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After INDUSTRIA: Stories of First Industrial Oscar Finalists

14 June 2018
After INDUSTRIA: Stories of First Industrial Oscar Finalists

First Top Five

At INNOPROM-2018, the Council of the Fifth National INDUSTRIA Award will recognize Russian innovative companies which submitted their applications. The Council chaired by Denis Manturov, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia, will announce the winner and four final projects which meet the Award criteria, i.e. technological novelty, economic effect, interdisciplinary application, and export potential.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia established the INDUSTRIA Award in order to support the application of promising technologies in industrial production and promote public recognition of best Russian practices in the industrial segment. The First Award was conferred at INNOPROM-2014.

2014 finalists included biopharmaceutical company BIOCAD and manufacturer of safety solutions for the nuclear and gas industry Diakont. The Award Council also recognized projects submitted by RoboCV (X-MOTION autopiloting systems for warehousing), Transas (navigation systems, naval and flight training devices and simulators, monitoring and control systems), and New Plasma Technologies LLC (application of nano-coatings on cutting tools using CreepServiceSarl and CALT SID technologies).

After their participation in INDUSTRIA, companies continue to develop their projects and expand their presence in foreign markets.

Antibodies Export

Biotechnological company BIOCAD claimed the first INDUSTRIA Award in 2014. Prime Minister of Russia presented the Award to Dmitry Morozov, CEO of BIOCAD. / Photo courtesy of government.ru

BIOCAD was established in 2001. Its founder Dmitry Morozov, who came from a banking background, decided to launch an innovative business and built a pharmaceutical plant in Moscow in spite of the fact that he knew nothing about pharmaceuticals at the time.

By 2005, the plant developed a medicinal product for the treatment of urogenital infection and launched it in the Russian market. In 2013, BIOCAD manufactured the first Russian-made medication for Hepatitis C. In just one year, BIOCAD developed its treatment for cancer and autoimmune diseases based on monoclonal antibodies and won the INDUSTRIA Award for this know-how.

Monoclonal antibodies impact only certain cells within the human body, and the treatment does not affect healthy cells.

According to BIOCAD CEO Dmitry Morozov, the INDUSTRIA Award signified the recognition of his efforts by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, and that is extremely important for companies working in knowledge intensive industrial segments.

"Without the support of all those interested in the development of the Russian industry, without the ministerial support, we would have had a much harder time,"

Morozov stated.


BIOCAD was the first Russian company to export medicinal products based on monoclonal antibodies into the far abroad countries. In 2014-15, the company signed over $700mln in export contracts.

At the moment, the company has approximately 1400 employees, almost half of them are research personnel. BIOCAD now operates four production sites in Moscow and St. Petersburg and has opened its offices in the U.S., Brazil, China, India, Singapore, and other countries.

The company maintains control over the full product cycle from R&D to industrial production. The company portfolio has grown to 45 products for the treatment of cancer, HIV, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, etc. Another 40 products are at their development stage. 

In spring 2018, BIOCAD signed an agreement on the implementation of a joint project with the Ministry of Healthcare of Russia involving the construction of Cell Technology Center for Cancer Treatment in St. Petersburg. By 2021, the company intends to build a new complex at the Special Economic Zone Technopolis Moscow. The complex will span over 55,000 sq.m. and accommodate production facilities, labs, and warehouses.

Aurora for Helicopters

Transas, which manufactures simulators and other technical solutions for the aviation industry, was awarded the INDUSTRIA-2014 nomination for its AURORA 2 visualization system. The system incorporates several software apps, including AuroraAirfieldModeler (automatic or interactive creation of airfield models), AuroraObjectModeler (exporting objects from 3D modeling software Autodesk 3DMAX), AuroraWorldBuilder (landscape creation), etc.

AURORA 2 incorporates all types of training simulators and technical means which allow for the creation of a detailed visual reflection of space outside the cabin.


"We are proud that in 2014 Transas was nominated for the First National Industrial Award INDUSTRIA. Application of innovative solutions is one of our priorities, and our being shortlisted for the Award confirms that we are moving in the right direction,"

Sergey Generalov, Chairman of Transas Board of Directors, pointed out.


