The Open Innovation Platform Philosophy

Tokyo Institute of Technology established the Open Innovation Platform as an organization for full-scale management of collaborative research. OIP will promote large-scale collaborative research by means of a collaborative research cluster system in which the University cooperates closely with industry in comprehensive collaborative research that endeavors to encompass the process from new business development to social implementation.

Tokyo Tech Open Innovation Platform

OUTLINE

Under the leadership of Director Osamu Watanabe (Vice-President), Tokyo Tech Open Innovation Platform will establish a system for promptly promoting large-scale collaborative research activities through the decision-making by Associate Director and General Creative Manager (GCM) Yoichi Oshima. The necessary and specialized information provided by Creative Managers (CM) in charge of specialized fields and Project Creative Managers (PCM) managing projects will help the GCM for his prompt and accurate decision-making to support each process in the university’s research activities from planning to commercialization for research management, intellectual properties strategies, research planning, and strategies for commercialization of research results.

About the Collaborative Research Clusters

We will establish “Tokyo Tech Open Innovation Platform Collaborative Research Cluster (hereinafter called “Collaborative Research Cluster”)” as large-scale research activities working together with each company, primarily in the fields of energy and material, which are Tokyo Tech’s forte, and also in the fields of mechanics and biotechnology, which are other fields of focus, then promote research development activities.

Moving forward, we will endeavor to expand the research areas undertaken by those collaborative research clusters and increase the number of them toward the activation of large-scale collaborative research.


NSK Tribology Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameNSK Ltd.
Establishment PeriodDecember 1, 2023 to March 31, 2027
Cluster DirectorTadahiko Shinshi(Professor,  Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorKen-ichi Shibasaki(Head of Core Technology R&D CENTER Operating Officer, NSK Ltd.)

EX-Fusion liquid metal Collaborative Research Cluster For Future Creation

Company NameEX-Fusion inc.
Establishment PeriodOctober 1, 2023 to September 30, 2026
Cluster DirectorMasatoshi Kondo(associate Professor, Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology))
Associate Cluster DirectorKazuki Matsuo(CEO, EX-Fusion inc.)

Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Collaborative Research Cluster For Future Creation

Company NameTOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO.,LTD.
Establishment PeriodJune 1, 2023 to March 31, 2027
Cluster DirectorNobuhiko Nishiyama(Professor, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorYusuke Narumi(Director, Officer, Department Manager/New Buisiness Development Dept.,TOKYO OHKA KOGYO CO.,LTD.)

Rakuten Mobile Next Generation Edge Computing Network Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameRakuten Mobile, Inc.
Establishment PeriodJune 1,2023 to May 31,2026
Cluster DirectorKei Sakaguchi(Dean, Program Coordinator, Tokyo Tech Academy for Super Smart Society Professor, School of Engineering, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technolog)
Associate Cluster DirectorYuki Tanaka (Department Manager, 5G Business Solution Planning Department, Enterprise Product Management Division, Rakuten Mobile, Inc.)

micware future navigation collaborative research cluster

Company NameMICWARE CO., LTD.
Establishment PeriodApril 1,2023 to March 31,2026
Cluster DirectorMasatoshi Okutomi(Adjunct Professor, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorTeruaki Koshiba (Board member, MICWARE CO., LTD.)

Mitsubishi Electric Energy&Carbon Management Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameMitsubishi Electric Corporation
Establishment PeriodApril 1,2023 to March 31,2026
Cluster DirectorYukitaka Kato(Professor, Director of the Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorHirofumi Tanaka(Senior Chief Engineer, Corporate Research and Development Group, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation)
Associate Cluster DirectorJunichiro Otomo (Professor, Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Sumitomo Chemical Next-Generation Eco-Friendly Devices Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameSumitomo Chemical Co.,Ltd
Establishment PeriodApril 1,2023 to March 31,2026
Cluster DirectorMasato Sone(Professor, Institute of Innovation Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Acting Cluster DirectorSatoshi Okamoto(Chief Research Coordinator, Corporate Planning Office, Sumitomo Chemical Co.,Ltd)

Fujitsu Next Generation Computing Infrastructure Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameFujitsu Limited
Establishment PeriodOctober 20,2022 to March 31,2026
Cluster DirectorHidehiko Masuhara(Professor, Dean, School of Computing, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Acting Cluster DirectorToshio Endo(Professor, Global Scientific Information and Computing Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorNaoki Akahoshi (Fellow, SVP, Head of Computing Laboratory Research Unit, Fujitsu Limited and General Manager)

