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VOLGINSKY, Vladimir Region, March 21 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has held a working meeting with the governor of the Vladimir Region, Nikolai Vinogradov, to have discussed the prospects of the international biotechnological center Generium, created in the town of Volginsky, and also the region’s future development.
In his opening remarks the head of state recalled he had visited the region back in 2009, when the center was just finding its feet.
“It is most important that on the basis that had existed there a fundamentally new, high-technology center has emerged, which both conducts research and commercializes the results,” Medvedev said.
In particular, he mentioned the creation of new medical formulas, very important for the treatment of some types of diseases.
Medvedev appreciated the presence of young scientists at the center.
“They produce a good impression, many of them studied and worked outside Russia, but they have exchanged Paris for the Vladimir Region,” Medvedev said.
The head of the region recalled that three billion rubles had been invested in the center. A number of state corporations have already selected fifteen projects and seven of them are in the implementation phase.
Medvedev took note of the good geographic location of the center – near Moscow and some other major cities. “At the same time it is a research center in its own right,” he said.
“Creation of the correct conditions enabling such businesses to boom in this region and in other regions is a government priority,” Medvedev said.
He stressed the idea the region should create an environment for drawing investments.
“Please, pay attention to this,” Medvedev told Vinogradov.
The governor recalled that whereas a while ago foreign investments exceeded domestic ones, now the situation has changed and “domestic investments are in first place.”
The project Generium is a result of many years of investments in promising research into gene-engineered medical formulas. It consists of an advanced biotechnological center of gene engineering, taking up an area of 4,500 square meters and a residential area ten kilometers away from Pokrov (a community for specialists with all necessary infrastructures).
The project is expected to start capacity operation in 2017. By that time it is expected to reduce by 3.8 billion rubles the amount of currency being spent on the import of foreign medical formulas by creating less costly domestic ones. A shop producing biologically active substances and a shop of finished medicines are up and running. The installation of equipment is in progress inside the laboratory building.