In the beginning of her presentation Tatiana Chudinova mentioned that the focus while working on «Smart TechnologiesTomsk» cluster has been on strengthening region’s specialization and search for competitive advantages for operation on new markets. In the first place, such advantage is concentration of unique scientific competences and opportunities of involving resources for their development in one area.
«Two out of five state universities in Tomsk are among TOP-400 in QS rating, 44% population have a university degree, we hold the 2nd place in concentration of researchers for 1000 residents.», - Chudinova noted.
Our second competitive advantage is implementation of INO Tomsk, a Federal project based on 6 industrial and innovative clusters. According to Head of Economics Department, the existing federal working group helps to find common ground for different institutional tools to implement consolidated business interests, regional government and academia.
«Experience of cooperation among IT-companies and sufficient concentration of biopharma and biomed companies», - the third competitive advantage marked by Tatiana Chudinova. This, in its turn, allowed us to successfully implement a range of projects within the framework of innovative cluster.
The project of cluster development places the emphasis on more mature companies that already have an export network and ready to escalate their business, make a leap in export profits. Jointly with universities, the companies defined 11 most fast-growing markets with respect to the competencies, with the most value-added potential.
«We’ve built 4 project alliances of companies, universities and scientific organizations, which will be receiving main financial and administrative support” – says Head of economics Department of Tomsk Region Administration.
The first alliance is directed at creating various pharmaceutical ingredients and bio-substances. Two main companies of this alliance are Artlife (a major player on the food supplements and gelatin capsules market) and Solagift (world leader in pine-needle extraction technologies and its pricing).
«Our plan is to increase GMP-production 10 times and export our products – drugs made out of pine-needles, polyprenols-based gelatin-capsules – to 20 countries abroad», - the speaker of the round-table pointed out.
Goal for the second alliance is to create various algorithms of technical vision for marine, ground vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles. Elecard is the leader in this alliance.
The third alliance is aimed at creating lightly manned technological stations to work in extreme climatic conditions – for extraction of natural resources in arctic and tropical regions, in Asian-Oceanian countries and Latin America.
«Main participants here are Micran, EleSy and Elecard companies in collaboration with TSU, TPU and TUSUR», - Tatiana Chudinova says.
A task to create new technological solutions for industrial and medical robotics is being tackled by the fourth alliance.
Tomsk Region representative also suggested uniting the efforts of clusters and Ministry of Economic Development of Russia to find measures to support export, its accounting and assessment. «On regional level, we are working on support system for project alliances, combining existing regional resources, - Chudinova says. –Due to companies and projects being on different stages of implementation, any requirements to subsidy utilization must be canceled, only keeping deadlines forsubsidy spending and indicators should be attained». In her opinion, a mechanism of interdepartmental interaction needs to be in place to ensure that companies receive funding from various support instruments and eliminate any chances of failure of implementing projects or reaching indicators.
Also, according to the speaker, a mechanism to account for activities on foreign markets is an important issue. Taking into consideration current situation where exporting and entering a market in many countries requires starting a business venture with joint capital, and, at least organizing a production facility, adaptation, assembly, packing etc, it is necessary to link the indicators to different business models. For example, one model is when main assets are located in Russia, the other is when part of the technology chain is located on the territory of a different country.
«For that to be achieved, we need to stimulate medium-sized businesses into buying foreign assets which will provide access to technologies, business-models, competences and markets», - stated Tatiana Chudinova at the end of her speech.