Craif Inc. (Location: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Ryuichi Onose: hereinafter referred to as “Craif”) signed a loan agreement with MUFG Bank, Ltd. (President and CEO: Junichi Hanzawa, hereinafter referred to as “MUFG”) totalling JPY 1.52 billion. This loan is the first case in the three Tokai prefectures using the Credit Guarantee Program to Facilitate Businesses to Utilize the Results of Innovative Technology Research offered by Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, JAPAN (SMRJ). This Credit Guarantee Program is based on the approval from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for a business activity plan to utilize the results of innovative technology research based on the Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act.
From left to right: Takao Yasui (Scientific Adviser and Co-Founder), Ryuichi Onose (President and CEO), Mika Mizunuma (Chief Operating Officer), and Yuki Ichikawa (Chief Technology Officer)
◾️ Outline of the Loan Agreement
Form of Loan ：Term Loan with an availability period
Date of Contract： September 28, 2022
Maximum Loan Amount：1.52 billion JPY
Purpose of Funds：Business expansion and capital expenditure
◾️Background and Purpose of the Loan Agreement
As a startup incubated at Nagoya University, Craif is working to solve various issues faced by cancer treatment by constructing a platform to search for biomarkers in urine by comprehensively capturing microRNAs from urine using Japan’s proud material power and applying it to medical treatment by combining it with AI (Artificial Intelligence). As Craif is currently working to solve various issues in cancer treatment, the fundraising will be used to further expand the type of cancers which miSignal®︎ can detect, and to develop a home-completion test, thereby promoting our vision of “ensuring lifelong health for everyone.”
◾️Comments from CEO
The loan agreement we have signed with MUFG is a great milestone not only to our company, but also to the startup ecosystem. We will use the loan agreement to promote sales and expand product lineup as we strive to achieve our vision of “ensuring lifelong health for everyone.”
The financing of R&D in the deep-tech field, which requires a large amount of capital, is an epochal step for the startup ecosystem in Japan. We are determined to set a good precedent and to ensure that more active funding will be provided to this field.