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The scientist of the Project 5-100 university was rewarded by the President

February 8, 2018

President of Russia Vladimir Putin presented Presidential Prizes in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists on the Day of Russian science. One of the prizes was awarded to Maxim Nikitin, Candidate of Science (Physics and Mathematics), head of nanobiotechnology laboratory at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. The laboratory was founded within the Project 5-100, a government-run Russian Academic Excellence initiative. The aim of Project 5-100 is to strengthen Russia’s position as an outstanding place for education and research and further improve its international competitiveness.

Vladimir Putin noted a considerable contribution of the laboratory to advancing national sciences, developing new equipment and technology that provide innovative advancement of the national economy and social sphere.

The Prize was awarded to the young scientist for the creation of a new class of biocomputer nanorobots. The results of his research will facilitate the transition to personalized medicine and selection of an individual treatment for each particular person.

Vladimir Putin emphasized a significant contribution of Maxim Nikitin to the creation of a new class of biocomputer nanorobots. “They are capable of simultaneously diagnosing and targeted delivery of medicines to affected areas”, - he added.

At the meeting of the Council for Science and Education in Novosibirsk President emphasized the priority that should be given to developing Russian science. “Russian science has seen game-changing transformations in recent years, which did not come about all by themselves, but were a result of colossal efforts of the state and the academic community”, - he said. He also added that major investment went into developing higher educational institutions and research infrastructure and the share of equipment at most leading universities that is five years old or fewer amounts to 65–85 percent.

Russian President noted the importance to continue to expand the research infrastructure, including the megascience class facilities, promote interaction with other countries and attract international scientists to head the laboratories, create powerful teams of international researchers in this country.

At the Council meeting, Vladimir Putin also talked to the participants about the importance of supporting young research talent. “Everyone who has shown good results must have an opportunity to make a research career in Russia, implement large research projects and look beyond the horizon when planning their activities”, - he said.

The Russian Academic Excellence Project (Project 5 - 100) was launched in 2013. Since then, Project 5-100 universities have attracted more than 3,500 young academics and faculty members from leading Russian and foreign universities and research organizations, more than 410 young researchers hold a Ph.D. degree from foreign universities.