Moscow: US Nobel laureate Roger David
Kornberg has agreed to co-chair a scientific council set up
for the Kremlin`s ambitious project of creating a Bangalore
like `Silicon Valley` near Moscow.
Biochemist Kornberg, who was awarded the Nobel Prize
in Chemistry in 2006, is a professor of structural biology at
Stanford University School of Medicine.
He will co-chair the council with Russian Zhores
Alfyorov, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2000, a
Kremlin official in charge of the project said on Tuesday.
"This is a big honour for Russia," First Deputy Chief
of Kremlin Staff Vladislav Surkov was quoted as saying by RIA
Earlier in an interview, Surkov had said the Skolkovo
project would be more diverse like Indian Bangalore than the
US Silicon Valley, which is focused on IT.
The new centre`s activities will focus on five
priority spheres: energy, information technologies,
communication, biomedical research and nuclear technologies as
identified by President Dmitry Medvedev.
Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg was picked to
coordinate the financial part of the project.
"Kornberg`s research lies at a junction of chemistry,
genetics, and biology, and therefore Alfyorov`s proposal to
invite Kornberg to work on the project was logical since one
of directions of modernising the Russian economy, which was
determined by the President (Medvedev), is a development of
biomedical technologies," Surkov said.
The high-tech research and production hub is being
built from scratch in Skolkovo a town just out of the Moscow.