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    20 Января 2016
    On February 15th 2016, the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University hosted a roundtable on the innovative potential of the Kaliningrad region.
    The venue of the event was Fabrika Science and Technology Park. The event brought together representatives of the regional government, business community, researchers, inventors and the University academia, who discussed prospects of innovative business development in the Kaliningrad region.

    The venue of the event was Fabrika Science and Technology Park. The event brought together representatives of the regional government, business community, researchers, inventors and the University academia, who discussed prospects of innovative business development in the Kaliningrad region.

    Opening the event, Nikolai Tsukanov, Governor of the Kaliningrad region said:

    “Lately, we have talked a lot about the problem of 2016 - the termination of the special economic zone regime together with all the preferences it offers. However, if we look back at the results, it will appear that they are not the ones we have been aiming at. Today, we would like to have the economy that does not need any preferences or benefits granted by special laws. We would like to have the economy that is sustainable and competitive both nationally and internationally, the economy in which companies can finally stop asking for benefits and support, and start generating profit”.

     During the meeting, the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University researchers presented their innovative projects. 

    Sergei Molchanov, director of the Centre of the IKBFU Energy Efficiency,   made a presentation on mobile energy generating units that convert solar and wind energy into electricity:

    “Such electricity generating equipment is not produced in Russia now. There are similar models imported from abroad. Meanwhile, all components for such mobile systems are manufactured in Russia.   We are planning to produce this energy installations using only domestically produced components. They are much cheaper than imported ones.  Most importantly, it will be another step towards import substitution. Kaliningradgazavtomatika plant is our partner in the project”. 

    “Potential buyers of this energy-generating unit are already contacting us, showing their interest in the technology. For example, companies from the Crimea and many other bodies and organizations - the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Defence, and various energy companies that need to generate and maintain energy supply. I think in six months we will be able to start production of such mobile energy units”, - Sergei Bondarenko, director of the Kaliningradgazavtomatika plant was quoted as saying.

    Another interesting project was presented by Alexander Goikhman, head of the Functional Nanomaterials Researach Centre. Researchers of the Centre created a bandaging material having a silver nanocoating called SilverVet. It is an innovative wound dressing for veterinary medicine, having a strong antibacterial effect. It speeds up regenerative processes and promotes healing of infected wound surfaces. It can be also be used in surgery and traumatology for treatment of acute and chronic wounds, burns and prevention of various complications. What is more important, the new bandaging material can be painlessly removed. 

    Dmitry Shits presented another medical project - an excimer lamp for the treatment of skin conditions:

    “This lamp can be used for non-medicament treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo. It can easily replace costly and complex excimer laser. The lamp has a number of advantages in comparison with all analogous equipment and has a relatively low production cost”.

    Alexander Puzakov acquainted participants of the roundtable with the latest project of his laboratory -  the decentralized p2p network routing stack. Only a short time ago, Alexander was head of the Student Research Society. Now he is running his own start-up.

    There were many other interesting presentations made by the IKBFU researchers on the latest developments in engineering and environmental assessment technologies.

    Summing up the results of the meeting, Nikolai Tsukanov, Governor of the Kaliningrad region said:

    “It is fairly recently that we have opened the Fabrika Science and Technology park. Today it is buzzing with life. The decision to give the building of an old factory to the University was the right one. The University demonstrated very interesting and commercially successful developments consistent with its strategy. Now it is very important to find investors who could turn these ideas into commercial products and bring them to the end user”.