SRI International

Overview

SRI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute conducting client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses, foundations, and other organizations (2a).  SRI International was formerly known as Stanford Research Institute and it changed its name in January 1977. The company was founded in 1946 and is based in Menlo Park, California (3).

The organization has helped conceive such innovations as the computer mouse, magnetic encoding for checks, and high-definition television, the Internet, and stealth technology. Its 1,400 employees (including about 600 scientists and researchers) work at research centers worldwide (1).

Facilities and Research Initiatives

SRI International has locations in the United States and internationally, including a campus in Princeton, New Jersey with a facility in Washington, District of Columbia; research facilities in Alaska and Canada; and offices in Tokyo, Japan (3).

SRI works on research and development for many topics such as robotics, computer science and biomedical.  In the biomedical field, SRI investigates numerous health problems, such as cancer, infectious diseases, and neurodegenerative disorders. They work in partnership with clients in academia, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and foundations.  SRI is also a leading drug discovery contractor and preclinical development contractor for several government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. To improve and save lives, SRI researchers investigate disease mechanisms and develop new treatments (2c).

Strategic Partnerships

Inscopix, Inc. and SRI International, Inc. announced a collaborative neuroscience imaging R&D program. Researchers from Inscopix and SRI's Center for Neuroscience and Metabolic Diseases will use Inscopix's nVista(TM) HD imaging system to gain a better understanding of normal brain function and the dysfunctions of neural circuitry that underlie neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. SRI's Center for Neuroscience and Metabolic Diseases has research programs in cognition and Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, sleep neurobiology and sleep disorders, nicotine addiction, alcoholism, and brain aging. Advanced imaging capabilities are needed to obtain a more complete understanding of the neural circuitry that underlies the functional activity of the brain (3).

SRI International won a $3,615,746 federal contract from the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research, Arlington, Va., for MTVR subsystem integrator tasking technology assessment and system development (3).

SRI International’s clients and partners have included United States government agencies, international government agencies, state, regional, local governments and schools, businesses, venture capitalists, foundations and associations, industry consortia and multilateral organizations (2b).  SRI's clients have included Visa, Samsung, NASA, and the US Department of Defense (1). 

Sources

  1. Hoover’s, Inc. (2012). “SRI International.” Retrieved on November 15, 2012.
  2. SRI International (2012). Retrieved on November 16, 2012.
    1. “About Us” from www.sri.com/about
    2. “Clients + Partners” from www.sri.com/work/clients
    3. “Biomedical Sciences + Health” from www.sri.com/research-development/biomedical-sciences-health
  3. Bloomberg Businessweek (2012, October 12). “Company Overview of SRI International, Inc.” Retrieved on November 16, 2012 from http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=34735