I & S INNOVATION & SUSTAINABILITY
20 April 2019

Innovations in Chernozemie: large forum «OpenBioTech» took place in Voronezh

20 April 2019, Voronezh, Russia – A large forum for chemists, biotechnologists and geneticists «OpenBioTech» took place in the capital of Chernozemie. It is the first project that joined science popularizers, top managers of different companies and young specialists of knowledge-intensive technologies. The forum was initiated by Scientific and educational center «Biruch» and R&D center of EFKO Group.

Форум Openbiotech 1.jpg«OpenBioTech» is a unique forum that gives to those who are interested in science absolutely new opportunities for education, employment and collaboration. A big advantage is that pursuit to development is more important than labor experience of young specialists. For Scientific and educational center «Biruch» program of the forum became a logical continuation of improving of ecosystem of development of talents in the region. Over 120 participants visited the starting forum «OpenBioTech». In the future it will be widen.

A welcome speech was made by Alexey Popov, deputy chief of the department of agrarian policy of Voronezh region. He noted that for Voronezh region the forum is not only an innovative forum but also a platform that joins business and science which synergy will let realize promising cases in the sector of agro-industrial complex in general.

Within two days participants attended lectures of science popularizers, conducted experiments and told about current projects.

Форум Openbiotech 2.jpgNatalia Krasheninnik, representative of «Skolkovo» Fond, noted: «OpenBioTech» forum is unique. It aims at realization of final innovative products exactly in Chernozemie. Therefore it’s important to pay special attention to such a promising and allied directions as genomics and selection. Only this way results of the research will definitely find a practical application».

Among speakers of the forum there were not only different funds and accelerators that influence on development of young scientists and highly qualified specialists.

For many years Innovation center «Biruch-NT» has been a federal partner of the «Tournament of Three Sciences» and «Science Slam» project. R&D center is one of the leaders in the sector of innovations in Russia, therefore it actively collaborates with universities, participates in organization of contests and assistance for technological startups and provides educational activities aimed at development and support of Russian science.

«Until now there were no any events similar to the forum «OpenBioTech». So it opened new opportunities for young specialists not only to obtain useful knowledge and practical skills but also get acquainted with potential employers», - Dmitry Koyuda, chief of «Science Slam», shared his emotions. Forums of such a format are not typical for the region, nevertheless, «OpenBioTech» opened new horizons of collaboration.

Форум Openbiotech 3.pngYury Kozarenko, CEO of Scientific and educational center «Biruch», emphasized: «When we were creating the project we saw the most important thing – interested people in breakthrough technologies: business owners, representatives of authorities, scientists, students. It permitted not only to make an effective dialogue but also remind that each person who does his best can be useful in modern society and, of course, become successful. Scientific and educational center «Biruch» is ready to support them. «OpenBioTech» is the first forum that convinces to try hand in innovations exactly those people who are not expert on the knowledge in this sector».

In the end of the forum all participants got certificates and the most active ones received valuable prizes form organizers of Scientific and educational center «Biruch» and R&D center «Biruch-NT».

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