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Apr. 07, 2014

Sysmex Receives the Fiscal 2014 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Prize for Science and Technology)

  Sysmex Corporation (HQ: Kobe, Japan; Chairman and CEO: Hisashi Ietsugu) has received the Fiscal 2014 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Prize for Science and Technology (Development Category), sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, for its Development of a Method for Analyzing Formed Elements in Urine. This marks the second consecutive year Sysmex has received this award. The award ceremony is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, April 15, at a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology lecture hall.

  The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Prize for Science and Technology is presented to entities that have been particularly successful in areas such as conducting research and development into, and promoting an understanding of, science and technology. By celebrating successes like these, the award is intended to increase motivation among people involved in science and technology and contribute to improvements in the level of science and technology in Japan.
  This marks the second consecutive year Sysmex has received this award, following its receipt in fiscal 2013 for the Development of the Method of Classifying and Counting Particles for Automated Hematology Analyzers.
 

  Testing of formed elements in urine (such as red blood cells, white blood cells and bacteria) aimed at the early detection of such renal/urinary system diseases as renal insufficiency, kidney cancer, cystitis and bladder cancer and the location of abnormalities requires visual inspection using a microscope. Such inspection requires effort and time during pretreatment. Furthermore, specular operations place a significant burden on laboratory technologists. 

 
  The technology for which Sysmex was awarded this year’s commendation involves mixing a urine specimen with a reagent that includes fluorescent substances with a high staining specificity for formed elements in urine, and then using the flow cytometry method to optically analyze the specimen. This technology allows such elements as red blood cells, white blood cells and bacteria to be classified and counted in approximately one minute, reducing the need for conventional microscope-based examinations and increasing the efficiency of urinalysis.
  This technology is employed in the UF-Series fully automated system for the analysis of formed elements in urine and the UX-2000, a fully automated integrated urine analyzer. Sysmex is rolling out, on a global basis, analyzers that put to practical use the automated quantitative analysis of formed elements in urine, marking the world’s first such application of the flow cytometry method1.
  This award-winning technology is cited in the Hematuria Diagnosis Guidelines2 as one measurement method for counting the number of red blood cells present in urine.

 
  Going forward, Sysmex will continue promoting technological research with the aim of increasing the quality and efficiency of testing. At the same time, we will pursue research and development aimed at providing the high-quality data needed to provide healthcare that is optimized for individual patients.

 
 

Award Details
Name:  The Fiscal 2014 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Prize for Science and Technology (Development Category)
Recipient:  Junya Inoue
(HU Business Unit, UB Product Engineering Div., Product Development Dept.)
Topic:

Development of a Method for Analyzing Formed Elements in Urine

   

 
 

Note

1 Flow cytometry method: Method involving the flow dispersion of minute particles and the use of laser light to optically analyze the minute flows. Used primarily to observe individual cells.
2 Hematuria Diagnosis Guidelines: Five related associations, including the Japanese Urological Association and the Japanese Society of Nephrology, as well as a study group of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, have jointly drawn up these guidelines for use as a reference when diagnosing hematuria.







 

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