Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by the group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering Master's programs in 11 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships and gain entrepreneurial skills in English. The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements.

5th Skoltech Innovation Program Conference

Innovation is a complex process but its ultimate goal is clear: bring ideas to impact. Image courtesy of Hyoin Min, Flickr

Innovation is a complex process but its ultimate goal is clear: bring ideas to impact. Image courtesy of Hyoin Min, Flickr

The 5th Skoltech Innovation Program Conference will take place Oct. 08-09

The Skoltech Innovation Program (SIP) was launched in 2012 by Skoltech’s CEI and developed in collaboration with the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The program helps research teams advance their scientific projects towards commercialization. It provides support with technological development, marketing and intellectual property management.

The fifth biannual SIP conference will bring together six research teams – all program participants – and their mentors (catalysts), as well as Russian and international experts in the field of technological innovation. The attendees will discuss progress achieved by the research teams for the last four months and their plans for further development.

The get-together will kick off Tuesday, October 08, with a Program overview and team work sessions. These will focus on target market identification, development of an existing or new product/technology, intellectual property management and commercialization strategies.

On the next day, October 09, research teams will report on the progress achieved so far. SIP Experts will provide professional recommendations for future strategic and technological improvement.

Professor Kelvin Willoughby of the Skoltech Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will deliver a presentation on “Intellectual Property Management and Technological Innovation: What Can International Experience Teach Us?”  Dr. Alexey Kosik, one of the SIP’s seasoned catalysts, will lead a master class on creating a fast lane for an invention from lab to the market.
In addition to supporting the research projects, the conference also aims to build a vibrant innovation community within the Program in order to make it more efficient and beneficial for its participants. This community is growing fast, as new catalysts and experts express their interest in sharing experience and helping the selected teams to succeed.

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Full program:

Day 1 – October 8

09:00-09:30 Registration

Welcome coffee-break

09:30-09:40 Raj Rajagopalan, Professor, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Skoltech

Welcome address

09:40-09:50 Ilia Dubinsky, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Skoltech;

Igor Seleznev, Director of Research Programs and Technology Transfer of Skoltech

Welcome address

09:50-10:00 Dmitry Pebalk, Skoltech Innovation Program Manager of Skoltech

Plan and format of the conference

10:00-13:00 First Section: Teams Working With Catalysts

Topic: Target market and competition

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Second Section: Teams Working With Catalysts

Topic: Target characteristics and development of the either existing or a new product/technology

16:00-16:20 Coffee-break
16:20-17:40 Third Section: Teams Working With Catalysts

Topic: IP strategy and commercialization way

17:40-18:00 Summary

Day 2 – October 9

09:00-09:30 Coffee-break
09:30-10:50 Presentations by teams:

Konstantin Severinov (Skoltech)

A platform approach to develop new antibiotic leads based on microcins

Petr Gorelkin (MSU, Department of Chemistry)

Nanopipette electrochemical biosensors

Marat Gallyamov (MSU, Department of Physics)

Superhydrophobisation of synthetic fabrics by deposition of ultrathin fluoropolymer films from solutions in supercritical carbon dioxide

10:50-11:10 Coffee-break
11:10-12:30 Presentations by teams:

Stanislav Evlashin (International Laser Center of MSU)

Perspective graphene-based materials with high absorption index in visible and near IR range

Dmitry Kirsanov (ITMO University)

Multisensor device for instrumental toxicity assessment

Anton Kotov (MISiS)

Superplastic aluminum sheets

12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Alexey Kosik, CEO, Quantum Cure, Inc.

Training: “From Lab to Success”

16:00-16:20 Coffee-break
16:20-16:50 Professor, Kelvin W. Willoughby, Skoltech

“Intellectual Property Management and Technological Innovation:

What Can International Experience Teach Us?”

16:50-17:00 Summary and Closing Remarks


* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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