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AC President Highlights New Model of US-Russian University Engagement in Formation of Innovation Corridor


Members of the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission/Innovation Working Group gathered at the University of Maryland and Baltimore on April 26 to discuss new international collaborations in the area of bio-medical research, as well as to mark the next phase in the development of a multi-year program (2013-2017), Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA), funded by the US Russia Foundation and administered in the US by American Councils for International Education.

The US-Russia Innovation Corridor (USRIC), housed at the University of Maryland’s International Incubator, is a tangible result of the cooperative relationship between American Councils, the University of Maryland (UMD), the University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), and the state of Maryland and the Nizhny Novgorod region in the context of the EURECA Program.


Dr. Dan Davidson, President of American Councils for International Education
Based on an initial biomedical focus – an area that UMD and UNN continue to refine and expand – USRIC will serve as a platform connecting Russian research universities and entrepreneurs with their US counterparts while engaging appropriate state and regional governmental structures.

UNN’s Rector Evgeny Chuprunov and UMD’s Vice President and Chief Research Officer Patrick O’Shea signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deepen their cooperation around biomedical, with placement of projects into USRIC. 

"A true Triple Helix partnership," Davidson noted, "the US-Russia Innovation Corridor represents the type of effective collaboration between state governments and private industries, with universities as the driving force, that can be a central vehicle for innovation-based regional economic development. Maryland and Nizhny Novgorod were uniquely positioned to actualize this collaboration, thanks to their shared history of regional cooperation and the work of their powerhouse research institutions."

"As the coordinator of USRIC, American Councils has focused its role on reducing the barriers to commercialization partnerships for both countries and cultivating and facilitating new, productive collaborations. As several members of the US-BPC Working Group have pointed out, 'Innovation is not just about money and technology. It is about people, networks and a culture of entrepreneurship.'"
In envisioning the broad landscape of collaboration, American Councils has recognized that these relationships take place on both a ‘macro’ level (Triple Helix regional partnerships around shared clusters), and a ‘micro’ level (individual startups and research projects that may, themselves, seed larger-scale relationships). By catalyzing new regional collaborations between our nations and responding to shared goals, USRIC advances the objectives of the new EURECA program and extends the substantial benefit of this program to new US and Russian institutions. 

The US Russia Innovation Corridor addresses a key goal of the Innovation Working Group of the US-Russia Bilateral Commission, as both countries seek to support the role of higher education institutions as centers of research, entrepreneurial thinking, and long-term economic development. It is expected that projects will be operating through USRIC by Summer 2013.
Dr. Patrick G. O'Shea of University of Maryland and Dr. Evgeny Chuprunov of University of Nizhny Novgorod sign a Memorandum of Understanding

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