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Biotechnological Russian-American Innovation Technology Week
7 May 2007
Biotechnological Russian-American Innovation Technology Week

The 6th Semi-Annual
Biotechnological Russian-American Innovation Technology Week

May 6 – 9, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts

May 10 – 11, 2007 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Russian-American Innovation Technology Week (RANIT) brings together entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, and established corporations within the American and Russian technology industries. RANIT, organized by the Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council (MARBC) and supported by the AstraZeneca and Baker & McKenzie, is the most significant event in the Mid-Atlantic region devoted to Russian-American technology and business cooperation. Based on past success, RANIT is now held twice a year, and includes an increasing number of regional technology events, seminars, panel discussions, roundtable meetings, trade shows, conferences, and networking events. The 6th RANIT will highlight biotechnology and will begin with participation in the world’s largest biotechnology exhibition, BIO 2007 in Boston. The Russian delegation that will take part in the 6th RANIT-BIO will consist of representatives from the foremost Russian companies in biotechnology and related industries.

The key event of the 6th RANIT will be BIO 2007, May 6 – 9, 2007 in Boston. BIO is the world’s largest and most impressive exhibition and conference for experts in the field of biotechnology.
Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council has played an important role in previous years at BIO, serving as the official organizer of the Russian delegation to BIO 2005 and to BIO 2006 as part of MARBC’s undertaking to build a bridge between the Russian and American biotechnology communities. The Russian business program at BIO 2005 was organized in the context of the Semi-Annual Russian-American Innovation Technology Week (RANIT), and included a Russian mini-pavilion and the participation by members of the Russian delegation in various events at BIO 2005. At BIO 2006 in Chicago, MARBC organized for the first time a Country Seminar on Russia featuring panel discussions and presentations from leading experts on doing business in Russia.  

As it did in Chicago and in Philadelphia, the Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council will again be serving as the official organizer of the Russian delegation to BIO 2007 in Boston. MARBC will present Russian biotechnology companies and organize an exposition on the achievements of Russian scientists and manufacturers in biotechnology and related industries. During the first day of the conference on May 6, 2007, MARBC will conduct a Country Seminar on Russia “The Rise of Biotechnology in Russia” and a presentation of the Russian biotechnology industry.


Two developments have made biotechnology cooperation between Russia and the Mid-Atlantic states particularly attractive. First, the Russian government has drafted a "National Program for the Development of Biotechnology in Russia in 2006-2015." Second, governments in the Mid-Atlantic region have enacted favorable policies that have further enhanced the region's standing as a leader in the field of biotechnology. Within this context the Mid-Atlantic Russia – Business Council has made Russian-American scientific and technical cooperation in biotechnology one of its top priorities. MARBC has facilitated American participation in several of the most significant biotechnology conferences and events in Russia, including the "Biotech World" International Exhibition and the International Congress "Biotechnology: State of the Art and Prospects of Development," which are held annually in the House of the Moscow Government.

RANIT-BIO will conclude in Philadelphia on May 10-11, 2007. Special events planned for the Russian delegation at the 6th RANIT-BIO in Philadelphia include a visit to the International Incubator at the Science Center, a seminar with venture capital funds specializing in biotechnology, and meetings with members of biotechnology associations in the Mid-Atlantic region and Mid-Atlantic States officials.  
For additional information about participation in the 6th RANIT-BIO please contact Val Kogan, Mid-Atlantic-Russia Business Council, by phone: (215) 708-2628, email: val@ma-rbc.org, or visit the MARBC website at: http://www.ma-rbc.org.

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