You're likely to be familiar with Olympus cameras - but what about Olympus laparoscopes? Since 1919, Olympus has grown into a global leader at the forefront of precision technology solutions in both consumer electronics and healthcare. At the University of Tokyo Medical Center, in the 1950s, they created the first camera that enabled doctors to take pictures inside the human body. This "gastrocamera" allowed photographing of any part of the stomach in a short amount of time, generating clear images to facilitate speedy and precise diagnoses.
Today, the results achieved by Olympus Medical Systems Group serve healthcare professionals in GI hospital suites, ambulatory surgery centers and private practices. Their services span a wide continuum of care: diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopes (used to make medical procedures less invasive), EndoTherapy accessories, cleaning and disinfection products and services, service and repair solutions, GI lab integration services, cost-effective financial solutions, web-based endoscopy information products and consulting services. Considering the company's all-embracing mission to deliver technological advances "that contribute positively to society," perpetual innovation is a basic requirement at Olympus.
2006 was a big year for Olympus America - they completed the relocation to new corporate headquarters in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, integrating several of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design features into the 54-acre design. Its metal and clear-glass façade functions as an architectural nod to the company's opto-digital products.
2006 also marked the beginning of their ongoing relationship with Moleskine. Since the first project, over ten thousand pocket cahier notebooks, large volants, classic notebooks and weekly planners of various sizes have been used as corporate gifts and as holiday gifts to employees and business partners. Many of the custom books have featured both the Olympus logo and a gold imprint of the company tagline, Knowledge - Vision - Solutions. The custom branding for the latest planner in the series championed the art of simplicity, in an invitation for recipients to make it their own: the extra-large, soft-cover 2008 weekly planner sports not much more than the Olympus logo, blind debossed on the front cover.