Confab introduces former Soviet weapons scientists to West

The U.S. Department of State’s Bio-Chem Redirect Program will sponsor the first Chemical Science and Commercialization Conference in Moscow this fall to introduce chemical research and production institutes to potential Western industrial partners, investors and collaborators. The Bio-Chem Redirect Program (BCR) is a targeted nonproliferation initiative that engages former Soviet biological and chemical weapons scientists in transparent and sustainable civilian research projects with U.S. collaborators.

From U.S. State Department:
Bio-Chem Redirect Program Sponsors Chemical Commercialization Conference Moscow, September 27-29, 2004

The U.S. Department of State’s Bio-Chem Redirect Program, under the Bureau of Nonproliferation, is sponsoring the first Chemical Science and Commercialization Conference, to be held in Moscow on September 27-29, 2004 at the Renaissance Hotel, organized locally by the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC). In the context of U.S. nonproliferation efforts in cooperation with governments in Russia and Eurasia, the goal of the conference is to introduce select chemical research and production institutes to potential Western industrial partners, investors and collaborators. Russian and Eurasian participants will include key institutes specializing in organic and inorganic chemistry, polymer chemistry and catalysis, synthetic chemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical production, toxicology testing, occupational risk assessment, and environmental testing.

During the conference, institutes will present an overview of their technical capabilities, collaborative interests and promising research to a Western audience, in fields including: drug discovery, development and toxicology testing; environmental remediation and monitoring technologies; and organic and inorganic synthesis. The conference will also address challenges to commercialization in Russia and Eurasia and successful strategies to overcome them.

The Bio-Chem Redirect Program (BCR) is a targeted nonproliferation initiative that engages former Soviet biological and chemical weapons scientists in transparent and sustainable civilian research projects with U.S. collaborators. Overseen and coordinated by the State Department Nonproliferation Bureau’s Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction (NP/PTR), BCR provides funds to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for projects in Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. Future projects are being considered in other countries.

For more information on the BCR, please see the State Department’s website (http://www.state.gov/t/np/c12265.htm), or contact program director, Laura Schmidt-Williams, in NP/PTR, at (202) 736-7978 (schmidtla@state.gov). Information on the conference is available at http://biistate.net/chemconference/ or from ISTC Senior Project Manager Michael Valentine at (Tel: 7-095-797-4543, Fax:7-095-797-6021, valentine@istc.ru) or ISTC Project Officer Evgeniy Osipov at (Tel: 7-095-797-6018, Fax: 7-095-797-6021, osipov@istc.ru).


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