Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA ITSI Bioscience a leading global proteomics, genomics and bioreagent solutions company located in Johnstown, PA has awarded Funakoshi Co., Ltd of Tokyo, Japan their prestigious Distributor of the Year Award for 2009.

Criteria for the award included new sales volume, market penetration and customer satisfaction. This year’s award winner, Funakoshi Co., Ltd has contributed to the growth of Johnstown based Integrated Technologies and Services International (ITSI Biosciences) as an important life science company supplying innovative products to the scientific communities in Japan.To win the award, Funakoshi placed at the top of all three criteria ahead of distribution partners located throughout Africa, Asia, North America, South America and the Middle East.

Dr. Richard Somiari, PhD, President & CEO, indicates “The Distributor of the year award is a way for us to say thank you to a company who has worked with ITSI as an invaluable team member and contributing to our overall success.” “We are honored to work with an organization like the Funakoshi Company to achieve our corporate goals. The international market place is a very competitive environment and successful partnerships abroad are essential to our continued international growth trend.”

“I don’t know if we are worthy of such a great honor, but we are grateful. It will encourage us to make more efforts to expand the market share of ITSI Biosciences in Japan,”  says Shinya Ichikawa, Marketing Specialist, International Business Department at Funakoshi Company.

In appreciation of their efforts, Funakoshi Co. will receive a 2009 Distributor of the Year award, certificate and an additional 10% off all orders placed with ITSI Biosciences during the month of February 2010.