The North Caucasus Medical Cluster will Bring Together Science, Healthcare, and Education

30 june 2016

The Analytical Center has discussed the development of an innovative medical cluster in the Caucasian Mineral Waters area. Deputy Head of the Analytical Center Mikhail Pryadilnikov stressed the importance of creating the cluster, which will meet the demand of the local residents for high-tech healthcare and will ensure efficient use of the resorts and sanatoriums in the region by people from all over Russia.

The Caucasian Mineral Waters are one of 19 regions of this type found in Europe and their history goes back more than two hundred years. This project can potentially become a model global innovative medical cluster,” believes Adviser to the Head of the Analytical Center Nurali Rezvanov.

Yunus Tsakaraev, acting head of the Department for coordination of efforts to implement state programs in the Caucasian Mineral Waters region of Russia, explained why a medical cluster in the area was so necessary. “80% of high-tech healthcare services are provided to Caucasian Mineral Waters residents outside of the North Caucasus federal district. The shortage of doctors and paramedics is exacerbated by the constant migration of young medical professionals to other regions of the country,” the government official complained. The medical cluster will not only offer a broad range of healthcare services from diagnosis to rehabilitation, all being provided in the North Caucasus, but will also allow people to get a medical degree that meets all the international and Russian standards without leaving the region. “The cluster will encourage graduates to stay in the North Caucasus, by offering them new opportunities for cooperation with the best universities around the world,” Mr. Tsakaraev summed up.

 “We want to create a unique format in a unique place,” Vladimir Geraskin, a managing partner in DMG Company, said, cutting to the chase. The expert believes that what makes the region unique is a combination of easy access by all means of transport, a well developed infrastructure, plenty of HR potential and very favorable natural and weather conditions. Mr. Geraskin presented a 3D model of the cluster to the participants of the expert meeting. A site not far from the Mineral Waters airport was picked as the site for the new medical cluster. It has been provisionally divided into several zones: the medical zone, the recreation zone, the reserve zone and the technology park. The anchor projects in the cluster will be a medical university, a R&D center and a university clinic that is expected to draw professors and researchers that will eventually create a local school of medical research. “This means that eventually, the cluster will rely on its own technological research rather than having to import technologies from abroad,” Mr. Geraskin noted. The expert believes that in this manner, the capabilities of the region can be used to their fullest potential.

The medical cluster concept has already been approved by representatives of the regions. “From the first day that this project was announced, we have been working in close cooperation with it, taking an active part in discussions and we can say that the medical cluster project has our complete backing,” noted Murat Kipkeyev, deputy permanent representative of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic with the Russian president.