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SRI International Executives are Featured at Innovation Japan Forum

MENLO PARK, Calif. – September 12, 2007 – Four executives from SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research and development organization, will be featured speakers at a seminar to be held during the Innovation Japan Forum 2007, September 12 to 14 at the Tokyo International Forum.

Success in today's global economy requires rigorous application of innovation best practices, and organizations that embrace innovation best practices tend to be among the best in the world. Innovation is a continuous improvement process that includes everyone in the enterprise. On September 14 from 2:30 - 5:30 pm, SRI's executives will discuss how the systematic application of innovation best practices can benefit academia, government, and industry.

Presentations include:

  • Competing Successfully through Innovation in the Global Economy, by SRI President and Chief Executive Officer Curtis Carlson, Ph.D.
  • Systematically Applying Innovation Best Practices in Academia, Government, and Industry, by Gary Bridges, Director, Client Services
  • Case Studies in Applying Innovation Best Practices, by Nathan Collins, Ph.D., Executive Director, Drug Discovery
  • SRI’s Contributions to Innovation in Japan, by Osamu Karatsu, SRI Japan Executive Director

Since its founding as Stanford Research Institute in 1946, SRI International  has pioneered many world-changing innovations, including the computer mouse, electronic banking, high-definition television, and an anti-malaria drug that has saved many lives. SRI innovations, used worldwide every day, have created hundreds of billions of dollars of marketplace value. SRI has also created world-leading companies such as Nuance Communications and Intuitive Surgical.

SRI has a decades-long history in Japan. In the 1960s, the institute's relationships with major Japanese companies led to the creation of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, which now represents 20 countries. SRI also collaborated in the design of the Nomura Research Institute, today one of Japan's largest research organizations. Major SRI clients have included companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which licensed an SRI technology to safely remove harmful PCBs from wastewater, and Pentax, which is collaborating with SRI to develop diagnostic biomarkers for early detection and treatment of cancer.

"In Japan and the West, innovation is now the primary driver of growth, prosperity, and quality of life-- and there have never been more opportunities for innovation," said Curtis Carlson, Ph.D., President and CEO of SRI International. "Using its Five Disciplines of Innovation, SRI collaborates with hundreds of commercial and government partners to address important customer and market needs."

Each 45-minute SRI presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. The presentations will be simultaneously translated into Japanese. Event details and registration available at

In related news, SRI executives Nathan Collins and Osamu Karatsu will also be leading a seminar on collaborative drug discovery and development at BioJapan 2007 in Yokohama, Japan. The seminar will take place in the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center on Thursday, September 20 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.


About SRI International
Silicon Valley-based SRI International ( is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology development organizations. Founded as Stanford Research Institute in 1946, SRI has been meeting the strategic needs of clients for more than 60 years. The nonprofit research institute performs client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, and private foundations. In addition to conducting contract R&D, SRI licenses its technologies, forms strategic partnerships, and creates spin-off companies.