Innovation & Invention

Innovation and invention of Okayama University

 Okayama University has an original development procedure in order to produce inventions from an innovation. We call it a magma concept.Innovation resembles the flash.
 Nobody can build the flash in a day. The long term study experience elucidates a fundamental law of a phenomenon.
Sometime such experiments lead to a complete new material. Usually the researcher with this flash has no interests in industrialization. In this case the probability that a precious flash helps the society becomes very low.
 In Okayama University, we promote this new discovery as a magma technology to prevent this and study a multifaceted applied technology. In other words, we perform work to blow value into innovation and maximize a scale of the contribution to society by mediating to the industry of various fields. Specifically, we make magma patents from a magma technology. And we constitute the team by capable researchers embodying products and support a function development study.
  As a result, we develop many products and the services in the different field of industries.
 This process becomes invention. The next drawings are illustrations of the magma concept. Okayama University has a much magma technology. They are managed as a patent. Please visit the homepage of Okayama University intellectual property office (OUIPO) if interested in a magma patent.

About Okayama Univertisty Intelligent Patent Office(OUIPO)

Welcome to OUIPO

Organization for Research Promotion and Collaboration Intellectual Property Office (OUIPO: Okayama University, Intellectual Property Office)

We do

  • To generate and manage the intellectual property assets of Okayama University
  • To promote beneficial interactions between Okayama University's researchers and external sources (academics and industry)
  • To establish a partnership with industry to develop Okayama University's technologies and inventions (discoveries) into products and services for public goods
  • To leverage Okayama University’s innovation to promote the formation of new businesses based on our University’s technology to fuel regional economic development


The mission of the Office (OUIPO) is to promote the transfer of Okayama University's technology and inventions (discoveries) for social benefit to the products development outside as well as to support the future research activities on campus.


  • By evaluation, investigation the market, patenting, licensing from Okayama University's research and discovery
  • By hosting networking events e.g ”Technology Road-show (tentatively)” for the introduction of our intellectual property and the connection Okayama University’s researchers with the external researchers such as academia, industry and venture business with entrepreneurship.
  • By generating and promoting awareness on the mutual significant relationship among other universities, government, and industry worldwide.
  • By extending the activities domestically and internationally by scouting capable individuals as staffs internally and a U.S. representative in San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley)

We are

  • Prof. Yutaka Watanabe, Ph.D. - Director
  • Minori Saito, Esq. - Patent Attorney
  • Yoshihiko Hirano - Intellectual Property Producer
  • Mototaka Senda, Ph.D. (U.S. Representative)


For Academics

We provide services to academics on MTA and Collaboration in domestically and internationally.

For Industry, Inventors, and Entrepreneurs

We work with industry to develop Okayama University’s technologies and discoveries into products and services for public goods. We provide services to industry on MTA, Collaboration, and Licensing in domestically and internationally.

For Investors and Entrepreneurs

We provide objectively arrangement individually. Consultants and other supporters can be provided upon your requests.

Contact in Japan:
Prof. Yutaka Watanabe, Ph.D.
1-1-1Tsushima-Naka, Kita-Ku, OKAYAMA, OKAYAMA 700-8530 JAPAN
TEL: (81)-86-251-8472 

Contact in the USA and Europe:
Mototaka Senda, Ph.D.
2450 Peralta Blvd. Suite #119 FREMONT, CA 94536 USA
TEL&FAX: (1)-510-790-2772, Email:

