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COMMERCIALIZATION OF SCIENCE NETWORKING AND INNOVATION VOUCHER PROGRAM LAUNCHED FOR UKRAINE

Kyiv, May 25, 2011 — The USAID Local Investment and National Competitiveness Project (USAID LINC) is pleased to announce the launch of its nationwide initiative to promote the commercialization of science through an intensive, focused program of awareness raising, match-making and funding of new partnerships between Ukraine’s vast research and small to medium enterprise (SME) sectors.

The first phase of this initiative is to conduct regional informational roundtables on “Technology Commercialization for SME Competitiveness” in USAID LINC’s target regions of Crimea, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Kherson, Odesa, Lutsk and Rivne. Based upon the region’s Strategic Plan, a series of subsequent structured match-making events will target partnering between research and business representatives in key industry sectors. The partnered collaborators are then invited to submit their request for an Innovation Voucher from USAID LINC to fund the key activities between the two applicants to facilitate new partnerships for economic growth.

The launch of the Innovation Voucher Program involves USAID LINC making available $2,000 vouchers toward “Last-step-to-market” collaborations between Ukraine’s research sector and innovative SMEs seeking to jointly commercialize scientific and technological developments. The goal is to valorize significant near market-ready technologies by promoting partnerships with the private sector to create new business opportunities, expand the regional tax base and to promote new job formation.

The new Innovation Voucher Program is one additional thrust of the USAID LINC project to promote innovative and sustainable approaches to regional innovation by promoting the introduction of new technologies, products and services.

Innovation Voucher Winners
(announced on March 1, 2012)

Business sector representative

R&D sector representative

Innovative technology

Impl. time, months

Investment Voucher funds to be spent on

Expected implementation results

Agricultural Servicing Cooperative "Umyut”,

(medical plant raw material’s forage, cultivation and processing, medical plants’ products manufacturing)

AR Crimea

Technical Thermal Physics Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Environmentally clean drying technology using renewable energy source (solid biomass)

3

  • Thermotechnical analysis, calculations and selection of drying unit construction;
  • Calculation of capacities and selection of thermal generator construction;
  • Selection of a biomass that is in sufficient quantity in the region of the drying unit location and that has the required thermotechnological parameters;
  • Technical and economical calculations of costs of the dryer, thermal generator, start-up and commissioning works and payback period for the spent funds.

Dryer assembling and installation; and its’ commissioning:

  • Improve the products quality (phyto teas on medical plants basis, herbal extracts, extracts and namely, to achieve conservation of fragrances, therapeutic properties, nutrients) up to 40%;
  • Reduce products’ primary costs by increasing efficiency of the drying process and use of renewable energy source up to 20%;
  • Increase competitiveness of the production, increase profitability and returns to 10%;
  • Possibility of distribution experience of the dryer use among the Crimea SMEs working in the processing area.

“Yakhont Ltd.”

(industrial cultivation of marine mollusks - Black mussels and Pacific oysters at specialized marine farm)

AR Crimea

The O.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

The innovative parasitological concept of cultivation of marine organisms – research and development results of the Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas

4-5

  • Health state assessment of the cultivated mollusks;
  • Study of biological factors dangerous for the mollusks cultivation;
  • Development and introduction of a comprehensive epizootic monitoring and protection of mollusks at the farm.
  • Increase of farming products outcomes up to 35%;
  • Reduce of mollusks infestation up to 90%;
  • Increase of production efficiency of the farm by 15-20%;
  • Promoting sustainable development of the new agriculture branch - marine farming by spreading the obtained result to apply to other marine farms located in the coastal part of the Black Sea.

Limited Liability Company “Borove - Zakhid”

(Peat complex processing and peat based products manufacturing)

Rivne oblast

Yuriy Oleksiyovych Ploskyi, Viktor Prokopovych Hordienko - inventors

Innovative technology of peat processing that can be used for production of both soil substrates for ornamental plants cultivation and peat fuel pellets.

The advantage of the technology (in comparison with the existing market analogues of peat elements production) in the complex processing of peat, where is used peat top layer, as well as its low-lying layers, which increases efficiency index and thus competitiveness of products.

Up to 6

  • Technical solution patenting;
  • Name registration as an official trade mark for goods and services of new production;
  • Business plan development for registration as innovative project.
  • Products entry to the market;
  • Gain competitive advantage in the market of peat extraction and processing and manufacturing products from it.

LLC "Harmless technologies and products “GREEN OWL”

(developments in the sphere of packaging, their production and sale, production of juices),

the city of Rivne

Savinskiy Stanislav Veniamynovych, candidate of biological sciences, inventor

  • Bicameral bottle -utility model, industrial design, invention.
  • Push-top cap – utility model;
  • Automatic filling machine for push-top technology – a useful model
  • Bicameral packaging technology - utility model, invention

Up to 6

  • Taking measures to protect own intellectual property from illegal use by other persons;
  • Conducting expert research on the possible use of salient features of technical solutions by other applicants
  • Preparation of an expert conclusion in the field of intellectual property rights based on the conducted expert research.
  • Entry to the market of a protected technology.
  • Increase in production volumes to 10 %

LLC Pivdenkonversiya

(small enterprise)

the city of Odesa

Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies

Introduction of invention “Phyto-syrup” (patented), as well as technologies and formula for natural drinks production (beverages developed using natural phyto components, rich in macroelements, microelements, and antioxidants).

