Global Network Global Network

Several dozen R&D bases in fourteen countries are linked together in lateral collaboration to provide specialized solutions for our global market customers. Included are Group companies in Russia and China dedicated to R&D and a strategic base for open innovation in North America. To optimize products for specific regions and support the development of production technologies, key bases are also located in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, the U.S., France, and China.

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. R&D headquarters

Research & Business Planning Department

The Research & Business Planning Department in Ajinomoto Co., Inc. sets the priorities for R&D, decides research objectives, manages projects, and nurtures human resources around the world. It is also responsible for the Open Innovation initiative, and supports business operations during market entry of new products.

Intellectual Property Department

The Intellectual Property Department in Ajinomoto Co., Inc. manages the intellectual property of the entire Ajinomoto Group. This includes acquiring and protecting patent and trademark rights, and, in coordination with R&D and other departments, negotiating and reviewing contracts on joint research.

Institute of Food Sciences and Technologies

Pioneering technologies for food product development

Research Institute for Bioscience Products & Fine Chemicals

World-leading bioscience and fine chemical technologies

Strategic organization for open innovation

NARIC - North American Research & Innovation Center

NARIC coordinates and supports Open Innovation activities at institutions, companies, and other organizations that collaborate with the Ajinomoto Group worldwide particularly in the United States and Europe.

Client Innovation Center (CIC)

CIC generates research projects through discussions with business partners, and works with them to create new initiatives that can help resolve social issues. It features a Technology Space that presents 37 representative technologies in 14 categories from the Ajinomoto Group’s Food Science and Amino Science businesses, and a Digital Ideation Space that showcases cutting-edge ICT.

Core overseas R&D centers

JSC "AJINOMOTO-GENETIKA Research Institute" (AGRI) (Moscow, Russia)

AGRI conducts R&D on fermentative microbes for amino acids, nucleotides, and other products.


The Shanghai Food R&D Center collaborates with Ajinomoto Group companies on food flavor analysis, evaluation, and application technology to support global research and development.