|[November 13, 2012]
Canon U.S.A. Enters into Collaborative Research Agreements with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital
BOSTON --(Business Wire)--
Canon (News - Alert) U.S.A., Inc., has entered into respective collaborative research
agreements with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and
Women's Hospital (BWH) to develop biomedical optical imaging and medical
robotics technologies, among other initiatives. The overall goal of the
agreements is to develop and commercialize unique medical devices for a
variety of applications including detection of cardiovascular disease,
brain functional imaging, robotics-assisted neurosurgery and miniature
endoscopy. Canon U.S.A. is working in conjunction with its parent, Canon
Inc., on this endeavor.
This collaboration involves technology experts from the MGH Wellman
Center for Photomedicine, MGH Athinoula A. Martinos Center for
Biomedical Imaging, MGH Pathology Imaging and Communication Technology
(PICT) Center, BWH National Center for Image Guided Therapy and BWH
Center for Image-based Phenotyping. Together with the support of
research and development staff from Canon U.S.A. and Canon Inc., they
will work towards a common vision of pairing optics with pioneering
"Canon is very excited to be collaborating with these world-class
hospitals to help solve clinical challenges facing healthcare
communities worldwide," said Dr. Toshiaki Ikoma, executive vice
president and chief technology officer, Canon Inc. "Canon is committed
to enhancing our worldwide R&D efforts while emphasizing our medical
imaging through the creation of the Healthcare Optics Research
Laboratory in Boston. The mission of the new laboratory is to research,
develop, and facilitate the commercialization of unique medical devices.
While we are in the very early stages of our research, we look forward
to a long affiliation with one another to help ensure the results of our
clinical findings are implemented in the future."
"These agreements are quite different from the usual academic-industrial
agreements because we will be working together to bring new MGH- and
BWH-invented technologies from their current, very early stage, through
prototype and scale-up, to our ultimate goals of FDA approval and
clinical adoption," noted Dr. Frances Toneguzzo, executive director of
the Office of Reearch Ventures & Licensing that manages innovations
developed at MGH and BWH. "Together the parties will be dedicated to
developing this technology from its basic scientific principles all the
way to initial prototyping within the biological research and clinical
environments with the ultimate goal of bringing these products to the
Massachusetts General Hospital is the original and largest teaching
hospital of Harvard Medical School and conducts the largest
hospital-based research program in the United States, with an annual
research budget of more than $600 million and major research centers in
AIDS, cardiovascular research, cancer, computational and integrative
biology, cutaneous biology, human genetics, medical imaging,
neurodegenerative disorders, regenerative medicine, systems biology,
transplantation biology and photomedicine. For more information about
Massachusetts General Hospital, visit www.massgeneral.org.
Brigham and Women's Hospital, a non-profit teaching affiliate of Harvard
Medical School, is dedicated to serving the needs of the local and
global community, providing the highest quality health care to patients
and their families, expanding the boundaries of medicine through
research and educating the next generation of health care professionals.
For more information about Brigham and Women's Hospital, visit www.brighamandwomens.org.
Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leader in
the fields of professional and consumer imaging equipment and
information systems. Canon's extensive range of products includes
copying machines, inkjet and laser printers, cameras, video equipment,
medical equipment and semiconductor-manufacturing equipment. Originally
established in 1937 as Precision Optical Industry, Co., Ltd., a camera
manufacturer, Canon has successfully diversified and globalized to
become a worldwide industry leader in professional and consumer imaging
systems and solutions.
With over 200,000 employees worldwide, Canon has manufacturing and
marketing subsidiaries in Japan, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania;
and a global R&D network with companies based in the United States,
Europe, Asia and Australia.
Canon's consolidated net sales for fiscal 2011 (ended December 31, 2011)
totaled $45.6 billion (at an exchange rate of ¥78=US$1) and ranks third
overall in U.S. patents registered in 2011†. Visit the Canon Inc.
website at: www.canon.com
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer,
business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. In 2012,
Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for
Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for
the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years.
Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction
and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and
support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is
dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental
responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A.,
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