3

  • Development of normative documents (technical specifications) for producing a pilot lot of natural drinks.
  • Purchasing of apparatus for water preparation.
  • New products entry to the market;
  • Production of a pilot lot of drinks - up to 40 liters of each natural drink.

  • USAID LINC Names Innovation Voucher Winners

    March 1, 2012, Kyiv — USAID LINC wrapped up its Innovation Voucher initiative by naming five winners of the up to $2,000 “last-step-to-market” vouchers.


  • USAID LINC, UCCI Facilitate Science & Business Match-Making Meeting in Kherson and Mykolaiv Oblasts

    December 22, 2011, Kherson — USAID LINC in conjunction with the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized and held a match-making meeting of scientists and business people in the Dnipro-Buh Golden Delta, or Kherson-Mykolaiv Sub-region.


  • Business Incubator Presented at USAID LINC Science Commercialization Event

    December 5, 2011, Luhansk — The Luhansk Regional Investment Promotion Agency (RIPA) presented a business incubator project at a match-making meeting of about 40 scientists and business people organized by USAID LINC in conjunction with the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


  • USAID LINC Contributes to the Conference on Innovation and Regional Competitiveness

    November 25, 2011, Simferopol, Crimea — Jeffrey Luebbe, USAID LINC Crimea Field Director, took part in a conference on the role of innovations in building regional competitiveness.


  • Scientists Present Their R&D Works to Businesses in Odesa

    November 23, 2011, Odesa — USAID LINC in conjunction with the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, organized and held a match-making meeting of scientists and business people from the Odesa Oblast.


  • USAID LINC, UCCI Make Science and Business Meet in Volyn

    November 10, 2011, Lutsk — USAID LINC in conjunction with the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, organized and held a match-making meeting of scientists and business people from the Central Volyn Sub-region.


  • USAID LINC, UCCI Facilitate Match-Making Meeting between Science and Business in Crimea

    October 27, 2011, Simferopol, Crimea — USAID LINC in conjunction with the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry carried out a match-making meeting of Crimean scientists and business people. The meeting provided an opportunity for the scientists to present their R&D works directly to representatives from the real sector, who might be interested in implementation of these works.


  • USAID LINC Trains Scientists in R&D Presentation and Commercialization

    September 15, 2011, Irpin, Kyiv Oblast — USAID LINC in conjunction with the Science & Technologies Center in Ukraine (STCU) conducted a workshop for scientists on “How to Present Effectively Your R&D Works. Ways of Their Commercialization”. Twenty-eight scientists representing about 20 institutions from different parts of Ukraine attended the event.


  • USAID LINC Holds Science Commercialization Round Tables for Central Volyn Sub-region

    July 8, 2011 — In the Volyn Oblast’s Kivertsi Raion’s village of Hremyache, near the border with the Rivne Oblast, USAID LINC conducted a round table on technology commercialization for SME competitiveness for representatives from research, educational and financial institutions, businesses, and local governments in the Central Volyn Sub-region.


  • USAID LINC Holds Science Commercialization Round Tables for Kherson-Mykolaiv Subregion

    June 29-30, 2011 — In Mykolaiv and then Kherson, USAID LINC conducted round tables on technology commercialization for SME competitiveness for a total of about 80 persons representing research institutions, businesses and local governments in the Kherson-Mykolaiv Sub-region.


  • USAID LINC Holds Science Commercialization Round Table for Odesa Agglomeration

    June 21, 2011 — In Odesa, USAID LINC conducted a round table on technology commercialization for SME competitiveness for representatives from research institutions and businesses in the Odesa-Teplodar-Yuzhne Sub-region.


  • USAID LINC Holds Science Commercialization Round Table for Central Luhansk Sub-region

    June 14, 2011 — In Alchevsk, USAID LINC held a round table on technology commercialization for SME competitiveness for representatives of research and educational institutions and small to medium enterprises as well as private entrepreneurs in the Central Luhansk Sub-region. The sub-region comprises the Luhansk Oblast’s cities of Alchevsk, Bryanka and Stakhanov.


  • USAID LINC Holds Science Commercialization Round Table for Northwest Luhansk Sub-region

    June 9, 2011 — In Severodonetsk, USAID LINC held a round table on technology commercialization for SME competitiveness for representatives of research and educational institutions and small to medium enterprises as well as private entrepreneurs in the Northwest Luhansk Sub-region. The sub-region comprises the Luhansk Oblast’s cities of Lysychansk, Rubizhne and Severodonetsk and raion of Kreminna.


  • USAID LINC Holds Science Commercialization Round Table for Crimea, Presents Innovation Voucher Program

    May 26, 2011 — In Sevastopol, USAID LINC held a round table on “Technology Commercialization for SME Competitiveness in Crimea” for representatives of Crimean research and educational institutions and small to medium enterprises as well as private entrepreneurs.