Russian-American Innovation Technology Weeks
MARBC and Innovation Philadelphia Conclude 2nd
Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week, Look Forward to 3rd
Week in November 2005
Philadelphia, PA - The 2nd
Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week concluded with great
success on June 30, 2005.
Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council and Innovation Philadelphia,
organizers of the semi-annual weeks, have begun preparations for the 3rd
RANIT, to be held from November 7- 15, 2005. The Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week
(RANIT) is designed to bring together entrepreneurs, scientists, venture
capitalists, and established corporations within the United States and Russian
technology communities. Based on the remarkable success of the inaugural RANIT,
and the evident potential for tremendous growth of this undertaking, the
decision was made to expand the event and make it semi-annual. As a result, it
now includes even greater numbers of seminars, panel discussions, round-table
meetings, trade shows, conferences, and networking events. Russian delegations representing the best Russian
technology companies take part in the various regional technology events of
RANIT is supported by leading
regional businesses and governmental organizations, including administrations
of the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the States of
New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional
organizations focusing on international business and technology development.
John F. Street, the Mayor of Philadelphia, has officially proclaimed the
Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week in Philadelphia.
"We are very pleased to
host this event centered in the City of Philadelphia," said Richard
Bendis, President and CEO of Innovation Philadelphia. Innovation Philadelphia
is a public/private partnership initiative founded in 2001 by the City of
Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and private enterprises
dedicated to increasing the Region's entrepreneurial capacity and positioning
the Greater Philadelphia Region as a leader in the Global Innovation Economy.
"With a strong foundation of both established and entrepreneurial
businesses plus an academic base of over 80 colleges and universities, we are
uniquely able to supply the innovation needed to keep technology businesses at
the forefront of the industry. This is a region of growth and development and
we look forward to collaborating with Russian technology companies in order to
advance the Innovation Economy."
The 2nd Semi-Annual Russian-American
Innovation Technology Week was opened in Philadelphia on June 18, 2005. The
Russian delegation took part in several world-scale events, including BIO 2005
in Philadelphia and C3 Expo in New York.
One of the major focuses of the 2nd RANIT
was biotechnology, a well developed industry with great potential for growth in
Russia and a priority in MARBC efforts to strengthen Russian-American business
relations. From June 19 - June 22, the Russian delegates took part in BIO 2005.
This preeminent annual biotechnology convention included exhibitors
representing 1,524 companies, government biotechnology centers, and other
organizations from all 50 U.S. states and 56 foreign nations, as well as 180
information sessions and workshops on topics including industrial and
environmental applications, finance, science, manufacturing, food and
agriculture, vaccines and business development. Over the four days of the
conference, 18,730 biotech executives, investors, journalists, policy makers
and scientists visited the exhibitions.
On June 24, the MARBC jointly with the World Trade Center of Central
Pennsylvania, hosted "Business Opportunities in Russia," a seminar in
Harrisburg, PA discussing various issues relevant to successful business
partnerships with Russia, including regulation, law, finance, and accounting
matters. Several leading Pennsylvania companies shared stories about their
successful business experiences in Russia.
The 2nd RANIT concluded at the Javits
Convention Center in New York City with an extensive Russian program organized
by the Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council at the Corporate and Channel
Computing Expo 2005, one of the largest and most significant technology events
in the U.S. An extensive Russian pavilion displayed information on the vast
array of Russian science and technology capabilities, and on June 29 the Russian Conference presented a day of panels and
presentations covering the most promising and pressing issues of
Russian-American business and technology cooperation.
The Russian Conference at C3 Expo
commenced with the kick-off seminar for the series "Russian Science and
Technology Opportunities for U.S. Companies." Topics included funding for US-Russian commercial R&D
projects, the legal environment for business in Russia, the emerging economic
power of Russia, the development of the Russian information technology and
telecommunications sectors, and specifics of doing business in Russia such as
branding, service models, and outsourcing. Several panel discussions followed, in which prominent
Russian technology companies, U.S. companies with significant technology
transfer collaboration experience in Russia, Russia and NIS government
officials, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce BISNIS
program spoke about the challenges and opportunities for U.S. businesses in
Russia and the Newly Independent States, and Russian scientists presented a
breaking innovation in the field of computer memory.
Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week will open on November
7, 2005 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. RANIT activities will include numerous
round table seminars and panel discussions. Presentations by delegations from
Russia regions, and by Russian and American World Trade Centers will also play
an important role in sharing information about the Russian business
environment. In addition, MARBC
will organize Russian participation at the ITEC Conference in Valley Forge, PA
from November 9-10, one of a prominent series of regional IT trade shows.
One of the major themes of
the 3rd Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology week will
be technology in education. The week will present multiple opportunities for
furthering communication and cooperation between Russian and American
universities, including a roundtable discussion with directors of technology
transfer programs at Philadelphia area universities. A 40- member delegation of
students and faculty from a MESI, a leading university in Russia in the field
of distance education and e-learning, will arrive to participate in RANIT.
Several panels and a roundtable discussion will also be held at the
International Incubator in the University City Science Center and in the
Alternative energy technology
represents another major theme for the week, with events including a roundtable
with the Deputy Secretary for the Office of Energy and Technology Development
of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Other leading themes will include
biotechnology, robotics, and safety and security technologies.
"The focus of
Russian-American Technology Week is to help introduce Russian companies to the
Mid-Atlantic Region's local technology business and venture capital
communities," said Val Kogan, President of the Mid-Atlantic Russia
Business Council. "The Semi-Annual Russian-American Technology Week will
help match advanced Russian technology and engineering talents with American
entrepreneurial and managerial skills. Many companies in the Mid-Atlantic
region are finding Russian counterparts and are developing successful business
ventures. We hope it will ultimately establish the Mid-Atlantic Region as a
major partner for Russian technology companies and a premier center of
Russian-American technology cooperation."
Russian-American Innovation Technology Weeks will conclude the 10-year
anniversary of the Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council and the 15-year
anniversary of its longest Russian partner, the Moscow Entrepreneur
For further details about the
events of the 2nd Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology
Weeks in 2005, or information about the planning of the 3rd RANIT in
November, please contact Val Kogan, Mid-Atlantic-Russia Business Council, by
phone: (215) 708-2628, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or visit the MARBC website at: http://www.ma-rbc.org.
Philadelphia. Innovation Philadelphia
is a public/private partnership created to expand the wealth and the workforce
of the Greater Philadelphia Region's Innovation Economy by growing, attracting,
retaining, and connecting technology-based businesses and workforce in the
accomplishes this mission by providing technology-based and early-based
businesses with traditional seed capital, access to alternative funding,
skilled human capital, commercialization assistance, entrepreneurial resources,
and intellectual capital.
About Mid-Atlantic -
Russia Business Council. Since 1994,
MARBC has worked to foster business relations between Russia and the Newly
Independent States (NIS), and the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region, while cultivating
mutual appreciation of political, economic, cultural, and educational
interests. Throughout the past ten years, the goal of MARBC has been to enable
companies based in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Region to enhance their positions in
Russia and the NIS, and to attract Russian businesses to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic