The "investment chain" is being worked out in the Tomsk region for the development of the translational medicine
"The development of the pharmaceutical industry is one of the priorities of industrial development in the country. In the field of medicine and pharmacy there is a real "investment boom" by both the Russian and foreign manufacturers. The investment growth in the industry in 2015 in Russia amounted to 198.6% in 2014. Tomsk region has all the prerequisites - the presence of universities and research institutes, the necessary competence, medical clusters, special economic area, industrial parks - to create efficiently growing industry and attract investments in it", - said Deputy Governor Andrei Antonov.
The main objective of the project is the removal of the translational and interdepartmental barriers interfering with the development of new technologies, products, and their effective translation into practice and attracting investments.
"The project involves the creation of a coordinating body that will bring together all the federal agencies, will work out the mechanism of how all stages - from the molecular and clinical research to the final production - can be made dynamic, consistent and understandable to all participants of the chain. If we succeed, we will be able to attract the largest world's and Russian companies to implementing here their chains. Will they build their production facilities or won't - is another question, but it is necessary to create conditions, including for production, such as, for example, the industrial parks,"- said Alexander Fedchenko.
Until the end of 2016 "a road map" to enhance inter-agency coordination in the field of translational medicine in the territory of the Tomsk region will be created; the documents and pilot tools defining the participation of the executive power bodies of the region in the construction of the entire chain will be worked out. The experts of the project office of the INO Tomsk, departments of health and economy of the Tomsk region administration will be engaged in the development of the "road map".
In the framework of the project implementation designed till 2025, it is also planned to create a service working with the investors, which will provide the inclusion of business at the earlier stages of the translational chain and implementation of projects from the design stage to the implementation in 3-5 years (currently the passage through all stages can take 12 years or more).
In June 2015, in the framework of the working visit to Tomsk, the Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova and the governor of Tomsk region Sergey Zhvachkin signed an agreement on the establishment of the translational medicine center in Tomsk.