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Meeting of Commission for Modernisation and Technological Development of Russia's Economy

April 29, 2010, Obninsk

Dmitry Medvedev held meeting of Commission for Modernisation and Technological Development of Russia's Economy on development of nuclear medicine and establishment of innovation centre in Skolkovo.

Russia has a good scientific and technological basis for the production of radiopharmaceuticals, many qualified professionals, and a positive experience with the most advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment, primarily in relation to cancer, the President noted in his speech. However, Russia still lags behind the global average in broad use of these techniques.

President Medvedev stressed the need to promptly consolidate all fields of nuclear medicine and further encourage its general development. Mr Medvedev also noted that this field has good export potential.

According to the President, the innovation centre in Skolkovo should act as the impetus for establishing an innovative environment in Russia. Skolkovo will not just be a base for innovative activity, but also foster a special atmosphere that encourages free creativity and scientific inquiry.

Dmitry Medvedev instructed that work on the fundamental draft bill defining specific legal, administrative, tax and customs regimes governing the centre’s activities be completed in May. The President also put forward specific proposals concerning tax incentives and asked the Government Cabinet to speed up the implementation of measures on simplifying procedures related to attracting highly qualified foreign experts and their work to Russia.

April 29, 2010, Obninsk