On June 19, within the scope of XIV St. Petersburg International
Economic Forum, an agreement was signed between St. Petersburg city and
one of the leading Russian pharmaceutical companies Geropharm. This
signing originated creation of the pharmaceutical cluster in the region.
In her welcoming speech the governor of St. Petersburg Valentina
Matvienko pointed out: "This is a momentous event for our city. We make
first concrete steps to implement the federal program Pharma-2020 and
the urban Conception of the pharmaceutical cluster creation. We are
interested in creation of this cluster”.
As was said by the Governor at the signing ceremony, the projects
associated with the pharmaceutical industry will prevail for the economy
of St. Petersburg. The city will put a priority on the pharmaceutical
cluster and will create privileged, convenient and comfortable
conditions for companies’ activity. According to her, the City
authorities will oversee such projects, in particular, assisting with
Geropharm has become one of the first companies that have decided to
set up a new production within the scope of the cluster being formed in
the region. The company has actively and directly participated in
designing of the Cluster Development Conception. Strategic goal of the
company is to create a modern high-tech industrial complex in compliance
with the GMP standards and to produce original Russian drugs as well as
drugs-generics, which are of priority within import substitution; this
goal coincides with the major current challenges in the industry.
"Our company will invest 1,3 billion rubles in the phase one
construction in the area of 2.8 ha” - said the Director of OOO Geropharm
Pyotr Rodionov. – “Total investment will reach 3 billion rubles for
five years. The survey work has already been completed; the project will
be forwarded for approval in the nearest future.
“Our project is one of the candidates for inclusion into the Register
of promising projects in pharmaceutical and medical industries” -
continued Pyotr Rodionov. – “In May this year, we filed the documents on
the project to the Commission under the President of the Russian
Federation for modernization and technological development of the
Russian economy. And we expect to get a favorable decision in this
matter too. "
The concept of a pharmaceutical cluster was adopted by the Government
of St. Petersburg in April 2010. The basic condition for work of the
pharmaceutical cluster in St. Petersburg, including foreign companies,
will be to set up a complete cycle production - from research to final
The pharmaceutical cluster will be located in industrial zone
Pushkinskaya. The total reserve area will amount to 14 ha. The city will
conduct a comprehensive engineering preparation of a new industrial
Valentina Matvienko emphasized the fact that the first companies – the participants of the new cluster – are Russian enterprises.