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New Business Development

Kaneka will keep establishing competitive businesses in expanding fields so that we can grow and advance dramatically as a global business. Combining our diverse technological abilities, we will enter new business fields.

Biopolymer

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The world’s first completely bio-based polymer with soft and heat-resistant properties
KANEKA Biodegradable Polymer PHBH™

This biodegradable polymer, which uses vegetable fats and oils and other biomass as its primary raw materials, eventually degrades into carbon dioxide and water. With excellent biodegradability and heat resistance characteristics, we expect that it will be used in a wide variety of applications, including for materials used in agriculture, civil engineering, packaging and automobile interiors, and that it will contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and the preservation of the environment.

Thermo-resistant, light-resistant transparent resin

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Optoelectronics
Thermo-resistant, light-resistant transparent resin
“ILLUMIKA™”

This new type of silicon thermosetting resin, hybridized with organic and inorganic components at the molecular level, has resistance to both high-energy light and heat. We expect that it will be utilized in, for example, sealants for LEDs and various sensors, optical adhesives and materials for optical components and the next generation of optical device applications.

Organic EL Lighting Panels

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With the world's first five-color lineup — next-generation lights combining the longest life and thinness in the industry
Organic EL Lighting Panels

Kaneka's OLED lighting panels have extremely thin surface light sources, whose light is soft and close to natural light. Offering a selection of five colors — white, red, orange, blue, and green — these panels have expanded on the possibilities of design, and meet diverse lighting needs. The white color panel stands out for its combination of industry top-class longevity and thinness, as well as its versatility as a next-generation light source. We have also added thin modules to our lineup that are easy to replace when necessary.

Genetic Diagnostic Products

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Recently, technology for genetic analysis and testing plays an important role in the treatment of disease based on individual genetic information, and determination of mislabeled food. Using the concepts of “faster” and “simpler” genetic testing, Kaneka has developed such products as “the Kaneka DNA Chromatography Chip (photo)”, by which PCR amplification of multiple types can be performed at one time in about 10 minutes, "D-QUICK™" technology, by which nucleic acid amplification can be determined visually by coloration, and “the Kaneka Easy Nucleic Acid Extraction Kits”, which can extract nucleic acids from a sample in about 10 minutes. By combining these, we are developing diagnostic products in medical fields focused on infections and test kits in the fields of agriculture, livestock and marine production, in collaboration with domestic and overseas research institutes and manufacturers of diagnostic products.

Transdermal medicine

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KANEKA CORPORATION and MEDRx have established a new joint venture "KM Transderm Ltd." for the manufacturing and research and development of a transdermal medicine in Sep. 2009. KM Transderm Ltd. integrates MEDRx's expertise technology in transdermal medical products formulation with Kaneka's expertise technology in polymer materials. By using technologies, KM Transderm pursues developing innovative and unique medical products that meet physicians' needs and contribute to the QOL of patients, while leveraging its strong network with leading pharmaceutical companies.

Hip Protector

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Kaneka Hip Protector
Innerwear with shock-absorbing pads

Femoral neck fracture often occurs when elderly people, especially women, fall down. It is one of the major reasons to become in need of care or bedridden. Hip protectors are known to be effective in preventing femoral neck fracture, but it has not been widely used, due to the hardness and thickness of pads which makes protectors uncomfortable. Kaneka teamed up with Nagoya University, Shibaura Institute of Technology, and the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology Hospital to develop a revolutionary, new hip protector. New pads are only 6mm thick, thinner than anything before. It feels comfortable to wear and minimizes impacts in case of a fall.

New High Performance Fertilizer

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Taking agriculture beyond current limits to a whole new level
KANEKA PEPTIDE™

KANEKA PEPTIDE™ is a fertilizer made primarily of oxidized glutathione, a form of peptide.
It potentially increases the yield of agricultural produce, particularly potatoes and vegetables.
Oxidized glutathione is a dimer of the tripeptide consisting of glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid (reduced glutathione).
The safe material exists in the living cells of all organisms, including plants.

Biosurfactant

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Cyclic lipopeptide-based biosurfactant produced by fermentation
KANEKA Surfactin

KANEKA Surfactin (INCI Name: Sodium Surfactin) is a cyclic lipopeptide-based biosurfactant produced by a harmless microbial, Bacillus subtilis, during the process of fermentation. KANEKA Surfactin shows unique properties derived from its cyclic lipopeptide structure consists of 7 amino-acids. Because of the cyclic structure, KANEKA Surfactin works as surfactant as low concentration as 3 ppm. Moreover, KANEKA Surfactin shows multiplying effect to improve the performance of other surfactants such as SDS and LAS.
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