2007 Masao Horiba Award Winners Announced.

6. August 2007

The Masao Horiba Awards was established in 2004 to promote research activities in the field of analysis and measurement technology by researchers working at universities or public research institutes in Japan and overseas. HORIBA, Ltd. is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 Masao Horiba Awards.

This year's theme for the Awards, the 4th since its inception, is cell/bioparticle measurement for medical purposes. Applications were invited from April to May 2007, and a total of 29 applications were received from Japan and abroad. The Awards Committee, comprising seven members including leading authorities in the field of cell/bioparticle measurement, reviewed and evaluated each application, focusing on the future potential of the researcher, originality of the submitted research, and the possibility of the research being developed into unique measurement instruments. After detailed deliberations, the following three candidates were selected to receive this year's Award.

<Award Winners and Their Research Topics>

  • Dr. Yasuhiro AWATSUJI
    Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kyoto Institute of Technology
    Topic: Development of a method and device for three-dimensional dynamic image measurement of cells with parallel digital holographic microscopy
  • Dr. Fumiyoshi ABE
    Extremobiosphere Research Center, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology
    Topic: Pressure physiologically based research on dynamics of biomembrane and membrane proteins
  • Dr. Christopher CULBERTSON
    Kansas State University
    Topic: Rapid Analysis of Individual T-Lymphocyte Cells on Microfluidic Devices

<About the Masao Horiba Awards>
The Masao Horiba Awards, named after the founder of HORIBA Ltd., was established in May 2004 with the aim of encouraging development of measurement technology. This award is targeted at researchers outside the Company. Each year, a selection theme is chosen from core measurement technologies. The Masao Horiba Awards should not be conceived merely as a research grant; but are specially designed to support the commercialization of prizewinning research. In the past three years, applications were invited in the domains of basic technologies that have served as driving forces for development of the HORIBA Group, namely “pH measurement” (1st year), “infrared measurement” (2nd year), and “X-ray measurement” (3rd year). In this fourth year, “cell/bioparticle measurement,” which is one of HORIBA's key technologies in the field of measurement for medical applications, was chosen as the theme, with the aim of exploring the potential of this academically and industrially valuable technology. Applications were invited from April 1 to May 31, 2007, and a total of 29 applications (20 from Japan and 9 from overseas) were received.

Award recipients were chosen by the Awards Committee, according to criteria such as research achievement and the potential to make significant future contributions. This year, three winners were selected from among the many applications because of their commitment to research that will contribute to the creation of innovative and unique analysis/measurement technology and their potential for playing a leading role in the future development of analysis/measurement technology.