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Latest update: 27/04/2017 14:23:22

Fatigue Science Laboratory Inc.

We support health development and objectively evaluate fatigue and stress levels.

We conduct R&D related to health evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment method. Our area of expertise is providing guidance on the evaluation and analysis of data obtained from equipment as a supplement to the development of equipment for digitizing and quantifying fatigue and stress. We also provide guidance on the evaluation software that gives advice to subjects and gives instructions at the front line. In 2005, we developed a technology for quantifying and digitizing fatigue and stress, with the financial support and cooperation of the Clinical Center for Fatigue Science, Faculty of Medicine, Osaka City University. In 2012, we developed a device that measures the activity of the autonomic nervous system, with the cooperation of Murata Corp. and Hitachi Systems. The next generation of this device is now being developed. 

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[Company strength]
Our strength lies not only in the development of equipment to digitize or quantify fatigue and stress, but also in the evaluation and analysis of the data obtained from our equipment together with the advice of clinical specialists and medical doctors. We also provide guidance on evaluation software that gives advice to subjects and gives instructions at the front line when using our equipment. 



[Business description]
1) Evaluation related to health, and research and development related to diagnosis and treatment method
2) Research, development and sales of medical technology for disorders centering on fatigue, and medical supplies
3) Planning, development, research, acquisition, holding, and operation of intellectual property rights including patents and utility models


[Industry]
Manufacture and sales of medical equipment

[Strength of products/technologies]
In 2005, with the financial support and cooperation of the Clinical Center for Fatigue Science, Faculty of Medicine, Osaka City University, we developed technology for quantifying and digitizing fatigue and stress. In 2012, with the cooperation of Murata Corp. and Hitachi Systems, we developed a device for measuring the activity of the autonomic nervous system (VM302). The sensor in this device is designed to simultaneously obtain the pulse waves and electrocardiographic waveform to examine heartbeat fluctuation, thereby greatly improving measuring precision. Currently, we are developing the next generation of devices, VM400 and VM500, using this technology.

[Representative's message]
We intend to expand our sales channels as swiftly as possible, particularly for newly developed products. In this respect, the cooperation of our business partners will greatly contribute to realizing our goals. We plan to demonstrate our products at the New Value Creation Exhibition. Please visit the Exhibition and come to our booth.



[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
Our sales partner Hitachi Systems currently deals with overseas customers. Preparations are underway for an internal system for sales expansion in Japan for the VM400 and VM500, the next generation of devices.



[Market share/Ranking]
Ours is the only device in the Japanese market that measures the activity of the autonomic nervous system using the characteristics of VM302. 



[Awards and media coverage]
[Awards]
1. March 2014: Our product was adopted as a subject of the Consortium R&D Subsidy sponsored by Senshu Ikeda Bank
2. May 2014: Excellence Prize awarded in the 26th SME New Technology and New Commodity Awards sponsored by the Risona Foundation for Small and Medium Enterprise Promotion and Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun
3. December 2014: Section Prize, Health Science Business Best Selections sponsored by the Organization of Health Science Business Innovation
4. March 2015: Subsidy granted in the SME Industry-Academia Partnership Joint Development Project sponsored by Kansai Urban Banking Corp.

[Media]
Frequent coverage by the media


[Authorization/Certification]
Business of sales and leasing of specially controlled medical devices and Class 2 medical equipment manufacturing and sales business license

[Joint research and development]
Joint development contract with the Clinical Center for Fatigue Science, Faculty of Medicine, Osaka City University
Joint development contract with the Center for Health Science Innovation, Faculty of Medicine, Osaka City University
Joint development contract with the Division of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National University



[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
VM302: We produced 180 units starting in the latter half of 2013 and sold most of them by October 2015. In October 2015, we produced an additional 200 units, which were exported mainly to the Chinese market through Hitachi Systems. We are also promoting this device to help medical organizations (hospitals and clinics) and company employees manage their mental health. Effective December 2015, revisions to the Industrial Health and Safety Act oblige companies to offer stress checks to their employees, as promoted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Considering this move, we have received an increasing number of inquiries from industrial doctors and general affairs sections of companies.

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
Hitachi Systems, Ltd.: Tie-up with sales, joint development of the next-generation units of VM302, export operations to China, sales in the Chinese market

This company is recommended by the following support organizations.

Marketing Support Department, SMRJ
Kanto Head Office, SMRJ
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