The winners of the contest of the Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Businesses in Science and Technology “U.M.N.I.K” have been announced. The contest is held annually by the Government of the Voronezh Region, Voronezh Innovation Technological centre, and Voronezh State University.
This year, grants were awarded to ten winners of the contest, including three young scientists from VSU. Among the best innovative projects are the following.
- “Development of new sensors based on hybrid membranes for express analysing of drugs and control over their disposal” by Tatiana Kolganova (the Faculty of Chemistry). Research supervisor – associate professor at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Anna Parshina.
- “Development of the technology of synthesizing cosmetic products based on plant proteases, chitosan, and hyaluronic acid” by Viktoria Koroleva (the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences). Research supervisor – head of the Department of Biophysics and Biotechnology, Professor Valery Artyukhov.
- “Development of a universal technology for calculating and manufacturing of a dielectric antenna filling determining the radiation pattern” by Andrey Lazarev (the Faculty of Physics). Research supervisor – dean of the Faculty of Physics, Professor Anatoly Bobreshov.
“Over recent years, VSU has developed a system for promoting projects by young researchers. This system is effective. The quality of the projects is increasing. Healthy competition among researchers motivates them to elaborate on every single aspect of their innovative ideas. The main goal is to create a product or a technology that can be implemented at a real enterprise. The winners of “U.M.N.I.K” can continue their research at one of the VSU-based small innovative enterprises. This kind of support method has proved its effectiveness over the years. Effective development of the country calls for young people working on their scientific projects. Young and ambitious researchers are the key to breakthrough discoveries. And for the researchers themselves it is an open door to success. An opportunity to be a professional and do what others cannot do, this is what it means to be a leader,” said Dmitry Zhukalin, head of the VSU Department of Innovations and Enterprise Management.