The state is interested in the development of biotechnology, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speaking at the plenary session of the II International Forum 'BioKirov 2014', which took place on 17-18 June in Kirov.
'No matter how much fossil fuel we have, no matter how developed our nation is as an energy supplier, we still need to promote biotechnology. We have to invest in this industry and develop R&D, because otherwise when the next technological revolution comes, we may be left behind, with gas and oil undermining our competitiveness,' said the Russian Prime Minister.
The main topics of the II International Forum 'BioKirov 2014' were a discussion on the priorities of the bioeconomy until 2020 and the establishment of regional industrial and economic base for high-tech start-up biotech industries. The Forum also considered the prospects of building a cluster system for the regional economy and modeling innovation infrastructure.
Particular attention was paid to the development of innovative biopharmaceuticals, organising a full cycle of innovative products – from research to manufacture dosage forms.
Side event of the forum were the International Scientific-practical Conference 'Building a regional bioeconomy: problems and solutions'; an interregional specialised exhibition on biotechnology; thematic sections, and 'round tables'.
Before the plenary session of 'BioKirov 2014' Dmitry Medvedev visited the exhibition dedicated to biotechnology.