Skolkovo’s radiation technology center strategy announced
27 Feb '13
The nuclear technology cluster of Skolkovo, the state-sponsored innovation hub outside Moscow, has unveiled plans to set up a network of radiation technology centers across Russia to make particle accelerators for commercial purposes, news agency RIA Novosti reports citing Alexander Fertman, the chief scientific leader at the cluster.
The accelerators may be used to modify the properties of polymer materials, sterilize medical equipment and expendables, push back expiration dates for foodstuffs without using preservatives, dispose of poisonous industrial waste, etc.
The Skolkovo Foundation has not provided any timeframe yet for the future network of radiation technology centers, pending response from biopharma and other companies that are considered the immediate market for the accelerators.
“This hinges much on how fast scientists and entrepreneurs communicate with each other; unfortunately, even with us pushing both, the communication is relatively slow,” Mr. Fertman said.