Innovation Square Incubator


OIST has entered a new phase in its growth and development. Having made significant investments to establish 75 research units, sophisticated laboratory facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, and an interdisciplinary graduate school program, OIST is now positioned to become an active driver of R&D in Okinawa. The goal, as expressed by President Peter Gruss in 2017, is for OIST to “realize an innovation ecosystem in Okinawa that can take ideas to production and marketing and provide the basis for future jobs.” To realize this vision for an innovation ecosystem, OIST has built the Innovation Square Incubator ("I-Square"), where entrepreneurs from OIST and around the world can come together with established companies and experienced investors.


I-Square has 3 important goals: 

  1. Accelerate scientific and technological breakthroughs by providing startups and established companies from Japan and abroad with opportunities to partner with OIST 
  2. Build a community of innovators around OIST comprising people and companies committed to inventing solutions to the world’s most pressing problems 
  3. Have a positive economic impact on Okinawa by seeding new companies, industries and high-tech jobs.


The incubator is a mixed-use facility that accommodates wet lab, dry lab, and computational research and development activities. It is open to startup companies as well as established companies that wish to collaborate with OIST. The first phase of the incubator is the current 500m2 pre-fab facility which opened in April 2019. Details