An international consortium of scientific institutes led by professor Peter Lansdorp of the Groningen-based ERIBA, in cooperation with Hubrecht Institute and MIT, has been invited to set up a new institute for research into stem cells, based in the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SkTech) close to Moscow. The foremost aims of the Skolkovo Center for Stem Cell Research are to expand fundamental knowledge of stem cells and advance the study of stem cells in Russia.
In a move to stimulate research and innovation, Russia is building a research university in Silicon Valley-style technology park in Skolkovo, where top researchers, businesses and investors will work together in the field of IT, energy, aerospace, biomedical science and nuclear technology.
In 2011, a university was opened. SkTech will house various research centres, each with its own focus on a specific field. MIT has been involved to select the research centres and help SkTech with its development over the next five years. The Skolkovo Center for Stem Cell Research (SCSCR) was one of the first three centres to be selected from 129 applications.