We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who have been impacted by coronavirus.
Ricoh extends its heartfelt appreciation to all those who are working on the frontlines, and especially those working diligently to combat the virus. We hope the spread of coronavirus will be brought to an end as soon as possible and that efforts to ensure an effective global recovery effort can be expeditiously put into place for the benefit of all. As a business, Ricoh remains committed to making every effort to support the recovery.
Amid the challenging situation that faces the world today, there is a great need to support those who are working in the fight against coronavirus, especially those on the healthcare frontlines. Ricoh employees around the world are voluntarily providing support and are continuing to expand the number of local support activities. I would like to thank our employees for their efforts and dedication, and for the important contributions they are making to Ricoh’s role in society.
In an effort to prevent the spread of infection, Ricoh has been working tirelessly to support those working remotely. We believe that there are many challenges that can be overcome using digital technology services. As a company that supports the creativity of working people and provides services that transform workplaces, Ricoh is continuing to work together with our customers to provide new ways of working for everyone.
Ricoh projects a 25m high sign in the central commercial district of Tokyo showing its appreciation for frontline healthcare workers
Ricoh makes face shields leveraging 3D printing technology for frontline healthcare workers
Support on the healthcare frontlines
Ricoh is using 3D printing technology across the globe to make face shields to protect frontline healthcare workers
Ricoh expanded its range of DNA standard plates to include coronavirus, thereby significantly contributing to the accuracy of PCR tests especially where there is a low-concentrations of the virus.
Ricoh launched the RICOH Standard DNA Series, a DNA standard plate for coronavirus, in Japan in April 2020. This can accurately measure the detection performance of PCR tests, critical during the current pandemic.
By using Ricoh's unique bioprinting technology, it is possible to inject a specific number of DNA molecules containing the unique gene sequences of a new coronavirus into a genetic test container by controlling the number of DNA molecules. This enables the measurement of the extent to which a device or reagent can detect a small amount of virus even in low concentrations with 100 molecules or less. This enables the accuracy of the PCR test to be controlled, which reduces the number of false-negative patients who are unable to detect the virus even if they are infected, and thus contributes to preventing the spread of infection.