Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is a nonprofit R&D organization engaging in applied research and technical services. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s economy from a labor-intensive industry to a high-tech industry. Numerous well-known, high-tech companies in Taiwan, such as leaders in the semiconductor industry TSMC and UMC, can trace their origins to ITRI.
ITRI focuses on six research fields include Information and Communications, Electronics and Optoelectronics, Material, Chemical and Nanotechnology, Medical Device and Biomedical, Mechanical and Systems, Green Energy and Environment. ITRI has aggressively researched and developed countless next-generation technologies, including WIMAX wireless broadband, solar cells, RFID, light electric vehicles, flexible displays, 3-D ICs and telecare technologies. In addition, ITRI’s Flexible Electronics Pilot Lab and Nanotechnology Lab provide international-level research platforms where R&D can be conducted jointly with partners. ITRI has also seen significant growth in intellectual property business and new ventures in recent years and is devoted to creating a model that would make Taiwan manufacturing even more competitive in the international arena.
Fostering Entrepreneurship and CEO Leadership
ITRI employs around 6,000 personnel, including over 1,300 who hold Ph.D.s and 3,000 with master’s degrees. By disseminating both technology and talent, ITRI has led the technology industry into the 21st century and has cultivated over 140 CEOs in the local high-tech industry. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the California Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Berlin, Moscow and Eindhoven.
ITRI, headquartered in Taiwan, has offices in the United States, Japan, Germany, Russia and Netherlands in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation. In the United States, it has long-term collaborative arrangements with MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University.
To date, ITRI holds more than 20,000 patents and has assisted in the creation of more than 240 start-ups and spin-offs. In 2013, ITRI recieved three R&D 100 Awards: iAT Technology, FluxMerge and ButyFix. In 2012, ITRI recieved six R&D 100 Awards: Lignoxy, TEMM, SideLighter, aePLASMA, Light&Light and AVA-Clamp. In 2011, ITRI received six prestigious international awards: The Excellent Organization, Solar Industry Awards in the U.K. for Solar Radome, two R&D 100 Awards, two Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Awards, and the Silver Award for The Society in Information Display’s (SID) Display of the Year Awards. In 2010, the institute received five prestigious international awards: The Overall Gold Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for its FlexUPD technology, runner-up in the Semiconductor category for its MDPS (Micro-Deformable Piezoresistive Sensor Technology) and three R&D 100 Awards for FlexUPD, i2/3DW and Reddex. In 2009, the institute also received four prestigious international awards: The Wall Street Journal’s 2009 Technology Innovation Award for its FleXpeaker technology, an R&D 100 Award for the High Safety STOBA Lithium Battery Material Technology, the iF Design Award from the International Forum Design in Germany for ITRA’s Fluid Driven Lighting System, and the Red Dot Design Award by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany, for its Flexio Radio Technology.