mandom corp.

CSR Information

Mandom Group's CSR KohDoh Practices

Community Involvement and Development
"Joint Research Program with the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University"

In June 2015 Osaka University and Mandom established the Advanced Cosmetic Science Joint Research Program at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University.

Reference:

Laboratory of advanced cosmetic science homepage

Joint Research Program with the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University (Japanese only)(PDF:176KB)

The joint research program employs cutting-edge technologies from fields that have seen remarkable growth in recent years, such as regenerative medicine, applying them to research the development of next-generation functional cosmetics and quasi-drugs.
FY2019 research is being undertaken by two Osaka University lecturers, four specially appointed researchers, six Mandom employees, seven graduate students, and two lecturers from overseas faculties for a total of 22 people.

The joint research program aims to advance research related to cosmetic sciences and contribute to fostering capable researchers and technicians in this field.

the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University

Central Laboratory
Analysis Room
Incubation Room
Meeting in progress
Experiment in progress
Cultured human skin cells
[Comment]
Professor Takefumi Doi, Ph. D.
Dean of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University
The Laboratory of Advanced Cosmetic Science (Mandom) is the first joint research chair at the Graduate School and School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University. Since the time of the schools that preceded its establishment, Tekijuku and Kaitokudo, Osaka University has carried the spirit of the city and its people through the years, and is a university that is aware not only of the importance of fundamental research but also of practical learning. We expect this joint research program will reinforce ties between industry and academia and that our pharmaceutical research will give something back to society.

Efforts to Expand Our Global Network of Technology in Asia

Efforts to Expand Our Global Network of Technology in Asia

As one of our efforts to broaden our global network of technology in Asia, Mandom is actively helping to invite young lecturers from universities in Asia to the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Osaka University.
We believe this effort to broaden the global network of technology in Asia, using the Advanced Cosmetic Science Joint Research Program as a base, will be useful for the types of value creation shown below.

Value creation expected in the future

  • Innovation by bringing together knowledge of outstanding Asian researchers
  • Research and development through joint research with Asian universities

Previous track record

[FY2016]

  • Accepted: 1 person
  • Applicable university:
    Bandung Institute of Technology of Indonesia (Institut Teknologi Bandung, commonly known as ITB)

[FY2018]

  • Accepted: 2 person
  • Applicable university:
    Bandung Institute of Technology of Indonesia, Airlangga University

[FY2019]

  • Accepted: 2 person
  • Applicable university:
    Bandung Institute of Technology of Indonesia, Airlangga University

Osaka University is collaborating with universities all over the world. For example, in September 2014, the university was selected as Type A (Top Type) of the Top Global University Project of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Please see the website below for information on efforts being made as part of Osaka University's concept for the Top Global University Project, World Tekijuku.

Reference:

Osaka University Top Global University Project homepage (Japanese only)

Concluded Agreement on a Cross-appointment System

In August 2018, Osaka University and Mandom concluded an agreement on a cross-appointment system with the aim of further promoting continued and multi-faceted cooperation with a focus on co-creation between the university and the company.

Reference:

Overview of the Cross-appointment System, on the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry website (Japanese only)

Under this agreement, a female Mandom employee holds a concurrent position at the Graduate School and School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Osaka University as a Specially Appointed Assistant Professor (full-time). At the university's Laboratory of Advanced Cosmetic Science, she is engaged in international joint research with overseas faculties, and using the results to guide students in their own studies.
For details, please see the news release below.

Reference:

August 3, 2018, News Release:
Osaka University and Mandom Corporation Concluded an agreement on the first Cross-Appointment System in theGraduate School and School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Aiming to increase opportunities for excellent researchers to perform and toaccelerate the development of research -

Held a Luncheon Seminar Aimed at Promoting Industry-Academia Collaboration

Aiming to promote open innovation through tie-ups between industry and academia, and as a way of introducing the efforts of the Laboratory of Advanced Cosmetic Science, Mandom helps to hold luncheon seminars.*

*A luncheon seminar is a seminar held during the lunchtime break period of academic conferences and which follows the conference's theme, where the sponsoring company or organization provides attendees with lunch.

Past Event

March 16,2019
The 92nd Annual Meeting of The Japanese Pharmacological Society
Theme Life science in Cosmetics and Open innovation through Industry-Academia collaboration
Chair person Yasushi Fujio
Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University
Presentation 1 Challenge for Advanced Cosmetic Science
Speaker Fumihiro Okada
Guest Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University General Manager, Fundamental Research Institute, Mandom Corporation.
Presentation 2 New Strategy to break through limit of transdermal drug delivery
Speaker Yoshihiro Tokudome
Professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Josai University

Research Results in the Advanced Cosmetic Science Joint Research Program

Research is being conducted every day to create innovative cosmetics in the Advanced Cosmetic Science Joint Research Program.
We report on these research results when appropriate through news releases and other media.

Discovery of Human Sweat Gland Stem Cells, and Successful In Vitro Regeneration of Sweat Gland-Like Structure

In the Advanced Cosmetic Science Joint Research Program, efforts are also being made toward research and development of basic technology for creating next-generation deodorants that may help control perspiration. In October 2016, there was a presentation of research results indicating the potential for development of highly effective deodorant products which realize greater consumer satisfaction by suppressing perspiration at a fundamental level.

For details, please see the news release below.

Reference:

October 27, 2016, News Release:
Aiming to Develop Next-Generation Antiperspirant "Discovery of human sweat gland stem cells, and successful in vitro regeneration of sweat gland-like structure" (Japanese only) (PDF:964KB)

Three-dimensional observation of human sebaceous glands achieved, original sebum secretion assessment method established

In our Advanced Cosmetic Science Joint Research Program, to connect research to the development of superior products in the area of sebum secretion suppression, we are also engaged in R&D on assessment methods for sebaceous glands. In May 2017 we were able to extract the sebaceous glands from human skin tissue and observe the internal location of sebum in 3D, as well as the stimulation and suppression of sebum secretion. We will be able to apply these results to the development of products that combat acne, oily skin, and other skin conditions related to sebum.

For details, please see the news release below.

Reference:

May 10, 2017, News Release:
Three-dimensional observation of human sebaceous glands achieved, original sebum secretion assessment method established (Japanese only) (PDF:588KB)

Establishment of a New Assessment Method due to Successful Numeric Quantification of Amount of Sebum Produced by Human Sebaceous Glands

In the Advanced Cosmetic Science Joint Research Program, we are conducting research on sebaceous glands with the aim of developing products that can more effectively control sebum secretion by directly acting on human sebaceous glands.
In October 2017, we were able to establish a new assessment method due to successful numerical quantification of the degree of sebum (oil droplet) production in human sebaceous glands. Furthermore, by using this assessment method we discovered that the phytic acid* contained in rice milk has a sebum suppression effect in human sebaceous glands.
Going forward, we will continue research focusing on sebaceous glands, and strive to be of service to consumers struggling with skin trouble due to sebum.

* Phytic acid: A constituent of rice milk that has become known as a superfood in recent years.

For details, please see the news release below.

Reference:

October 23, 2017, News Release:
Establishment of a New Assessment Method due to Successful Numeric Quantification of Amount of Sebum Produced by Human Sebaceous Glands - Demonstration of the sebum suppression effect of phytic acid by applying this assessment method - (Japanese only) (PDF:110KB)