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euglena Project


Develop a new product with Takeda using Euglena.

Until the sale of Euglena by Japan's largest pharmaceutical manufacturer



A big project that I worked on in a month after joining the company

Ishikawa, who joined the company as a salesperson in October 2013 for a month, decided to work on a big project with Yasui, a senior of the team.
"Mr. Ishikawa, we will develop a supplement containing euglena with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) from this term. And our main person in charge is Mr. Ishikawa. I will do my best to support you, so I will do my best together. Let's

About half a year ago, Takeda, a top Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer, suggested that we could jointly develop products using euglena, and decided to make a supplement containing euglena.

At a time when the material Euglena was still becoming known to the world, it was a great opportunity to treat Euglena as a Takeda product, and it was a unique opportunity for us to aim for further growth as a biotechnology company. ..

However, Ishikawa joined the company only a month ago.
It was all groping about how to deal with this big project for the first time for both Ishikawa and our company. Even so, in order to grow into a full-fledged person in charge, I proceeded with preparations while dealing with distribution stores and food manufacturers across the country.

Ishikawa giving a greeting at the entrance ceremony in October 2013

With Takeda who trusted Euglena
Product development that struggled

When Takeda, which has a history of more than 230 years since its establishment, and Euglena Co., Ltd., which was just established in 2005, proceeded with product development, the difference in the history of the company and the difference between a pharmaceutical manufacturer and a health food manufacturer became clear.

Above all, the submission of research materials to Takeda required the full cooperation of the research department.
Euglena Co., Ltd., which succeeded in mass culturing outdoors for the first time in the world in 2005 and started selling as a food in 2006, has a lot of research data that has not yet been collected as materials, and Ishikawa has held many discussions with the research department. While doing this, I created the materials at a rapid pace.

In addition, this is the first time for Takeda to work on dietary supplements on a large scale, and it took more time than expected to collaborate on the design of new in-house standards and systems for dietary supplements.

Ishikawa, as the discussion progressed,
"At this rate, I think we can't make products forever ..."
I was worried many times. However, each time the person in charge of Takeda
"Euglena is a wonderful material. Let's do our best together!"
He encouraged Ishikawa.

A contract manufacturing and processing company for health foods and pharmaceuticals that both companies have been asking for the manufacture and processing Our supplements from Euglena, while both companies are trying and erroring how to meet the standards of both companies in the manufacture and processing of supplements. It turns out that Api has experience in manufacturing both health foods and pharmaceuticals.
By asking Api to manufacture this supplement, a product that meets the conditions of both companies was completed.

-October 2014.
Finally, Takeda's euglena supplement "Green Habit" is on sale.

Left: Takeda Healthcare Company President Masashi Sugimoto (at that time), Right: Euglena President Mitsuru Izumo

Both companies held a joint press conference for the launch.
In addition to announcing new products, it has also announced that Takeda has signed a comprehensive alliance agreement with Euglena to explore the possibility of developing new products containing Euglena.

Ishikawa before the press conference (front left)

In April 2017, about two and a half years after its launch, Takeda spun off its consumer healthcare business and established Takeda Consumer Healthcare Co., Ltd. At the press conference, the company gave us encouraging words, "I want to grow" green habits "into one of our main products."

Euglena will continue to focus on the healthcare business to support the health of people in Japan and around the world.

Posted in December 2017

Euglena Data

-About "Green Habits" sold by Takeda-

From "Green Customs", a green juice type was also released in August 2017.


Management Department
General Affairs and Human Resources Division Team Leader
Kumiko Ishikawa

Joined the company in September 2013.
After being in charge of product development and distribution sales with business partners, he has been in charge of human resources in the General Affairs and Human Resources Division of the Administration Department since 2015.

"Everything about this project is learning, and I am very grateful to all the people involved. I am very happy that the Euglena"

euglena Projects


Bangladeshi children
Find the material to save.


Euglena, which no one can do
Establish outdoor mass culture technology.


Raise it to the 30 billion yen market.


Lunch for all elementary schools.


CO emitted from the chimney 2 so
Incubate Euglena.


Euglena cosmetics business
Launch it.


Japan's first bio-jet fuel
Build a manufacturing plant.


The name of "Euglena"
Use it as a weapon.


Euglena in China
Spread it.


Acquire super-Euglena.


Solve the poverty issue in Bangladesh with the Mung Bean Project.


Develop a new product with Takeda using Euglena.


Cultivate Euglena using sewage in sewage treatment plants.


Create a set of guiding principles for euglena’s employees.


Cultivate Euglena using Japanese proprietary technology.


Aim to create an office that promotes a pleasant working environment for our employees.


Establish the Yugurin Nursery School next to our office.


Contribute to community revitalization on Ishigaki Island with Euglena.


Raise awareness of Euglena
Jointly develop new products


Open a Euglena café on Ishigaki Island.


Raise Hinai chickens using Euglena as animal feed.


Diesel fuel with euglena
Put it to practical use in collaboration with Isuzu Motors.


Produce biofuel using Euglena.





The world's first euglena and chlorella
Obtain ASC-MSC algae certification.


Build synergy with group companies.


With new friends
Make people healthy at the genetic level.


With Jiyugaoka
Spread Euglena.


Launch a processing plant for Euglena supplements.


Contribute to community revitalization on Ishigaki Island through the power of science.


Develop new Euglena core cosmetics.


Contribute toward solving food shortages among Rohingya refugees.


Beauty ingredients derived from Euglena
Elucidate the research.


Supporting students in taking on challenges!
Start all-year-round recruitment.


Acquire Halal certification for Euglena and Chlorella.


Euglena that extends healthy life expectancy
Discover the possibilities.


Taketomi Island prawn farming business


Drive your car on Euglena biodiesel fuel at the G20 Karuizawa.


Plan a mascot character to communicate the appeal of Euglena from Ishigaki Island.


Recruit and select CFOs (Chief Financial Officers).


Domestic Kalahari watermelon