Biotechnology is a scientific field that deals with the manipulation of biological molecules to create new products and therapies. Its development and application has been accelerating at an unprecedented pace in recent years, with significant advances being made in many areas such as agriculture, food production, health care, and environmental regulation.

Japan is leading the way in biotechnology research and development, with dozens of internationally recognized biotechnology companies based in the country. This is due in part to the country’s long history of medical and agricultural research, as well as its strong investment in fundamental science research.

Japan’s biotechnology sector is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, as the country continues to make significant advances in the field of biochemistry and biotechnology. Some of the most important biotechnology trends that are currently happening in Japan include:

  1. Development of novel disease treatments using biotechnological methods
  2. Development of innovative bioprocesses and bioreactors
  3. Advancement in the field of regenerative medicine
  4. Increased investment in biotechnology research and development
  5. Expansion of the biotechnology industry in Japan

All of these trends are expected to drive significant growth in Japan’s biotechnology sector over the coming years, and provide opportunities for companies and individuals involved in the sector.

The Japan Biotechnology Directory features many strongly-competing corporations in Japan, yet most of them have scant presence elsewhere in the world. Recent research projects in Japan include one for the development of a systematic method for the assessment of Alzheimer’s disease, one developing technology for implementing sugar chain functions, and one developing of fundamental technologies for production of high-value materials using transgenic plants.


Abyssal Japan, ACT, Agro Kanesho, Air Water, Amino Up Chemical, AnGes MG, Asaki Kogyosha, Atto


BBB, Bionormalizer, Biophysical Society of Japan, BML


Cardio, CellFree Sciences, CellSeed, Chiome Bioscience, Cornes AG., Cosmo Bio, Chromosome Science Labo


Daiwa Biological Research Institute, Data Depository for Drosophila Researchers, DNA Databank of Japan, Dynacom


Eiken Chemical, Evec


Falco Biosystems, Fasmac, Frontier Institute


Gene Techno Science Genetic Lab, Genetics Society of Japan


Hitachi High-Tech Fielding, Hokkaido Bio Technology Industrial Cluster Forum, Hokkaido System Science, Hrein Energy, Human Engineering & Systems


IBL, in Silico Biology, Ikeda Scientific, IMMD, Immuno-Biological Laboratory, Institute of Microchemical Technology, Ito Life Sciences


J-Tec, Japan Algae, Japan Antibiotics Research Association, Japan Bioindustry Association, Japan Food Research Laboratories, Japan Poultry Science Association, Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases


Kurume Vegetable Breeding, Kyoyu Agri


LSI Medience


MBL, Mebiol, MediBic, Medical & Biological Laboratories, Medinet, MicroBiopharm Japan, Mitsui Knowledge Industry


Nacalai Tesque, NanoCarrier, NB Health Laboratory, Nikkiso, Nippon Fine Chemical, Nippon Shinyaku, North Life, NPDI


Oenon, Ogawa Advantec


PhoenixBioPhotobiology Association of Japan, Phytopathological Society of Japan, Precision System Science


Research Institute of Tuberculosis, Research of Microbes, Riken BioResource Center


Sail Technologies, Sosei


Takara Bio, Takasago International, Techno Medica, Tokiwa Phytochemical, Tomy Digital Biology, Trans Genicer