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LONDON, February 15 (Itar-Tass) — A delegation of the Skolkovo Foundation led by President Viktor Vekselberg will hold a presentation on Wednesday to demonstrate possibilities of the Russian innovation centre to the British scientific and investment circles.
The delegation arrived to London at the invitation of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The goal of the visit is to contribute to the expanding cooperation between Skolkovo and British companies, universities and research centres.
“Britain is one of the countries that provide serious state support to innovation cooperation with Russia. I’m sincerely grateful to the British government and Prime Minister David Cameron,” Vekselberg said. “We want Britain to play an important role in this project [Skolkovo]. Such projects need international partners to make them prosperous. We have big plans and our work with British companies can make them real,” he added.
“This will be one of the most ambitious foreign trips in the history of the Skolkovo Foundation,” the press service reported. “In addition to vice-presidents, the delegation involved heads of five clusters (computer, biomedical, energy-efficient, nuclear and space technology), as well as representatives of technological companies and start-ups, which take part in the Skolkovo project,” the press service said.
“An agreement on cooperation was reached during a visit to Moscow by British Prime Minister David Cameron and his meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in September 2011. The talks resulted in signing a memorandum on mutual understanding between the Skolkovo Foundation and the British Department for Business, Innovation and Skills,” the press service said.
Within the UK Road Show representatives of the Skolkovo Foundation have had meetings with their partners and colleagues from the Cambridge and Oxford universities, the Russian Embassy in Britain told Itar-Tass.
For their part, organisers of the Road Show from UK Trade and Investment told Itar-Tass that over 100 British companies, research organisations and academic institutions would have a possibility to discuss Russia’s ambitious plans with the leadership of the Foundation and ways to provide funding to joint projects.