Research Institute for Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals

Research Institute for Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals World-leading cutting-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies

Creating new value for the customer through cutting-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies

Our Mission

Our basic role is the ongoing creation of new value (value centered around the customer) to make our message of Eat Well, Live Well a reality for our customers worldwide, utilizing the cutting-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies that are the basic strengths of the Ajinomoto Group.

Our advanced bioscience and fine chemical technologies allow us to provide basic support for the AminoScience and other business domains of the Group.
Our basic role begins and ends with research on the production of amino acids, amino acid derivatives, nucleotides, and related substances, and their effective utilization. We are also exploring new materials, conducting research and development, investigating new scale-up production methods, and finding new applications for current materials and processes. Our role also includes the application of the resulting materials and technologies to an expanding range of business domains.

Work in progress

Distinctive, world-leading technologies,
directed to meeting customer needs

We are engaged in creating high-value materials and retail products. These include food-additive MSG, nucleotides and amino acids for pharmaceuticals and animal feeds, seasonings, sweeteners, pharmaceuticals (bulk drugs, intermediates, and formulations), advanced medical materials (oligonucleotides, peptides, proteins, cell media), cosmetics, and electronic materials. Our focus is to provide solutions for next-generation markets.

Our strength in finding solutions for customers' needs and helping them attain their objectives is based on a combination of capabilities. These capabilities include the use of biotechnology, our understanding of microbes and enzymes, and our knowledge of fine chemicals for producing functionally valuable compounds from raw materials. In addition, we have expertise in functional assessment technology for evaluating the nutritional, physiological, and other functions, and development of the methods for their utilization. Together, these capabilities form the base for the advanced development and stringent evaluation of high-quality materials generated using optimized production processes.

Distinctive, world-leading technologies,directed to meeting customer needs

Domestic organizations and the global networks covering business and technological axes

Organizational structure in Japan

The organizational structure in Japan has two axes. One axis represents the Materials Development and Application Laboratories, which primarily serve the business domain with "one-stop" research, development, industrialization, and technical support. The other represents the Process Development Laboratories, which are focused on technological functions and intense investigation into breeding new microbial strains, developing fermentation, isolation and purification processes, and advancing protein chemistry, industrialization, engineering, and other core technologies. These developments are conducted in conjunction with the expansion of peripheral technologies. We are engaged in linking our core technologies to customer needs, and working with the customer to create products and services with newly added value.

Global collaboration network

The global competitive strength of the Ajinomoto Group is supported by its collaborative network that spans many parts of the world. The Group R&D company ZAO "Ajinomoto-Genetika Research Institute" (Russia) is a key part of this collaboration and is focused on advancing the investigation of breeding the microbes that produce amino acids. The Research Institute for Bioscience Products and Fine Chemicals is the central base for collaboration with production technology development centers around the globe. This institute develops production processes for utilizing these microbes, in collaboration with the fermentation plants of the Group located in many countries.

We also work in close collaboration with Ajinomoto OmniChem (Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services, Belgium), Ajinomoto Althea, Inc. (Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services, U.S.), which is responsible for the commissioned production of pharmaceuticals and other materials, Ajinomoto Fine-Techno Co., Inc., which is responsible for the production of electronic materials and other chemical-related products, and other Ajinomoto Group companies located in Japan and overseas. Working together, we provide unique value to customers around the world.

Main R&D bases in the global bioscience and fine chemicals sector


Research Institute for Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals

1-1 Suzuki-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture 210-8681 Japan

Nearest train station
Suzukicho Station (0 min on foot),
the second station on the Daishi Line (Keihin Kyuko)
after transferring from Keihin Kyuko Kawasaki Station or JR Kawasaki Station.

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