Global Research and Development
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The Otsuka group has a network of research centres worldwide where our scientists use their passion, perseverance and creativity to develop innovative, life-improving treatments that can make a real difference to people’s lives. In 2016, our R&D investment topped €1.46 billion and we have 46 research institutes. Discovery mostly takes place in Japan whilst clinical development is carried out globally. Our pipeline is rich and varied and our non-conformist attitude means that we avoid generic approaches to product development, helping to create the healthcare solutions of tomorrow as we search for new drugs in our focus areas of psychiatric diseases, neurologic diseases, oncology, cardiology, nephrology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and dermatology. We trust in the skills and intelligence of our passionate researchers, who are encouraged to adhere to Otsuka’s R&D philosophies:
  • Follow the untravelled path by choosing research themes which are often overlooked by others.
  • Embrace the challenge of developing pharmaceuticals in an original way.
  • Develop pharmaceuticals in fields where treatments are limited and medical needs remain unfulfilled.
  • Take a tenacious approach to intractable diseases.
  • Insightfully evaluate the outcomes of treatments and clinical trials.
  • Pursue first-in-class and world-first drugs with passion and conviction.
By adhering to such philosophies, we believe that we can continue to improve the health of people worldwide.

Date of preparation: January 2019

Reference OPEL/0119/COMS/1000x

Scientists in Shorts


At Otsuka, we love to do things differently to achieve our goal of discovering innovative products. Back in the 1980s, Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s former Chairman, Akihiko Otsuka, suggested casual meetings over a meal in order to inspire researchers never to give up on their quest for new drugs and to keep their spirits up. He insisted that everyone, from the President to Laboratory Assistants, wore casual Bermuda shorts to encourage camaraderie and to work towards a shared goal of discovery without the restrictions of stereotypes or hierarchy.