In the half century since our founding in 1959, Koken has grown to become a world-class specialist in the development and manufacture of silicone materials to replace human skin and other parts of the body, along with various types of medical plastics, life simulation models for medical education, and Atelocollagen products ranging from cosmetics to medical-use materials. Our successes in each area continue to provide the foundations for new endeavors as we continue to build and expand upon our core medical technologies. Throughout this development, we remain true to our starting-point concept of originality in product design and development with the aim of finding ways to improve and enrich the quality of life of the people who make use of our products in the course of medical treatment. In the interlocking fields of medical treatment, good health and the quality of life, Koken presents the essential products, service and technology.
Our corporate mission is best represented by our dual objectives of compliance and innovation, which comprise the foundation of all our business activities. While compliance with laws and observing social norms is natural behavior in the course of doing business, we do believe it imperative that we fully meet the expectations of society and further push the horizon in new possibilities, and continue to expand the boundaries of innovation.
Koken now stands at the beginning of a new era in the history of our corporation. Our Atelocollagen finds use in a broad range of products, from medical equipment to a base material for cosmetic products, all of which have contributed to a higher quality of life for millions. And, new applications for Atelocollagen are being discovered at an increasing pace thanks to our original R & D in new fields. The application of collagen to new fields of medical treatment, such as Atelocollagen-based nucleic acid drug delivery systems, represents the realization of leading-edge technology in truly original products that provide gentle yet effective medical treatment to people around the world. Koken intends to continue this stance in product development while also meeting the needs of people while creating products that reflect new values as we pursue our business vision on a global level.