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The main goals of its activity are to search for, promote the development and implementation of advanced technologies in Moscow healthcare.

Sergei Sobyanin got acquainted with medical startups at the Moscow Center for Innovative Technologies in Healthcare (MCITH) on Vernadsky Avenue.

“We have created a center for innovative technologies in Moscow. The latest event in the world – the pandemic – showed with our own eyes that, of course, we need new technologies, new organizational approaches in the field of innovative technologies and drugs in medicine. We can no longer wait decades for the release of some new technology or drug. The pandemic, in addition to the negative ones, also showed positive trends, when it is possible to make decisions and introduce new drugs in a matter of months,” he said.

Sergei Sobyanin during a visit to the Moscow Center for Innovative Technologies in Healthcare.

According to him, the Moscow Center for Innovative Technologies is designed to solve several problems at once: conduct clinical trials, assist innovative companies that can receive benefits when renting premises, as well as introduce new technologies in the city’s leading clinics, support young teams of innovators and attract specialists from the best universities , including Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), First Moscow State Medical University named after I.M. Sechenov, Russian National Research Medical University named after N.I. Pirogova and others.

“All this, of course, will provide synergy in order to make a breakthrough, a step in the development of new technologies in Moscow. For this, all possibilities are used, not only local, those that a particular organization has, but all the possibilities of Moscow healthcare, including big data technology, which allows solving many, many issues, ranging from diagnostics in the field of oncology to determining the effectiveness of drugs, which are purchased for healthcare,” Sergei Sobyanin added.

During a meeting with chief physicians and heads of scientific teams of medical organizations, the Mayor of Moscow announced the allocation of grants to the winners of the competition for the development of scientific and practical projects in Moscow healthcare.

“We will meet with you in a year, and if we see that this program really brings results, then we will increase the amount of funding and grants,” said Sergei Sobyanin.

The main goal of the activities of the Moscow Center for Innovative Technologies in Healthcare is to search for, promote the development and implementation of advanced technologies (drugs and diagnostic methods) in Moscow healthcare. Currently, 92 projects are being pilot tested in 30 Moscow clinics, which have received a positive opinion from the main freelance specialists of the Moscow Department of Health. The Center interacts with the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent). This makes it possible to ensure the protection of intellectual property objects created by Moscow doctors and developers.

Last year, MCITZ opened its own medical technology park, located in a new six-story building with an area of ​​13.8 thousand square meters. Residents can become companies that develop medical technologies, which in the future can be introduced into Moscow healthcare.

Among the benefits for residents is the lease of premises at a reduced rate of 5,000 to 10,000 rubles per square meter per year, which is set depending on the level of integration of their developments into Moscow healthcare.

Currently, the technopark residents are 19 innovative companies conducting research and development in the field of genetic technologies, oncology and artificial intelligence, including:

— Medical Neuronets — a laboratory for the development of artificial intelligence for the pathomorphological diagnosis of the three most common oncological diseases, the focus of the project is colorectal cancer;

– Genetico is a center for genetics and reproductive medicine in accordance with GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) standards, providing a wide range of services in the field of genetic testing and medical genetic counseling, a database of genetic variants of the Russian population RUSeq has been created;

— Aikonlab is a company that performs 3D printing of individual cranioplasts made of Rekost material to replace a defect in the skull bones (personalized development based on computed tomography).

If earlier plastic or titanium was used during operations to correct a defect in the skull bones, now a new material is used that is closest to the structure of the bone tissue. “We are locating a full-cycle production facility with sterilization in the technopark,” said Alexander Litvinov, Development Director at Aikonlab. – The material itself is practically an analogue of bones in terms of physics and mechanics, in terms of porosity. This is not titanium – it does not glow. Completely restores the structure of the head.”

Also among the residents of the technopark there are a number of service companies, including the front office of the MIPT genome editing laboratory Crispy Lab, which allows to reduce the R&D stage when creating new genetic test systems and searching for targets for new drugs.

В технопарке проводят различные тематические мероприятия, в том числе сессии с главными внештатными специалистами Департамента здравоохранения города Москвы, представителями Роспатента и компаний — лидеров ИТ-отрасли.

Support for scientific and practical projects in the field of healthcare

The Moscow government allocated 2.54 billion rubles from the city budget to support scientific and practical developments and innovations in the field of medicine in 2022–2024. The operator of the program is the Moscow Center for Innovative Technologies in Healthcare.

The chief physician of the Moscow City Clinical Hospital No. 52, Maryana Lysenko, noted that Moscow is the undisputed leader in proposals and innovations, the development of digital technologies. The idea of ​​grants for the introduction of advanced technologies in the capital’s healthcare received a huge response. “If the reception time had not been limited, then, I think, we would have received and received offers. It is very important that these are not only recognized leaders in scientific and practical areas, adults and experienced specialists, these are young guys, some of them have recently entered medicine, but they want to change something, offer something. The main thing is that most of this work will be completed in two years. That is, we will still see practical results,” Maryana Lysenko said.

According to her, in a year, about 30 percent of the projects that are now supported and approved will be implemented. They should become the pride of the capital’s healthcare, and interaction with federal institutions and scientific and practical centers will make it possible to spread innovations throughout the country. “The emphasis is on practical solutions that can significantly affect the processes here and now. Yes, fundamental things are important and necessary, of course, but we are more committed to ensuring that everything that can be implemented quickly, that already has some well-established aspects, is implemented as correctly and as quickly as possible, ”Maryana Lysenko emphasized.

Grants for conducting clinical and experimental research, as well as for the creation of high-tech products for their further implementation in the capital’s healthcare, can be received by scientific teams of medical institutions. A total of 186 applications were received from 46 medical organizations. Of these, the Council of Chief Physicians under the Moscow Health Department approved 80 applications (43 percent) from 35 institutions. Among the recipients of grants are the research teams of the City Clinical Hospital No. 52, the City Clinical Hospital No. 40, the Research Institute for Emergency Medicine named after N.V. Sklifosovsky, Moscow Clinical Scientific Center named after A.S. Loginov, City Clinical Hospital No. 67, Children’s City Clinical Hospital No. 13 named after N.F. Filatov and other medical institutions.

Sergei Sobyanin presented grants to clinics and thanked their staff for their work. “I think this will be a good help, a good contribution to your scientific and practical work for the benefit of patients, for the benefit of Muscovites. And this is also an important story for the whole country,” he said.

34 applications will be fulfilled jointly with the best Russian and foreign universities and research organizations.

Chief urologist of the Moscow Department of Health Dmitry Pushkar noted that grants for the development of innovative projects in medicine are a chance for young professionals. “These are young people who have recently graduated from institutes. Their startups, if you like, and today this is a platform for startups, are going into further scientific development thanks to grants that Moscow has established. And in the future, they have a platform, as it is now fashionable to say, for testing these startups,” said Dmitry Pushkar.

5G test site at the Botkin hospital

The Moscow Center for Innovative Technologies in Healthcare, together with Rostelecom and the Department of Information Technology, has deployed the first Russian testing ground for the use of innovative medical solutions in the 5G network based on the city clinical hospital named after S.P. Botkin. It will test breakthrough digital technologies and healthcare services, for which the high speed of collecting, processing and transmitting large amounts of data is important.

Currently, the most promising solutions are being searched and selected.

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