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The first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
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“The science must work for increasing of labor productivity, it is the core of innovation. New technologies are rapidly introduced in the world, and we should keep pace with it…”

24.06.2014 From the speech of N. A. Nazarbayev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, on the meeting with representatives of public and entrepreneurs of East Kazakhstan oblast.

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Kazakh National Agrarian University, sity Almaty (nano-biotechnology and ecology)

Kazakhstan-Japan Innovation Centre

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D.А.Mirzakoja
director of the centre,
doctor of chemical science,
professor

One of the main directions of the activity of Kazakh National Agrarian University is development of international cooperation in education and science sphere between government and international organizations. This work is implemented within the program of cooperation with leading foreign universities and scientific-research centers, and it’s also inseparable part of integration of university into the international educational and scientific space.

With the purpose of providing of scientific and training base, increasing effectiveness of scientific-research work, realization and promotion of intensified industrial-innovation projects in biotechnology, nanotechnology and new materials sphere, new agro-technology, genetics-molecular and other main strategic scientific-technological priorities, conduction of joint research studies within international programs; according to Memorandum with Japan companies JEOL and Shimadzu Kazakhstan-Japan innovation center was opened on June 1, 2010 at Kazakh National University. The center includes laboratory of engineering profile “Electronic microscopy”, Food and ecological safety laboratory, Educational-scientific-diagnostic laboratory, office of commercialization of scientific projects, business incubator, as well as educational-scientific unit of connection and sector of integrated data processing.

Scientific-research and innovation activity of Kazakhstan-Japan Innovation Center is performed within the framework of priority directions of scientific-technical development, confirmed by High Scientific-Technical Commission (HSTC):

  • Biotechnology;
  • Nanotechnology and new materials;
  • Cytology and genetics;
  • Microbiology and virology;
  • Veterinary medicine and sanitation;
  • Agro-engineering;
  • Material science;
  • Biological, organic and inorganic chemistry.

The tasks of Kazakhstan-Japan Innovation Center include:

  • Conducting of research in nanotechnology;
  • Conducting of research in materials science;
  • Conducting of independent examination of food quality and ecological safety, according to international standards;
  • Identification of genetics-modification materials, level of hormones content, vitamins, bacteria and microbiological agents in agro-industrial product;
  • Studying of environment, extending of pathogenic microorganisms in environment;
  • Participation in teaching and re-qualification of specialization, introduction of acquired knowledge in further activity of universities of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • Commercialization of agro-technology, realization of innovation projects, integration into international scientific-technical space;
  • Development of scientific-technical cooperation with foreign countries, conducting of joint research works by international programs;
  • Providing assistance to scientific potential of university on solving priority problems of rural, forest and water economies of the country;
  • Conducting of laboratory researches by the order of enterprises and organizations, scientific-research centres and institutes, separate scholars and private persons. Also, due to the actualization of the issues on safety of environment University has purchased microbiological analyzer of Sherlock system (system of identification of microorganisms for assay of fat acids).

Unlike other existing models of microbiological analyzers (such as Multi Scan and others), this system is referent and allows to implement arbitrage and analogical functions. Results of automotive assay of fat acids don’t concede (even in some cases it exceeded) in accuracy the assay of main genetic material of vital cells- molecule DNA, that, currently is etalon of authenticity during identification of biological data. Microbiological analyzer of Sherlok system can be used in identification of difficultly identified organisms of environment; testing of quality of food products; in veterinary medicine and phytosanitation. Database of analyzer was elaborated by scientific-research institute of infectious deceases of Armed Forces of USA (USAMRIID) and has information about more than 2200 types of organisms and also includes special database of Bioterrorism Library, that allows quickly and exactly identify several main biological types of specific pathogenic microorganisms, that can be used as a tool of implementation of acts of bioterrorism and waging of biological war.

Kristy Rysava - exchange student from Scotland University,
who had training in KJIC
Representatives of Scotland University visiting KJIC

For testing of product quality database includes information on hundred types of organisms, developing in food products, pathogenic for humans, such as Listeria, Bacillus, Campylobacter, Clostridium, Salmonella, and Lactobacillus strains. Its more than any other biological analyzer can offer. There is information on Campylobacter, Рasteurella, Haemophilus, Brucella, Streptococcus, Bordetella and many other species of microorganisms, pathogenic for the animals in database, which can be used for veterinary sanitation. For phytopathology database in¬cludes information on five main groups of phytopathogenic organisms. Besides, it includes information on types of Xanthomonas and Pseudomonas that are pathogenic for plants. In other directions, microbiological analyzer can be used in examining environment conditions, distribution of pathogenic microorganisms in environment, and carry out the analysis of soil structure, foodstuff an etc.

Kazakhstan-Japan Innovation Center researchers trained to early detection
of cancer by EPR-spectrometer in the MedInnovation GmbH Company (Germany, November 2012).
Kazakhstan-Japan Innovation Centre researchers trained on the spectrometer
near-infrared spectroscopy at the factory of Yokogawa Company (Japan, November 2012).
The research worker of the Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Japan) Hideko Tanaka Otsuka
gave a master class of work with the near-infrared spectrometer.
The staff of University Putra Malaysian (UPM) received training in
diagnosing cancer by the ESR-analyzer in the KJIC.
General Director of Institute for Central Asian and Caucasian Studies Tetsudzhi Tanaka
visited Kazakhstan-Japan Innovation Center.
Professor of the University Kwansei Gakuin Dr. Sato Hidetoshi met the laboratory
workers of the Kazakhstan-Japan Innovation Center to discuss collective researches.