Fish for future,
For the people,
For our planet
Today, we’re faced with various social problems – such as shortage of protein sources, and downturn in Japanese aquatic industry.
And we have very little time to solve these issues.
We believe a high-speed breeding can be a decent solution to these problems.
Our core technology “genome editing” can promote evolutionary changes on aquaproducts from DNA level in super-short time.
This can significantly fast forward the current breeding process.
Our mission is to bring Japanese aquaculture to the next level.
By installing our core technology along with digital technology such as AI/IoT, we aim to make aquaculture smart, attractive, and sustainable.
And we believe that such evolution of the industry itself will be a solution to the protein crisis of the world.
Recent studies show that protein demand will exceed supply by 2030 and will require double the supply by 2050. As a decent source of animal protein, aquaculture needs significant improvement in its productivity.
Downturn in Japanese Aquatic Industry
Japan used to be the largest producer of aquaproducts in the world. However, the production and the number of workforce have decreased to 1/3 in 30 years. Revival of Japanese aquatic industry is strongly desired.
– from “the Unexpected” to “the Expected”
Genome editing is a core technology to realize high-speed breeding. The technology enables us to fast forward the current breeding process by promoting natural changes on DNA.
While the history of breeding in agriculture and livestock has been more than 10,000 years, the same for aquaproducts has been only 50 years.
Genome editing technique can fast forward the breeding process from 30 years to only 2-3 years.
Genome editing is designed to promote natural evolution, not to create artificial traits by introducing foreign genes like GMO.
– Creating a New Style of Aquaculture
Aside from the high-speed breeding, in order to make aquaculture a better industry to work in, we also aim to transform the land aquaculture into a productive and sustainable model.
Optimize the growth environment using AI/IoT. (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, light, etc)
Establish environmentally friendly aquaculture system by using clean energy and waste recycling.
Monitor and control the growth environment 24hours/7days to save manpower.
Seed, Farming, Seafood
– We Provide New Fish Breeds in Every Stage of the Value Chain
Production and sales of seeds of the new fish breeds.
Franchise of smart aquaculture system using AI/IoT.
Planning and sales of seafood from the new fish breeds.
|Company Name||Regional Fish Institute, Ltd.|
|Office Address||Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8501, Japan|
|Tokyo Office||Inspired.Lab, 6F Otemachi Bldg. 1-6-1 Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-0004, Japan|
|President and CEO||Tadanori Umekawa|
|Founded||April 10, 2019|
|Paid-in Capital||JPY 100 million|
|Management Team||Representative Director and CEO: Tadanori Umekawa
Director and CTO: Masato Kinoshita
Outside Director: Tsuyoshi Ito
Outside Auditor: Hirotada Nagai
Executive Officer (International Business) and COO: Shunsuke Ishimoto
Executive Officer (R&D) and R&D Director: Kenta Kishimoto
Science and Technology Advisor: Keitaro Kato
Fish for future, For the people, For our planet
RFI aims to secure abundant food options for delicious and healthy seafood that are safe and sustainable.
Director of Corporate Planning
Biz Dev Manager
RFI has been selected for the start-up program "J-Startup" in 2023.
RFI has won the grand prize at ICC Fukuoka 2023 for "solving protein crisis by applying genome editing technology on aquaculture".
RFI has signed a MOU with NTT to establish a JV company to solve food and environment problems of the world.
CEO Umekawa was awarded the Grand Prize at EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 Japan, Challenging Spirit Division.
Our business model "Market-In Breed Development Platform using Genome Editing Breed Improvement and Smart Land Aquaculture" has been awarded Good Design Prize 2022.
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