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
160 members (incl. Directors, Feb. 01, 2017)
Average Age
33.3
Paid-in Capital
¥14.64332 billion (incl. ¥7.31666 billion in capital reserves)
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)
Director and Executive Officer: Kenji Higashi
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

  • Kenji HigashiDirector and Executive Officer

  • Keisuke MoritaExecutive 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. (to present)

    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. (to present)
    Sep. 2014
     Director, Xpiber Inc. (to present)

    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. 2004
     B.S., Faculty of Environmental Information,
     Keio University
    Mar. 2006
     M.S. (Bioinformatics), Keio University
    Aug. 2006
     Joined Accenture
    Oct. 2013
     Joined Spiber Inc.
    Mar. 2014:
     Director, Spiber Inc.
    Jun. 2014:
     Director & Executive Officer, Spiber Inc. (to present)
    Sep. 2014:
     Director, Xpiber Inc. (to present)

    Message

    I sincerely believe that it is possible for us to create a better world; one filled with love and hope for all of humanity. If people throughout the world would simply let go of their avarice—if we could rid the world of thoughtless behaviors such as exploitation, oppression, and environmental destruction—we could optimally share the world's limited resources. We could build an abundant and sustainable society. Here at Spiber, we are making a bold attempt—at no small risk—to turn this ideal future into a reality as soon as possible. With this in mind, we intend to focus all our energy on making this project a success. However, it is also vital that we demonstrate our dedication to these convictions and inspire as many people as possible to join us in bringing our grand vision to life.

  • Brief Biography

    Mar. 2011
     BS., Faculty of Policy Management
     Keio University
    Mar. 2012
     Joined Spiber Inc. Intellectual Property Strategy Manager
    Oct. 2013
     Unit manager, R&D division
    Mar.2015
     Section manager, R&D division
    Apr.2017
     Executive Officer (to present)

    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.’

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: Kenji Higashi
Director: Yoichiro Kojima (President, 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