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RIKEN centers provide high-quality, high-performance equipment and world-class experimental facilities enabling research at the forefront of science and technology, both for researchers within RIKEN and to collaborators from around the world.
In addition, we have a number of resources that contribute to research carried out by scientists around the globe.


Provision of Bioresources

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The RIKEN BioResource Center in Tsukuba collects research resources that are needed for the life sciences, including living strains of experimental animals and plants such as mice and Arabidopsis, cell lines of human and animal origin including cancer cells and pluripotent iPS and ES cells, DNA and other genetic materials from humans, animals, and microorganisms, and microorganism resources that can contribute to better health and environment. These resources are maintained in a safe and high-quality state, and provided to researchers in Japan and abroad.

Development of Genetically Engineered Animals

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Joint development of genetically engineered animals (mice/rats) targeted at universities and research institutes. The BDR/Biological Model Development Team oversees the creation of genetically engineered animals using various technologies such as random transgenesis, gene targeting, and genome editing. After publication, papers are widely shared with the research community through the RIKEN BioResource Research Center (BRC).

PET Science Academy

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This human resource development program provides training in advanced equipment to a wide range of people doing research in molecular imaging, mainly PET, including researchers, medical technicians, corporate researchers and developers, and people planning clinical trials. They are assigned to a RIKEN laboratory, and are given lectures and hands-on training on the latest technologies by RIKEN lecturers.


SPring-8 Synchrotron Facility

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The ultra-brilliant synchrotron radiation of SPring-8, the world's largest synchrotron radiation facility, offers researchers exciting opportunities for advanced research in life science, materials science, spectroscopic analysis, earth science, environmental science, industrial applications, and other areas.

SACLA X-ray Free Electron Laser Facility

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This x-ray free electron laser, one of the most advanced in the world, is used for a wide range of functions including 3-dimensional protein structure analysis.

RI Beam Factory

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The RIBF, one of the world’s most powerful ion beam factories, makes possible a wide range of experiments and research using high-energy beams, from 1-135MeV/nucleus, from hydrogen to uranium, and can be used to produce radionuclides with half-lives ranging from milliseconds to years. It consists of the world's first superconducting ring cyclotron (SRC) and superconducting RI beam separation (BigRIPS) in addition to the linear accelerator (RILAC) and the AVF cyclotron.

NMR Facility

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RIKEN’s nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facilities and NMR analysis capabilities based on the “NMR Structural Analysis Pipeline” are put to use for goals ranging from fine manipulation of structures to determining the structure of proteins.


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The RIKEN Natural Products Depository (NPDepo) has developed a chemical library which is provided to researchers in a wide range of research fields. The chemical library is mainly composed of microbial secondary metabolites and their derivatives, with approximately 93,000 substances included. We also provide a chemical array screening platform to explore small molecule ligands which bind with proteins as well as support for the creation of compound beads used for the identification of target proteins for compounds.

Genome Network Analysis Support Facility

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Using the comprehensive data on biological phenomena gathered based on the technology of the life science accelerator (LSA), a technological support system has been developed to accelerate research. RIKEN's pipeline of original technologies is being used to support life science research from the creation of libraries to processing information.


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This database portal site is used to provide information on RIKEN's various life science databases to order to help?researchers around the world make full use of RIKEN's research results.


Users outside of RIKEN who have an invitation letter from a public or university library can make use of RIKEN's library.