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Research and Development System

Each division of R&D will work together as one with the business groups and divisions to strengthen the vertical threads of our system of product development so that it captures market needs accurately. As the group in charge of strengthening company-wide R&D that crosses organizational boundaries, the Research and Development Group is responsible for integration of intellectual property and management of corporate research, and is working to strengthen the horizontal threads that will contribute to R&D overall.

We will work to create the best products through the fusion of knowledge and technologies based on this strong organization, woven together by these vertical and horizontal threads.

Outline of Laboratories

Functional Chemicals R&D Laboratories

As a research laboratory to carry out the mission of the Functional Chemicals Group, the Functional Chemicals R&D Laboratories is committed to the development of high value added products through the development of our materials and their integration, and by thoroughly investigating core technologies. For the information and communications fields, we are developing resin materials such as environmentally-friendly epoxy resins and maleimide resins that are heat-resistant and flame retardant, and unique functional chemicals that integrate those materials. We are also concentrating on deepening our historic colorant technologies, and developing colorants for inkjet printers and special functional colorants. In addition, we are continuing to advance the development of high performance catalysts for manufacturing basic chemicals such as acrylic acid, and successively putting them on the market.

Pharmaceuticals Research Laboratories

At the Pharmaceuticals Research Laboratories and the Pharmaceuticals Development Division, we are vigorously moving forward with the research and development of polymeric micelle anti-cancer drugs, which utilize nanotechnology. In response to biomedicines, where the drug price is extremely high, we have become involved in the development and introduction of biosimilars as low-cost formulations are sought by society. In line with this, we are attempting to obtain the technology to manufacture Japanese biomedicines that are of a high quality and highly productive. Furthermore, we are actively working on the development of generic drugs of anti-cancer drugs that cater to medical needs.

Ethical Consideration on Laboratory Animal Experiments

Ethical Consideration on Laboratory Animal Experiments

Nippon Kayaku has considered dignity of life of experimental animals and has been committed to conduct qualified animal experiments reflecting basic animal welfare principles known as 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement).

We have made in-house regulations of laboratory animal care and use implemented in relation to the Japanese law "Act on Welfare and Management of Animals" and the guidelines from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Japan, etc. Based on the in-house regulations, we have organized an animal experiment committee and entrusted to review all of animal experiment plans from standpoints of scientific reasonability and ethical investigation. The committee also ensures self-inspection and evaluation of implementation system in the facility.

As results, Nippon Kayaku obtained accreditation of the experimental animal facility from the Japan Health Science Foundation by site inspection in 2012.

Safety Systems Development Laboratories

At the Safety Systems Development Laboratories, we are furthering development of devices that make use of our explosive technologies. These devices include disk type inflators for driver and passenger seat airbags, cylinder type inflators for side, curtain, seat cushion and knee airbags, and micro gas generators for seatbelt pretensioners. We are also creating a research and development system to provide low-cost, high quality safety components in a timely manner to customers spread across the globe by combining the technology of safety components from production bases located around the world.

Agrochemicals Laboratories

At the Agrochemicals Laboratories, we are continuously implementing research and development aimed at developing unique formulations and expanding applications of existing products to make the agrochemicals we offer safer and easier to use together with working on developing new agrochemicals. Currently, we are also focusing on initiatives for the launch of our new insecticide, FINESAVE.

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