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Matching seeds from academia with the needs of industry

To promote the commercial development of advanced technology seeds created and nurtured by universities and other public research institutions, JST supports the development of human resources required for industry-academia collaboration as well as a range of technology transfer activities relating to the output from academic research, including patent acquisition and licensing. JST undertakes such support while utilizing the respective R&D potential of universities and private-sector enterprises.

J-STORE (JST Science and Technology Research Result Database for Enterprise Development)
J-STOREJ-STORE is a database (principally in Japanese) open to the general public free of charge, comprising patents and unpublished patents窶派eld by universities, JST and other parties窶背hich are available for licensing to companies.

Provided via the Internet, J-STORE is a database open to the general public free of charge. It provides details on research output窶杯echnologies, inventions and other intellectual property窶播eveloped by universities and public research institutes as well as the research results of JST's various basic research programs. Through the technical transfer of research results to private-sector companies, J-STORE aims to promote the practical application of such research. Since December 2004, the English version of J-STORE has provided information on foreign patent applications relating to technology available for licensing. As of December 2010, the database listed 1077 foreign patent applications and grants.

  • Provides information on foreign patent applications, including international patents applications窶背hich use the code "WO"窶廃ublished under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and U.S. patent applications.
  • In addition to JST-held foreign patent applications, certain patent applications filed by other institutions are also listed.


New Technology Presentation Meetings
JST aims to foster new links between academia and industry through technology presentations given by inventors based on their own perspective of practical applications.

Presenters: Researchers from universities and
other institutions
Audience: Companies, etc.
Place: Mainly at JST's Tokyo Headquarters
To promote the return of benefits from research output achieved by universities and JST to society as a whole, inventors present their own perspectives on the potential for commercial applications for their new technologies to companies. In addition, opportunities are provided for direct dialogue with individual inventors. Companies may ask questions relating to presentation themes and discuss requests relating to joint research and the adoption of technologies. Approximately 60 New Technology Presentation Meetings are held each year. In FY2009, almost 30,000 people attended these meetings, which led to 1,264 dialogue consultations between inventors and companies.

Innovation Japan: University Technology Exhibitions
Supporting the matching of research output from universities and public research institutions with industry

To promote the practical application of research output from universities and public research institutions, JST organizes national-scale university knowledge fairs with the aim of matching high-quality technology seeds with the needs of industry.

  • Exhibits of university research output from the most advanced technology fields
  • Holding of Open Innovation Seminars

Exhibition dates: September 27(Thu)-28(Fri), 2012
Place: Tokyo International Forum
Organizers: JST, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Visitors: About 23,000 people; corporate researchers, senior managers and marketing
managers; university researchers, etc.
University exhibits: 300 booths
Fields: Environment, new energy / energy conservation, nanotechnology, agri-bio, medicine and healthcare, forestry, manufacturing, IT

Open Innovation Seminars
Communicating the needs of companies to universities

At Open Innovation Seminars, companies communicate their research-related needs to universities, including issues that require short-term solutions and issues on which companies wish to conduct collaborative research. The main objective of Open Innovation Seminars is to facilitate the generation of new technology. More than 729 consultations have been carried out at 27 Open Innovation Seminars since FY2008, which has attracted approximately 4,000 participants.

Presenters: Companies
Audience: Universities, TLO coordinators, researchers, etc.
Place: Mainly at JST's Tokyo Headquarters
Allotted time: 10窶30 minutes per theme
Content: Technology seeds that companies are seeking from universities, research content, fields and issues into which companies wish to conduct collaborative research
Fields: Environment, new energy / energy conservation, nanotechnology, agri-bio, medicine and healthcare, forestry, manufacturing, IT

Individual consultations in separate meeting rooms Consultants: Universities, TLO coordinators

Creating new opportunities for cooperation between industry and academia. Outcomes include:
  • Consultations between companies and university researchers
  • Technology consultations
  • Collaborative research

Portal Site for Industry窶鄭cademia窶敵overnment Collaboration
Industry窶鄭cademia窶敵overnment Collaboration Journal (Issued monthly on the 15th)

https://www.jst.go.jp/tt/journal/ (In Japanese only)
This interactive online provides lots of information related to Industry窶鄭cademia窶敵overnment Collaboration to promote and facilitate collaboration between industry, academia and government

A sample article in English, "Translation of four typical Industry窶鄭cademia窶敵overnment Collaboration Cases in Japan" is available here: http://www.jst.go.jp/report/2010/101115_e.html

Human Resource Development Program for People Involved in Technology Transfer
Developing their abilities to play a leading role in the technology transfer of research output

The objectives of training program are to develop the abilities of people involved in technology transfer programs at universities and TLOs and to build a network of human resources. Approximately 700 people took part in 24 programs within 6 courses in FY2011.

  • In addition to lecture-based learning, this program includes case studies and group discussions. The program emphasizes interactive communication between participants and lecturers as well as among participants.
    > Participants acquire practical knowledge based on case studies, beginning with basic knowledge on the flow of procedures for an entire technology transfer project.
    > This program is useful in bolstering practical, specialized skills through the examination of technology transfer failure and success cases, as well as through the feedback given on each experiences presented by each participant.

General Consulting Service for Technology Transfer
A one-stop consulting service

JST provides a free-of-charge consulting service for companies, universities, public research institutions and TLOs, covering a wide range of matters related to technology transfer and industry窶殿cademia窶堵overnment collaboration. Consultations窶蚤vailable via telephone, e-mail and interview窶琶nclude such areas as general information on JST programs and other public-sector programs, referrals to potential partners and collaborating organizations, technology content and progress status, and licensing.

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