Dutch and Russian universities create research center

After a tripartite agreement signed in Amsterdam this week, in 2014 in Moscow will create an innovative center for stem cell research, which will cooperate main Dutch and Russian universities, reports «TG Daily».

University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, the Russian Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, and the Moscow Institute of Science and Technology Skolkovo (Skoltech) established the first center for science, education and innovation (CREI) for cooperation and leadership of both countries in the field of stem cell technology. 

Center will be funded by the Russian government to commercialize significant opportunities to biomedical research. Fifteen five-year research project will be created by 2020 with a total budget of 675 million dollars.

The United States also will work with the Whitehead Institute in Groningen, making an effort to accelerate the commercialization of stem cell research, which is one of the most dynamic and promising in biomedicine.

In 2012, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to scientists from Japan and the UK for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent (stem cells), and in Skoltech engaged in research is one of the leading experts in the world in the field of cancer research and molecular genetics.

The center also will unite in Moscow leading international researchers in the field of courses and workshops for teachers and researchers in a variety of industries.

Skoltech Center for Stem Cell Research will focus on the use of stem cells for the treatment of liver diseases, cancer, anti-aging and other currently incurable diseases by transplantation of stem cells from induced pluripotent cells. The Center will also work with many of the 800 start-up companies based in Skolkovo in Moscow, to create marketable products.

Currently, not a single Russian university is ranked among the Top 200 universities in the world, but Skoltech solve this problem. Creating a campus Skolkovo Park Skolkovo in partnership with MIT in Boston and international transactions of this kind, is expected to contribute to the promotion of Russian world elite for five years.

In addition to academic collaboration with the Netherlands is developing a commercial partnership with Russia corporations such as Cisco, IBM and Siemens. These companies merged in late 2012 and signed an agreement to establish R & D center in Moscow.

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