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|Founded||Moscow, Russia (2007 )|
|Key people||Anatoly Chubais
(Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO)
Rusnano (Russian: Роснано) (formerly Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies) is a joint-stock company created and owned by the government of Russia and aimed at commercializing developments in nanotechnology. Rusnano's task is to create by 2015 a nano-industry in the country that will make marketable products worth 900 billion rubles ($29 billion). In April 2012 they invested US $79m in Quantenna Communications, a manufacturer of semiconductors for wireless networks and devices. According to a press release issued by Rusnano, this investment will leverage synergies between Quantenna's portfolio and a number of nanotechnology initiatives that are under way at RUSNANO.
One hundred percent of the shares in RUSNANO have become the property of the government. At this moment, the Board of Directors and the Auditing Commission have been formed; the chairman of the Executive Board has been appointed—Anatoly Chubais. During its first meeting, planned for late March 2011, the Board of Directors of RUSNANO will form the Executive Board of the company.
A law (On the Russian Nanotechnology Corporation) which resulted in the creation of "Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies" was proposed by several members of the United Russia party on June 2007. The proposal passed its first reading in the State Duma on June 14 and final reading on July 4. The upper house, the Federation Council, approved it on July 6. Initially organised as a state corporation, the company was re-registered on March 11, 2011 as open joint-stock company RUSNANO.
In 2009 "Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies" established an international award in the “nano” field – RUSNANOPRIZE. The Prize is awarded annually in one of the following fields: Optics and Electronics; Nanomaterials and Surface Modification; Medicine, Pharmacology and Biotechnologies; Energy Efficiency and Green Technologies. Prize fund is 3 million rubles(over USD $90 000).
The CEO of RUSNANO is appointed by Decree of the President of Russia. The Supervisory Council is the highest management body of the corporation. The Supervisory Council appoints members of the Executive Board.
On September 7, 2007 Vladimir Putin appointed Leonid Melamed, a former deputy CEO RAO UES, Director General of Rusnano. On 22 September 2008 President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev appointed Anatoly Chubais as the Director General of Rusnano. The same decree removed former Director General Leonid Melamed from his position.
Members of the Supervisory Council as of December 31, 2009
- Andrey Fursenko, Chairman, Supervisory Council, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
- Vladimir Dmitriev, Chairman, Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)
- Mikhail Kovalchuk, Director, Russian Research Center Kurchatov Institute
- Andrey Kokoshin, First Deputy Chairman, State Duma Committee on Science and Science-Intensive Technologies
- Dmitry Mezentsev, Governor, Irkutsk Oblast
- Leonid Melamed, President, Effortel
- Elvira Nabiullina, Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
- Vladimir Nazarov, Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation
- Mikhail Pogosyan, Director General, Sukhoi Company
- Vasily Popik, Deputy Head, Presidential Experts’ Directorate of the Russian Federation
- Mikhail Prokhorov, President, ONEXIM Group
- Evgeny Fedorov, Chairman, State Duma Committee on Economic Policy and Entrepreneurship
- Viktor Khristenko, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation
- Husein Chechenov, Chairman, Federation Council Committee on Education and Science
- Anatoly Chubais, Chairman, Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies
The source of financing for the activities of Rusnano in 2008 and 2009 was an asset contribution of 130 billion rubles (US $4.39 billion) from the Russian Federation, received in November 2007. During 2009 capital of Rusnano decreased by 58.768 billion rubles and at year end stood at 76.638 billion rubles (US $2.59 billion). The change in the corporation’s capital is attributable to the return of 66.4 billion rubles of the asset contribution to the Russian Federation, expenditures of 3.617 billion rubbles in fulfillment of the corporation’s purposes, and net income of 11.251 billion rubles earned largely from temporarily free monetary resources deposited in accounts at commercial banks in accordance with recommendations from the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation. Rusnano also intends to attract additional investment by issuing state-guaranteed bonds
In 2011, Rusnano suffered US $2.9 billion of net loss under Russian Accounting Standards and closed down 6 investment projects worth $300 million. The company seems to have a shortage of money. In March 2012, Rusnano announced it was closing 13 investment projects estimated at $600 billion, the official reason for the decision was the rejection of the co-investors. In April 2012 announced that it was looking to sell a 10% share by the end of 2012. This is just the beginning of a plan to make 40% of the company private.
