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August 28, 2013

Garvan Institute Lauded With Hitachi Data Systems APAC Health and Life Sciences Innovation Award

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced that Australia's Garvan Institute of Medical Research, a world leader in biomedical research, was awarded the APAC Health and Life Sciences Innovation Award. The award recognises Garvan's innovative use of technology to better enable its researchers to study and develop cures for some of the most widespread diseases affecting our world today.

The life sciences community is in a unique position to directly improve the quality of human health through medical innovation, with cutting edge research, smart use of technology, and the clinical data it generates. Hitachi Data Systems created the Health and Life Sciences Innovation Award to recognise the unique contributions of innovators, and to show to their peers, the medical community and the patients they serve, how technology is transforming their businesses, lowering costs and ultimately transforming lives.

[from left] Robert Owe-Young, Erum Ali, Tony Field, Ajaya Sharma, George Constantinescu, Dr Warren Kaplan, Fadi Elali.

The Garvan Institute, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is one of the pioneers in genome research and sequencing with the aim to deliver personalised cancer research and treatment. The institute generates petabytes of unstructured data by genomic sequencing and other research areas such as bone density scanning. To process, store, and collaborate with all of this data, it has been successfully relying on a Hitachi infrastructure comprised of Hitachi NAS Platform (HNAS) with Hitachi Content Platform (HCP). The Hitachi solution allows Garvan to process high-throughput data with HCP so that their researchers have easy access to the data they need. Further extending its research team's collaboration capabilities, Garvan will also deploy the Hitachi private cloud-based, mobile data sync and share solution, Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere, on more than 100 smartphones and tablets.

HDS Garvan Award
Tony Field, Senior Director, Industry & Alliance Solutions APAC, Hitachi Data Systems and George Constantinescu, Head of Operations Group at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Dr. Warren Kaplan, chief of informatics at the Centre for Clinical Genomics at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, said: "Garvan seeks to lead the delivery of personalised genome medicine in Australia. Hitachi Content Platform plays a crucial part in helping us transform medicine in this country."

"We congratulate the Garvan Institute for their outstanding achievements and commitment to cancer research and scientific discovery" said Warren Pasque, industry manager for Health and Life Sciences in APAC at Hitachi Data Systems. "The annual Healthcare and Life Sciences Innovation Award is a great opportunity to highlight health innovation from around the world and spotlight health and life science organisations who, in our opinion, demonstrate outstanding achievements and commitment in the areas of scientific excellence and patient health and well-being."

About the Garvan Institute of Medical Research
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research was founded in 1963. Initially a research department of St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, it is now one of Australia's largest medical research institutions with over 600 scientists, students and support staff. Garvan's main research areas are: Cancer, Diabetes & Obesity, Immunology and Inflammation, Osteoporosis and Bone Biology and Neuroscience. Garvan's mission is to make significant contributions to medical science that will change the directions of science and medicine and have major impacts on human health. The outcome of Garvan's discoveries is the development of better methods of diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately, prevention of disease. For more information please visit

About Hitachi Data Systems

Hitachi Data Systems provides information technologies, services and solutions that help companies improve IT costs and agility, and innovate with information to make a difference in the world. Our customers gain compelling return on investment (ROI), unmatched return on assets (ROA), and demonstrable business impact. With approximately 6,300 employees worldwide, Hitachi Data Systems does business in more than 100 countries and regions. Our products, services and solutions are trusted by the world's leading enterprises, including more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and more than 80% of the Fortune Global 100. Visit us at

About Hitachi Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at

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