Recently, Akiko Moriyama and Asami Urashima have passed the boards of the Japanese College of Veterinary Pathology. With the addition of these two pathologists, SNBL has 14 board-certified veterinary pathologists. Their dedication to their craft has helped improve our pathology program and deliver high quality results to our clients.

Congratulations, Akiko and Asami!

SNBL Group's 60th anniversary

Thanks to the support of our valued clients and esteemed colleagues, SNBL Group celebrated its 60th anniversary on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. Since being founded in 1957 in Kagoshima, Japan, SNBL has gone on to expand around the world, and from preclinical testing all the way to innovative cancer treatment at our proton beam therapy center and resort. For the past 60 years we have been committed to freeing patients from suffering, by supporting drug development and improving medical technology. We hope to continue this important work over the next 6 decades, and to cement our place as Japans oldest and largest pre-clinical CRO.



We appreciate your continued support and hope to work with you as                                                                                                                         we continue to strive forward.  

Kagoshima Award for the Promotion of Women in Business

On September 13th, SNBL Japan received the 2017 Award for the Promotion of Women in Business, an award presented by Kagoshima Prefecture as part of the Plan for the Equality of Men and Women.


The award is presented to companies with a high number of women managers and employees, a low turnover rate for women, childcare leave for men, and good work-life balance. SNBL Japan was 1 of 3 companies to receive this award. SNBL Japan especially stood out in the turnover rate for women at 5.9%, an improvement of 5.2 points over the past 10 years. Parental leave and return to work after childbirth are considered to be an ordinary part of the company climate at SNBL.

Japanese Teratology Society Poster Award

In August, one of our DART scientists presented a poster at the 57th Japanese Teratology Society Meeting, entitled “Investigation of Learning and Memory in Cynomolgus Monkeys Using a Finger Maze.” She received a Selected Poster Presentation Award from the Japanese Teratology Society Meeting for this research.



If you would like to learn more about our DART capabilities, including the finger maze test, please contact us at

Kagoshima Earthquake

There was a magnitude 5 earthquake in Kagoshima at 11:56 on July 11, 2017, in Kagoshima. There was no damage to any of our Kagoshima facilities.