

Viktor Vekselberg said that the agreement implied development of educational programs, as well as sending graduate students of the Urals Federal University to the leading universities in the country for training.

According to him, under the agreement with Skolkovo the biomedical cluster is to be set up in the UrFU.

“Cooperation between the Urals Federal University and the Skolkovo Fund is to promote development of innovation infrastructure, creation of business-incubators and technoparks, as well as to provide consulting advice services,” the fund said.

The university has been engaged in preparing projects for the Skolkovo fund and and resident-companies since November 2010. Since then two projects and two-resident companies have raised finance – the Urals branch of the Russian Academy of Science and the Institute of Physics of Metals of the Urals Nuclear Medicine Center. The projects have been sent to the investment committee, another three or four projects are on the way, the university said.

“Close interaction between the Urals region and the Skolkovo fund has called for the necessity to set up the facilitating center in the Urals Federal University to play the coordinating role and promote development of scientific projects,” the news source reports.

The Skolkovo innovation center is a prototype of the future city that is to become the largest testing ground of new economic politics in the country. Under the project, specially designated area is to provide special conditions for research and development projects, including projects on development of energy and energy efficient technologies, as well as nuclear, space, biomedical and computer technologies.
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