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Sysmex Establishes Women’s Track & Field Team With the Aim of Creating a Fulfilling and Healthy Society through the Promotion of Sports


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- Newly-established team welcomes Coach Nobuyuki Fujita, Mizuki Noguchi and other athletes, as they begin training activities -

December 1, 2005, Sysmex Corporation (HQ: Kobe, Japan, President: Hisashi Ietsugu) has established the Sysmex Women’s Track & Field Team, welcoming Coach Nobuyuki Fujita, eight athletes, including Athens Olympic Games marathon gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi, and six staff members.
Together with Coach Fujita, Sysmex will support Mizuki Noguchi in her activities at various major events around the world, and support and nurture up-and-coming young women who are training to become top-class athletes. Furthermore, Sysmex will engage in a broad range of activities, such as sponsoring events in local communities, to contribute to the creation of a fulfilling and healthy society through the promotion of sports.

As the newly-established Team’s first coach, Nobuyuki Fujita brings with him more than thirty years of experience in coaching half- and full-marathon runners, and has developed and nurtured a number of Japan’s leading athletes. Mizuki Noguchi, athlete trained by Coach Fujita has won the gold medal at the Athens 2004 Olympics Games as well as took first place at the 2005 Berlin Marathon, where she set a new Japanese record time.

Coach Fujita’s relationship with Sysmex goes back to 2001, when the team he was coaching at that time began using Sysmex products. The relationship became even closer through such events as speaking engagements at seminars sponsored by Sysmex. The passion and love Coach Fujita has for track and field sports are clearly evident in the way he nurtures athletes. It was this passion together with the desire of his athletes and staff to become Number One in the field that resonated so deeply with Sysmex, leading the Company to form the Sysmex Women’s Track & Field Team and bring over the entire team with all of its members.

The ASTRIM, a noninvasive device that measures hemoglobin levels in the blood, helps support the management of the physical condition and determine the training regime program of Mizuki Noguchi and the other team athletes. Other Sysmex devices have been making behind-the-scene contributions to sports, such as the XE-2100 Automated Hematology Analyzer, which was used to screen for doping at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the 2005 Tour de France, ensuring fairness at these competitions.

The Company’s principal businesses include diagnostic equipment and reagents for hematology, urinalysis, and other body fluids, as well as the development, manufacture, and sales of related software solutions. Its products are used by medical institutions and facilities in more than 150 countries around the world. The Company is committed to providing the most suitable medical care for each individual patient, and promoting the creation of diagnostic technology not yet seen anywhere else in the world, such as life science methodologies used in the technology for recurrence prediction for various forms of cancer.

Through “diagnosis” based on state-of-the-art technologies, Sysmex aims to contribute to enabling people to live longer and healthier lives and enhancing the effectiveness of medical care, as well as achieve a fulfilling and healthy society through the promotion of sports.
This year, the city of Kobe, where Sysmex maintains its headquarters, commemorated the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake of 1995. The warm wishes and support of everyone will be greatly appreciated by Kobe, as it recovers and rebuilds on its way to growth and prosperity, and, too, by the Sysmex Women’s Track & Field Team, as it makes a new start towards the future.



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