Reason for Being

Living for Others

As human beings, our ultimate aim can be stated simply: to be happy. Human beings are social creatures, unable to live without interacting with others. We believe that the most rational way of turning happiness from a goal into a reality is by maximizing things which bring goodness to others, and minimizing those that do not. We must work to achieve our fullest potential in the environment given to us—in other words, fulfilling our reason for being. While our individual efforts may be small, the combined endeavors of many can bring about large benefits to society that return to us on a personal level.

All of our efforts, from conceptualization to action, are nothing more than a means of maximizing our individual contributions to society. We are driven by the belief that the realization of protein-based materials will allow us to make the biggest positive impact on the world. Science and technology are the powerful tools to get us there, and forming a team—a company—maximizes our chance of success. With long-term vision, we must take the lead and tackle the problems others will not, either because they are deemed too complex or too risky. Our resolve is steadfast, and we are up to the challenge.

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Approach

Mastering Proteins as a Solution

Metal. Glass. Petrochemicals. Humanity has mastered a wide variety of raw materials and achieved enormous progress throughout its brief history. Now, proteins are poised to become a sustainable next-generation material with potential unlike any the world has ever seen. It all starts with spider silk, which is 340 times tougher than steel. Protein materials are environmentally friendly, highly customizable, and have incredible functionality. They have the capacity to expand into an entire platform for material development; a multitude of different proteins can be produced using the same feedstock and processes. For the last eleven years we have been using spider silk as a stepping-stone, making steady progress toward not simply understanding proteins, but mastering them. Prototyping of outdoor apparel products began in earnest in 2015, representing yet another milestone on the road to mass-production. We are pleased to announce that in cooperation with The North Face, we will usher in the dawn of a new age in manufacturing.

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Company Name
Spiber Inc.
Founded
September 26, 2007
Team
186 members (incl. Directors, Apr. 2018)
Average Age
35.0
Paid-in Capital
¥17.44366 billion (incl. capital reserves, etc.)
Business Domain
New-generation biomaterial development
Location
[Headquarters]
234-1 Mizukami Kakuganji Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0052, Japan
[PROTOTYPING STUDIO]
240-1 Mizukami Kakuganji Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0052, Japan
Board of Directors
Director and Representative Executive Officer: Kazuhide Sekiyama
Director and Executive Officer: Junichi Sugahara (PhD)
External Director: Noriaki Okada
External Director: Toshiyuki Arai (Attorney and Counselor at Law Admitted in Japan and New York)
External Director: Kaori Matsuhashi (CPA Admitted in Japan)
External Director: Masaru Tomita (Director General of IAB, Keio University)
External Director: Naoki Tabata (Senior advisor, The Japan Economic Research Institute)
Financing and Grants
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Executive Officers
  • Kazuhide SekiyamaDirector and
    Representative Executive Officer

  • Junichi SugaharaDirector and Executive Officer

  • Keisuke MoritaExecutive Officer

  • Minoda MasayaExecutive Officer

  • Tomokazu NagaiExecutive Officer

  • Brief Biography

    Mar. 2005
     B.S., Faculty of Environmental Information,
     Keio University
    Mar. 2007
     M.S. (Bioinformatics), Keio University
    Sep. 2007
     Co-founded Spiber Inc.,
     Representative Director & CEO
    Jun. 2014
     Director & Representative Executive Officer,
     Spiber Inc. (to present)
    Sep. 2014
     Representative Director, Xpiber Inc. (current)

    Message

    Humanity faces a multitude of global issues that must be addressed, but our risk-averse nature inevitably leads us to prioritize projects with myopic, short-term gains. Japan boasts one of the most advanced societies and economies in the world, and we believe corporations in such favorable positions are obligated to take the initiative in solving complex global issues, and provide humanity with a positive vision of the future. We are willing to accept the inherent risks that come with taking on the impossible and shifting paradigms, because we believe this is the way humanity moves forward. Tackling new questions and trying new approaches to old ones is an immensely exciting and fascinating process, and that is what motivates us. We want to push humanity forward. This is the guiding principle that keeps the entire team focused on tackling the pressing problems facing our world.

  • Brief Biography

    Mar. 2007
     B.S., Faculty of Environmental Information,
     Keio University
    Sep. 2007
     Co-founded Spiber Inc., Director
    Mar. 2009
     M.S. (Bioinformatics), Keio University
    Mar. 2011
     Ph. D.(Bioinformatics), Keio University
    Jun. 2014
     Director & Executive Officer, Spiber Inc. (current)
    Sep. 2014
     Director, Xpiber Inc. (current)

    Message

    Watching my children as they sleep peacefully, I feel a strong desire to see them lead full, happy lives. I believe that the aspiration to end grave environmental destruction, the crisis of limited resources, war, and hateful crimes is part of basic human nature. We should leave behind a sustainable and plentiful society for future generations. On the other hand, when I start to think about the future in earnest, I realize that there is not much time left to achieve this vision. There is no margin for error; no time to exhaust ourselves with excessive, unproductive competition. In order to make the world a better place, it is crucial that we implement solutions quickly and on an unprecedented scale, no matter what the risk. Spiber, in my mind, is the means to that end.