In 2015 the company opened a separate Transas Aviation division, which specializes in the development of flight simulators. The same year, Transas presented a new AURORA 3 model, which can be used not only in airplane, but also helicopter simulators. The system is being implemented both in Russia and abroad.

Smart Cart

RoboCV solution is used by several international concerns / Photo courtesy of robocv.ru

RoboCV was created in 2012 and became a Skolkovo resident. Several months after RoboCV launch, its engineers and developers designed a four-wheel autonomous platform which provided the foundation for the X-MOTION project on unmanned warehouse equipment.

X-MOTION is a system which connects to commercial warehouse machines (pull tractors, pallet handlers, manual stacker trucks) and allows for their independent control, thus effectively replacing vehicle operators.

Even though the Russian project has many competitors worldwide, RoboCV product has a major advantage: robots integrated into the X-MOTION system can work alongside people.

"Our robot approaches the load, determines its positioning, and calculates the best way of taking hold of it. If the load is misaligned, the robot will adjust its trajectory to allow for the imprecise positioning. That is a key distinction of our product compared with our competitors. But our main advantage lies in the ability to ensure that robots can work together with people, which is why we refer to our robots as Cobots, i.e. collaborative robots,"

— Sergey Maltsev, founder and CEO of RoboCV, explained.


The X-MOTION system consists of an electric pallet cart equipped with an intelligent automation system and cloud service which optimizes the allocation of tasks between robots in real time. The solution allows for automating up to 70% of warehouse processes and does not require complex and expensive implementation.

In 2014, the INDUSTRIA Council recognized the value of RoboCV's project and shortlisted it for the Award. RoboCV solutions are currently being used at Samsung and Volkswagen facilities and will soon be implemented by IKEA, Philip Morris, Nestle, Russian Post, and Magnit retail chain. In the end of 2017, RoboCV signed an agreement with Gazprom Neft and currently intends to enter the European and US market.

Actuators and Nano-coating

Diakont Group was also among the first INDUSTRIA Award nominees. The expert panel was impressed by the company's precision fast-action power electro-mechanical actuator.

Diakont has been selling its products in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and China. Currently, the company is starting to supply its actuators to automobile concerns. In the summer of 2017, the Group announced the construction of an assembly line with an annual capacity of 4500 actuators. In early 2018, the installation stage of construction was complete.

By 2020, Diakont intends to claim at least 5% of the global electro-mechanical actuator market and plans to increase its market share to 20% by 2025.

"Over the course of four years, we have managed to create the structure and develop basic technology for mass production of competitive products. We have designed and manufactured new unique actuator models for plastic production which surpass their global counterparts in size, resources, and speed. We have obtained positive experience in implementing our technology at the facilities of global leaders specializing in equipment for automated welding and plastic production," Diakont representatives shared.

Diakont also participated in INDUSTRIA-2017 with its compact robotic complex for diagnostics of small-sized pipes.

The fourth nominee of the first INDUSTRIA Award, New Plasma Technologies (NPT) LLC drew the Council's attention with the project on the application of nano-coatings on cutting tools using Swiss CreepServiceSarl and CALT SID technologies. The company was established in 2011 with the participation of Sberinvest Asset Management and Rusnano Corporation.

In 2012, NPT launched its first industrial workstation. In 2016, the company partnered with Bauman Moscow State Technical University to design and produce an electron-beam vacuum machine for glass melting, cutting, welding and sizing contracted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia. NTP representatives were unavailable for comment on current company activities.

Over 2014-17, approximately 500 companies from all over Russia submitted their applications for INDUSTRIA Award. 20 projects were shortlisted. The majority of Russian innovators who were selected as INDUSTRIA finalists continue to implement their technologies into commercial projects and expand their international presence.

INDUSTRIA Council will select finalists of the anniversary Award by June 20, 2018. The shortlist will be published on the official Award website. The winner will be announced at INNOPROM-2018.

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