Okayama University Alumni Association in the Northern America: Contact Dr. Senda

Selected Novel Technologies

Dec 18, 2014 A New Suppression Mechanism Against the Proliferation of Colorectal Cancer Cells
Nov 27, 2014 Native 3-D Structure of Photosystem II at 1.95 A Resolution Revealed
Oct 15, 2014 Regulator genes for seed maturation in wheat were identified
Oct 8, 2014 TMAH with KI Has High Toxicity – Effluent from Semiconductor Factories
Aug 26, 2014 Involuntary Clenching of the Teeth in Daytime is Related to Tooth Loss
Aug 26, 2014 Periodontal Disease is Associated to the Lipid Metabolism Disorder that is Related to Atherosclerosis
Aug 6, 2014 Move on Sensing/Autonomous Underwater Vehicle named “Momotaro-Okadai No.1” Developed
July 29, 2014 L-Carnitine Prevents Progression of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis in a Mouse Model
July 29, 2014 Lavender Essential Oil Inhalation Shown to Suppress Allergic Airway Inflammation in a Murine Model of Asthma
Jun 12, 2014 Unique Battery Anode Material Produced by Bacteria Found
Jun 9, 2014 TRPV2 is critical for the maintenance of cardiac structure and function
May 29, 2014 A New Type of Ice
May 23, 2014 Transistors with Organic Thin-film of Alkyl-substituted Picene Developed
May 22, 2014 Antibodies from Japanese patients improve accuracy of H. pylori assay
Mar 18, 2014 Possible Alternative Agent to Tamiflu Synthesized
Feb 20, 2014 Mouse induced pluripotent stem (miPS) cell microenvironment generates epithelial-mesenchymal transition in mouse Lewis lung cancer (LLC) cells
Feb 20, 2014 Degradation Mechanism of MHC class II Clarified
Jan 27, 2014 Chaperone Function of Diol Dehydratase-Reactivase Revealed
Jan 22, 2014 Mast Cells Produce T Helper 2 and T-cell Regulatory Cytokine in IgG4-Related Disease
Jan 16, 2014 Elucidated Mechanism of Malignant Tumors Expansion Leads to a New Therapeutic Strategy for Brain Tumors
Jan 10, 2014 Sexual Interactions Influence circadian rhythms in Drosophila melanogaster
Dec 09, 2013 Synovial Sarcoma Cell Proliferation Suppressed by Inhibiting the Localization of the Causal Protein
Dec 09, 2013 Cancer Stem Cells Shown to be Maintained by the Differentiated Cancer Cells
Dec 06, 2013 Clinical Trial of Telomelysin in a Patient with Esophageal Cancer Started in Japan
Dec 03, 2013 Sonic Hedgehog Regulates Osteoblast Function in the Process of Fracture Healing
Nov 22, 2013 A New Gene that causes Mitochondrial Disease Discovered
Nov 22, 2013 Parity Effects in Few-Layer Graphene Experimentally Confirmed
Oct 23, 2013 Phytochrome C Is A Key Factor Controlling Long-day Flowering in Barley
Oct 21, 2013 Monolayer Graphene Oxide Sheets are Suitable as Additives in Water-based Lubricants
Sep 12, 2013 Difference in Abscisic Acid Perception Mechanisms between Closure Induction and Opening Inhibition of Stomata revealed at the Genetic Level
Sep 5, 2013 Four-Electron Oxidative Dehydrogenation Induced by Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer in Ruthenium (III) Complex
August 2, 2013 A Colorimetric Sensor that Changes Its Color in Response to Cu2+ Concentration Developed
July 31, 2013 Novel Strategy for Cardioprotection by TRPM4 Inhibitor
July 29, 2013 A Novel Victorivirus Is Infectious as Virions and Targeted by RNA Silencing
July 25, 2013 Predictor of Trastuzumab (Herceptin) Resistance in Breast Cancer Cells Identified
July 16, 2013 Unique Silica Tubules Prepared from Iron Oxide that is a Product of the Bacterium Leptothrix ochracea
July 8, 2013 Discrimination of glycoproteins via two-color laser-induced fluorescence detection
Jun 27, 2013 Gateway to discovering the Mechanism for adapting the Circadian Clock in Insects discovered
Jun 27, 2013 New Mechanism for Quality Control of Photosystem under Excessive Illumination was revealed
Jun 25, 2013 Researchers in Okayama University find that Ca2+ channel blockers do not affect myocardial contractility
Jun 21, 2013 Okayama University researchers revealed a new recognition mechanism of HCV infection
Jun 17, 2013 Reduced form of co-enzyme Q10 has anti-aging effects on periodontal tissues
Jun 6, 2013 Iron control in cancer cells could lead to a novel strategy of cancer treatment
May 29, 2013 Synthesis of novel anti malarial agents
May 27, 2013 New enhancing method of osteogenesis by using nanocarrier-fused BMP-4
September 20, 2012 Demonstrated the high-temperature superconductivity realization conditions
Developed the world’s first virtual atlas of anatomy with interactive 3D
In vitro reproduction of bone-like tissue using a 3D cell construct
Prevention of periodontal diseases by the intake of hydrogen water was demonstrated for the first time in the world
June 22, 2012 In vitro reproduction of endochondral ossification using a 3D mesenchymal stem cell construct
Systemic Immune Disease Treatment with the Transplantation of Mesenchymal
May 18, 2012 Technology proposed to remove radioactive metal ions using plant
Discovery of superconductivity that emerges when molecules are
May 15, 2012 Major gene involved in rice plant absorption of cadmium is discovered
April 17, 2012 Royal jelly holds potential to accelerate excretion of radioactive
Elucidating mechanism of acute brain swelling after brain injury
Professor Nishibori Awarded the Saito Prize at Bio Business Award
March 16, 2012 Controlling food pests using LEDs
February 16, 2012 Power-Assist Glove wins special prize for industry/academic/government
Investigating prostate cancer predisposition in Asian men: Earning
January 12, 2012 Investigating conditions needed to achieve high-temperature superconductivity in iron-based
World's first investigation into whether splicing factors are necessary

