History

Jul. 1947The company started.
Gakan Nishimura and his associate started the design and test manufacture of a camera.
Dec. 1950“Konan 16” was perfected. The development of a variety of amateur use cameras and a special camera for data collection, establishes the company's strength in the compact camera field.
Dec. 1951Konan Camera Research Institute Inc. established with capital of ¥250,000.
Aug. 1958“Hand-held type compact eye fundus camera” developed. Entered into the field of medical equipment. Build to order manufacturing started of the data processing equipment for medical use including “Medical-use Binocular Operation Microscope”, “Electrocardiographic system”, “Coaxial Headlight”, etc.
Nov. 1959The magazine developed for “Single-8 System”, cinecamera using 8mm size film, which made filmmaking become popular.
Dec. 1961“50x Projector for Shipbuilding” developed. This opened up the possibility for photographic technology to be used toward industrial applications. As a result, a development project covering a variety of different industries, such as photography and shipbuilding, was formed to initiate research for “EPM system. “
Sep. 1962“EPM System” was perfected allowing the company to become a pioneer in the combined-industry joint development project.
Dec. 1971Marked the 20th Anniversary and the Research Building completed.
Mar. 1972Automatic monitoring, judgment/ recognition and recording completed through the use of optoelectronics that were designed to develop the automated inspection/ measuring system. “Automatic Scanner for Checking Scratches in Steel Material” developed.
Sep. 19734 companies jointly established Techno Bank, a technology transfer service company, for the purpose of promoting technical exchange between different industries.
Nov. 1974An inspection system for use in iron mills was perfected making use of TV and computerized graphics processing technologies.
Jul. 1975Production and marketing of the medical equipment started. Marketing of the operation microscope “K Series” started.
Mar. 1977Maintenance-free “Marking System” developed.
Sep. 1979“Specular Microscope” for observation of endothelium developed.
Aug. 1980New office building completed.
Jul. 1981Production and marketing of color scanner/ setter "CORACER" started.
Aug.1981A joint corporation Konan Keeler Ltd. established with Keeler Limited of U.K. to begin marketing medical equipment in Western Japan.
Sep. 1983Hydromicroscope developed. The state of particles(microorganisms) can be observed with the external monitoring TV.
Aug. 1984Marketing of Operation Microscope “CLM” started.
Sep. 1985Konan Common Co., Ltd., a maintenance servicing company for medical equipment established. (Merged to Konan Medical, Inc. in Oct. 2008)
Oct. 1985Marketing of “Konan Clinical Specular Microscope 580” started.
Dec. 1986Konan Keeler Ltd., Tokyo Main office opened to begin marketing medical equipment in all over Japan.
Apr. 1987Marketing of corneal endothelial cell analysis equipment “Cell Analysis System” started.
Marketing of “Konan Portable Operation Microscope POM-50” started.
Jul. 1988Marketing of “Konan Operation Microscope 700m 700S Series” started.
Mar. 1989Marketing of “Specular Microscope 385” started.
May 1989Marketing of “Specular Microscope 3300”started.
Sep.1989“IR Video ENG System” for eye movement analyzation using infrared light and video system developed.
May 1990Marketing of “Specular Microscope 5500” started.
Jun. 1990Marketing of operation microscope for ophthalmic use ”Ophthalight” started.
Dec. 1990New Building the Medical House completed.
Mar. 1991Konan Medical, Inc. a company for import and marketing medical equipment established.
Jan. 1992Company name was changed to Konan, Inc.
Marketing of Konan Full Automatic Cell Analysis System “KC-2001 Series” started.

Apr. 1992Konan Medical, Inc. Tokyo Main Office Opened. Marketing medical equipment in all of Japan started.
Aug. 1993The marketing of “Heat Resistant Marking System” started.
Oct. 1993Marketing of Non Contact Specular Microscope “Noncon ROBO”, “Noncon ROBO CA” started.
Aug. 1994Konan Medical Corporation for marketing medical equipment in North America established in New Jersey. (Dissolved in Sept. 2002)
Jul. 1995Marketing of “Konan Operation Microscope 300 Series” started.
Jun.1996Marketing of Konan full Automatic Cell Analysis System KC-2300 Series started, which reduced the time to 20 seconds to automatically analyze the corneal endothelial cells.
Apr. 1997Marketing of Specular Microscope “Noncon ROBO PACHY” started, which enabled to measure the corneal thickness.
Oct. 1997Marketing of “Donor Analyzer” started, which examines the status of cornea for transplantation.
May. 1998Marketing of Konan Full Automatic Cell Analysis System “KC-3000 Series” started.
Jul. 1998Marketing of “Essilor α・γ” of Essilor International, France started.
Aug. 1998Marketing of Eye Bank Specular Microscope “KeratoAnalyzer EKA-98” started. Any corneal viewing chamber or glass storage vial can be used for observation.
Feb. 1999Import and marketing of laser photocoagulator “Viridis of Quantel Medical, France started.
Jul. 1999Import and Marketing of Auto Non Contact Tonometer “Auto-Keratometer/Refractor KR450” and “Auto-Refractor AR350”of Reichert, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Sep. 1999Marketing of “Konan Portable Operation Microscope POM-50II” started.
Apr. 2000Import and Marketing of Auto Non Contact Tonometer “AT550” of Reichert, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Nov. 2000Import and marketing of Surgical Instruments of Rhein Medical, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Apr. 2001Merged with Konan Medical, Inc.
Apr. 2001Changed the company name to “Konan Medical, Inc.”
Apr. 2001The marketing of Specular Microscope “CA-II SP-8800/SP-6600” started.
Jul. 2001Marketing of Specular Microscope “Cell Chek Series CC-5000CA/5000” started.

