Shimadzu Global Innovation Summit 2017

Jul 26, 2017

Shimadzu Global Innovation Summit 2017 - IMAGINE, INNOVATE & INSPIRE -

Shimadzu Corporation held its first Global Innovation Summit in Kyoto, Japan, July 4th & 5th, 2017. The event brought together over 100 scientists from 16 countries in the fields of analytical chemistry and medical diagnostics including 11 Key Opinion Leaders (KOL) who spoke about their application of Shimadzu products to research pressing issues in the areas of human health, food safety and environmental conservation. 

Advancements in global health have benefited tremendously from innovations in scientific methodologies and instrumentations. For more than a century, Shimadzu has contributed to these innovations through the development of state-of-the-art analytical instruments and technologies that are being used around the global. 

As a company whose corporate philosophy is "Contributing to Society through Science and Technology", Shimadzu realizes that to fulfill its mandate, it is essential to listen to its users, which is why its inaugural Global Innovation Summit took place at the company headquarters in Kyoto. 

"We have many good scientists and engineers. However, it is not easy to develop solutions, so we decided to collaborate with more researchers," said Shuzo Maruyama, General Manager of the Analytical and Measuring Instruments Division at Shimadzu Corporation. 

The number and diversity of laboratories in which Shimadzu instrumentation can be found has grown significantly as the company has expanded its range of equipment to include mass spectrometry, imaging, and chromatography, to name a few, for the study of omics science, the safety and quality of food, production of biofuels, and many other scientific fields. 

The summit invited 11 KOL from leading universities and national institutes throughout the world and included (in alphabetical order): 

- Professor Yi Chen (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China) 
- Professor Eiichiro Fukusaki (Osaka University, Japan) 
- Dr. Hisataka Kobayashi (National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Health, U.S.) 
- Professor Hian Kee Lee (National University of Singapore, Singapore) 
- Professor Erich Leitner (Graz University of Technology, Austria) 
- Associate Professor Michelle McIntosh (Monash University, Australia) 
- Associate Professor Alex J. Rai (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, U.S.) 
- Professor Kevin A. Schug (University of Texas at Arlington, U.S.) 
- Associate Professor Sanjeeva Srivastava (Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India) 
- Professor Sen Takeda (University of Yamanashi, Japan)
- Dr. Chunhua Zhang (Matsumoto Institute of Life Science, Japan)

Many of the KOL work closely with Shimadzu Innovation Centers and Application Development & Support Center located across the world including, China, Germany, Singapore and the United States. These institutes were founded in response to numerous collaborations and are staffed by Shimadzu scientists and equipped with Shimadzu instrumentations. This has enabled Shimadzu to stay in touch on a daily basis with its partner scientists to push projects forward faster. 

Dr. Leitner explains that it is initiatives like these that make his relationship with Shimadzu unique.

"I have been in the business for over three decades and personal contacts are really important to me. 
It makes a difference if you know the person. Shimadzu is starting to communicate much more. They try to speed up things in recent years."

The KOL talks at the two-day summit focused on biomarkers for cancer and other diseases, imaging modalities for precision surgery, and advanced methods to evaluated food and water quality, among other important state-of-the-art innovations.

However, the summit’s aim was not only to solve scientific problems but was also to bring together Team Shimadzu executives and independent scientists from different research interests to encourage new approaches towards their respective scientific problems.

"Shimadzu should be commended for creating a forum to bring together experts in all different fields. I have benefitted tremendously. I know there are at least three KOL and a couple of authors that I will continue conversation with," said Dr. Rai, who spoke about his research on the study of exosomes from the body to treat prostate cancer. 

The influence of Shimadzu on the research was apparent by the different types of Shimadzu instruments used by the KOL including PESI-MS, MALDI-TOF MS, and GC-MS and also by the different Shimadzu initiatives such as lab4you ( and the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies (, where Dr. Schug is a Shimadzu Distinguished Professor.

"We’ve been working with Shimadzu for a number of years in several areas. I had the opportunity to work with Shimadzu to think about some novel ways to do research, which has helped me grow as a researcher," Dr. Schug said.

In addition to the KOL talks, 49 participants from 15 countries (Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Viet Nam) were invited to give poster presentations the first day, from which 6 were selected to give short talks the next morning.

One of the selected speakers was Dr. Inȇs C. Santos, a post-doctorate in the Schug lab. She is investigating the microbiome in groundwater across Texas to determine if hydraulic fracturing is contaminating nearby water wells. 

"I did my bachelors and masters in microbiology,” she said. “I want to see more microbiologists use Shimadzu equipment. It is easy to use and fast. We have workshops to teach people how to use these tools in their research."

Besides bringing KOL together, the event also aimed to provide the Emerging Thought Leaders (ETLs) like Dr. Santos who may have only worked with complicated instruments for a year or two, to network with KOL and to convey their research needs to Shimadzu scientists.

As an inaugural summit, Scott Kuzdzal, Director of Marketing at Shimadzu U.S. was pleased with the outcome.

"I personally didn’t know what to expect at this event. I thought the poster presentations and oral presentations were excellent. I go to many trade shows and I don’t see the quality of presentations in some of those conferences that I saw here. I am thoroughly impressed. Both with the scientific presentation quality but also with the level of interaction we saw."

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