Technology Development and Innovation Center

Technology Development and Innovation Center

The Technology Development and Innovation Center fosters innovation at OIST and in Okinawa to accelerate economic growth.

We are the technology development and commercialization hub at OIST. We leverage the university's researchers, world-class infrastructure, interdisciplinary environment, and culture of risk-taking to transform technologies from the laboratory into innovations that have social and economic benefit.

Technology Development & Intellectual Property Management

The Technology Licensing Section builds a strong intellectual property portfolio of licensable technologies from discoveries made by OIST researchers and markets these technologies to established companies for commercialization.

Researchers with inventions to disclose or Industry interested in licensing opportunities should contact the Technology Licensing Section at

Industry Partnerships

The Business Development Section pro-actively builds strong networks with companies in Japan and around the world. The Business Development Section works closely with OIST researchers and companies to enable innovative research partnerships and negotiates sponsored and collaborative contracts with industry.

Industry interested in working with our researchers or sponsoring their work should contact the Business Development Section at


OIST also promotes entrepreneurship to advance high-growth venture creation in Okinawa. We organize seminars and workshops to strengthen networks and stimulate entrepreneurial activities. Beyond these promotional events, we also directly support promising projects stemming from OIST research.

We envision an innovative and economically self-sustainable Okinawa, linking Japan to the region and the world, while reflecting its unique cultural and historical significance.

R&D Cluster in Okinawa

OIST further aims to promote research and development (R&D) throughout Okinawa and to orient this centrally located island prefecture towards becoming an innovation hub in the Asia-Pacific Region.

To that end, we participate in regional partnerships with academic, industrial, and government organizations in Okinawa - we also encourage innovation and technology development through our Proof of Concept Program.

Latest Posts

  • 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]