Updated: 03/25/2014 10:52 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 10:24 PM KSTP.com
By: Tim Sherno
Hoping to create connections and business relationships, Russian and American companies, non-profits and educational institutions are gathering in Saint Paul.
The U.S. Russian Innovation Conference will run through Wednesday featuring more than 20 site visits, seminars and speakers.
Oleg Plaksin is the Director of International Projects for RVC, a venture capitol and technology development business. Plaksin says Russian businesses want more exposure to new ideas, "Russian companies are very much eager to face the world, and Minnesota companies are very strong historically in finding a way to live in difficult circumstances."
Nikita Utkin is Manager of the Department of Strategic Development at RVC. Utkin says sharing ideas has benefits for everyone, "You know, the world is real huge but in other case its not so big. And we need to collaborate if we'd like to create the new future where we can find the new solutions and the new ideas, new innovative technologies."
Companies like Minnesota International Medicine are eager to break into the Russian market. MIM is a group of Minnesota hospitals that provides care that may not be available in other countries.
Michele Sebenaler is a Coordinator of International Marketing and Business Development at MIM. She hopes her message reaches Russian health officials, "We want to make sure that the communities, and health care authorities in Russia know that we're here to serve their patients should they not be able to have treatment in their location, we'd be happy to serve them here in the United States and the Twin Cities."
The US Russian Innovation Conference is at the Saint Paul Hotel and runs through Wednesday.