07 November 2012, Wednesday, 10:28

The President of Bashkortostan and experts of Genetika Institute discussed biotechnologies development in the region

author: Alfiya Sharafutdinova | photo: Oleg Yarovikov

Two factories on biopolymers manufacture are planned to be constructed in Bashkortostan. The cities of Birsk and Blagoveshchensk are considered as the main platforms for their location, the President of Republic Rustem Khamitov said at the past in Ufa meeting concerning industrial biotechnologies development in the region on November 6.

President RB discussed prospects of the branch with representatives of the State Research Institute for Genetics and Selection of Industrial Microorganisms (Genetika).

Biotechnologies along with information and nano-technologies are recognised as key directions of innovative sector strengthening of the national economy. The federal program of biotechnologies development accepted this year till 2020 provides increase in output of products with use of biotechnologies more than in 30 times. Substantially this growth should be reached at the expense of the accelerated development of industrial biotechnologies, Rustem Khamitov underlined. “Actually it is a question of a new branch creation not conceding on volumes to traditional manufactures on the basis of minerals.”

Now the contribution of domestic manufacturers to the world biotechnology makes only the tenth shares of percent, and after all in 1980s Russia on total amount of biotechnological products conceded only the USA. The President RB designated low competitiveness of  most part of the Russian biotechnological and pharmacological production, insufficient financing of scientific elaborations and shortage of qualified personnel as the main problems which caused the decay of the branch.

“There is no organisation, the system,” continued the head of research of Genetika Institute Vladimir Debabov. According to the scientist, Russia and today can do several things at the world level, but «system cooperation» is necessary.

Genetika experts told about the most perspective directions of the branch development, such as manufacture of biodegradable plastic materials and irreplaceable amino acids – mainly lysine.