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Some 20 Japanese companies form materials informatics consortium to cut development time from years to months

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March 05, 2020
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Some of the consortium participants include Mitsubishi Chemical, Sumitomo Chemical, Mitsui Chemicals, Toray Industries, and Asahi Kasei. Starting in fiscal year 2021, the goal of this consortium is to develop advanced materials that are more durable and heat-resistant using in-country patents. Specifically, these companies will share a common database, managed by the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS). As we noted previously, Japanese companies are the most active players in materials informatics. Additionally, it is unclear from this news how these companies plan to handle the resulting intellectual properties generated from this collaboration (likely a sharing mechanism as well), which is a crucial issue for a consortium

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