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The Conference "Fostering Innovations:  Science and Business Cooperation" took place in Nur-Sultan. The event is considered to be one of the significant events for presenting successful practices of commercialization of R&D achievements in Kazakhstan. The Conference was organized within the framework of the Fostering Productive Innovation Project by the Ministry of Education and Science RK jointly with the World Bank.

The successful experience of commercialization of Kazakhstan's scientific achievements and results of effective cooperation with business for the progressive development of Kazakhstan's economy were presented at the Conference.

"The joint project of the Government of Kazakhstan and the World Bank is one of the tools to support Kazakhstani scientists and their R&D. Kazakhstan aims to bring the national science to a new level. One of the tasks is commercialization of R&D, cooperation between scientists and business. Productive innovations are understood as a key growth factor that penetrates and effectively connects all economic and social sectors. The primary goal of our Project is to support high quality, nationally relevant research with a high potential for technology commercialization and effectively use international knowledge and practice," said Murat Sartbayev, Director of the Project Management Unit of the Fostering Productive Innovation Project.

The agenda included a pitching session "Successful projects", during which Kazakhstani scientists and developers of the advanced R&D solutions shared their experience on commercialization of their projects.

The discussion platform on the project's operational activities addressed relevant issues of close interaction between science and business and support for innovation promotion as one of the key factors in the development of Kazakhstan's scientific achievements.

The event also included an exhibition "Fostering Productive Innovations - Succesful Projects" where the visitors were able to learn about the successful projects of Kazakhstani scientists. The grantees not only introduced themselves, but also used the conference venue as a co-working zone,  discussed the perspectives for collaboration and cooperation with colleagues.

Qazproftec LLP, accredited as a research organization, within the scope of Fostering Productive Innovation Project, jointly implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Bank since 2016, is implementing the subproject "Integrated Information System for Career Guidance, Analysis and Prognosis of Occupational Requirements - Bagdar.kz" and is organizing a career guidance event for schoolchildren and young people "Kazakhstan of the Future: from Career Guidance to Career!”.

The event is aimed at sharing experience in the field of modern vocational guidance and self-determination of schoolchildren and young people among representatives of secondary and higher professional educational organizations, and also presenting opportunities for basic and additional vocational education on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan and abroad.

The forum covered such issues as opportunities for further employment of university graduates, recommendations on the choice of career guidance trajectory in secondary, higher and postgraduate education in Kazakhstan and abroad, a concept of social and financial education for children and young people, examples of vocational guidance systems in foreign educational institutions, etc.

The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science RK, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection RK, Science Committee MOES RK, Center for Employment of the Akimat of Nur-Sultan, "Atameken" National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of RK, State Enterprise "National Center for Testing" and psychologists, teachers, career guidance counsellors, researchers, schoolchildren, students of Nur-Sultan, and also international participants: Baltic International Academy (Latvia), Aflatoun International (Netherlands), IGlobal University (USA).

On October 4, PMU for Fostering Productive Innovation Project together with the representatives of the Science Committee and the World Bank went to Shymkent, where a formal presentation was held to mark the opening of the first autotransformer with a capacity of 63 MVA of 220 kV voltage class in Central Asia and Kazakhstan.

The high-power autotransformer was designed and manufactured by scientists and engineers of the Kentau Transformer Plant, a part of the Alageum Electric Group, KazRDSI “Energia” JSC and Electrodetal LLP.

This new transformer is a vivid example of successful import substitution in Kazakhstan and will soon distribute electricity to three large districts of Turkestan Oblast: Keles, Sarygash and Maktaral. The transformer was designed by Dr. Sergey Sokolov, Honored Power Engineer of Kazakhstan, who points out that the demand for high-capacity transformers is growing every year, as all substations of Kazakhstan will soon need to be upgraded due to the gradual wear and tear of old equipment built in the 80s of the last century.

The project received grant support in 2017 as part of the Productive Sector Consortia program under the Fostering Productive Innovation Project jointly implemented by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the World Bank.

World Bank representatives: Ms. Marialisa Motta, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice Manager for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Stefka Slavova, Chief Economist, Mr. Paulo Correa, Counsellor, as part of the performance monitoring and analysis, visited the sub-projects of the Fostering Productive Innovation Project implemented by SC MOES RK jointly with the World Bank. In particular, three very successful subprojects were monitored: Genesis, Green-lab and X-matrix.

Genesis. The company is specialized in genotyping, identifying the breeding origin of cattle and subsequent registration of the genetic passport. The company is quite a successful enterprise and the first company to receive an international quality certificate in the field of genetic studies of agricultural animals to confirm the breed and breeding origin.

World Bank representatives asked various questions regarding the project implementation, investments by the Bank and the state, and future development prospects of the company.

Alexander Shustov, project manager, pointed out that without grant support the project would not have been possible due to the high cost of purchased equipment. In future, the company is planning to expand and further commercialize its innovative technology through a commercialization specialist and by symbiosis of business and science, and also take orders from foreign companies.

X-matrix Project Manager - Abugaliev Kabylbek is a practicing combiologist (burn surgeon). He presented his innovative biological bandage to WB team. The bandage heals burn wounds three times faster than an ordinary bandage, told about competitive advantages of his product such as cheapness, speed and composition, that makes it attractive for Muslims. He also shared the prospects of his project, where after a successful launch on the market, he is planning to cede management of the project to an experienced manager, and to focus on medical science.

Green lab. Almagul Kakimzhanova, project manager, spoke about micropropagation and showed a laboratory where development of seedlings could be traced from a small kidney to a one and a half meter high poplar. It was especially noted that this method reduces the time of receiving seedlings of 2 to 3 meters high twice, increases the percentage of seedlings survival rate, reduces the cost of planting material.  Before planting in the open soil, plants are placed in sterile tubes with special nutrient media. Plants grown in such conditions, in contrast to the planting material imported from abroad, are more adapted to the climatic conditions of Kazakhstan, and also have high adaptability.

The World Bank representatives highlighted the relevance of these sub-projects and emphasized their scientific component. They also noted that these projects can be considered as an example of successful development of science as a business model.

The final field monitoring of Altyn Batyr Company LLP activities under the sub-project "Development of technology for industrial production of the therapeutic and preventive drink on the basis of biologically active association of tea fungus microorganisms" was conducted.  PMU representatives inspected the operational activities, assets procured with the grant funds, and all documentation related to the sub-project. Based on the results of the field monitoring, the Field Monitoring Act was prepared and signed, reflecting the results of the property inventory, status of accounting, results of the calendar plan execution, etc.

The company has completed the subproject ahead of schedule and launched the production and sale of finished products - soft drinks based on tea mushrooms. The sub-project has completed all the planned activities, underwent accreditation as a subject of scientific and (or) scientific and technical activities, purchased and installed equipment worth more than 8 million tenge, carried out extensive research work, the results of which were reflected in international and domestic academic publications, organized and held an international scientific-practical conference in cooperation with the Pavlodar State Pedagogical University, registered three patents for inventions and a useful model. The project team members attended various seminars and courses, and a local university graduate students took an internship at the Altyn Batyr Company LLP production base.

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