“Innovation is one of the core Values of John Keells Group; therefore, the environment and practices at JKH makes it easier for our team of scientists to create value through innovation,” said Dr. Muditha Senarath-Yapa – Head of John Keells Research. These were the words he shared with everyone as he welcomed them to the launched of the latest research laboratory of John Keells Research (JKR). In case you’re lost, this is the R&D innovation arm of the conglomerate John Keells Holdings PLC.
This new facility is located at the Technology Incubation Center at the SLINTEC Nanotechnology & Science Park at Mahenwatta, Pitipana, Homagama. With the establishment of this new research lab, John Keells Research has obtained additional resources that allow it to enhance its research efforts. Speaking at the launch of the new research lab Susantha Rathnayake – Chairman of John Keells Holdings PLC said: “we are pleased to see the progress that John Keells Research has made, since its launch just five years ago; filing the first patent within this short time, is indeed a significant achievement”.
Gihan Cooray – Executive Director John Keells Group, who is also the Group President overseeing JKR, said that he was “proud of the achievements of the John Keells Research team, and their commitment towards the work we do.” Following the opening of the new research laboratory, invitees were taken on a tour of the Science Park. This was followed by a presentation about SLINTEC, which manages the the Nanotechnology and Science Park.
Currently, the core research areas of John Keells Research are nanotechnology & advanced materials, sustainable energy generation & storage, biotechnology & synthetic biology, food & water, and physics & IoT. Focusing on those core areas, John Keells Research filed its first patent in 2016 jointly with the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research in India in the area of energy storage materials. With the establishment of this new research laboratory, John Keells Research hopes to file more innovative patents in the future.