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July 6, 2018 | News & Notices Articles Published at Koichi Tanaka Mass Spectrometry Research Laboratory Exceeds 100

Shimadzu Corporation announces that the number of articles published by past and present members of the Koichi Tanaka Mass Spectrometry Research Laboratory and Koichi Tanaka Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology, as either first author or coauthor, has now exceeded 100. Koichi Tanaka, Senior Fellow at Shimadzu Corporation, is the General Manager of these facilities.

The Koichi Tanaka Mass Spectrometry Research Laboratory (the MS Laboratory) was established in January 2003 to honor the achievements of Koichi Tanaka, who was awarded the Noble Prize in Chemistry the previous year "for their development of soft desorption ionisation methods for mass spectrometric analyses of biological macromolecules." The laboratory conducts research into technologies for mass spectrometry using MALDI (matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization), a method to which Koichi Tanaka contributed significantly, in order to expand its practical application. January 2018 marked the 15th year since the MS laboratory was established.

The Koichi Tanaka Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology (the Koichi Tanaka Laboratory) was a research institute established within Shimadzu Corporation to support the Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (FIRST) organized by the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan (from March 2010 to March 2013). It conducted research and development that mainly involved members of the MS Laboratory and younger researchers.

The 100th and 101st journal publications report on methods for acquiring data concerning the structure of molecules. These were developed starting from fundamental principles and were a collaboration between industry, academia, and government. Both articles were published in the June 19 edition of the American publication Analytical Chemistry, one of the most well-known scientific journals in the field of chemical analysis.
(DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b00322, 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b00344)

Included in these 101 articles is one that was published in the online version of Nature on 31 January  2018. The article was concerned with methods for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. A total of 21 articles have been published in Analytical Chemistry, and more than 30 have been introduced in a variety of well-known publications dedicated to mass spectrometry throughout the world.

- Publication List (Links to a page in Japanese)

Koichi Tanaka Mass Spectrometry Research Laboratory

  • Established: January 1, 2003
  • Number of R&D Personnel: 20 (June 2018)
  • Primary Focus of Research:
    Fundamental research and development of applications related to mass spectrometry, focused on MALDI-TOFMS (matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry)