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53 Top Japanese Life Science Companies and Startups of 2021

This article showcases our top picks for the best Japanese based Life Science companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Life Science industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Japanese Life Science Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

Spiber

Spiber

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Spiber is a Japanese biomaterials company engaged in the research of synthetic spider silk and other protein-based materials.

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ThinkCyte provides single-cell analysis for research, diagnostics, and therapeutics with an integrated multidisciplinary approach.

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HACARUS

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Hacarus is a provider of AI tools for the medical and industrial fields.

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Modalis Therapeutics

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Modalis is an biotech company that develops therapeutics using CRISPR based technology.

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Yukai Engineering

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Yukai Engineering is a robotics startup that develops lifestyle and healthcare products.

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Planet Way

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Planetway is a Individual data driven social innovation company.

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Agatha

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Agatha provides content management cloud service for the healthcare and life sciences industry.

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Atomis

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Atomis provides global solutions for precisely controlling gases.

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CYBO

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CYBO provides products and services to understand cells deeply and to harness them widely.

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TMS

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A Tokyo-based clinical-stage biotech company. Lead program TMS-007 (acute ischemic stroke) is partnered with Biogen.

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iPS PORTAL

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iPS PORTAL focuses on contract testing of iPS cells and worked to promote the widespread use of iPS cell technology.

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GRA&GREEN

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GRA&GREEN is a research and development agribio venture based in Japan

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AceRNA

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AceRNA contributes to regenerative medicine and drug discovery through the discovery of novel miRNA functions.

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TNAX Biopharma

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TNAX Biopharma is a developer of pharmaceuticals drugs intended to improve the quality of life of patients.

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AuB

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AuB is an intestinal microflora analysis that contributes to the athlete’s performance improvement and human health maintenance.

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SUDx-Biotec

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SUDx-Biotec focuses on the research, development, and commercialization of sugar chain technology.

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Digzyme

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Digzyme is a research and development platform for creating, discovering, and evaluating new enzyme-catalyzed reactions by bioinformatics.

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ALDOCK

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ALDOCK develops a groundbreaking risk test that will help in the early detection of cancer.

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teamLab

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teamLab is a collective, interdisciplinary creative group that brings professionals from various fields together.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation.

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NEDO

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NEDO promoting research and development as well as deployment of industrial, energy and environmental technologies.

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Japan Science and Technology Agency

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Japan Science and Technology Agency is a joined organization of science and technology implementing science and technology policy in Japan.

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AKT Health

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AKT Health is a Healthcare & Life Science Strategy Consulting firm

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OriCiro Genomics

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OriCiro Genomics creates a better Bioeconomy with innovative genome technologies.

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Smart Health

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Smart Health is a Healthcare business

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Zenyaku Kogyo

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Zenyaku Kogyo is a privately-held Japanese pharmaceutical company.

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Noster

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Noster which specializing in the research and development of gut microbiome-based treatments.

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Bioengineering Lab

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Bioengineering Lab develops products that can contribute to society using genome editing technology.

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META Corporation Japan

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META Corporation Japan specializes in the planning, production, and sales of contents for medical and life science.

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Epistra

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Epistra accelerates research and development in life sciences.

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A2 Healthcare

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A2 Healthcare offers clinical development, post-marketing surveillance, and clinical research services.

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PaMeLa

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PaMeLa is a company that measures pain with science.

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Biocoke Lab

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Biocoke Lab develops a technology for producing and recovering high-concentration hydrogen from woody and herbaceous biomass.

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HOLO BIO

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HOLO BIO, a venture from Kyoto University, focuses on the unique functions of creatures in Japan, using innovative probiotic technology.

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Axion Research

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Axion Research engages in scientific research to provide new solutions in biotechnology.

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DeNA Life Science

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DeNA Life Science is to provide information and services based on scientific and academic grounds

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Nimura Genetic Solutions

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Nimura Genetic Solutions is a biotechnology firm with a collaborative research and development platform.

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Dentsu ScienceJam

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Dentsu ScienceJam is established to commercialize the latest findings of cutting-edge scientific research.

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PMT

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PMT Co., Ltd. is a manufacturing & health management firm that designs & develops mechanical devices such as robotics & electronic devices.

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GH Japan

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GH is working on the Balancing Support Promotion Project Using Household Services

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Bio-Peak

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Bio-Peak develops a multi-functional recombinant antibody (HybodyTM) in which partner proteins and luminescent protein are fused.

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YMC

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YMC is a supplier of separation resins, services and systems for the pharmaceutical market.

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Life Science Foundation of JAPAN

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Life Science Foundation of JAPAN promotes life science and contributes to the improvement of affluent healthy lives.

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BM Equipment

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BM Equipment mainly sells consumables and equipment products for bio-research, mainly sells research reagents and clinical test reagents.

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iGENE Therapeutics

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Nagase & Co manufactures, imports, and exports chemicals, plastics, electronics materials, cosmetics, and health foods worldwide.

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MAC Science

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MAC Science focuses on X-ray analysis instrumentation.

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Galpharma

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Galpharma targets research and development of sugar chain-binding proteins focus on galectin 9.

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Japan Consumer Marketing Research Institute

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Japan Consumer Marketing Research Institute is a marketing consulting company based on life research and data science.

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Osaka Science & Technology Center

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Osaka Science & Technology Center promotes projects for the promotion of science and technology and the development of Kansai industry.

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Institute of AV Medical Education

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Institute of AV Medical Education is a video production company that offers services in the field of medicine and science.

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Sasaki Chemicals Co., Ltd.

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Sasaki Chemicals Co., Ltd. is a manufacturing firm that deals in life science, metal surface treatment, functional resin & CS business.

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Rebirthel

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Rebirthel is a biotech company, focused on the Development and operationalization of cell-based cancer immunotherapies.

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neorea

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neorea is a Provider of health services based on genetic nutrition

Written by Mark Fitz

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