1: Introduction & Process

The Intellectual Property Office at Okayama University (OUIPO) conducts all in-house intellectual properties in Okayama University and inquiries from industry. We encourage the people industry to visit our WEB site as well as our office at Tsushima Campus. OUIPO’s mission is to contribute our society through material transfer and/or licensing of our intellectual property from the outcome of our research. All beneficial income shall be utilized to research and education in the next generation of the University.

Process (Flow Chart):
Discovery & Invention by the researchers in Okayama University
  • Evaluation by OUIPO
  • Intellectual Property Right
  • Announcement & Disclosure to the public
  • Technology Transfer/Licensing to Current Business and/or Start-up Venture Business
  • Commercialization
  • Revenue
  • Royalty to the University
  • Future Research & Education in the Okayama University

2: Material Transfer Agreements

2-1) How to obtain materials from Okayama University

If you are interested in listed materials, please contact OUIPO directly or fill out the MTA application form and send it to us by Email (

Biological Materials

Application Forms of the material transfer from OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY

MT Application form for Biological Materials
MT Application form for Chemicals
MT Application form for Others

2-2) List of the materials available to transfer from OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY

The Materials available is listed on the technology section.
<visit our <Technology Introduction>>

2-3) MTA in general template (draft)

Material Transfer Agreement (template) from OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY
MTA (evaluation purpose for Biological Materials):
downloadable document

3: Technology Inquiries

Press here to contact us

4: Licensing

4-1) List of Intellectual Properties at OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY
4-2) The Process of Licensing in brief

Meeting for Licensing in person must be held.

Agenda for this meeting for example:

  • Objectives by both parties
  • Demands by both parties
  • Contribution for the society
  • Benefit for both parties
  • Commercialization
  • Condition of licensing (e.g. exclusivity, duration, purpose, fees etc.)
  • Rights of licensee and Licensor
  • Obligation of licensee and Licensor
  • Royalties
  • Due diligence by OKAYAMA UNIVERSITY
  • Others to be discussed if any
4-3) Licensing Agreement

Licensing Agreement with MTA after evaluation
Material Transfer & Licensing Agreement
downloadable document

5: NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)

Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement
downloadable document

Welcome to our LES 2015 at New York

Okayama University is actively working to disseminate our creative intellectual achievements to the world.

Tech Fair at Licensing Executive Society (LES) 2015 Annual Meeting will be a great opportunity for us to introduce updated research findings, e.g. Professor Sera (Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology). This will be held in New York City on October 26~28.

Please come to join and visit our booth (#108) at this Meeting.

LES 2015 Annual Meetings in New York

General Information

Date: October 25-28, 2015. Venue: Marriott Marquis, New York, NY USA

Our Technologies


Mototaka Senda, Ph.D., Professor
Director, Okayama University Silicon Valley Office
Organization for Research Promotion and Collaboration
Okayama University
2450 Peralta Blvd. #119, Fremont, CA 94536, USA
Mobile: 1.510.396.2031