Oct. 2001Import and marketing of Lensmeter “Lens Mapping System VL3000” of Visionix Ltd., Israel started.
Jan. 2003“Quality Control Center” started in Matsushitacho Nishinomiya Hyogo Japan.
Mar. 2003Import and marketing of Lensmeter “Lens Mapping System VL3100” of Visionix Ltd., Israel started.
Apr. 2003Import and marketing of Portable Non-Contact Tonometer “PT100” of Reichert, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Aug. 2003Certified according to ISO9001 (the standard of quality management system certification) and ISO13485 (Medical devices -- Quality management systems -- Requirements for regulatory purposes.)
Jun. 2004Import and Marketing of Auto Non Contact Tonometer “AT555” of Reichert, Inc., U.S.A. started.
M arketing of Specular Microscope “Noncon ROBO Series FA-3509” started.Filing system and automatic analyzing system mounted.
Jan. 2006Marketing of Zoom Slit Lamp “RS-1000” of RIGHT MFG. CO. LTD., Japan started.
Nov. 2006KONAN MEDICAL USA, the branch in Los Angeles U.S.A., established.
Mar. 2007Marketing of Portable Operation Microscope “LOM Series” started.
Aug. 2007Marketing of Specular Microscope “Noncon ROBO Series NSP-7700/9900” started.
Apr. 2008KONAN MEDICAL USA, Inc., the overseas subsidiary in Los Angeles U.S.A., established.
Jun. 2008Import and marketing of Autorefractor/Keratometer “L80 wave+” of Luneau, France started.
Jul. 2008Marketing of Anterior Camera “KATS-1000” started.
Oct. 2010Eye Bank Specular Microscope “KeratoAnalyzer EKA-10” was launched.
Jun. 2011Import and marketing of Non-Contact Tonometer “7CR” of Reichert, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Jun. 2011Import and marketing of Ophthalmic ultrasound imaging device “AVISO” of Quantel Medical, France started.
Jun. 2011Import and marketing of Ophthalmic ultrasound imaging device “Compact touch” of Quantel Medical, France started.
Jun. 2011Import and marketing of Ophthalmic ultrasound imaging device “Compact touch STS” of Quantel Medical, France started.
Oct. 2012Marketing of Specular Microscope “CellChek plus” started.
Oct. 2012Import and marketing of Expanded Pupil Diagnostics “RAPDx” of Konan Medical USA, Inc.,U.S.A. started.
Dec. 2013Import and marketing of Ocular Surface Interferometer “LipiView” of TearScience, Inc.,U.S.A. started.
Dec. 2013Import and marketing of Meibomian Gland Evaluator “MGE-1000” of TearScience, Inc.,U.S.A. started.
Feb. 2014Import and marketing of Lensmeter “Lens Mapping System VX40” of Luneau sas, France started.
Sep. 2014Marketing of Specular Microscope “CellChek SL” started.
Nov.2015Marketing of Specular Microscope for Donor Cornea “CellChek D", "CellChek D PLUS” started.
Jan.2017Marketing of LED Slit Lamp “MW50D” of RIGHT MFG. CO. LTD., Japan started.
Feb.2017Marketing of Specular Microscope “CellChek C” started.
Jun.2017Marketing of Konan Portable Operation Microscope "POM-50III” started.
Feb.2018Import and marketing of Visual Electrophysiology “EvokeDx” of Konan Medical USA, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Feb.2018Import and marketing of Color Vision Diagnostics “ColorDx CCT-HD” of Konan Medical USA, Inc., U.S.A. started.
Aug.2018Marketing of Specular Microscope “CellChek X8” started.
Jan.2020Marketing of Specular Microscope “CellChek 20” started.