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Rental lab to support startups and companies working on new businesses in the science field opens in Tsukuba City! Come and join us!

Oriental Giken Kogyo, a company that builds research environments, will open a rental laboratory, X/S Worksite, in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, in April 2024 for use by startups and new businesses in the science field that require cutting-edge experiments and initial production environments!

X/S Worksite Concept

Not just a place to rent space, but a place where people, technology, and capital cross paths to create new value

This facility will not only provide space, but also create a community where new value can be created by bringing together a wide range of key players, technologies, and capital, including universities, public institutions, startups, and major global companies, by leveraging Oriental Giken Kogyo's expertise and network in building environments developed as an engineering manufacturer specializing in research facilities. By leveraging our expertise and network in building environments, we not only provide space, but also create a community where new value is created by crossing a wide range of key players, technologies, and capital, including universities, public institutions, startups, and major global companies. We support business growth and social implementation by helping them utilize our resources, such as matching them with large companies, branding and communication strategies, and providing educational opportunities.

A "mechanism for innovation" by an architectural design firm specializing in research facilities
The design was undertaken by the first-class architect office of PLANAS Corporation, the only architectural design firm in Japan specializing in research facilities, with a high level of expertise and a proven track record. The firm has produced numerous innovation facilities, and the know-how gained from these experiences has been integrated into the X/S Worksite, which also incorporates new "mechanisms" for innovation creation.
First-class architect office of PLANAS Corporation:https://planus.co.jp/

Background of Establishment

Expansion from "placemaking" to "people/culture building" for science
Oriental Giken Kogyo was established in 1978 as a manufacturer of safety devices such as laboratory tables and draft chambers for use in research laboratories. With the vision of "contributing to the development of science and technology through laboratory engineering," we have continued to expand our business by responding to every challenge in the research environment with our technical expertise based on our extensive experience. Currently, our corporate mission is "Creating Moments of Inspiration. We are currently developing various businesses that are not bound by conventional fields, such as digital solutions and creating a culture of innovation, based on the field of "science," which has remained unchanged since the company's founding.

The environment surrounding science and technology in Japan faces various challenges, such as sluggish productivity, a decline in the number of students entering doctoral programs, and a decrease in the number of publications. However, the ideal research environment and support system are not sufficiently developed, and there are few facilities to support start-ups in particular.

We would like to solve these issues surrounding science and foster a science culture - X/S Worksite will start as a new challenge for those of us who have been working on "placemaking" for many years.

With this move, Oriental Giken Kogyo will move to the next phase to become "a science culture design group that cultivates the infrastructure of Japanese 'knowledge'".

Tsukuba, a super city that is close to startups and realizes social implementation
Tsukuba City is a research city with an internationally top-level concentration of intellectual resources, including cutting-edge science, industrial technology, and higher education, and is expected to strengthen its support system for start-ups as a super city-type special national strategic zone. We aim to contribute to the sustainable development of society and the economy by taking on new business challenges in this city where we have had a manufacturing base since our establishment.

Facility Features

We support startups aiming to contribute to society and achieve business success in the science field from both the hardware side, such as construction and equipment, and the software side, such as creating matching and funding opportunities and occupational health and safety.

Image of completed experimental area

Highly flexible lab space for a variety of research themes
We, Oriental Giken Kogyo, are strong in engineering of research facilities, and Planus K.K., the only first-class architectural design firm in Japan specializing in research facilities, with its high level of expertise and many achievements, will join us to realize a one-stop laboratory design that seamlessly integrates "architecture" and "equipment". We will realize a one-stop laboratory design that seamlessly integrates "architecture" and "equipment".

Communication Lounge

A space for sharing and co-creation that transcends organizational and disciplinary boundaries
The café and magnet space are equipped with mechanisms to promote communication that transcends organizational and disciplinary boundaries. The space is also designed to provide a comfortable environment where people can enjoy a work style that suits them while feeling the breeze and natural light from the terrace with all five senses.

Image of completed barbecue terrace

Nature-inspired, multi-purpose barbecue garden
The facility has a terrace where barbecues can be held and a pizza oven. Not only can residents use the terrace for meals and refreshment, but it can also be used for team-building events and as a space open to the outside world, fostering opportunities for communication.

Supporting researchers by providing full business support and creating a safe and comfortable research environment
Support will be provided by leveraging the strengths and resources of existing businesses, including matchmaking and funding opportunities, occupational health and safety consulting, and marketing support. In addition, we aim to support further growth of startups through collaboration with many external organizations, including research facilities in Tsukuba City.

Facility Overview

Location : 4-19-1 Midorigahara, Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture (Techno Park Toyosato Industrial Park)
Completion : April 2024 (scheduled)
Site area : 6,782m²
Total floor area : 3,450m²
Structure : Steel construction
Common facilities: Event space, meeting rooms, cafeteria, BBQ garden, exhibition space, etc.
WEB SITE :https://www.orientalgiken.co.jp/xis_worksite/
Access :
Tsukuba Express Tsukuba Station, 20 minutes by cab or 40 minutes by bus from Exit A3, 4 minutes walk from Techno Park Toyosato-nishi Bus Stop.
Tsukuba Express "Kenkyugakuen" station, 16 minutes by cab or 25 minutes by bus from the north exit of the station, 4 minutes walk from "Techno Park Toyosato-nishi" bus stop.

About Oriental Giken Kogyo

Oriental Giken Kogyo is an engineering company that comprehensively produces the construction of research environments. Our mission is to "Create Moments of Inspiration. Our challenge is to create architecture, spaces, facilities, and innovation culture that encourage researchers' behavior, interaction, and awareness in Japan's architecturally and spatially unattractive laboratories. We contribute to technological innovation in Japan through products and designs that touch the subconscious of researchers as well as solutions to various issues latent in the research environment.

name of companyOriental Giken Kogyo Co.
EstablishmentOctober 1978
Location1-2-4 Uchikanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
representativeSeigoh Hayashi
uniform resouce locatorhttps://www.orientalgiken.co.jp/
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