Centers & Labs

RIKEN Innovation Center

Business Development Office

Director: Masamichi Ishikawa (D.Eng.)
Masamichi  Ishikawa(D.Eng.)

For Japanese industry to sustain its competitive edge in the global arena, an emphasis on basic research with a high degree of originality is indispensable. However, sometimes academic circles do not value researchers working for industry in cutting-edge fields of science and technology. With our leading position in basic research, it is RIKEN’s responsibility to change this situation, and to support collaborative research with industry.
The RIKEN Cluster for Industry Partnerships presents a new model for collaboration between academia and industry with the intention of returning the fruits of research to society quickly and efficiently. Our Business Development Office is in charge of promoting collaborative research by implementing various strategies, such as creating matching funds and establishing collaborative research centers. Our goal is to set up collaborative research projects with industry in a better organized, more strategic manner. We provide a unique service by negotiating directly with management planning departments of corporations in order to start new joint projects that embody RIKEN’s spirit.

Research Subjects

  • Enhancing the bidirectional communications with industry
  • Building a research framework linking RIKEN and industry
  • Stimulating strategic joint research (open innovation)
  • Expanding the "baton zone" for joint research and technology transfer between industry, academia and government

Main Research Field


Related Research Fields

Environmental science / Complex systems / Interdisciplinary science and engineering


  • Industry-University Cooperation
  • Management of Technology

Contact information

2-1 Hirosawa,
Wako, Saitama
351-0198, Japan

Email: masamichi.ishikawa [at]

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