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Proclamation Letter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania   


The Mid-Atlantic-Russia Business Council Host
10th and 11th Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Weeks


Philadelphia, PA - The Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council will host the 10th Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week (RANIT) in the Mid-Atlantic States from May 13-22, 2009 and the 11th RANIT from November 16-20, 2009. The Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week (RANIT) is designed to bring together entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, and established corporations from the American and Russian technology communities. Based on past success, RANIT is now held twice a year, and includes an even greater number of regional technology events, seminars, panel discussions, roundtable meetings, trade shows, conferences, and networking events. Russian delegations representing the foremost Russian technology companies will take part in the various regional technology events of RANIT.

RANIT is supported by leading regional businesses and governmental organizations, including the administrations of the City of Philadelphia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the States of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, as well as Mid-Atlantic regional organizations focusing on international business and technology development. Since 2003, the Mayor of Philadelphia has proclaimed the third week of November to be the Russian-American Innovation Technology Week in Philadelphia.

The 10th Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week, organized by the Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council (MARBC), will begin with events in Philadelphia and Washington on May 13-15, 2009. The 10th RANIT formally opens with a welcoming ceremony in the Mayor’s Reception Room at Philadelphia City Hall on May 13. Highlighting the biotechnology and nanotechnology sectors, the keynote speakers for the 10th RANIT will include presidents of both American and Russian biotechnology associations. Aside from roundtable discussions with members of biotechnology associations in the Mid-Atlantic region, other special events planned for the Russian delegation at the 10th RANIT include a meeting with Pennsylvania state officials, a seminar with members of venture capital funds specializing in biotechnology, a roundtable of commercialization of nanotechnologies, the Translational Medicine Alliance Forum, Chemical Heritage Foundation day, and a visit to the International Incubator at the University City Science Center.

The 10th RANIT will conclude with the BIO International Convention from May 18-21, 2009 at the Convention Center in Atlanta, with an extensive Russian program organized by the Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council. The MARBC is the official organizer of the Russian delegation at BIO, which is the largest and most significant biotechnology event in the world. A Russian exposition will display information on the vast array of Russian science and technology capabilities in biotechnology and related industries. During BIO’s International Day on May 20th MARBC will present the Russian biotechnology industry, discussing the most promising achievements of Russian scientists and manufacturers in the biotechnology field as well as pressing issues concerning Russian-American biotechnology cooperation.

The 11th Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week will be held from November 16-20, 2009. The 11th Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week will focus on information technology, alternative energy technology, nanotechnology, robotics, chemical engineering, safety and security technologies, technology in education, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. Following the opening ceremonies in the Mayor’s Reception Room at Philadelphia City Hall, the Biennial Russian-American Business Opportunities Symposium will be held. Taking place within the framework of the 11th RANIT, the Symposium will focus on regional cooperation, while also including discussions on the challenges of doing business in Russia and opportunities in specific industrial sectors.

The 11th RANIT will once again include an extensive MARBC-organized Russian program at Philadelphia ITEC. The Philadelphia ITEC is part of the nation’s largest series of regional business technology events for IT and business professionals, featuring a combination of national vendors and local suppliers, and a conference program with seminars on the newest issues in information technology. The Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council will organize the participation of Russian companies in the exhibition and will also present panel discussions highlighting Russian information technology capabilities and other topics related to Russian technology and business.

Building upon the past success of the Russian Chemical Industry delegations organized by MARBC, there will be chemical industry events included in the 11th RANIT. Another leading event will be the 5th Annual Russian-American Technology Entrepreneurship Conference. Additionally, there will be a RANIT-associated program on technology in education organized by the MARBC. The program will present multiple opportunities for furthering communication and cooperation between Russian and American universities. These events are a part of the International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, as well as a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Additional events during the 11th Russian - American Innovation Technology Week will include a visit to other states in the Mid-Atlantic region, a visit and roundtable at the International Incubator at the Science Center, and a reception at the Pyramid Club in Philadelphia.

"The focus of the Russian-American Innovation 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 talent 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 this will ultimately establish the Mid-Atlantic region as a major partner for Russian technology companies and a premier center of Russian-American technology cooperation."

For further details about the Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Weeks, please contact Val Kogan, Mid-Atlantic-Russia Business Council, by phone: (215) 708-2628, email: val@ma-rbc.org



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