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Everyday, we continue our research to develop good culture media.

At the Cell Biology Research Center, we develop new culture media while supporting existent conventional cell culture media. We develop liquid cell culture media used by scientists who mainly conduct academic research. We also develop cell culture media for industrial use.
Our fundamental belief is that "a good cell culture medium is the one which achieves efficient growth of high quality cells."
Although the composition of cell culture media may differ among our customers depending on its end-use, we have continued our study to examine the composition through trial and error so that we can create the most appropriate environment for efficient growth of cells.

The long process for commercialization

It takes many days to obtain results after the start of an the experiment. It is a time consuming process because the experiment must be reconsidered based on the obtained results before the next experiment is started. As research trends change very quickly, we must not lag behind and try to select development themes which expected to become a trend. That is what we must face hereafter.
Currently, the development of cell culture media includes three major themes; 1) stem cell culture media, 2) industrial cell culture media, and 3) neural cell culture media. We hope to contribute to the society broadly through development of cell culture media.

We require many days to obtain our study results after the start of the experiment. We must select an unique theme among various research themes in the ever-changing research trends.

Through cell culture media, we hope to contribute to the society broadly.

The field of regenerative medicine has collected attention, as Dr. Yamanaka of Kyoto University was awarded the Nobel Prize for developing iPS cells, in which advanced studies are expected in Japan. However, in fact, most of the research-use reagents are imported. Some of the biggest reasons why Japan's electronics had been so strong was perhaps because they were manufactured in local factories with extremely broad-based support and materials were "Made in Japan" and easily accessible. Along this line of thought, if we were to make every effort to broaden the base of our materials to be made in Japan, it will surely lead to development of bio-business in Japan. Our group is engaged in research development of reagents for cells other than cell culture media. One of these is a lectin specifically binding the undifferentiated stem cells that will be commercialized through collaboration with AIST. We expect to develop various applications of the protein much smaller than an antibody. We are confident that Wako is in the lead position in the reagent field, and we will exert all efforts to maximize this advantage.

If we were to make very effort to develop materials that support regenerative medicine that is currently drawing attention, Japan's overall bio-business would no doubt expand. "

Going forward, another field that we are focusing on is cell culture media for industrial use. For example, cell culture media for the manufacture of vaccines. Even culture media currently used for most influenza vaccines are imported from overseas. We hope to contribute to the manufacture of vaccines using domestic culture media. Only after joining Wako did I realize that to completely manufacture a product was actually extremely difficult. At Wako, there are not only product development and sales departments but also other very crucial departments such as quality control and manufacturing. It is thanks to these departments that Wako is able to address flexibly with new fields such as culture media. It is tremendously rewarding to get direct feedback from customers after releasing a product. Senior co-workers encouraged me to make products that society needs, something that will sell itself without advertising. It would make me very happy if I were to achieve this.

"Wako's big strength lies in having not only development and sales departments but quality control and manufacturing departments in close coordination."