Dec 16, 2016

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Panasonic and Skolkovo Foundation Set Priorities for Strategic Cooperation in 2017

Signing Ceremony

Moscow, Russia - On December 16, in the framework of the Russia-Japan Business Dialogue, held within the official visit of Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, to Japan, Panasonic Russia Company and Skolkovo Foundation signed an agreement setting strategic areas of business cooperation in 2017.

According to the roadmap, the parties intend to make an extensive use of their core competencies and resources in favor of the national economies of Russia and Japan strengthening co-operation proposed by the leaders of both countries. The parties will focus on the development of innovation in high-tech and export-oriented industries - biomedicine, robotics, information and data storage, urban technologies and agriculture. Panasonic experts are going to participate in designing of Moscow International Medical Centre based on Skolkovo Innovation Center; to involve Skolkovo startups in development and implementation of advanced technologies for indoor farming and urban management; to support Skolkovo initiatives in the area of promotion of technological entrepreneurship in Russia and the development of regional innovation systems. One of the goals of cooperation is to increase commercial and industrial potential of the Far East of the Russian Federation.

Viktor Vekselberg, the President of Skolkovo Foundation:

"Today Skolkovo Foundation has signed an important document with Panasonic, the world`s leader in electronics and system solutions. I`d like to point out that this is not the first step of our cooperation, but its development and expansion. Our first partnership agreement was signed two years ago exactly. The new document represents a roadmap intended to join our forces in creation of clean and comfortable city environment and development of technological startups. This agreement symbolizes evolution of Skolkovo Foundation and Panasonic relationships, as well as strengthening of cooperation between Russia and Japan in the field of innovations in general".

In addition to in-depth mentoring and technological support towards startups, which allows combining Japanese and Russian know-how, Panasonic Russia will participate in organization of scientific conferences and seminars for young innovators, taking place at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SkolTech). The Foundation also plans to organize a business mission to Japan for its startups including a special visit to Panasonic Center Tokyo and manufacturing plants of Japanese corporation.

Junichi Suzuki, the President of Panasonic Russia:

"In just a few years Skolkovo has become a major center of innovations and technological entrepreneurship in Russia with ambitious development programs, covering both infrastructure and intellectual resources. And we are glad to expand cooperation with the Fund and its residents for multiple areas, including IT, "smart home" and "smart cities", as well as agricultural business".

An agreement between Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Russia and Raidix, Skolkovo resident, has been also signed at the Forum. According to this document, in 2016-2017 parties plan to develop and implement a joint marketing program to enter the global market with a unique Russian-Japanese hardware and software solutions for big data processing and storage. Sales of the new product will start in Russia in the first quarter of 2017. The first users of Russian-Japanese know-how will be the major Russian medical institutions, museums, universities, public archives and public libraries. Experts from Raidix and Panasonic are now working on a new IT architecture for several key customers. ELAR, IGS and Raidix companies will become official distributors of new solutions in Russia. At the same time, providing customers with turnkey solutions, including servers, Panasonic data storage system and RAIDIX software, will be the main objective for distributors. Technical support for the entire system will be performed in Russia by local specialists.

About Panasonic Russia

Panasonic Russia is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation, established in 2004 in Moscow, Russia. Its key business areas include Consumer electronics, System solutions, Engineering, Service, etc. Panasonic Russia is dealing with import, localization, marketing, distribution, service and aftercare of Panasonic products and solutions. The Company currently employs a total workforce of about 300 people. The main office is located in Moscow. To learn more about Panasonic Russia, please, visit:

About Skolkovo Foundation

Skolkovo Innovation Center is the catalyst for Russia's innovation-based economy, creating an international ecosystem of entrepreneurship: 1,586 high-tech startups, a Technopark, the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and Skolkovo city located near Moscow. Skolkovo startups have already made $2 billion in revenues, attracted $500 million in investment and created 21,800 jobs, filing 1,900 patent applications along the way. By 2020 over 2 million square meters of residential and office space will be built in Skolkovo with 35,000 people working daily in the Innovation Center. For more information:


RAIDIX ( is a leading solution provider in the domain of high performance data storage systems. The company's strategic value builds on patented erasure coding methods and innovative technology designed by the in-house research laboratory. Compatible with commodity-off-the-shelf server hardware, RAIDIX commits to resilient storage with high throughput, robust performance and low latency. RAIDIX delivers complex solutions to Enterprise, Media and Entertainment, Video Surveillance, High-Performance Computing (HPC) and other data-rich industries without limitation.

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    Senior Vice-president of Skolkovo Foundation V.Belov (left) and Vice-president of Panasonic Russia Y.Takaki (right)

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    (From left to right) Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation N.Nikiforov, Deputy General Director of RAIDIX А.Katashov, Vice-President of Panasonic Russia Y.Takaki, Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan S.Takaichi

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    (From left to right) V.Belov, Senior Vice-president of Skolkovo Foundation; T.Kishi, Director of Storage Business Division, AVC Networks Company, Panasonic Corporation; Y.Takaki, Vice-president of Panasonic Russia

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