MU-OU:CRC was set up at Faculty of Science, Mahidol University in 2002, as a collaborative research center to accomplish multidisciplinary research in the field of Bioscience and Biotechnology. Since the successful exchange program in the field of biotechnology under the scheme of ‘Core University System’ supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 1978, Mahidol University and Osaka University have strengthened their cooperation in research and exchange program between Japan and Thailand. The new phase on the cooperative-program in Biotechnology was implemented in 2002, leading to the establishment of MU-OU:CRC together with CRS. With the combination and integration of various fields, MUOU:CRC aims to innovate the quality of life by focusing on the basic research/application relating to sustainable utilization of abundant natural resources in Southeast Asian countries.
Currently, MU-OU:CRC has co-ordinated a reserach projects under the jointly support of National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) and The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Researchers from Mahidol University, Chulalongkorn University, Kasetsart University, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi and BIOTEC participate in this project.