Moscow’s Strogino technology park has recently developed an innovative powder that stops bleeding. In three minutes, this new development can stop even heavy, potentially fatal haemorrhages.
Its main component is chitosan, a chemical found in shells of various crustaceans, such as shrimp or lobsters. Upon contact with blood, the powder turns into a gel that stops the bleeding. Chitosan is a hypoallergenic substance that has antibacterial properties.
The powder comes with bandages. In the event of bleeding, one needs to powder the wound, apply bandages and put pressure on the affected area.
The powder and bandages proved to be highly effective in stopping arterial haemorrhages. They are easy, quick and convenient to use, which is why even those injured can apply them independently. The new kit makes it possible to provide aid to those injured right away. It will become a great alternative to traditional means of stopping haemorrhages, which are not always safe or effective.
“Russian healthcare product developers are entering the market with new, innovative products, the use of which is not limited to professional and healthcare institutions or teams of doctors,” said Alexei Fursin, head of Moscow’s Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovations. “Unique products are currently being created at Moscow’s technology parks developed by the Moscow Government. Today, there are 34 technoparks in Moscow, with a total of 1,750 high-tech residents. The city is providing technology parks with all kinds of support – from infrastructure-related solutions to tax breaks. The most important thing is that they are in great demand for companies. Today, 95 to 100 percent of almost all the space in technoparks is being leased out.”
Moscow has a comprehensive programme to support technoparks and their residents. It includes tax benefits for profit tax, land tax and property tax, as well as cuts in land lease rates. This results in total tax subsidies of up to 25 percent for technology parks. The technology parks’ managing companies can also receive concessional loans of up to50 million roubles for up to five years at a 2 percent annual rate. In addition, compensation is provided for payments on loans for technopark development, such as co-financing based on the prime rate (7.5 percent) up to 300 million per year, including for construction and installation projects, upgrades, renovation and technical equipment refitting.
The compensation for the purchase and lease of foreign equipment for technopark residents will be as much as 25 percent of the cost, which must not exceed 10 million roubles.
Moscow’s technopark residents develop and apply modern technologies in all sorts of fields – from building the transport of the future to making shoes. Residents of the Kalibr technopark, for instance, develop autonomous (driverless) cars and buses, and test them at a 400-metre track with bus stops and pedestrian crossings.
The Technopolis Moskva special economic zone comprises five sites – four in Zelenograd and one in the Technopolis Moskva technology park in Pechatniki. This zone encompasses several high-tech industries, such as microelectronics, optics, robotics, medical technologies and equipment. New composite materials are also produced there. Some of the park’s residents focus on developing information, communication and nano-technologies, plus energy efficient technologies, while others specialise in orthopaedic footwear.
Researchers at the Strogino technology park have recently developed an innovative device for wound therapy. It accelerates the healing of a wound by three to four times. The Russian development is two times cheaper than similar foreign products.