In 2009 the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies received 634 requests for project cofinancing. The projects have aggregate budgets of 1.355 trillion rubles of which 712.3 billion rubles were requested from the corporation. A significant percentage of the requests were for new production or modernization of existing processes and fixed assets.
All requests that enter the corporation go through a multi-staged system of expert evaluation. In 2009, for various reasons, 467 projects (including some that had been received in 2008) were denied cofinancing. The Supervisory Council of the corporation approved 54 projects during 2009, projects in solar energy, mechanical engineering, metalwork, nanoelectronics, medicine, and venture financing. The total budget for these projects is 181.6 billion rubles of which 86.6 billion rubles were requested from the corporation. Fifty-three projects that have passed all evaluation steps and the Science and Technology Board will be brought to the Supervisory Council in the first half of 2010.
In sum during 2008–2009, the Supervisory Council of the corporation approved 61 projects. Their budgets total 192.3 billion rubles and include 92.4 billion rubles that RUSNANO will cofinance. A considerable share of these projects is oriented toward the priority areas for modernizing the economy of the country that President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev has declared. These 61 projects are forecasted to earn revenue from sales in excess of 130 billion rubles annually by 2015. In 2008 and 2009 the corporation financed 17 approved projects, disbursing 32.2 billion rubles through the end of 2009. Four manufacturing projects earned their first revenues in 2007—176.5 million rubles.
- The firm applies an environment friendly approach by financing projects that explore the possibilities of energy technology.
- Rusnano has acquired minority stake in Plastic Logic in 2011. The company planned to set up a factory in Zelenograd where they planned to manufacture lightweight, flexible plastic e-readers and related products, however these plans appear to be cancelled since Plastic Logic decided to shift its focus towards licensing its existing technology instead of actually manufacturing any products.
6 infrastructure projects.
- One of the most interesting infrastructural investment that Rusnano has backed is the one of BiOptix: the american patented product enables label-free biomolecula analysis in real time without isotope labeling and with minimal human handling.
- Rusnano Capital. deals with the involvement of Russian and foreign institutional and strategic investors for the implementation of nanotechnology projects in Russia. The Foundation provides transfer of advanced technologies and attract international expertise in the Russian projects, and also stimulates the development of financial infrastructure of the wound in the field of nanotechnology.
- The Rusnano Metrological Center. the subsidiary provides metrological support necessary to companies in the nanotechnology industry and produce quality, competitive, safe products and to minimize barriers to its output to international markets.
- Rusnano Inform. created in 2010 to promote the development of Information technology for Rusnano.
- Rusnano USA, Inc. established in December 2010 to represent the interests of "Rusnano" and its design companies in the U.S. and Canada, as well as to assist in the promotion of Russian nanotechnology products to world markets.
- Rusnano Israel Ltd. formed in December 2011; considered as Foundation of Infrastructure and Education program, established in order to represent the interests of Rusnano in investment, business and non-profit activities in the territory of Israel. Activities of Rusnano Israel Ltd. includes the search for innovative Israeli companies in the field of nanotechnology, which meet the investment criteria of "Rusnano", as well as assistance and support of "Rusnano" in the process of technological, business and financial analysis (due diligence) of Israeli companies, and further successful transactions by direct venture investments. The company also supports the implementation of Russian-Israeli inter-governmental agreement on co-financing of R&D in nanotechnology. In addition, Rusnano Israel Ltd. focused on the transfer of Israeli technology to create in Russia manufactures nanotechnology products.
- Fostering Nanotechnology Innovation in Russia - MIT World
- Q&A with Anatoly Chubais - WSJ
- Quantenna Communications Raises $79 Million Led by RUSNANO
- State Corporation RUSNANO Reorganized as Open Joint-Stock Company
- Full text in Russian
- Чубайс возглавил "Роснанотех" Grani.ru (Russian)
- Rusnano Annual report 2009
- Annual Financial (Accounting) Report of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies for the Year 2009
- Russia’s hi-tech looks for cash
- RUSNANO projects on web-site
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