In his opening speech, the State Secretary – the Deputy Minister of economic development of the Russian Federation Oleg Fomichev has pointed out the key results of “INO Tomsk” concept implementation in the context of the agreement of the needs and resources of the region and federal tools. According to Mr. Fomichev, the government of Russia is currently considering “INO Tomsk” as an effective project of a global level that is followed in footsteps by other regions. For instance, these days the concept of innovation and production center “InnoKam” of the Republic of Tatarstan has been routed for approval.
“The project itself and the federal working implementation team are the mechanism coordinating the efforts of different ministries and departments, development institutes, scientific organizations and business”, - noted Fomichev. As explained by the Deputy Minister, the effectiveness of this approach was demonstrated when implementing the project last year. With federal ministries being largely involved, there has been started the creation of six clusters, priority development area in the closed administrative-territorial unit Seversk, development of academic park, as well as there has intensified cooperation with FASO subordinate authorities, started the development of agglomerative processes, establishment of the training ground to test advanced technologies for searching, exploration and development of unconventional hydrocarbon sources and others.
By the end of the previous year, Ministry of economic development and trade of the Russian Federation has made financial contributions to the development of small and medium business, pharmaceutical cluster, biomedical engineering and IT, development of the industrial park infrastructure etc.
According to the Tomsk region governor, INO Tomsk project implementation has shown that it is an efficient and effective mechanism consolidating federal tools and regional programs, science and industry. The head of the region has picked out such key outcomes as opening of electronic facilities plant with 1 thousand work places, start of works to create new fluoride technologies industry, opening of a unique rubber compound workshop at the Tomsk site “Sibkabel” which has required attracting almost half a billion rubles investment.
Sergey Zhvachkin has also pointed out the development of wood processing industry. “This branch has shown a record-setting for Russia growth by 54%” – said the Governor. In 2015 there has been opened the first Sino-Russian wood and paper park in Asino, now they are getting ready to open timber and MDF sawing site.
According to Zhvachkin, the clusters created within the Concept framework will be able to significantly improve connections with science and share with authorities responsibility for the priority industries development within 3-4 years.
One of the “INO Tomsk” implementation tangible results is the ability to preserve positive key indicators of the region social and economic development, particularly, industrial production index of the region. “We have created work places in large companies, strengthen the ties between manufacturers and national companies” – noted Sergey Zhvachkin. Also, by the end of the previous year, we’ve managed to maintain the share of internal expenses on research and development in GRP at the level of 2014, increase the volume of private investments to the residents of the Tomsk SEZ by 36% and the number of published Tomsk research works has tripled.
The Deputy Minister of education of the Russian Federation has noted that Tomsk universities are demonstrating a good level of development and transform their potentials into production technologies and technological solutions. However, according to him, further development requires the solution of interdepartmental issues.
Mikhail Kotyukov, the head of the FASO of Russia, has pointed out that a year ago, when the implementation of the “INO Tomsk” concept was being discussed, there have been noted a great scientific community interest and it helped to get several initiatives on the region territory. “Summing up the work of the last year, we should recognize two projects – creation of Tomsk national research medical center of RAS and network cooperation mechanism in the context of implementing the Comprehensive Plan of Scientific Research. Their results will be important not solely for the region but for the whole country”, - said Kotyukov.
Evgeny Choynzonov, the director of Tomsk oncology research center, has said about scientific organizations consolidating their competencies and resources in order to create Tomsk national research medical center of RAS. According to him, the existing talent pool and resources of scientific organizations give good reasons to expect the Center to fulfill all the set tasks. The member of the Academy of Sciences has also noted that Tomsk has all necessary pre-conditions to develop nuclear medicine and the establishment of the Nuclear Medicine Center will become a new development stage, for medical science as well.
Director of Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science of the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences Sergey Psakhye has presented network cooperation mechanism for scientific organizations in the context of implementing the Comprehensive Plan of Scientific Research. As he said, the main pit of the Plan is to integrate Institute capacities with various industries and to implement the results of this cooperation into an actual economic sector.
Mikhail Sonkin, Deputy Governor for academic complex and innovation policy of Tomsk region, has talked about the robotic technology development in the region. In particular, he has presented the project on establishment of Siberian regional center for robotic technologies and advance research, the key goal of which is to create and test out cooperation mechanism between the Center and Universities, R&D centers and business based on the mechanisms of interdepartmental project support.
Specifically, there has been recognized effectiveness of the INO Tomsk project “road map” as a tool to engage ministries, large businesses, development institutes and Tomsk participants into the “INO Tomsk” implementation. According to the Deputy Governor for economy Andrey Antonov, 42 out of 65 road map actions have been carried out over the past year. “In this regard, in March of this year together with ministries, large businesses, development institutes and universities, we’ve conducted a two-day strategic session in order to update the document”, - said Andrey Antonov. The presented document now includes 55 actions to take within five work areas of the Project. Among them there are activities targeting transport infrastructure development including river transport, further development and improvement of industry specifics of the clusters created on the region territory and advancement of priority projects, development of cooperation between scientific organizations and universities including the one in international sphere, Tomsk inclusion into the Ministry of constructions of the Russian Federation pilot regions for the implementation of the “Smart City” concept. “As soon as the updated road map is ratified by the relevant ministries, it will be routed for approval to the government of Russian”, - noted Andrey Antonov.