Proof of Trust (Testimonials)

Our executive advisors from industry and academia introduce KRI and our performance.

Masao Toyoda
Specially-Appointed Professor at Osaka University, Professor Emeritus at Osaka University

Dr. Masao Toyoda

Who is responsible for R&D: Roles and effects of third party R&D support organizations
―What I Expect of KRI, Inc.―

It is said that Japan has been "left out of growth" from a global perspective, and now its foresight and R&D capabilities are being questioned. Who is responsible for this research and development? Development research, in particular, requires innovativeness that looks to the future and requires speed, however, most of the development research in Japan is built on the in-house principle, and thus third party R&D organizations are not being cultivated as private enterprises.

Foreign examples close to my field of research include the "Battelle Memorial Institute" in the US, which was founded in 1920 based on the legacy of Gordon Battelle who amassed a fortune in the steel industry, and has produced many contract research project results. There is also "The Welding Institute (TWI)" in the UK, which was founded in 1946 as a research and technology organization specializing in welding, which is also my field. The institute has facilities all over the world, including those in the UK, and today engages in the contract research and consulting businesses in every industry sector. While these institutes are private, they were established as business entities that provide R&D and research management. Today, as the term open innovation suggests, is an era where issues that should be implemented socially are difficult for a single field of research to tackle. What is needed to raise the efficiency of R&D are results produced ideas that not only exhibit high levels of expertise, but "diversity" as well. In this sense, "KRI, Inc." is a private company possessing diverse development human resources and advanced measurement and analysis technologies, which is rare in Japan. I expect KRI, Inc. to make big contributions to Japan's future industrial R&D….

Yoshio Nishi

Yoshio Nishi

In his book "The Lost World," the author Michael Crichton wrote "This idea that the whole world is wired together is mass death. What about intellectual diversity - our most necessary resource? That's disappearing faster than trees. It would bring about a horrible result." This is exactly right. There is a great deal of internet-dependence in recent R&D, and I see a lot of cases where uniqueness and originality have disappeared. To avoid this, it is important to appreciate a variety of value systems, and I think associating with various types of people and having discussions with them is effective.

In consideration of such points of view, I recommend KRI's contract research to everyone. This system does not take a passive approach where "clients toss out themes and then wait for responses," but enables adoption of methods where knocking each other's ideas together and then fighting over opinions leads to better results.
In his essay "Persimmon Seeds" Torahiko Terada writes "If you tease a poet, poetry is born, if you tease a scientist, various inventions and discoveries are born." From such a perspective, since KRI's researchers are "good at teasing," I have no doubt you can make many wonderful inventions and discoveries if you pursue joint R&D with them via contracted project. Conversely, if you're "good at teasing," KRI will definitely produce better results. I definitely recommend KRI.

Akira Yoshino
Honorary Fellow, Asahi Kasei Corporation

Dr. Akira Yoshino

What I Expect of KRI

KRI is one of the small number of private companies that perform contract research, surveys and analyses in Japan. Examples of the characteristics of KRI include the fact that it has richly experienced researchers; a full complement of equipment for advanced prototyping, evaluation and analysis; and data from various fields of research that it has amassed over many years. By contracting with KRI, clients will be able to expect not only faster and better quality R&D, but also, in particular, the benefits of the fusion of multiple technologies. Future R&D must produce innovative research results by fusing technologies from multiple fields. With KRI, clients can gain innovative research results by fusing their own basic technologies and KRI’s experiences and expertise, which cover diverse fields of technology. I expect clients and KRI to realize such achievements.

>> Video introduced at the ceremony of the Novel Lecture by Dr. Yoshino
>> Lecture by Dr. Akira Yoshino, Executive Advisor of KRI Inc., commemorating Nobel Prize in Chemistry at KRI Workshop '19”

Kazuyuki Hirao
Professor Emeritus and Specially-Appointed Professor at Kyoto University,
Director, Advanced Chemical Technology Center in Kyoto

Dr. Kazuyuki Hirao

KRI is Japan's first comprehensive contract research organization, and many people with wonderful research backgrounds work there. In particular, I have maintained friendships with researchers of energy-related technologies, including batteries; nano material technology; device prototyping technology; and bio-related technology, and I always feel that KRI responds to client requests and provides appropriate solutions by making the best of various synthesis and analysis technologies based on long years of experience and abundant knowhow as well as many networks it has cultivated through the years.

I can provide an example. We were developing a laser capable of irradiating high intensity energy in very short timeframes called femtoseconds, and, at the time, we were thinking of the technology as an application for cutting various difficult-to-process materials, such as diamonds and SiC. In order to give the processed surface a finish of adequate quality, we had to devise various irradiation conditions for the laser, and thus had to investigate the shape and element mapping of the cut surface at the nano level. Therefore, we asked KRI, which was also well-established in analytical technology, to do the investigation for us. They made the best use of state-of-the-art equipment, such as FIB (Focused Ion Beams), microscopic Raman, 3D X-ray analyses, and TOF-SIMS (Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry), which resulted in our being able to determine the optimal conditions. These results subsequently contributed to power semiconductor production. I am thankful to this day for the many contributions, including this one, KRI has made.

Yoshiki Chujo
Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University, Specially Appointed Professor at Hiroshima University

Dr. Yoshiki Chujo

"Won't you enjoy benefits by effective use of contract research?"

When private companies, especially laboratories of materials manufacturers, attempt to develop new applications using their own materials and technology, they have to do preliminary evaluations whether the characteristics of those materials meet the requirements of the needs of the applivations. Meanwhile, they are often exposed to requests, called "claim processing" to do research into improving materials already used by their customers. That is, their customers often request to raise the heat resistance of a material somewhat or to make it so that a material will dissolve in a given solvent, etc. And, if they cannot respond to these requests, customers typically replace their materials with ones from other manufacturers.

Even without bringing up such examples, in order to advance material development and quality modification research in a laboratory, you need the "human resources," "apparatuses," "knowledge," and "raw materials" for the experiments, testing, and analyses involved in such development. In particular, you have to cover the high costs associated with these "human resources," that is, "personnel costs" and "apparatuses," that is, "capital investment." Naturally, it is worth it to incur these costs when there is sufficient demand and future needs to justify them because it goes without saying that they will pay for themselves. Problems arise though when you want to make preliminary examinations where you just give things a little try.
Utilizing "contract research" is an effective means for conducting preliminary examinations for research at such companies. Once the prospect has been established that outsourced preliminary examinations have gone well, companies can commence full-scale development in their own laboratories. Counting this advantage of contract research may bring you benefits as a result, therefore, I encourage you to consider the possibility of contract research.