Company Name SEED Co.,Ltd.
Head Office Address 2-40-2 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8402, Japan
Date of Foundation 10/9/1957
Capital 1,841,280,000 yen
(Listed on first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange. Security Code: 7743)
Employees 1020 (Group-consolidated basis) as of June, 2020
Sales 31.79 billion yen (For the year ended March 2020, group-consolidated basis)
Executive Officers President & CEO URAKABE, Masahiro
Director HOSOKAWA, Hitoshi
Director FUKUDA, Takeshi
Director SATO, Takao
Director SUGIYAMA, Tetsuya
Non-executive Director OBARA, Yukio
Non-executive Director OTAKE, Yuko
Full-time Auditor NAKAYAMA, Tomoyuki
External Corporate Auditor TANEFUSA, Shunji
External Corporate Auditor NIHEI, Hiroko
Banking Connections Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Mizuho Bank, and others
Year Event
1951 Started Japan’s first research into contact lenses
1957 Founded the Tokyo Contact Lens Research Institute
1962 Launched the Mycon brand
1970 Mycon stored at the Time Capsule in Osaka Expo
1972 Launched “Mycon Soft,” Japan’s first soft contact lenses
1984 Launched “Mycon Hi-O2” oxygen permeable hard contact lenses
1985 Founded the SEED Contact Lens Research Institute

Brand name changed from Mycon to SEED

1987 Trade name changed to SEED Co.,Ltd.
1989 Registered shares with the Japan Securities Dealers Association
1991 Founded the Okegawa Research Institute
1992 Launched the “Consept F” soft contact lens care system that requires no boiling sterilization
1993 Entered the eyeglasses market
2000
  • Launched “SEED S-1” high oxygen permeability hard contact lenses
  • Released the “Vivid Moon” eyewear brand featuring actress Yasuko Matsuyuki
2001
  • Launched “Softmate” cleaning and sterilizing system for soft contact lenses
  • Launched “SEED 2weekFine” two-week replacement soft contact lenses
  • Merged the Omiya and Okegawa Research Institutes to form the SEED Research Institute
  • Launched the “Plusmix” eyewear brand for young people
2002 Launched “SEED MonthlyFine”, one-month replacement soft contact lenses
2003 Launched “Adeno Test AD”, an adenovirus antigen detection reagent
2004 Launched “2weekPure”, the first Japanese-made two-week replacement soft contact lenses
2005 Re-launched “2weekPure” two-week replacement soft contact lenses
2006 Launched “SEED 2weekFineα” two-week replacement soft contact lenses
2007
  • Launched “Purity Moist” enzyme cleaning and storage solution for oxygen permeable hard contact lenses
  • Launched “SEEDO Softcare” cleaning, rinsing, sterilizing and storage solution for soft contact lenses
  • Launched “SEED 1dayFine” ultra-thin one-day disposable soft contact lenses
  • Launched the new “I SEED” eyewear brand to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary
  • Founded the SEED Konosu Research Institute

2008
  • Launched “2weekFineαTORIC” two-week replacement soft contact lenses for astigmatism
  • Launched “SEED UV-1” hard contact lenses with ultraviolet protection
2009
  • Launched “SEED 1dayPure,” the first Japanese-made one-day disposable soft contact lenses
  • Launched “SEED MonthlyFineUV” monthly replacement soft contact lenses

2010
  • Masahiro Urakabe appointed 8th President
  • Launched “SEED 1dayFineUV” and “SEED 2weekFineUV” soft contact lenses with ultraviolet protection
  • Launched “SEED 2weekPure Multistage” bifocal two-week replacement soft contact lenses

2011
  • Acquired ISO 13485:2003 certification and received official approval to use CE marking
  • Started the support program for the project growing eye dogs and people with visual impairment
  • Launched “SEED MultifocalO2Noah” bifocal hard contact lenses
  • Launched “SEEDO SoftcarePure”, cleaning, rinsing, sterilizing and storage solution for soft contact lenses
  • Launched “SEED 1dayPure moisture”, the one-day disposable soft contact lenses to be only made in Japan which include natural moisturizing agent

2014
  • SEED’s stocks transferred to second section of the Tokoyo Stock Exchange
  • Launched “SEED 1dayPure Moisture for Astigmatism”, the daily disposable soft contact lens for astigmatism
2015
  • Launched “SEED PlusMode 1day Homme”, the daily disposable circle contact lenses.
  • Launched “SEED AS-LUNA”, high oxygen permeable hard contact lens of aspheric design.
  • Launched “SEED Multifocal O2 M Type” and “SEED Multifocal O2 H Type”, bifocal hard contact lenses.
2016
  • Launched “SEED 2weekPure moisture”, bi-weekly replacement soft contact lenses.
  • Renewal of “SEED 2weekPure Multistage”, bifocal
    bi-weekly replacement soft contact lenses.
  • Launched “SEED 2weekPure moisture”, bi-weekly replacement soft contact lenses with custom-made lens power.

2017
  • Changed the package design of “SEED 1dayPure Multistage”, bifocal daily disposable soft contact lenses.
  • SEED’s stocks transferred to first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Launched “SEED 2weekPure moisture for Astigmatism”, bi-weekly replacement soft contact lenses for astigmatism.
  • Celebration of the 60th anniversary.


2018
  • Opening of “Fukuro No Mori”, a nursery and childcare center.
  • Acquired 100% shares of UK-based Contact Lens Precision Laboratories Ltd (as SEED’s subsidiary).
  • Launched “SEED 1dayPure moisture Flex”, the daily disposable soft contact lenses.
  • Launched “Wantact”, the bandage contact lenses for dogs’ corneal protection.
  • Launched “JILL Stuart 1day UV”, the daily disposable color contact lenses.
  • Launched “SEED Eye coffret 1day UV M”, the daily disposable circle contact lenses with moisturizing agent added.


2019
  • Launched “SEED Eye coffret 1day UV M Toric”, the daily disposable circle contact lenses for astigmatism.
  • Launched “SEED 1dayFine UV plus” and “SEED 2weekFine UV plus”, the disposable soft contact lenses with moisturizing agent added.
  • Launched “SEED 2weekFine UV plus TORIC” and “SEED MonthlyFine UV plus”, the soft contact lenses with moisturizing agent added.
  • Launched “SEED 1dayPure EDOF”, the first ever Japan-made Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) daily disposable contact lens.


SUPPORTING GOOD VISION FOR EVERYONE WITH OUR HIGH QUALITY, SAFE AND COMFORTABLE CONTACT LENSES

Since SEED started our contact lens research in 1951, we have always placed a strong emphasis on safety. This is because our eyes play an extremely important role in our lives, with 80% of the information we receive in the world obtained through our sight. As a responsible contact lens manufacturer, we always provide customers with information on the correct use of our lenses. Our mission at SEED is to continue developing and supplying safe and comfortable contact lenses for each and every customer, so you can enjoy clear vision with peace of mind.