About Us

Research International US Headquarters

Research International, Inc. is a high-technology company in suburban Seattle, Washington, specializing in contract research and development with particular expertise in optical chemical and biological sensing, micromachining and microfluidics, and miniature rechargeable battery technology. RI's products and services are characterized by a high level of innovation and interdisciplinary problem-solving, representative of the broadly diverse team of scientists and engineers working at the company.

Research International emphasizes hardware implementation of all research and development efforts and thus maintains an on-site machine shop, plus well-equipped microfabrication and chemistry/biochemistry laboratories. The manufacturing department, containing electronics, optics, and mechanical assembly areas, is designed for small to medium production runs. Research International excels at rapidly converting proof-of-principle bench technology to pre-production and production instrumentation.

Contact Information


Research International, Inc.
17161 Beaton Road SE, Monroe, WA 98272-1034
Phone: 360-805-4930 • Fax: 360-863-0439
Toll Free: 1-800-927-7831

U.S. East Coast Office

Jon Tobelmann
Phone: 703-803-8380 Fax: 703-803-7432
Mobile: 703-625-8381
Email: jontobelmann@resrchintl.com

International Representatives

We have representatives in China, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Eastern Europe, the UK, Portugal, France, Italy, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and the UAE. Please contact our US Headquarters office for distributor contact information.

Employment Opportunities

None at this time.


Greater Seattle Area

Government Agencies

Facilities and Equipment

Component board soldering Research International facilities support a multidisciplinary focus in the areas of electro-optics and fiber optics, electronics, mechanical design, synthetic organic chemistry, bio-chemistry, fluid dynamics, and micromachining/vacuum technology.

Support tools include a full wet lab and ancillary photolithographic equipment for micromachining; a Hitachi® S-415A SEM; Dektak® III surface profiler; Airco Temescal® e-beam evaporator; and a CVC 601 RF magnetron sputtering system. Optics hardware includes Kodak® Megaplus CCD camera system; Synrad® CO2 laser; precision surface grinder; MicroAutomation® 1006A programmable dicing saw; Buehler® fiber polisher; ultrasonic fiber cleaver, and custom computer-controlled spectrometers. Software for optical design includes OPTICADT, Xemax-XE™, and BeamPropT™. Electronics capabilities include Tango™ circuit board design; Micro-Cap™ V simulation; Forth™, Basic™ and C™ software packages, and miscellaneous tools and equipment (surface mount and though-hole board designs are supported) including an NCI® PA600 logic analyzer; Tektronix® 7603,7633, and 1720A oscilloscopes. The manufacturing facility of 1,500 sq ft includes assembly areas, with an Asymtek© model 403 robot, a 6-station controlled humidity glove box with vacuum interchange, and testing areas with environmental and sterilization chambers.


Research International chemistry lab An on-site chemistry lab is equipped for standard organic and biochemical laboratory techniques, including air and moisture-sensitive compounds, bioassay development, and functionalized surface development. Hardware includes capillary and standard column gas chromatographs; HPLC and gel electrophoresis equipment; UV-Vis® diode array spectrophotometer, spectrofluorometer, and a Perkin-Elmer® Series 1600 FTIR.


Photo of Research Machine shop Research Machine is a subsidiary of Research International, Inc., a contract research and development company serving the medical, military, and commercial markets. Working in conjunction with Research International's staff of scientists and engineers, Research Machine is well-supported in the areas of mechanical and optical design, synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and electronic design and layout.

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