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Olympus Announces 2008 Winners of Olympus Innovation Awards
Date:3/24/2008

Program Recognizes Innovative Educators from Stanford University,

University of Maryland and San Diego State University

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus, a precision technology leader creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products, today announced the 2008 winners in the Olympus Innovation Award Program: Tom Byers, Ph.D. and Tina Seelig, Ph.D., Stanford University; David F. Barbe, Ph.D., University of Maryland; and Martina Musteen, Ph.D., San Diego State University. The Program recognizes individuals who have fostered and demonstrated innovative thinking in education. The winners received their awards at the 12th Annual Meeting of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Olympus' partner in conducting the program.

"At Olympus, we understand the value and power of innovation, since it is at the core of every new technology we pioneer," stated F. Mark Gumz, president and chief operating officer of Olympus America Inc. "We are proud of the continuing success of the Innovation Awards as they recognize innovation in U.S. academia, which will foster the next generation of business leaders."

"Every year, we are amazed at how the programs and innovators that comprise the award candidates continue to get stronger," said NCIIA executive director Phil Weilerstein. "We had an excellent selection of candidates this year, and the winners had unique programs that demonstrated the tremendous impact they had on their students and universities, as well as their academic peers."

Stanford professors Tom Byers and Tina Seelig, co-founders of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), which encourages top engineering and science schools worldwide to include entrepreneurship as part of their curricula, won the Olympus Innovation Award. This award recognizes faculty who foster an environment of innovative thinking among students thro
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