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Aleksandr Yaroslavskyi launches the Ukrainian PCR Test Production at Ecopolis HTZ in Kharkiv


Today in the multifunctional business park Ecopolis HTZ, which is being developed by DCH Group of Aleksandr Yaroslavskyi as a municipal private partnership, a high-tech production of domestic PCR tests for the diagnosis of infectious, oncological and hereditary diseases was solemnly launched in Kharkiv. In particular, it produces PCR tests for COVID-19. Moreover, in the near future, we will produce the systems to identify the Indian strain called Delta that appeared in Ukraine yesterday.

This research and development center became the first resident of a medical cluster of Ecopolis HTZ. As of today, Aleksandr Yaroslavskyi has invested USD 2 million in the organization of ultra-modern biotechnological production and its research base. There are 24 employees, mostly young people, and it is planned to create about 100 jobs. The laboratories are fitted with the equipment from the world's leading manufacturers and are certified according to ISO 13485.

The traditional red ribbon was cut at the opening ceremony by Aleksandr Yaroslavskyi, Ihor Terekhov, the current Mayor of Kharkiv, and Ihor Kuzin, the Deputy Minister of Health and the Chief Sanitary Doctor of Ukraine.

"It is very pleasant when private business launches such facilities so quickly with the support of the government. The coronavirus has showed that countries must be pharmaceutically independent in the world. It is important to have such a full-cycle production in our country that allows us not only to produce test systems but also to quickly reorient ourselves. I am sure that Kharkiv will be able to detect new strains of the virus faster than all Ukrainian cities and will help us in the general epidemiological situation," Ihor Kuzin said.

Aleksandr Yaroslavskyi has announced his intention to start a medical cluster of Ecopolis HTZ with a similar research and production center a year ago.

Aleksandr Yaroslavskyi has announced his intention to start a medical cluster of Ecopolis HTZ with a similar research and production center a year ago.

"Ecopolis HTZ is a USD 1 billion investment over the next decade. USD 2 million has already been invested in the laboratory that was opened today and about USD 10 million will be invested in the production of the Kharkiv tramway. So, by the end of this year, we will have to invest only USD 988 million and maybe less. We have a lot of plans, a lot of joint programs have been signed with the largest brands, so I think we will develop it quickly. Of course, the city helps us a lot, we are almost constantly in touch, we resolve issues promptly and with lightning speed," the businessman told the reporters.

Ihor Terekhov noted the high value of Ecopolis HTZ and today's opening of biotechnological production for Kharkiv.

"This is a landmark event. We are opening a medical hub that is very necessary not only for the city but for Ukraine as a whole. I talked with experts and I understand that these products will be in demand all over the world. It is also great that our students can undertake an internship here and apply new technologies. We are truly grateful to Aleksandr Vladlenovich, who spared no money and today serves as an example of the successful business in the successful city of Kharkiv. I am sure that Ecopolis HTZ will be the Silicon Valley in Ukraine. Now we have the first step and then we will go by leaps and bounds," the Mayor of Kharkiv said.

As you know, Ecopolis HTZ by Aleksandr Yaroslavskyi intends to create about 15,000 jobs in Kharkiv until 2032 and involves USD 1 billion investments. In addition to the medical direction, industrial, logistics, R&D, educational and other clusters will be developed there. The core of the industrial cluster is the legendary Kharkiv Tractor Plant, next to which DCH organizes the assembly production of trams and buses with foreign partners. Ecopolis HTZ is one of the strategic development projects of Kharkiv and is the basis of the Ukrainian Silicon Valley national project initiated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.