Shimadzu Launches European Innovation Center

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The innovations-oriented Think Tank combines academic-scientific and technical expertise to use Shimadzu’s expertise to provide even more customer-focused service.

Shimadzu, a supplier of analytical instrumentation, has launched its European Innovation Center in Duisburg, Germany, where all its scientific and technological knowledge and expertise will be combined to allow the company to provide more customer-focused services. The decentralized structure of the center enables it to be in close local proximity to scientists and related markets. This approach provides direct access to the users as well as to projects and samples.

Scientists from well-known European universities will cover the academic part of the Shimadzu European Innovation Center. The focus will be on using new methods, tools, techniques, diagnostics, and solutions for clinical applications, imaging technology, food, and composites. According to Shimadzu, this work will bridge the gap between analytical and medical research, and improve patients’ health as well as consumer and environmental protection.

In the area of clinical, imaging, food, and composites, the Shimadzu European Innovation Center seeks to:

  • explore trends and demands based on European needs and demands

  • adapt and develop special accessories and jigs, adaptations, special software, new and special methods

  • ensure compliance to European regulations, such as official regulations and standards, local rules, and languages

  • build strong ties between Shimadzu’s Innovation Centers and Shimadzu’s R&D team so that global solutions based on global needs can be developed.

Analyzers involved in the European scientists’ research projects include liquid chromatography, include liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC–MS), material testing, and life sciences. The laboratory instruments featured in the Shimadzu European Innovation Center program include:

  • Nexera UC, a unified chromatography and fully-automated system that combines supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) with supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC)

  • CLAM-2000, a clinical laboratory automated sample preparation module that perform all steps fully automatically from pretreatment of the sample to LC-MS analysis

  • iMScope, a technology of iMScope TRIO that combines an optical microscope with a mass spectrometer, which can identify what the viewer sees on a molecular level

  • USF-2000,  a very high cycle fatigue (VHCF) testing system, which within six days instead of at least one year, provides time- and cost-efficient test procedure for reliable service life data, e.g., of composite materials.

Shimadzu has other innovation centers located in Maryland, US, Singapore, and Beijing, China where they serve as drivers of joint research and new product developments.

Source: Shimadzu