1996 to 2002
Increasing Technology Levels
In response to the economic recession caused by bursting of Japan's bubble economy and the subsequent strong yen, Shimadzu implemented a strategy of focusing management resources in biotechnology and other high-growth fields. As a result, the Life Science Research Center was established in 2001 to support that effort. The following year, Assistant Manager Koichi Tanaka, who was working at the center, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the soft laser desorption/ionization method for mass spectrometric analyses of biological macromolecules.
- Established Shimadzu (Hong Kong) Ltd.
- Developed TMG1 series ultra-low noise and pulsation gear pump.
- Released the MobileArt mobile X-ray system.
- Released the OMM-2001 functional near-infrared spectroscopy for brain imaging.
- Established the Life Science Research Center.
- Established the Koichi Tanaka Mass Spectrometry Research Laboratory.
Achieving a Digital Version of Mobile X-Ray System
In 2004, Shimadzu got an early lead in developing a digital mobile X-ray system, the MobileDaRt, at Shimadzu's subsidiary in the United States. Because radiography results can be confirmed immediately on the monitor, treatment plans can be decided on the spot. Furthermore, it can help improve medical workplace productivity with features such as the ability to exchange patient data online with other affiliated hospitals.
Koichi Tanaka is Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Koichi Tanaka finished developing the soft laser desorption/ionization method in 1987. To commemorate receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 for that achievement, Shimadzu established the Koichi Tanaka Mass Spectrometry Research Laboratory the following year, in 2003. The laboratory researches and develops mass spectrometry technology and also engages in joint development work with other outside research institutions.