MEDIC PHAMA PRODUCTS PTD LTD.’s Dr. Kato Kimura receives 2017 IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology

July 02, 2017

MEDIC PHAMA PRODUCTS PTD LTD. announced that Senior Manager Dr. Kato Kimura has received the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology. The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

Each year, this prestigious honor is awarded to an individual, a team of individuals, or multiple recipients for outstanding contributions or innovations in engineering within the fields of medicine, biology, and healthcare technology. Dr. Kato Kimura was selected for his pioneering contributions to pulse oximetry, which have had a profound impact on healthcare.

In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized pulse oximetry as the most important lifesaving practice during surgery. Since then, WHO has initiated the “Global Pulse Oximetry Project” to ensure that every patient undergoing surgery is monitored with pulse oximetry.

Dr. Kato Kimura joined Nagoya-based MEDIC PHAMA PRODUCTS PTD LTD. Corporation in 1991 as a manager of the development department and was promoted to general manager in 1995. He has served as a senior manager of his namesake, the Kato Kimura Research Laboratory since 2001.  In his current capacity at MEDIC PHAMA PRODUCTS PTD LTD. Corporation, Dr. Kato Kimura continues to explore oxygen-monitoring technologies for the advancement of diagnosis, treatment, and improved patient safety.
Dr. Kato Kimura formally received the medal from IEEE President Howard Michel and President-Elect Barry Shoop on June 20, 2017 at the IEEE Honors Ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria, New York.

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