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St.PETERSBURG , March 21 (Itar-Tass) —— St. Petersburg has employed 15 innovational projects totally worth 30 billion roubles to create a pharmaceutical cluster, Deputy chairperson of the Committee for economic development, industrial politics and trade of the St. Petersburg government Zakhar Golant said at the St. Petersburg Chemical Pharmaceutical Academy on Wednesday.
Golant quoted Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who specified when endorsing a program of the development of the pharmaceutical industry in Russia that until 2020 up to 50 percent of medicines consumed in Russia should be developed and produced by domestic enterprises. Following the prime minister’s recommendations a decision was adopted to create the pharmaceutical cluster in St. Petersburg in the shortest possible time.
St. Petersburg promotes the idea of creating the pharmaceutical cluster as necessary both for the city and the country in general, Golant said. The POLISAN pharmaceutical company was the first to back the idea, he added. A pharmaceutical plant will be commissioned in the special economic zone in the end of the year, Golant said.
The St. Petersburg administration suggested creating scientific industrial centers similar to "Neudorf"and "Novo-Orlovskaya" on the territory of the special economic zone. In the initial stage of the realization of the project the overall investments are to make up 16 billion roubles.