yet2 provides the first open innovation portal site operation in a Japanese company to Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Head office: Osaka, Japan, President: Akihiro Kobayashi). Through this portal site, they are looking for a wide range of solutions to their technology needs. They will be seeking seeds only in Japan this time, but in the future we plan to expand them globally.

As the first technology need, they are looking for a material and product development partner suitable for functional foods. Functional foods are not pharmaceuticals, but contain ingredients that regulate the body’s condition, and contribute to maintaining and improving health. Interest in functional foods is also growing as the focus of medicine shifts from traditional treatments that aim to cure patients’ illnesses to prevention that prevents them.

Kobayashi Pharmaceutical has positioned functional foods and supplements as a priority business, and is working on product development using a variety of activity evaluation systems, which are its strengths. Visit the Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Open Innovation Portal at