To further promote joint research and development projects with leading academic and research institutions in the United States, Shimadzu Corporation has established the SSI Innovation Center at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. (SSI), its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary based in Columbia, Maryland. Shimadzu has used the facility to focus on customization of both hardware and software to meet local demands and engage in application development in such areas as food safety, clinical medicine, and the environment.
The SSI Innovation Center comprises three groups: the Strategic Collaboration Development Group, the Research and Development Group, and the Application Development Group. The goal of this team of engineers and scientists is to develop close collaborations with universities, government agencies and industry centers in order to capitalize on the cutting-edge research being conducted in and around the United States.
"Due to the concentration of clinical medicine and healthcare research institutions like the NIH in North America, and particularly in the Northeast United States, it is an ideal location for developing applications for our analytical and measuring instruments in those fields,” said Shuzo Maruyama, general manager of Shimadzu Corporation’s Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division. “We expect this facility to serve as a driver of new product development."
Shimadzu plans to establish similar facilities based on a global innovation center concept in other regions as well. A second facility, the Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center at the Beijing Branch of Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd. opened in late 2015.