Updated on 29 October 2012
Mr Senya Imamichi, MD, Shimadzu Analytical India
With a view of expanding their customer base, Shimadzu Analytical India has been taking concrete steps towards connecting with their customers through various initiatives. Recently, it organized food safety seminars in five different cities, including Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore in order to educate researchers about its existing technologies in the food safety space. In a conversation with BioSpectrum, Mr Senya Imamichi, MD, Shimadzu Analytical India, speaks about the idea behind the seminars, his plans to focus on the food safety vertical and the growth of the life sciences industry.
What do you think differentiates Shimadzu from its competitors?
In our view, Shimadzu is a total solutions provider. Take the example of food, there are contaminants present which require different types of analysis. Shimadzu is uniquely placed, as it can cater to identifying and analyzing all the impurities. We have specific packages designed for low level quantitation, of all types of inorganic impurities as well as MALDI based solution for biological contaminants. Hence Shimadzu is a good option for labs looking to tackle all of these issues. Shimadzu India also has the capability of supplying application packages along with the equipment, allowing the user to adapt it according to their needs. Also they are supported by our application scientists. These steps all come under our Food Safety Total Solutions Initiatives. Such measures offer more value for the customer,as compared to just getting equipment from any vendor.
We see that, the challenge today is to provide the right support team for running the systems. We, at Shimadzu also conduct over 100 training courses every year, to train the technicians who use the instruments, which shows our commitment to further encourage growth in this field. There are plans for the expansion of this support centre as well.
What have been the recent launches in the life sciences segment?
We have expanded our MS portfolio recently with the addition of LCMS 8040, LCMS 8080 and a triple quadrapole GCMS TQ8030 as well as Shimadzu's own chromatography data management system.
In the Triple Quad MS segment, frankly speaking, as compared to our competitors, Shimadzu entered into India slightly later. However the market is expanding, especially in India where the rate of expansion is much faster than in other countries. So even if we have entered late, we see the acceptance for the UFMS technology among customers.