The Governor of the Tomsk Region pointed out the main challenges that regions now face. Among them are technological changes that leave any chance for success only for the most adaptive regional economies, harsher competition among regions over investment, including state investment. The response of the Tomsk Region to these challenges is the Concept to create a local innovations center “INO Tomsk” in the region, which was approved by the Government of Russia.
“The results of “INO Tomsk” concept implementation that was the first in Russia to consolidate around 50 federal instruments, speak for themselves: Tomsk hi-tech companies have found niches not only on the domestic but also on the global market.” – Mr. Zhvachkin said.
In his speech, the Governor of the Tomsk Region paid special attention to cluster policy. Within the frameworks of the “INO Tomsk” project, six industrial and innovation clusters are being formed. The objective is to grow five national and one global “champion” by 2023.
To complete the objectives and respond to the challenges, the Tomsk Region has elaborated a project on the development of its innovation cluster “SMART TECHNOLOGIES of Tomsk” that was among the winners of “Development of leading innovation clusters in global investment appeal” contest held by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Russia. The development model of “Smart technology” cluster is based on the existing sustainable cooperation between Tomsk companies, universities and scientific organizations that utilize the infrastructure of the Special Economic Zone of Technology and Innovation type “Tomsk” and aim to use the opportunities presented by the implementation of the “INO Tomsk” Concept, National technology initiative and “5-100” – the project aimed at boosting the international competitiveness of universities. The main objective is to make the cluster a globally noticeable player.
“The cluster will allow us to unite the industry people and scientists to make science-intense products and will enable business to scale their production and export network, create a new generation of innovative products” – Sergey Zhvachkin stated.
The head of the region noted that the cluster stakes on export-oriented project alliances of companies and universities that are capable of creating new lines of products for specific niches of fast-growing markets. Within the frameworks of the cluster, four project alliances have been created, led by companies that are active players on international markets: Artlife, Elecard, Micran, Elesy, and Solagift. The project alliances are focused on eleven fast-growing markets: Computer vision, telemedicine and mobile health, industrial robotics and industrial Internet, probiotics, food supplements and pharma-ingredients, medical equipment and cosmetics.
At the end of his speech, the Governor made two proposals: Provide support to cluster development in 2017-2018 in the volume of 5 billion rubles and identify the main cluster entities and stipulate federal budgetary funds for them in state programs.
Summarizing the meeting, Dmitriy Medvedev, Prime-Minister, approved the proposals and sent then for further elaboration in the budget for 2018.