OIST has joined "1st Round", the largest multi-university co-sponsored entrepreneurship support program in Japan

OIST has joined "1st Round", the largest multi-university co-sponsored entrepreneurship support program in Japan, led by UTokyo Innovation Platform (UTokyo IPC).

Revolutionizing Swine Farming: Cost-Effective Wastewater Treatment & Nutrient Recovery Innovation

Wastewater from pig farming poses significant challenges due to its volume and high concentrations of organic matter, phosphorus, and nitrogen. Traditional treatment methods, such as the activated sludge process, are costly and generate excess sludge, which accounts for 70% of the running cost. Moreover, untreated nitrate discharge can have detrimental effects on health and the environment. It is essential to control nitrogen inputs into coral reef ecosystems to preserve their health and resilience in the face of increasing environmental challenges.

OIST and Lifetime Ventures will hold the first joint conference on April 25-26 to connect startup entrepreneurs aiming for the world with global-minded investors. The event is now open to applications from participating startups.

OIST and Lifetime Ventures, LLC will hold "OIST-Lifetime Startup Elevate 2024", a two-day conference for startups in the healthcare and sustainability fields in Okinawa on April 25-26, 2024.

An Interview with OIST Innovation’s Leticia Berkate

One part of OIST’s mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of Okinawa. OIST Innovation works to create a research and innovation cluster here in Okinawa that develops new technologies, collaborates with industry, and supports startup businesses.

We have asked a few questions to one of OIST Innovation’s newest employees, Leticia Berkate, about why she chose to join OIST Innovation, what it is like working at the intersection of industry and research, and how OIST community members can get involved with OIST Innovation. 

OIST Innovation is designated as Ambassador for SusHi Tech Tokyo, Asia's Largest Global Innovation Conference.

OIST Innovation is pleased to announce that we have been designated as an ambassador for the global innovation conference "SusHi Tech Tokyo 2024 Global Startup Program" to be held in Tokyo, Japan on May 15-16, 2024. 

Proof of Concept Program Showcase and Networking Event

​On December 8th, OIST Innovation held a special showcase event for its Proof of Concept (POC) program.

Introducing Technology Transfer Consultation with the EVP

Weekly Open Office Hours with Gil Granot-Mayer, Executive Vice President of Technology Development and Innovation, Starting September 22, 2022

Sep 2022: Latest TDIC Innovation Newsletter has just been posted

[September 2022] The latest TDIC Innovation Newsletter has just been posted!


The Technology Development & Innovation Center (TDIC) is at the heart of OIST's strategy to transform its research into innovative technologies that can solve porblems in the world. Our newsletter sets out to help you again invaluable insight into these cutting-edge research, education, and innovation programs.

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New Entrepreneurial Teams Join OIST Startup Accelerator Program


OKINAWA, JAPAN, Wednesday, 7 September --Startups connect mind and body to impact disease treatment

Read our news story about 2 entrepreneurial teams that recently arrived in Okinawa to join the latest batch of the Innovation Square Startup Accelerator Program.

New Partnership Launched to Inspire Startups in Agriculture and Food Technology

OIST has signed a partnership agreement with AgVenture Lab, an innovation lab consisting of eight Japan Agrticultural Cooperatives (JA) organizations across Japan. Through this partnership, OIST will support startups in the areas of AgTech (agriculture technology) and FoodTech (food technology) by conducting proof-of-concept experiments and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit.

OIST receives 2022 Innovation Net Award for entrepreneurship initiatives

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has received the Japan Industrial Location Center President Award, as part of the Innovation Net Award Program for 2022. The award was given to OST in recognition of its Innovation Square Startup Accelerator Program, a startup support initiative launched in 2018.  read more

OIST and Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation Sign Collaboration Agreement to Promote the Industrialization of Science and Technology

The Okinawa Industry Promotion Public Corporation (President: Yasutoshi Sueyoshi) and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) (President: Peter Gruss) have today, June 1st, 2022, signed an agreement to collaborate on the promotion of science and technology industries in Okinawa Prefecture.

New Venture Capital Fund to Invest in World-Leading Research and Entrepreneurs

Lifetime Ventures launched the OIST-Lifetime Ventures Fund in collaboration with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology to deliver impactful science-based deep tech solutions in sectors that include healthtech, the future of work, sustainable living, and the blue economy.

Our First Newsletter is Out! Jan 2022

We issued our first newsletter from TDIC, focusing on industry-facing activities here at OIST.

Highlights include:

Introducing OIST Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Eli Lyons, CEO of GenomeMiner

OIST is pleased to welcome Mr. Eli Lyons as Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

Eli is Co-founder and CEO of GenomeMiner and is currently participating in the OIST Startup Accelerator Program. GenomeMiner is a startup based in Japan aimed at developing AI tools to analyze microbial genomes for novel biosynthetic gene clusters. The company has raised seed venture funding and closed over USD500K in partnership deals.

Extracting the power of science for the benefit of humanity

Of the hundreds of thousands of peer reviewed scientific articles published each year, most remain within the confines of scientific findings. Only a few develop into translated discoveries that change our lives, such as the recent mRNA Covid vaccine or the GPS in smart phones, which uses the theories of relativity to correct the time from satellites. And so, what turns good research into “translatable research”? [Click the title to read the full article]