Ibadan, 16 May 2023. – IDDK Co., Ltd has announced a strategic partnership with Singapore Space & Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to advocate using the space environment for biological experiments. This initiative is one of the pivotal first steps in developing Singapore’s Space Life Science sector, which will set the stage for building new knowledge and capabilities. As a result, it will foster the next generation of space science researchers as well as international collaborations.
Through the partnership, by using uncrewed satellites instead of the International Space Station as a platform for space experiments, it will be easier for research institutes and companies in the Asia-Pacific region to access the space environment for experiments. In addition, the procedure will be cheaper and easier than before, and with a higher range of possible experiments. The intention is to use Space Forge’s Forge-Star as a space-dedicated bio lab.
Kohei Yoshioka, Co-CEO and CFO of IDDK said, “Experiments on the International Space Station have proved that space bio-experiments are beneficial to people, including the potential to contribute to developing new medicines. With its own technology, IDDK aims to shift the government-led space bio-experiments on the International Space Station to a private-sector initiative. In order to realize our vision to democratize space experiments, we are going to build alliances with strategic partners around the world.”
IDDK’s platform will attend to various research projects, including studies of protein crystallization, cultured cells, microorganisms, and plants. The platform is also providing new opportunities for education and outreach in the field of space science. IDDK is committed to making significant contributions to the field of space life science, with the potential to impact human health and space exploration.