Creating new value, together. Blazing new paths to the future.
Open & Linked Innovation describes our process for growth and the creation of new value through partnership and innovation. It is an approach of fundamental importance to the Ajinomoto Group in both spirit and value, and we welcome like-minded newcomers to join our team of enterprises, research institutions, and other organizations from Japan and around the world.
Through this collaborative approach, we bring researchers together with different backgrounds, disciplines, perspectives, techniques, and expertise. As a result, we are empowered to blaze new paths to future possibilities and to make contributions to society on a global scale.
The Ajinomoto Group is a leader in the field of foods and amino acids. Now as in the century since its founding, the focus of the Group is on cutting-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies based on amino acids research.
The Ajinomoto Group uses its globally unparalleled seasoning technology to conduct groundbreaking research on umami and other tastes, as well as all components of deliciousness, which include flavor, texture, and the external environment. This intrinsically requires an effective response to the needs and preferences of consumers in different regions and countries. For this purpose, we combine the results of our findings to create our own distinctive new materials, production processes and applications to provide solutions to food-related problems around the globe.
In seasonings, soups and broths, mayonnaises, frozen foods, coffee, and many other categories, our food and food-material products provide value and enjoyment for consumers and industrial operations around the world.
We apply the distinctive expertise of the Ajinomoto Group to the development of seasonings, enzyme preparations for increased food quality, and other products and materials to aid business customers in the convenience-store, boxed-lunch/delicatessen, restaurant, and other sectors of the food-service industry, as well as producers of processed foods and other food products.
AminoScience originated in the Ajinomoto Group and has led to a high level of research focused on developing technologies for the functional study, production, analysis, and blending of amino acids, nucleotides, and their derivatives. This has led to high-performance biomaterials, animal nutrition products, cosmetics, electronics materials, and many other materials and products that respond to customer needs.
Amino science has also led to global healthcare solutions in our biopharmaceuticals, media for regenerative medicine, AminoIndex Technology, and other healthcare operations.
With our core knowledge of cutting-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies, we are working to develop more new products and materials with higher added value that respond to customer and social needs, and the creation of new business operations and models.
AIAP - AJINOMOTO CO.
The Ajinomoto Co. Innovation Alliance Program (AIAP) of the Ajinomoto Group provides grants for achievements from around the world in technology and research that contribute to the health of people and their societies. AIAP is promoting Open & Linked Innovation in a wide range of fields to create new added value.
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"Ajinomoto Innovation Alliance Program (AIAP)" is our research support program targeting innovative proposals from a wide range of both applicant types and research areas
Global strategic base
NARIC - North American
Research & Innovation
NARIC is a strategic base for the Ajinomoto Group global research and development. It coordinates and supports the activities of institutions, companies, other organizations, and the Ajinomoto Group in the Open & Linked Innovation program in the U.S., Europe, and around the world.
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North American Research & Innovation Center (NARIC) is actively promoting the Ajinomoto's "Open & Linked Innovation".
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.