The federal project National Technology Initiative has been developing since 2016 and defines itself as "bringing together representatives of the business and expert communities to develop promising technology markets and industries in Russia that can become the backbone of the global economy".
In Perm Krai, the official representative of the project is the State Budgetary Institution Investment Development Agency under the Ministry of Economic Development.
The STI Pre-Adviserator is a set of events that promote the development of innovative projects at an early stage of implementation. The organizer of the STI Pre-Adviserator is the State Budgetary Institution "Investment Development Agency" together with the accelerator "Big Exploration". Operator: SmartUp LLC. Pre-accelerator is supported by the Government of the Perm Territory within the framework of the state assignment of the State Budgetary Institution PK Agency of Investment Development.
The preaccelerator is supported by the Government of the Perm Territory.
Corr: Olga Andreevna, why did you decide to take part in the STI pre-boxer?
OP: I and a group of like-minded people have been developing an analytical system for the analysis of human biomedical and anatomo-physiological data for over twenty years. In the course of this work, there are many applications that address one or another problem or another. One of such tasks is to determine the optimum of a person's adaptation properties using mathematical methods. My colleagues in the scientific field who are familiar with the STI programme and my work offered to take part in this programme. Since STI was positioned as a programme for financing promising projects with a solid budget for one lot (up to 300 million roubles) I decided to get acquainted with the possibilities of this direction.
Corr: And what opportunities have you been interested in?
OP: Participation in grants to fund basic research from the Bortnik Foundation or the Russian Science Foundation, possibly attracting consolidated investment from those interested in the development of this area.
Participation in grants to fund basic research from the Bortnik Foundation or the Russian Science Foundation
Corr.: Do you plan to take advantage of these opportunities?
OP: The project was positively evaluated by the expert panel of the HealthNet (health technology) strand, so once these funds are reformed, I will revisit the possibility of participating in grants.
Corr: Through the STI pre-sequester? Is it a traditional programme?
OP: Whether this initiative will become traditional is not yet clear due to the reform of the Russian Federation's development institutions announced at the end of November. It is likely that the system of selecting promising projects will be integrated into Vnesheconombank's ecosystem or will move directly to funds investing in interesting areas. Either way - we will be watching how this initiative develops.
Corr: How was the pre-admission programme?
OP: The release of the STI Pre-Adviser programme invited projects at an early stage of development, so it was a course of sessions to form a coherent proposal for submission to investment funds. This process, as defined by the programme's advisers, was called 'packaging' the project. Face-to-face lectures and practical sessions were supposed to take place at the Boiling Point at the Shpagin plant. However, due to the spread of coronavirus infection, almost all lectures were held remotely. Three events took place offline: the inaugural and introductory lectures, as well as the speeches at the final selection.
Corr.: Everyone is welcome to participate in the programme?
OP: There is a pre-selection process. As far as I know, out of 96 applications submitted, 36 were selected. Only 19 projects made it to the final session. It should be noted that in parallel with the STI pre-selector there was an innovation support programme, where even schoolchildren could take part.
Corr: What did you find interesting?
OP: Consultation with experts on directions. It is very useful to hear the opinion of professionals. It allowed me to look at the task of mathematical modelling of the personalised optimum of human adaptation properties from a different perspective and to adjust plans slightly.
Corr: What makes your approach to physiological data analysis unique?
OP: My approach to diagnostics is radically different from the existing one. I propose to calculate a digitally optimized human specimen based on the principle of energy conservation. Simply put - providing maximum life expectancy while improving quality of life. This will be a kind of "zero" point to calculate person's personalized optimum of adaptation properties, and based on this very personified optimum it will be possible to determine diagnoses, treatment strategies and development of a person.
Corr: Sounds like a sci-fi movie script! Is it real?
OP: I believe it is realistic. A group of highly qualified scientists, with my participation, has developed a methodology to calculate a digital reference model. It is a very difficult and long-term job, requiring a lot of resources. Such a study could probably be compared to a space exploration programme. No less. This is why I will be looking for an opportunity to raise external funding.
Corr.: How urgent is the problem in the world?
OP: Very relevant. The development of digital medicine brings this issue to the forefront, as getting such a model will help overcome the barrier of automating complex data analysis, as well as solve most of the legal issues.
Corr: What is the ultimate goal of your work in creating the digital "ideal person"?
OP: Achieve recognition of the human reference model at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. This will be as important for health, education and sport as the adoption of the kilogram and the metre for international trade.
Corr: I wish you the best of luck!
OP: Thank you very much! We'll do our best!