MIPT and ONEXIM Group to build a biophysics and biotechnology research center in Russia
The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (National Research University) and ONEXIM Group have announced the launch of their joint project on creation of the Perspective Membrane Protein Studies Lab as part of the cross-disciplinary Bionanophysics Scientific Educational Center of MIPT. The lab is expected to be fully staffed and equipped before the end of 2011, for the R&D work to commence as planned.
The lab will be launched within the framework of the Skolkovo innovative center program. The latter provides for exchanges between the world’s renowned scientists from various areas of expertise and collaboration with leading experts and scientists from all over the world in the Russian innovative sector. The creation of the MIPT lab became possible through funding provided by ONEXIM Group.
“By financing this project, we joined the global scientific community as equal participants and got access to the most advanced findings in the area of biophysics and biotechnologies. These are the areas where Russia has a solid chance of emerging as one of the leaders in developing the know-how that will make a tangible difference for people around the world. The lab will take us one step closer to finding the cure for diseases of the century” – said Valery Krivenko, Head of High Tech Division at ONEXIM Group.
The new lab will serve the cause of NRU-MIPT’s top priority development venue, namely - “Physics and Technology of the Nanostructures, Nanosystems, Nanomaterials and Nanobiophysics”. The lab’s R&D work will be based on the promising research on biomembranes and membrane proteins that play a key role in understanding the mechanisms of ageing, progressing of severe diseases and ways of their treatment.
“We are glad that our country will have a great lab as a testing ground for implementation of innovative ideas and conducting high complexity level research, allowing us to share our experience with our western colleagues” – said Nikolai Kudryavtsev, President of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
The new lab will be headed by Prof. Georg Bueldt – a prominent German scientist and Director of ICS-5 (Complex Systems Institute) at Juelich Research Center (Germany). The adjunct professor is a renowned author of over 120 articles in the leading scientific publications; he is also famous for his pioneer work in the area of membranes and membrane proteins, as well as methods of their research.“It’s a great honor for me to be part of such an interesting project. I hope that our lab’s work will soon become known to the global scientific community, and that our achievements will bring practical value to many people” – said Georg Bueldt.