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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.

Services

Provision of Bioresources

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The RIKEN BioResource Research Center collects five types of bioresources essential for life sciences research at the largest scale worldwide. These resources are propagated and maintained in a safe and high-quality state, and provided to researchers in Japan and abroad.

  • (1) Experimental animals: Mouse strains
  • (2) Experimental plants: Brachypodium distachyon, Arabidopsis thaliana
  • (3) Cellular materials: Human- and animal-derived cancer cells, iPS cells
  • (4) Genetic materials: Human- and animal-derived DNA, etc.
  • (5) Microbial materials: Microorganisms that contribute to health and the environment

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.

Publication of Program Codes

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The Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (AIP) develops new machine learning algorithms. Program codes used in AIP’s published papers are made publicly available for the benefit of researchers in Japan and abroad.

Databases

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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.

Facilities

The Supercomputer Fugaku

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Fugaku, jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu Limited, become available for shared use in March 2021 to provide its computational resources to a wide variety of academic and industrial fields. To make it easier to use Fugaku, the “First-Touch Option” was also added in January 2022. After submitting a simple application through the website, you can start to use Fugaku in as little as one week’s time.

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, can take snapshots of ultra-high-speed phenomena, such as chemical reactions, at the atomic and molecular level. This facility is contributing to the realization of a sustainable society, by, for example, elucidating the role of catalysts in photosynthesis. An industrial use promotion programs also being implemented to accelerate companies’ investigative research.

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.
These facilities are also involved in the development of selective breeding techniques for plantsand microorganismsusing beam irradiation, and the manufacturing and supply of RI (radioactive isotopes) for cancer treatment.

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.

Cryo-Electron Microscopes

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RIKEN has several cryo-electron microscope systems available to capture the three-dimensional structures of biopolymer complexes in high resolution.

Special-Purpose Computer for Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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The MDGRAPE computer series are specialized for simulating movements of molecules within cells. RIKEN is advancing the use of this technology for drug discovery and design.

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.

Hormone and Metabolome Analysis

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The diverse high-performance mass spectrometers and advanced analytic technologies available at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science on the Yokohama Campus support the analysis of hormones and metabolomes. Metabolomic analysis is carried out using multiple mass spectrometers that operate on different principles, which allow high precision wide target and non-target analysis of metabolites with different properties. Highly precise high throughput dynamic analysis of hormones is also possible with ultra-sensitive or high-mass resolution mass spectrometers.

Microscopy/Microscope Analysis

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Using the large-scale microscope and imaging facility located at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science at the Yokohama Campus, RIKEN offers research support in all areas of microscope technology. Outfitted with a wide variety of equipment such as the latest electron and optical microscopes and sample preparation equipment, this facility offers techniques and apparatuses suited to the samples being observed and the relevant research aims.

NPDepo

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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.

Support for the Development of Hardware for Quantum Computers

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The RIKEN Center for Quantum Computing has a variety of research equipment for superconducting quantum computers. Part of this equipment is designated for common use, meaning that those outside of RIKEN working on research and development related to superconducting quantum computers may also use it. Through common use, we are contributing to the improvement of research skills, especially for junior researchers, and to strengthening industrial competitiveness. This facility was established thanks to funding from MEXT.

Library

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

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