Salesforce, VIKTRE and More Join Blockchain Research Institute

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Blockchain think-tank the Blockchain Research Institute has today welcomed the addition of as many as 12 new members into the fold.

The group, which was set up to assist in the development of blockchain technologies, already draws on a diverse group of member organizations, bringing expertise from a range of industry sectors.

With the new additions, from sectors including marketing, cloud software, finance and food and drink, the institute welcomes new expertise and resources toward its mission of advancing blockchain technology.

Among existing members are the likes of IBM, one of the notable corporate pioneers of blockchain development, alongside PepsiCo, Bank of Canada and Microsoft.

Among the 12 to join today, the most high-profile name is arguably Salesforce, the cloud-software company known for its CRM and other enterprise software products.

Similarly, brand specialists VIKTRE, BPC Banking Technologies and Raiffeisen Bank International are part of the new intake of members. The list also includes Navigator Limited, Decental, Polymath, Sweetbridge, Aion and Shyft Network.

Don Tapscott, the co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute, welcomed the joining companies, suggesting that the network of collaborations would allow for better innovation in blockchain development.

“Like our corporate and government members, these companies are at very different stages of their blockchain transformations. We can foster more innovation through collaboration by creating a network of builders in the blockchain space alongside leaders in enterprise and government.”

The news comes off the back of a strong couple of months for the institute, which has seen new partnerships and cooperation deals struck on a number of fronts, with organizations and governments looking to develop blockchain technologies.

As recently as February, the body announced a new partnership with the Indian National Association of Software and Services Companies, to work toward developing blockchain for the “digital economy.”

Founded in 2017, the Blockchain Research Institute has already attracted significant financial backing, in addition to the expertise and technical support provided by joining members.

It is hoped their collaboration will help advance blockchain technologies, and in particular new use cases pertinent to a broad cross-section of industry.