Understand the human body at the molecular level and contribute to a healthy society
Based on our mission to contribute to the progress of medicine through technology so that people can live healthy, happy lives, we develop technologies for research instruments that support the advancement of life science. In life science research, it is often necessary to handle and measure cells in environments that closely resemble actual living organisms. Therefore, we research fluid control technologies to manipulate cells using microchannels. In addition, to understand the activity of cells at a molecular level, we label proteins and genes with markers so that cell functions and disease mechanisms can be understood by identifying the positions and interactions of the markers. We also research marker materials, methods for labelling measurement targets with the markers, imaging techniques to detect the markers, and image processing methods. To verify the usefulness of our developed technologies, we perform collaborative research with leading researchers in life science at Open Laboratory at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and other such facilities.
Digital technology is also expected to contribute to medical and healthcare. This area, called “digital health,” encompasses not only the treatment of diseases, but also the prevention of disease and the realization of well-being. Sony is engaged in research and development in the field of digital health, in line with our mission to contribute to the treatment and prevention of diseases and the improvement of people’s quality of life by applying the technologies that we have cultivated over the decades. For example, analyzing the data acquired from the sensing of the daily activities of patients while visualizing their conditions has the potential to enable the detailed remote monitoring of those patients. In our research and development efforts, we actively promote joint research with external academia as well as partnerships with other companies.