The Ajinomoto R&D network links together all the R&D centers of Ajinomoto Co., Inc., and the other group companies of the Ajinomoto Group.
Core R&D centers in Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
R&D Planning Dept.
The R&D Planning Dept. of Ajinomoto Co., Inc., is responsible for determining the priorities of the various R&D fields and of new R&D projects, determining how to manage these projects, and developing and training global human resources. The R&D Planning Dept. coordinates and manages the overall Ajinomoto Group R&D, advances the Open & Linked Innovation initiative, and supports business operations during market entry of new products.
The Intellectual Property Dept.
The Intellectual Property Dept. of Ajinomoto Co., Inc., exercises control over the intellectual property of the entire Ajinomoto Group. The department acquires and protects intellectual property such as patent and trademark rights. Furthermore, in coordination with the R&D department and other business units, the Intellectual Property Dept. plans, reviews, and negotiates contracts on joint research to develop intellectual property.
Core overseas R&D centers of the Ajinomoto Group
The Ajinomoto Group has centers dedicated to R&D that form the core of global cooperation between our Group's R&D enterprises
ZAO " Ajinomoto-Genetika Research Institute" (Moscow, Russia)
R&D on fermentative microbes for amino acids, nucleotides, and other products.
SHANGHAI AJINOMOTO FOOD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CO., LTD. (Shanghai, China)
Support of global food R&D by separation, evaluation, and analysis of components contributing to food taste and texture and related application technologies in collaboration with the Ajinomoto Group.
Strategic organization for open innovation
NARIC - North American Research & Innovation Center
Coordinates and supports Open & Linked Innovation activities at institutions, companies, other organizations, and the Ajinomoto Group in the U.S., Europe, and around the world.
Client Innovation Center (CIC)
The aim of the CIC is to continuously generate feasible research projects by deepening discussions with business partners for co-creation of new value and new businesses that will help resolve social issues. It features a Technology Space that introduces 37 representative technologies in 14 categories from the Ajinomoto Group’s business domains of Food Products and AminoScience, and a Digital Ideation Space that incorporates leading-edge ICT.