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Hitachi Joins SAFE-BioPharma Vendor Partner Program

Tokyo, July 30, 2008 --- Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT / TSE:6501) today announced that it has become a vendor partner of SAFE-BioPharma Association, the non-profit that manages the SAFE-BioPharma™ digital identity and signature standard for the biopharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Hitachi is the first Japanese corporation to join the SAFE-BioPharma vendor partner program. The SAFE-BioPharma standard provides a secure, legally enforceable, and regulatory compliant way to provide identity verification, non-repudiation, and content integrity for electronically signed documents.

Since 1940’s, Hitachi has provided solutions for the biopharmaceutical industry, such as biopharmaceutical manufacturing plant construction and computer systems for research and development. By using such industry knowledge and technologies through these experiences, Hitachi, together with the biopharmaceutical industry, has pursued the evolution of regulations on drug discovery and development, such as GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and GCP (Good Clinical Practice). Hitachi has also implemented solutions to meet the industry’s latest needs.

With today’s announcement, Hitachi strengthens channels to access information on digital signature uses in pharmaceutical and healthcare industry across the globe. By using Hitachi’s solutions including signature embedding software, digital identity management solution, secure storage solution, and related consultation, biopharmaceutical professionals are more readily able to exchange and share electronically signed documents across the globe. Hitachi also contributes to SAFE-BioPharma’s standardization activities through Hitachi’s knowledge of the Japanese market.

“We welcome Hitachi to the growing SAFE-BioPharma vendor partner community. The company’s broad biopharmaceutical experience providing computer systems for R&D, makes it a valuable global resource for life science companies,“ said Mollie Shields-Uehling, President and Chief Executive Officer, SAFE-BioPharma Association.

Hitachi continues to respond agilely to environmental changes in biopharmaceutical and healthcare industry and support biopharmaceutical companies to seize opportunities for growth in increasingly globalized world.