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Olympus SCALEVIEW Microscope Objectives Earn Prestigious R&D 100 Award

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., July 16, 2012 — Two Olympus microscope objectives that help scientists see far deeper into contiguous tissue than was ever before possible have been recognized as among the 100 most technologically significant products introduced last year. The Olympus SCALEVIEW 4mm and 8mm microscope objectives have earned the prestigious 2012 R&D 100 Award.

The objectives are significant because they enable breakthrough research on the functioning of the brain and other vital organs. Until recently, brain science researchers using light microscopes sliced thin sections of brain tissue to make observations across large areas. Every cut damaged tissue and potentially deformed the sample, and the tissue itself was so opaque that it scattered most light. But now, researchers can see up to 8mm deep without slicing and see the connections of the brain much more clearly. Understanding the brain, the current great frontier of research, could ultimately help sufferers with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autism, traumatic injuries and more.

The new objectives work so well because they were specifically designed and engineered for use with a revolutionary clearing reagent developed by Atsushi Miyawaki and his team at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan (results published online in Nature Neuroscience: Hama et al. Aug 30, 2011). Using the objectives and reagent together, brain tissue is literally cleared; scientists can now see the brain's interconnectedness as never before.

Now celebrating their 50th Anniversary, the R&D 100 Awards have long been a benchmark of excellence for industry sectors as diverse as telecommunications, high-energy physics, software, manufacturing, and biotechnology. R&D 100 Awards have identified pioneering new technologies such as the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998).

Winners of the R&D 100 Awards are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine.

About Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in its core business areas: Medical and Surgical Products, Life Science Imaging Systems, Industrial Measurement and Imaging Instruments and Cameras and Audio Products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced research, clinical and educational microscopes and research and educational digital imaging systems;
  • Industrial research, engineering, test, inspection and measuring instruments; and
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves the healthcare field with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.