RIKEN will be celebrating its centennial in 2017. Originally established as a private foundation, RIKEN was conceived as a national scientific institute that would help to accelerate Japan’s modernization and enhance the competitiveness of Japanese industry. Since then, RIKEN has moved forward hand-in-hand with our friends in industry and academia. In keeping with the RIKEN Spirit, the Business Development Office works to promote basic research to further the development of industry by facilitating the efficient and effective transfer of RIKEN’s basic research results to our partners in industry. By applying state-of-the-art science in ways that transcend the boundaries of conventional scientific fields, RIKEN strives to contribute to innovation that is useful to society. We hope for your continued interest in RIKEN and our business development activities.