  • Brief Biography

    Mar. 2011
     B.S., Faculty of Policy Management,
     Keio University
    Mar. 2012
     Joined Spiber Inc., Intellectual Property Strategy
    Oct. 2013
     Unit Manager, R&D Division, Spiber Inc.
    Mar. 2015
     Section Manager, R&D Division, Spiber Inc.
    Apr. 2017
     Executive Officer, Spiber Inc. (current)

    Message

    I joined Spiber Inc. with the desire to accomplish the extraordinary. It’s rare to find a job with so much potential to change the world. If you want to accomplish big things, you can’t just sit back and hope that fate or good luck will lead you to success. Instead, you need to approach your task with a high level of flexibility, a capacity to see things in a new light, and the ability to persistently attack problems from a variety of angles until they give way to progress. It goes without saying that this approach isn’t always easy; it can be exhausting when almost nothing seems to go as you expect. But meaningful work is immensely motivational. Accordingly, I want to help create a team that makes people think ‘Well, if Spiber’s trying to do it, chances are it’ll come true.’

  • Brief Biography

    Mar. 2011
     B.A., Faculty of Economics, Sophia University
    May 2011
     Joined Accenture
    Sep. 2015
     Joined Spiber Inc., Business Development Division
    Dec. 2015
     Team Manager, Business Development Division,
     Spiber Inc.
    Apr. 2017
     Manager, Corporate Planning Office, Spiber Inc.
    Apr. 2018
     Executive Officer, Spiber Inc. (current)

    Message

    While each of us is aware of the increasing severity of societal problems such as environmental destruction or conflict over resources, it is sometimes difficult for people to actively engage with these issues on a personal level. Accordingly, I feel it is imperative for us to develop effective and unobtrusive methods that empower individuals to contribute to resolving these problems while going about their daily lives. I believe Spiber’s vision and cutting-edge technology will give rise to creative ideas which, when industrialized, can provide compelling solutions to these issues. To that end, I intend to devote myself to increasing our company’s chance of success and the impact that we can have on the world.

  • Brief Biography

    Mar. 2004
     B.A. Department of English and American Literature,
     Gakushuin University
    Mar. 2006
     M.A. (Intercultural Communication), Rikkyo Graduate
     School of Intercultural Communication
    Jan. 2015
     Joined Tribal Media House. Inc.
    Mar. 2015
     Ph.D. (Intercultural Communication), Rikkyo Graduate
     School of Intercultural Communication
    Mar. 2016
     Joined Spiber Inc.
    Aug. 2017
     Marketing Division Manager, Spiber Inc.
    Jul. 2018
     Executive Office, Spiber Inc. (current)

    Message

    ‘Solving global problems through the power of protein-designed materials.’ Since even before I joined Spiber, this mission statement — both the incredible potential for positive change in society, as well as the magnitude of the challenge that it entails — continues to motivate me, galvanizing me into action. Transforming this exhilarating ideal from concept to reality is a truly daunting task, and the process of developing the necessary technology and overcoming the many challenges that lie ahead will undoubtedly be a long and arduous one. In order to achieve our goal as quickly as possible, we must adopt a broad yet agile mindset where we consider issues holistically and create value effectively and efficiently. Steady accomplishment of our objectives is vital in establishing Spiber as a cutting-edge industry leader—a company capable of pointing the way to a brighter future for humanity. Achieving this mission will require an extraordinary degree of courage and resolution, but it is my firm belief that our commitment to this endeavour will result in lasting and impactful change for all of mankind. Through constant and exciting progress, I believe Spiber’s cutting-edge industry leadership will bring lasting and impactful change for all of mankind, and I look forward to taking on our challenges with courage and resolution.

Xpiber

Company Name
Xpiber Inc. / Subsidiary and joint venture with Kojima Industries Corp.
Founded
September 26, 2014
Board of Directors
Representative Director: Kazuhide Sekiyama
Director: Junichi Sugahara (PhD)
Director: Yoichiro Kojima (Vice chairman, Kojima Press Industries)
Outside Auditor: Noriaki Okada
Location
234-1 Mizukami Kakuganji Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0052, Japan
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234-1 Mizukami Kakuganji Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0052, Japan

by Car :
 5 minute drive from Tsuruoka IC, Yamagata Expressway
by Train :
 5 minute taxi ride from Tsuruoka Station, JR Uetsu Line
by Air :
 17 minute taxi ride from Shonai Airport