Siberia’s biomed cluster budding; Irkutsk University joins
2 Aug '12
Irkutsk State Technical University (ISTU), one of Russia’s select few academic institutions granted the status of National Research Universities, has joined the Medtechinnovatsii not-for-profit biomed partnership and is now part of Siberia’s growing R&D and production biomed cluster, regional news agency NIA-Baikal reports.
Other participants of the cluster are now six Siberian universities, including Novosibirsk State Technical University and Siberian State Medical University, as well as 19 R&D and manufacturing companies, entities run by the Siberian branches of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, and some smaller medical research centers in the area.
The new cluster aims at lowering the cost of regional medical projects and testing, and at minimizing the time taken between development of a technology and serial production of technology-based products before the end products hit the market. Another objective is fostering market demand for Siberian biomed products.
Mikhail Kornyakov, ISTU provost for innovation activity, hopes ISTU’s membership in Medtechinnovatsii will help step up the process of certifying the university’s “unique medical projects” and bringing them to market.
“We have, among other things, a next gen laser for photodynamic diagnostics and therapy of cancers. Its preclinical trials are under way at the regional oncology center and have already demonstrated its efficiency for cases that cannot be treated with conventional therapies,” Mr. Kornyakov said.