Ibadan, 25 August 2023. – IDDK and the United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation in providing space bio-experiment services using One-Chip Microscopic Observation Technology (MID). This partnership aims to offer space bio-experiment services using IDDK’s microscopic observation technology to UAE researchers and scientists and also to spread this service to other countries.
H.E. Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director-General of MBRSC and Soichiro Ueno, CEO of IDDK, signed the agreement. Furthermore, the MoU was exchanged in front of both the Japanese Prime Minister and UAE President, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the UAE-Japan Business Forum.
Soichiro Ueno said about the partnership that it aimed to ” provide IDDK’s technology and services to UAE researchers, scientists, and bio-companies, and to advance the construction of an international space bio-experiment platform by combining the power of the UAE as a global hub.”
The CEO also added that “multi-faceted bio-experiments related to human life, such as food and housing, not just medical and healthcare, will be necessary for humanity’s advancement into space. It is difficult to conduct these vast experiments only in space stations due to spatial constraints and staffing issues.
As a result, a new space bio-experiment platform could provide scalable and sustainable opportunities and environments for bio-experiments in space using artificial satellites. Furthermore, Ueno noted that by utilizing this new bio-experiment environment in education to nurture talent in both Japan and the UAE, both parties could promote technological innovation for humanity’s aim towards space and contribute to a better future for mankind.