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Russia’s first industrial nanotech park under construction outside St. Pete

19 Jun '15
A real estate project called “Nanopark Gatchina” is under way in the Leningrad region outside St. Petersburg. This will be Russia’s first industrial nanotech park, an effort seen as the foundation for a new medical, pharmaceutical and radiation technology cluster, Dp.ru reported.

The primary driver in this project is the Leningrad region; Rusnano, the largest government-owned nanotech company in Russia, reportedly supports the endeavor. The project calls for the development of in excess of 17 hectares next to the town of Gatchina where a business incubator with clean rooms, laboratories and ‘off-the-shelf’ industrial facilities and engineering sites are to be built to accommodate start-ups and high technology firms.

The first stage of the project is slated for completion next year already. The nucleus of the future nanotech park will be the Northwest Tech Transfer Center, a joint effort initiated by the Leningrad region, the Rusnano Infrafund (Rusnano’s investment arm funding infrastructure and educational programs) and the local Design Nanotech Center. Residents will reportedly include companies working in the fields of nanotechnology, nanostructured materials, biotechnology, radiation technology, biomed and pharma, as well as companies from some other major sectors.

In 2014, the Leningrad region inked its first resident agreement with Avtostankoprom, a Russian company that is expected to set up shop in Nanopark Gatchina to manufacture fluoractive polymer compositions and coatings for mechanical engineering firms, road builders, energy companies, and agribusinesses. The pioneering resident company has plans to invest about six million euros in its development there.
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