Mitsubishi Materials Sustainability Innovation Collaborative Reaserch Cluster

Company NameMITSUBISHI MATERIALS
Establishment PeriodSeptember 7,2022 to March 31,2026
Cluster DirectorYukitaka Kato(Professor, Director of the Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorTakeshi Isobe,Dr.Eng.(General manager Monozukuri and R&D Strategy Div,Mitsubishi Materials)
Associate Cluster DirectorYoichi Murakami(Professor, Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

JFE Engineering Collaborative Research Cluster for Carbon Neutrality

Company NameJFE Engineering Corporation
Establishment PeriodJuly 1,2022 to June 30,2025
Cluster DirectorKenji Takeshita(Specially Appointed Professor-Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Acting Cluster DirectorYukitaka Kato(Professor, Director of the Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorToru Shiomitsu (Director-Research Center of Engineering Innovation,Technology Headquarters, JFE Engineering Corporation)

TOYO INK GROUP Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameTOYO INK SC HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
Establishment PeriodJanuary 13, 2022 to January 12, 2025
Cluster DirectorRyoji Kanno (Institute Professor, Director of Research Center for All-Solid-State Battery, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorHisakazu Mihara (Professor, School of Life Science and Technology, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorShintaro Yamaoka (Executive Operating Officer, Technical・Research・Development Supervisor, TOYO INK SC HOLDINGS CO., LTD.)

Multimodal Cell Analysis Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameCellshoot Therapeutics, Inc.
Establishment PeriodOctober 1, 2021 to September 30, 2024
Cluster DirectorMasayuki Murata (Specially Appointed Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Acting Cluster DirectorFumi Kano (Associate Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorShinji Takeuchi (CEO, Cellshoot Therapeutics, Inc.)

ULVAC Advanced Technology Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameULVAC, Inc.
Establishment PeriodSeptember 22, 2021 to September 30, 2026
Cluster DirectorHiroshi Akatsuka (Associate Professor of Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorJunya Kiyota (General Manager, Institute of Advanced Technology, ULVAC, Inc.)

LG Material & Life solution Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameLG Japan Lab Inc.
Establishment PeriodApril 1, 2021 onward
Cluster DirectorMasato Sone (Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorChangHo Oh (President, LG Japan Lab Inc.)

TEPCO Collaborative Research Cluster for Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D) Frontier Technology Creation

Company NameTokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.
Establishment PeriodApril 1, 2020 onward
Cluster DirectorKenji Takeshita (Director and Professor of Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorJunichi Matsumoto (Corporate Officer, General Manager, Project Management Office, Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.)
Acting Cluster DirectorYukitaka Kato(Professor, Director of the Laboratory for Zero-Carbon Energy, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Idemitsu Kosan Collaborative Research Cluster for Advanced Materials

Company NameIdemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.
Establishment PeriodApril 1, 2020 onward
Cluster DirectorToshiaki Ougizawa (Professor, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Vice President, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorKoichi Nishimura (General Manager, Advanced Technology Research Laboratories, Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd)

DENSO Mobility Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameDENSO Corporation
Establishment PeriodApril 1, 2020 to March 31, 2025
Cluster DirectorHirotsugu Inoue (Professor, Chair of Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorKeiji Mitsuyuki (Director of Tokyo Office, DENSO Corporation)

AGC Material Collaborative Research Cluster

Company NameAGC Inc.
Establishment PeriodJuly 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022
Cluster DirectorIchiro Yamanaka (Professor, Associate Dean, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorShunsuke Yokotsuka (Executive Officer, General Manager of Planning Division Technology General Division, AGC Inc.)

aiwell AI Proteomics Collaborative Research Cluster

Company Nameaiwell Inc.
Establishment PeriodApril 5, 2019 onward
Cluster DirectorNobuhiro Hayashi (Professor, School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorHiroyuki Mabuchi (CEO, aiwell Inc.)

Komatsu Collaborative Research Cluster for Innovative Technologies

Company NameKomatsu Ltd.
Establishment PeriodApril 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024
Cluster DirectorNaoto Ohtake (Professor and Director-General, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
Associate Cluster DirectorAkira Sumitani (Fellow, Development Division, Komatsu Ltd.)