Japanese biotechnology company Human Metabolome Technologies is opening its first US location in Cambridge.

The Kendall Square site—which includes laboratory space—has just one employee now, but expects to hire 20 by 2015, according to Human Metabolome Technologies. The company said it chose Cambridge to gain access to the area’s many pharmaceutical firms and research institutions.

“Cambridge provides the perfect combination of academic and industrial arenas, especially associated with the field of life sciences, food engineering and environmental studies,” president Tsutomu Hoshiba said in a statement.

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Human Metabolome Technologies, based in Tsuruoka, Japan, currently has 50 employees in two Japanese offices.