Breakthrough Starshot: Russian billionaire internet investor Yury Milner has joined forces with the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking and Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg to launch a revolutionary $100m project to construct a robot research spacecraft capable of covering a distance of 4.37 light years – the distance between Earth and our closest star system (more…)rbth Read More»
Tomsk Innovation Centre: Russia and China have agreed to establish a centre of innovative cooperation in the Siberian region of Tomsk, the Russian Ministry of Economic Development announced in a statement released on Monday. “With the support of the Russian Trade Mission in China, a four-way agreement was signed between the Corporation of Development of the Tomsk Region, the Innovative Pharmacological Research (IPHAR), the China International Technology Transfer Center and the Huafu Medical Technology Group,” it read. The initiative was worked out at an international congress held in Jiangsu earlier this month.
China has also announced that it is to set up a special economic zone dedicated to developing business ties with Russia in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang province on the Russian border.
Three Chinese companies appear in the Boston Consulting Group’s 10th annual global survey of the 50 most innovative companies in the world that was published yesterday.
Chinese online media company Tencent is twelfth , with Huawei and Lenovo at 45 and 50 respectively in survey topped by Apple, Google, and Tesla Motors.
Although that is three more than there were ten years ago, analysts are surprised there is not a greater Chinese presence. “The rate of innovation of Chinese companies is increasing, and the perception of their innovation is increasing,” the report’s co-author Andrew Taylor said, “but with a lag.” The list includes 29 companies from the United States, 11 from Europe, and 10 from Asia.
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The Internet of Things – the network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables them to collect and exchange data – will help turn China’s ICT sector into a $6 trillion industry by 2025 and a major driver of the country’s economy, the US-based market research company IDC predicted this week. With annual growth (more…)
Chinese companies must carry on upgrading their operations over the next five years and establish more partnerships with foreign companies if they are to retain their competitive edge and meet the objectives of its new Made in China 2025 drive, Ernst & Young’s Managing Partner for Greater China Andy Cheung said last week.
“The country has (more…)
By 2018, a new but strangely familiar sight could start floating across the skies above the wastes of Siberia and Russia’s Far East – the 130-metre long Atlant airship, a hybrid descendant of the old Zeppelin that came to prominence before and during the First World War.
Unveiled earlier this week, the new “Red Zeppelin” (more…)
Tests of the unmanned Autorobot vehicle being developed by Kamaz in conjunction with Cognitive Technologies and the VIST Group are under way on a private landfill site near Moscow, the Russian truck manufacturer’s press office confirmed this week. Three levels of automation (more…)Interfax Read More»
Two venture capital firms have teamed to invest $60m Russia’s largest space technology investment fund, it was revealed this week. The fund, owned jointly by the state-owned Russian Venture Company (RVC) and the independent investment company Finematika, will focus on start-ups specialising in components and materials for use in spacecraft production. “The fund is directed at (more…)The Moscow Times Read More»
Cellulose ‘harder than steel’: Researchers at the Perm State National Research University (PSNRU) in the West Urals have come up with a new kind of cellulose that is harder than steel and which could be used in the manufacture of super-light and ultra-strong mechanical parts, bulletproof (more…)marchmontnews Read More»
The Skolkovo Innovation Centre on the outskirts of Moscow is set to house a joint Russian-Chinese business incubator, robotics centre and venture fund following a deal struck between the Skolkovo Foundation and China’s Cybernaut Investment Group in Beijing today. (more…)eurasianbusinessbriefing Read More»
BRICS biomed consortium: Scientists at the Tomsk Research Institute of Cardiology in Siberia have put forward a proposal calling for the establishment of a ‘BRICS-Biomed’ consortium that would pull together all biomedical research projects going on in BRICS member states. Similar to a comparable arrangement that was recently instigated to co-ordinate biotech research (more…)marchmontnews Read More»
High-tech orthotics start-up: Zdravprint, the Moscow-based start-up that is using 3D printing technology to produce customised splints for the healthcare sector, has secured over $4m investment capital from the New York based VC firm Maxwell Capital. Its technology allows doctors to create specifically programmed splints for patients, based on the size of the damaged limb. The measurements of the limb can be entered into a phone app, with the splint then delivered straight to the hospital. Zdravprint believes that the market in Russia alone could be worth more than $100m.Rusbase Read More»
Sports Innovation Centre planned for Moscow: Skolkovo Technology Park and the Russian Olympic Committee are joining forces to develop a new Sports Innovation Centre in the Russian capital. The centre’s mission will be to promote R&D in sporting and biomedical technology and sporting rehabilitation technology, and to explore (more…)Rusbase Read More»