Research & Development

Research Organization

A Research Structure Combining Knowledge with Technologies

The development of innovative new drugs is driven by the spirit of challenge and motivation of individual scientists and their ability to think along new paths. We set out high but clear targets to enhance such motivation and creative thinking among our researchers. ONO’s research organization is based on project teams where members converge from different fields, bringing cutting-edge expertise from contrasting backgrounds. The interaction within the teams stimulates and mutually enhances our research achievements.
Our drug discovery research coordinates the efforts of three laboratories: the Minase Research Institute, the Fukui Research Institute and the Tsukuba Research Institute. Working to strengthen our research capability and further accelerate drug discovery, we opened in March 2016 a new research building as a center for invention and manufacturing technology located in the Minase Research Institute. We have now integrated our compound synthesis and analysis functions at Minase, thereby driving R&D forward by building a capability that will allow us to progress with consistency from early-stage research into the seeds of breakthrough drug discoveries through to clinical investigations.


The Minase Research Institute

The Institute engages in research into medicinal chemistry as well as mass production and cost reduction for the supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients, research into the properties and efficacies of compounds, discovery research for cancer treatment, exploratory research for analysis of disease-causing substances and new compounds that can control these substances, and research aimed at the development of formulations whose quality and function as pharmaceutical products can be assured.


The Fukui Research Institute

The Institute focuses on compound safety assessment.


The Tsukuba Research Institute

The Institute undertakes advanced medical research freely from established concepts, research into immuno-regulation, as well as research to verify the pharmacokinetics of discovered compounds.


Minase Research Institute (Osaka)

Fukui Research Institute (Fukui)

Tsukuba Research Institute (Ibaraki)