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ASGE Receives Major Gift from Olympus; Olympus Becomes 1st Founding Member of ASGE Foundation's Corporate Council

Oak Brook, IL (October 16, 2002) - Olympus America Inc. became the first founding member of the Corporate Council of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Foundation by presenting a gift of $100,000 to the Foundation.

The ASGE Foundation Corporate Council will aid ASGE to broaden the base of support for research and public education in the use of GI endoscopy for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of digestive disorders.

"ASGE has a longstanding, valued relationship with Olympus. Its commitment to be a founding member of the Corporate Council of the ASGE Foundation is another example of this partnership," said Michael Kimmey, MD, chair of the ASGE Foundation Board of Trustees. "I am delighted that our colleagues at Olympus see the value in funding endoscopic research. The future of the specialty depends on the research funded today."

"Olympus is proud and pleased to lead the way in this momentous effort. We believe research is the key and we hope other companies will follow our lead. We are always happy to support the ASGE and its activities to further the science and practice of gastrointestinal endoscopy," said David McKinley, Group Vice President of the Medical Systems Group for Olympus America. "Clearly, our entire industry will benefit from ASGE's efforts."

The Corporate Council accepts tax-deductible, unrestricted contributions. For more information about the ASGE Foundation and its Corporate Council, contact Joanne Ray, at 630-579-5602 or by email at pjray@asge.org.

ABOUT ASGE
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), founded in 1941, is the preeminent professional organization dedicated to advancing the practice of Endoscopy. ASGE promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to Endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. ASGE, with more than 7,500 physician members worldwide, serves the medical profession and the public by developing and advocating responsible positions for the benefits of patients, the public and medical professionals. ASGE publishes the leading peer-reviewed endoscopic journal, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE), as well as a comprehensive member newsletter, ASGE News. More information about ASGE can be found on its web site at www.asge.org.

ABOUT OLYMPUS
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing optical-digital product solutions for health care and consumer segments. The company leverages R&D investment in technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines that include:

  • minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical endoscopes
  • advanced clinical and research microscopes
  • chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems
  • digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders
In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus America Inc. serves health care, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial and other service offerings and is the leading brand in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer camera products and services business spans North and South America. Olympus America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and parent company to develop state-of-the-art products and services that are innovative, intelligent, and easy to use.