Shimadzu Launches Its Blood-Based Amyloid Mass Spectrometry Service in North America for Supporting Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Discovery and Development


Shimadzu Scientific Instruments announces the successful commercialization of a new Amyloid Mass Spectrometry (MS) Service for the early screening of amyloid-positive individuals. This simple, research-use only blood-based analysis method enables reliable characterization of amyloid pathology in the brain with an easy-to-acquire blood sample to assist in the evaluation and development of new pharmaceutical treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Although the screening analysis is Research Use Only and cannot diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, it is ideal for opening the door to new advancements in research, identifying suitable candidates for clinical trials and helping pharmaceutical companies in their testing of candidate drugs.

Unlike conventional positron emission tomography (PET) imaging and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing methods, Shimadzu’s blood amyloid-beta analysis method is minimally invasive and suitable for large-scale deployment. This new approach to blood analysis is capable of being used for predicting abnormal amyloid-beta concentration, which can be a marker for amyloid pathology in the brain. New blood-based biomarkers were discovered in 2014 by Shimadzu Corporation and the Japanese National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology (NCGG).

The blood analysis works using a combination of immunoprecipitation and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry (IP-MS). This technique was first established by a team of scientists including Shimadzu’s Koichi Tanaka, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 for developing a method for mass spectrometric analysis of biological macromolecules.

Experts from Shimadzu will present information about the Amyloid Mass Spectrometry (MS) Service at booth 206 at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® from July 31 – August 4, 2022 in San Diego, California.

For more information about Shimadzu’s Amyloid MSTM Service, visit For more scientific background about Shimadzu’s blood amyloid-beta analysis: A. Nakamura, N. Kaneko et. al., "High performance plasma amyloid-β biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease" doi: 10.1038/nature 25456

Amyloid MS is a trademark of Shimadzu Corporation.

For Research Use Only. Not for use in Diagnostic Procedures.