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What is MIoBS?

MIoBS (Morinaga Institute of Biological Science, Inc.) was founded in 1973 as the biochemical laboratory of the research institute of Morinaga & Co,. Ltd.1), Japan’s oldest confectionary manufacturer. We became independent as Morinaga Institute of Biological Science in October of 1980. Since then, we have been developing products centering on the fields of drug discovery support and food safety, utilizing the advanced immunoassay technology we have refined over our long history. Founded on our vision to “study health scientifically,” our mission is “to provide society with reliable products, services, and information that are based on scientific evidence and to contribute to people’s health, safety, and peace of mind.”

With our superior immunoassay technology, we developed insulin ELISA kits that are indispensable in the development of drugs. These products are used in a large number of research studies2) to make our share of the Japanese market approximately 90% and are also highly regarded internationally.

We are also using our advanced technology in the field of food safety to produce food allergen test kits. The history of our food allergen test kits began when our parent company Morinaga & Co. began selling cookies called “Amaranth Cookies” that contained no milk, egg and soy. ELISA kits that test for milk, egg, and soy protein are used for this product, which contributed to the development of products that people with allergies can safely eat.

In the same way as our insulin ELISA kits, these food allergen test kits are major products in our company that are regularly used by not only food companies and official institutes in Japan, but also service labs, food companies and government institutes in abroad today.

1) About Morinaga & Co., Ltd. ( http://www.morinaga.co.jp/english/ )
2) Articles referencing our products publications

Address the issue of food safety

As a result of the recent increase in global interest in food allergies, regulations about the labeling of foods that contain allergens have been coming into effect in Japan since April 2001. Twenty-seven items3) have been designated for labeling and the Food Sanitation Act mandates that seven of those items (egg, milk, wheat, buckwheat, peanut, shrimp, and crab) must be listed in the ingredients4).

We used our exclusive immunoassay technology to begin selling ELISA kits for allergen testing (5 items: egg, milk, wheat, buckwheat and peanut) before anywhere else in the world in April 2002, and the kits were designated as official testing methods by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare in November of the same year. In 2005, we began selling Food Allergen ELISA Kits that measure quantities in highly processed foods using the extraction solution developed exclusively by MIoBS. In the same year, the kits were designated as validated and accurate test kits by the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, and many Japanese public testing agencies, analysis agencies, and food companies use them to this day. Then, recognizing the sophistication of the technology, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designated the gluten kit5) as a useful testing method for gluten analysis of gluten-free foods in August 2013.

3) As of January 2014
4) Seven items (egg, milk, wheat, buckwheat, peanut, shrimp, and crab) are considered to be a particularly common cause of allergies and likely need to be labeled because of the frequency or severity of allergies
5) Falls under MIoBS’s Wheat/Gluten (Gliadin) ELISA Kit (Cat# M2103)