Mr Senya Imamichi, managing director, Shimadzu Analytical India
With a view of expanding its customer base, Shimadzu Analytical India has been taking concrete steps towards connecting with its customers through various initiatives. Recently, it organized "Food Safety" seminars in five different cities-namely, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mumbai, and New Delhi-to educate researchers about its existing technologies in the food safety space.
In a conversation with BioSpectrum, Mr Imamichi, MD, Shimadzu Analytical India speaks about his plans to focus on the food safety vertical and also about the growth of the life sciences industry.
What do you think that differentiates Shimadzu from its competitors?
In our perspective, Shimadzu is a complete solutions provider. Take the example of food; there are various contaminants present in the food that require different types of analysis. Shimadzu is uniquely placed in this regard, as it caters to identifying and analyzing all types of impurities. We have specific packages designed for low-level quantification of all types of inorganic impurities as well as matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (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 necessary equipment, allowing the user to adopt according to their needs. Also, they are ably supported by our application scientists. All these steps 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 observe 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 also 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 mass spectrometry (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.