This issue features the "2021 Masao Horiba Awards for Spectroscopic Analysis and Measurement Technology in the Life Sciences". The theme of the issue was set with a view to the long-awaited development of new pharmaceuticals and analysis and measurement technologies that contribute to human health. The magazine features the winning papers of four researchers who applied for the Masao Horiba Awards this year and were successfully awarded, as well as special contributions from the judges who are already leaders in the industry. In addition, we have published articles on HORIBA's analytical instruments and applications. It is our hope that this journal will contribute to a wider understanding of various aspects of analytical technology.
We hope you will enjoy reading "Readout", HORIBA's technical information journal.