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Tohoku Techno Arch Co., Ltd. aims to support the creation of new technologies and industries, based on intellectual property developed by universities. It was established on November 5, 1998, with the support of interested researchers at Tohoku University, along with individuals at other national universities and colleges of technology in the Tohoku area, including Niigata. On December 4 of the same year, Tohoku Techno Arch Co., Ltd. was approved as an official Technology Licensing Organization (TLO) by both Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry under the Law for Promoting University-Industry Technology Transfer.

The Law for Promoting University-Industry Technology Transfer was established in May 1998 to assist individual universities in founding their own TLOs and support their operation. The aim of TLOs is to transferring intercultural properties of research results from universities and colleges of technology to business corporations, and to return the revenues to inventors as well as their laboratories and universities.

Tohoku Techno Arch Co., Ltd. is serving as a partner in providing technology seeds for corporations who wish to obtain technological innovations and enhance their competitiveness; and at the same time will act as an intermediary for returning the research results of university researchers to society.

We try to provide these services to anyone who is interested, regardless of their degree of experience in licensing or patent application. Please feel free to contact us at any time with your inquiries or for information. All our staffs are more than willing to talk with you and offer advice.

We would appreciate your continued cooperation, suggestions and support for our efforts.

Tohoku Techno Arch Co., Ltd.

Corporate NameTohoku Techno Arch Co., Ltd.
Address 2nd FL, Tohoku University, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe),
6-6-10, Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi, 980-8579, Japan
FoundationNovember 5, 1998
Approved TLODecember 4, 1998
StockholderProfessors of Universities and Colleges of Technology in Tohoku Area
ActivityTechnology Licensing for Universities and Colleges of Technology in Tohoku Area


Our main activites are "Evaluating inventions", "Licensing".
Each Manager fully take charge of evaluating inventions , marketing and licensing.

Evaluating Invention

First, universities request us to evaluate the inventions.
Second, we evaluate the inventions from their patentabilities and commercial possibilities point of view.
Finally,we report these results for universities.


We introduce the applicated invention for campanies.
In addition, we negotiate and sign a contact with companies, when companies request the implementation of invention.

Non-Disclosure Agreement
Disclosing description and confidentiality of description
Option Agreement
Rights of choice whether licensed or not.(Exclusive , Non-Exclusive)
Licensing Agreement
Permission of working patent (Exclusive , Non-Exclusive).
Assignment Agreement
Assignment of patent


Tohoku Techno Arch sign a basic license transfer agreement with universities below (at the date of April 1st 2018).
In addition, we mainly handle the patent, which belongs to the universities in Tohoku District.

  • Tohoku University
  • Hirosaki University
  • Iwate University
  • Akita University
  • Fukushima University
  • Yamagata University
  • Tohoku Gakuin University
  • Ochanomizu University
  • Iwate Medical University
  • Fukushima Medical University
  • University of Aizu



Takanobu MIZUTA


We know it is important to explore and provide the best ways for our partner (researchers/developers in universities and companies) to protect, transfer and commercialize the techs from universities because there are quite various techs developed in universities and also various commercial needs changed day by day in industries.
As a tech transfer office for universities, we hope to contribute to the society through the successful transfer of university’s techs to the industries and following new products/business developments which may lead innovation in the future.

Administrative Director



We hope we could be a function to provide more better and suitable services to our customer in universities and industry through day-to-day works for tech transfer. It is appreciated if our services could be useful for our all customers.




Universities have a lot of possibilities leading new business. I make effort on providing additional values as a "supporter" for both universities and companies (or person) challenging new business creation. I strongly hope that new business using technologies from universities, regardless of its business size, would be developed successfully and step by step, and then provide new products/services in the various fields of industries.
My policy is "As a supporter, Think/Action everything from customer's point of view to maximize my additional values".

Technology Licensing Manager



To popularize many inventions developed in universities, I aim to be a specialist with enough skills for understanding inventions, protecting IP rights, smooth and proactive communication with universities/companies, and contract negotiation with Japanese/forging companies.

Technology Licensing Manager



My specialty is areas of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and I mainly handle life science technologies. I have several backgrounds of research work experience in the pharmaceutical industry, practical experience in a patent firm, and so on. I work actively to put more research results in universities to practical use.

Technology Licensing Manager

Kensuke SATO


I hope to make effort for contribution to society by cooperation with our customers and support for creation of more and better inventions. Thank you.

Technology Licensing Manager

Takashi SUGAI


To accelerate innovation, I want to work as a bridge for giving back the universities’ fruits promising for commercialization to society.
As there are various forms of cooperation in the world, I want to propose the best way for both university and industry from various options to utilize universities’ inventions.
My field of expertise is metallic material, and my policy is "New material create wonderful life". Thank you.

Technology Licensing Manager



I believe that university is like a gold mine of innovative technologies.
I would like to make an effort to play a role as a bridge between universities and companies so that many research fruits in universities are utilized widely in the society.

Technology Licensing Manager

Ryonosuke SATO


Since missions of universities and companies are originally different from each other, successful university-industry collaboration requires coordinators who can act with well understanding of both sides. I will do my best to help companies to launch as many new products as possible by using universities’ technologies.

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