Glico R&D Makes Positive Global Contributions

The Goal of R&D is to scientifically Contribute to
“A Wholesome Life in the Best of Taste”

The ultimate goal for Glico’s R&D is contributing to the realization of scientifically supported "A Wholesome Life in the Best of Taste". Based on basic research focusing on Glycotechnology and Enzyme Engineering, the next stop is to apply the results in order to yield business applications that scientifically contribute to taste, health, and functional materials.

For detailed information regarding basic research contributing to the practical development of products and functional materials, please refer to “Research・Themes” on the Glico Institute of Health Sciences website.

Glycotechnology・Enzyme Engineering

Basic studies related to the functions of carbohydrates such as glycogen and starch, saccharides that are the source of sweet taste, and various related enzymes are Glico’s core competence and have long had positive global impact in various forms. A wide-range of basic studies continues to be conducted based on these functions in order to contribution to future business.

Taste Science

Glico laboratories analyze, visualize, and control deliciousness based on scientific evidence. Further, we delve into techniques to enhance product satisfaction as a result of deepening the understanding of human preferences.
【Examples】Taste, Aroma, Texture, Psychological Effects, etc.

Health Science

Based on a foundation of biochemistry, microbiology, and nutritional science Glico has been undertaking research in oral/gastrointestinal health, the relationship between in vivo stress-such as hyperglycemia or oxidation-and health. Glico also constantly seeks the formulation of remedies that contribute to providing solutions for health-related problems, and then applies the results to the development of appropriate products.
【Examples】Improvement of the oral and intestinal environments etc.

Materials Science

Glico constantly strives to effectively commercialize the findings of its research. Along the way, there is not only an emphasis on the development of new products and new functional materials, but also on exploring methods capable of producing solutions effecting targeted issues that will in turn possibly lead to new functions.
【Examples】Functional Carbohydrates, Carotenoids, Polyphenols etc.

Glico’s Core Competence

Glico’s core competence, rooted in the practical application of glycogen, is Glycotechnology and Enzyme Engineering.
The results have had global impact and more recently, Glico has successfully achieved the synthesis and practical application of Bio-glycogen® ‒ an example of an ongoing focus on the development of new materials and technologies able to be positively introduced into the global marketplace.

Glico Research and Development Department Research in Numbers

Number of Research Papers

Research papers by Glico researchers have been internationally published in authoritative journals where they compare positively with the output of research facilities around the world.
■List of publications in which research papers by Glico researchers have been published.
・Scientific Reports
・Journal of Biological Chemistry
・PNAS
・Journal of Bacteriology
・Applied & Environmental Microbiology
・Journal of Dental Research
・Tetrahedron Letters
・Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Number of citations per thesis

By measuring the impact of a published paper on other research, the number of citations is an indicator supporting that paper’s usefulness and reliability. Among those published by Glico researchers from 1988 to December 2017, the number of citations for first place is 652 - an exceptionally significant number relative to dozens of other papers whose citations merely exceed 100 times. This, then, is yet another indication that members of the Glico researchers write valuable research papers on a global scale.
■Reference: Journal Impact Factor
The Journal Impact Factor is an index used to measure the scale of impact of a research paper in a scientific publication. Even among all the papers published in Nature magazine that is one of the most frequently quoted scientific journals, the average number of references made in a period two years is - as of 2017 - only 40.137.
*1. Structures of Common Cyclodextrins and Their Larger Analogues Beyond the Doughnut, 1998, Chemical Reviews
*2. The Concept of the α-Amylase Family: Structural Similarity and Common Catalytic Mechanism, 1999, Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
*3. Action of Neopullulanase. Neopullulanase Catalyzes Both Hydrolysis and Transglycosylation At α-(1→4)- and α-(1→6)-Glucosidic Linkages, 1992, Journal of Biological Chemistry

Developmental Ability to Direct New Materials
and Technologies Into Business, Products

Glico has two laboratories that collaborate on basic research, applied research, product development, and production technology development.

Fusing marketing viewpoints and science is indispensable for bringing about unique products/businesses as well as for renovating long-selling products. A major Glico strong point is the ability to take the results of basic research and bring forth new materials, new functions, and new technologies. Building on that foundation is Glico’s expertise in applying technical capabilities to mass-produce and market those products. In this way Glico contributes to “A Wholesome Life in the Best of Taste” .