Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland, announced its first Japan-based research unit for fundamental scientific research. As part of Nestlé Science and Research in Switzerland, the new R&D unit is based at the University of Tokyo and focuses on fundamental research in nutrition and health.

Officials said the collaboration between Nestlé and the University of Tokyo includes a new joint “Food for Life” research initiative, which began June 1. Officials said the project will explore emerging health and nutrition topics such as healthy aging, with special focus on mobility and cognitive performance.

Nestlé said it committed about CHF1 million over a period of three years for a Chair endowed by Nestlé. The company’s global R&D network includes 27 research, development and technology centers, and employs around 5,000 people. Nestlé said its internal innovation capability is expanded through “innovation partnerships” with other companies and as many as 300 collaborations with external research bodies, including universities.