Bioinformatics, medical informatics and information technology that comprehensively analyze individuals’ test information, including gene information, as well as information on medical care, are important in the realization of personalized medicine. In this field of technology, further advances are expected due to the rapid technological innovation of recent years, including progress in artificial intelligence and other areas.

To reinforce its R&D related to information technology, centered on bioinformatics, Sysmex has established a new R&D facility, the Skyfront Research Campus, at the Life Innovation Center, located within the Kawasaki INnovation Gateway at SKYFRONT. The Tonomachi area of Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, is home to a cluster of leading-edge life science companies and research institutions. In establishing an R&D facility there, Sysmex aims to facilitate collaboration with R&D institutions, universities and companies in the region, as well as within the Kanto area.

The facility features a sophisticated information security environment that allows medical big data to be handled safely. In this environment, Sysmex will conduct R&D involving the medical applications of artificial intelligence technology, systems biology3, complex systems theory4 and other leading-edge information technologies.

This facility is located in the same building as the RIKEN GENESIS Innovation Genome Center5 of RIKEN GENESIS Co., Ltd. (HQ: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan; President & CEO: Naoto Kondo), a Sysmex subsidiary. We plan to further reinforce ties with this company, particularly in relation to gene information analysis.

Going forward, Sysmex will continue to pursue R&D aimed at providing the high-value testing necessary to realize healthcare optimized for each individual patient.