Best innovative projects chosen in Belarus
2020 Return back
The best developments of the Republican competition of innovative projects in 2020 were innovations in the field of medicine and medical technologies. This was announced today at the ceremony of awarding prize-winners and laureates of the competition by the Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Shumilin. According to him, the competition shows that innovations in Belarus are aimed at solving issues of the economy and society. “This year, as never before, developments aimed at countering the pandemic and the development of medical technologies are relevant,” he said.
So, in the nomination "The best youth innovative project" won the development of a student of the pediatric faculty of the Belarusian State Medical University Andrei Kapitonov - the creation of a neural network for automatic classification of chest radiographs. It is about the ability to quickly detect signs of COVID-19 in asymptomatic patients during chest x-ray (r-CXR). The basis for creating a neural network will be data both from open sources and from clinics in Minsk, with which access to instrumental research data has already been agreed. At the moment, 10,000 r-OGKs have been collected and prepared for further processing. Alexander Glutkin from Grodno State Medical University won in the category "Best Innovative Project". He presented the GLUDERM cosmetic complex, consisting of a multicomponent cream and a hydrogel matrix for skin restoration after the treatment of acute and chronic wounds, as well as for patients with atopic dermatitis and increased dry skin (diabetes mellitus, bedridden patients, etc.). The drug is currently being prepared for production in Belarus.
In 2020, 71 applications were submitted to the Republican competition of innovative projects, of which 24 projects were in the "Best innovative project" nomination, and 47 projects were in the "Best youth innovative project" nomination. “This year, despite a slight decrease in the number of applications, the quality of the projects under consideration has significantly increased. Of the 71 applications submitted for the competition, the best of them were sent for examination. In the final of the competition, the difference between the winners was tenths of a point,” said Alexander Shumilin. He also noted that, unlike last year, the largest number of projects were presented in the field of agricultural sciences and technologies (21%) and medical sciences (19%). By the way, in past years, the largest number of projects was in the field of IT technologies, electronics and instrumentation.
In 2020, the consideration and defense of projects took place in a new way - some experts participated in an online format, three-minute pitch presentations of the participants were simultaneously broadcast via communication channels. By the decision of the Competition Council, one winner and five prize-winners were selected in each nomination - 2 projects each got the 2nd place, 3 projects each - the 3rd place. The authors of these projects will be awarded with valuable prizes and cash prizes in the amount of 2322.0 rubles, 1539.0 rubles and 783.0 rubles for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. Like last year, five projects were selected among the winners and awardees for further commercialization. Each of them will receive a certificate in the amount of 15,417 rubles. In addition, all finalists of the competition will receive special diplomas from the State Committee for Science and Technology and awards from ministries, technology parks and private companies.
The republican competition of innovative projects is annually held by the State Committee for Science and Technology and the Belarusian Innovation Fund with the participation of the Ministry of Education, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the public association “Belarusian Republican Youth Union” and other organizations. This competition has been held since 2010 and is, in fact, the country's main competition for identifying and promoting young, talented and promising specialists. The competition is held in two nominations: "The best innovative project" and "The best youth innovative project". The purpose of the competition is to create a comprehensive system for encouraging innovation in the country, increase its attractiveness in the business environment, and involve young people in innovative activity.