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loys. This makes it economically feasible to manufacture components
for orthopedic prosthetics, fasteners, and other items from titanium
The company conducts business in the European and Russian markets. To
date, its most important customers are Pertsch & Partner
(Germany), Scanburg AB (Sweden), and Teb AB (Sweden). Titan currently
employs about 120 people.
The open joint-stock company Rehabilitation Center was founded in 1997
to develop and introduce into practice medical technologies, mainly
diagnostic and prophylactic in nature. The company has several
projects under way, two of which are funded by U.S. partners under the
Nuclear Cities Initiative (NCI). These projects are aimed at creating
a Laparoscopy Center (opened in July 2001) and a Telemedicine Center
in Sarov. The partner (Medical College of Georgia) provided free
delivery of the specialized laparascopic equipment and trained the new
center's 12-person staff. In this particular case the foreign partner
is an investor in the Russian enterprise.
The Open Computer Center (OCC) is one of the first projects carried
out under the NCI Program, opening on October 1, 1999. The firm has
been accorded the status of a unitary state enterprise. The OCC
project is related to defense conversion and was not started from
scratch, but rather on the basis of the existing history of scientific
collaboration between specialists from VNIIEF and colleagues from the
U.S. national laboratories. A foundation for the project was also
provided by research work done by VNIIEF scientists on projects for
the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and work on
developing software for microprocessors for Intel, among others. The
main activities of OCC are the following:
Initially, collaboration with the foreign partner was pursued along
two main lines:
1. funding for the establishment and further development
of OCC (U.S. Department of Energy [DOE], Los Alamos
2. development of software products in response to
customer orders, as OCC is mainly oriented towards foreign
markets, primarily the United States
At present OCC has 76 fully equipped workstations, but the company
plans to expand to a staff of 200.