Selected by JAXA for the 8th Call for Research Proposals (RFP) in Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center.

JAXA has announced that IDDK was selected for the 8th Call for Research Proposals (RFP), as one of the research theme, “problem-solving type”.
Through joint research with JAXA for about two years, we will work on R&D on “development of an ultra-compact 3D fluorescence microscope device”.

「Since the Japanese government announced their policy titled “Comprehensive Strategy on Science, Technology, and Innovation 2014 – A Challenge for Creating Japan in a New Dimension – (approved by the Cabinet on June 24, 2014),” public research institutions and agencies have been expected to perform strongly and contribute to innovation. Based on this strategy, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was re-organized in April 2015 and the Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center was established. Through this innovation hub center, we will develop more research projects and establish them within JAXA as a whole. To accomplish this, we will gather knowledge and specialists from various fields and create a new research team for their activities. The center is located on the JAXA Sagamihara Campus. As of April 2015, the center has approximately 30 staff who have undertaken new activities, and are working in three reaearch areas:

1) “exploration technology in a wide range of unexplored areas”; 2) “automatic and autonomous exploration technology”; and 3) “In-situ resource utilization (ISRU) technology.”


Soichiro Ueno, CEO of IDDK, said, “I am very pleased to be working with JAXA on the research and development of the innovative technology. Ultra-compact 3D fluorescence microscopic observation technology can be used in the International Space Station and other platform available. We believe that this technology can greatly contribute to research and development in outer space, and is expected to be used in many fields such as life sciences, medicine, and healthcare on Earth. In addition, we believe that it will be the first step in our concept of connecting ground and space experiments seamlessly in the space bio experiment platform that we are working on.’.

Result of the 8th Call for RFP Re-recruitment (JAPANESE) |

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