Technological Development

Oral Science

Eating, speaking, laughing—these and other functions of the mouth are crucial to our ability to live comfortably and enjoyably. Lion’s oral science research goes back more than a century. Aiming to improve consumers’ quality of life (QOL), we continue to build on this wealth of knowledge with research in such areas as non-destructive methods of treating dental caries, ways to reduce gingival inflammation based on molecular cytology, and the suppression of bacterial growth using proprietary biofilm models. In recent years, Lion has also partnered with external research institutions to elucidate the influence that conditions in the oral cavity have on the body’s overall health through joint research. By combining a wide range of technologies from in and outside the Lion Group, chiefly in the area of oral science, we strive to create new value through products ranging from those for oral care to food and pharmaceuticals.

Interface Science

An interface is the boundary between any two of the three phases of matter (solid, liquid or gas); the study of such interfaces is interface science. For more than 100 years, Lion has been involved in interface science research, producing cutting-edge detergents and other products. In recent years, Lion has developed surfactants made from plant-derived palm oil, aiming to provide more environment-friendly products. The excellent detergency and biodegradability of these surfactants have garnered widespread attention. In addition, we employ world-leading technologies to study various interfacial mechanisms, such as those that produce foam, an interface phenomenon of air and liquid, and emulsions, an interface phenomenon of oil and water. By steadily advancing such research, we are expanding our focus from surfactants to include other areas as we work to develop the cleaning technologies of the future.

Life Science

The main purpose of Lion’s life science research is to find ways to alleviate mental and physical maladies and discomfort that current products cannot adequately address, extend healthy life expectancy, and improve QOL. Toward this end, Lion provides its customers with solutions that employ advanced life science technology. In the specific fields of health science, oral science, risk diagnosis and skin and hair science, Lion conducts joint research with top-class researchers around the world and advances alliances with professionals in other industries while developing personalized solutions tailored to individuals’ particular health and needs. Lion’s high-level research focuses on elucidating life science phenomena; to ensure the seamless commercialization of the outstanding results of this work in the form of new products, Lion’s researchers coordinate organically with its Product Development and Product Planning departments.

Materials Science

Lion is advancing innovative technological development aimed at helping to create a more sustainable world. Our research spans a wide range of fields, encompassing the realization of new functions for diverse renewable resources, including both terrestrial and marine resources; low-energy cleaning technologies for reduced environmental impact; and the creation of next-generation energy technologies through the development of fuel cell materials that employ Lion’s excellent electro-conductive carbon black. Combining our core technologies—such as those related to interface science and the synthesis of organic and inorganic materials—with cutting-edge technologies from outside Lion, we are advancing research with an eye to new business creation.