On October 31, opening ceremony of unique production facility took place at the site of NEARMEDIC PHARMA plant in Obninsk industrial park, Kaluga Region. The full-cycle facility is to manufacture reactants for genetic person’s identification and establishment of filiation through DNA tests.
The project is implemented with support of state Fund of Industrial Development, which provided a loan of RUR 202.4 million. Total value of the project is RUR 289.2 million.
Sergey Tsyb (Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade), Roman Petrutsa (Director of the Fund of Industrial Development), Anatoly Artamonov (Governor of Kaluga Region), Vladimir Nesterenko (Director General of NEARMEDIC PHARMA) attended the ceremony.
The application area of manufactured products includes identification of human genetic profile by specific DNA areas, which is widely used during crime investigation, consequences of accidents, as well as during other genetic studies. Today, foreign manufacturers monopolize market of person’s identification. EU and US-made test systems hold more than 90% of the market. Implementation of the project will allow reducing reliance of the state on imported test-systems at least by 50%.
Test kits manufactured by NEARMEDIC distinguish by possibility of long-term storage without losing reacting activity and favorable price. The price will be less by 1.5-2 fold as compared to imported analogues.
Main customers of DNA test kits in Russia are Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation (forensic laboratories), Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.
Vladimir Nesterenko, Director General of NEARMEDIC PHARMA, commented:
“We did not only create new test systems for genetic identification to prove identity and relationship, which will replace foreign analogues and will allow us to control the market in Russia. We created product enabling state expert laboratories to use high-quality products and to save money of the national budget. We have plans to create new medical products. We have also international projects.”
Sergey Tsyb congratulated the company on behalf of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation:
“By launching this project, we will gain the opportunity to ensure national security in many areas. It is good that the project is implemented in one of the most dynamically developing regions, in Kaluga Region, where knowledge-intensive manufacturing operations are greatly valued.”
Roman Petrutsa, Director of the Fund of Industrial Development, said:
“We support projects that are important at the national scale. The project of NEARMEDIC is the first one from medical and bio pharma sector in the portfolio of our Fund.”
Unlike expensive imported analogues requiring storage at low-freeze temperatures, these reactants are substantially cheaper, and, which is the most important, they can be stored and transported at room temperature.
The opening ceremony of NEARMEDIC PHARMA plant took place in 2015. The plant provides domestic market with a number of pharmaceutical products of key importance. One of them is an interferon inducer of antiviral action KAGOCEL, and another one is a regenerative collagen complex, widely used in surgery, dentology and cosmetology COLLOST.
NEARMEDIC employs more than 1,500 employees. The project line of the company includes over 20 projects, among them, regeneration platform, innovative original medicine against pulmonary tuberculosis including its drug resistant forms (cooperation with EPFL), medicine No 1 in antiviral segment since 2014 in Russia, and HID-panels for molecular and genetic person’s identification. The company also supplies laboratory equipment of leading world’s manufacturers to the domestic market, performs its maintenance and service support, develops network of multi-profile clinics providing integrated medical assistance.