Yokohama Biopharmaceutical Research and Development Center (YBIRD) has been launched by Kihara Memorial Yokohama Foundation with supports from Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry and Yokohama City government in Yokohama Bioindustry Center in order to activate biopharmaceuticals-related industry in Japan.
YBIRD, equipped with process lines both for mammalian cells and for microbial cells, is capable of manufacturing investigational drugs of recombinant proteins.

※The operation is stopped with a stainless-steel 200L bioreactor for microbial cell line.
We occasionally receive recombinant protein sample preparation with microbial cell line in a bench-scale.

Overview of YBIRD

About Facilities


Kihara Memorial Yokohama Foundation

Kihara Memorial Yokohama Foundation

Yokohama Bio Industry Center, 1-6 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-0045, JAPAN
Tel: +81 45 502 4810
Fax: +81 45 502 9810

Start of operation

April in 2011


GMP controlled area 745m²
Non-GMP controlled area 130m²
Office 50m²


The core businesses of YBIRD are contract manufacturing services, collaborative research on bioprocess, and bioprocess training. In contract manufacturing services, we offer lab-scale examination, bioprocess development, manufacturing of investigational drug substance, and performance evaluation of samples. Collaborative research on bioprocess includes, evaluation of technologies for recombinant protein expression cell culturing, protein purification, and protein analysis in order to establish high-quality and low-cost biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies. You can collaborate with us even in an early stage of process development. Moreover, we support the development of human resources in the bioprocess field through lectures and trainings.

Business of YBIRD


Yokohama Bio Industry Center, 1-6 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 230-0045, Japan


  • By Taxi

    10 min. from Tsurumi Sta. to Yokohama Bio Center.

  • By Bus

    Take Kawasaki-Tsurumi Rinko Bus of the route number "Tsuru-08" bound for "Fure-yu" at No.8 stop of Tsurumi Sta. Bus Terminal(*) in about 12 min. get off at "Riken/Shidai-Daigakuin-mae".
    *:In front of east exit of "Tsurumi Sta." on JR Keihin Tohoku Line or "Keikyu-Tsurumi Sta." on Keihinkyuko Line.