Olympus Names Hidenao Tsuchiya Group Vice President of Scientific Equipment Business in the Americas

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 16, 2011 – Olympus, a precision technology leader designing and delivering innovative solutions in Life Science Imaging Systems and Industrial Measuring instruments, has named Mr. Hidenao Tsuchiya as Vice President and General Manager of the Scientific Equipment Group in theAmericas, effective April 25. Mr. Tsuchiya reports directly to Mr. Shin Nishigaki, President of the Life Science and Industrial Systems Group for Olympus Corporation in Japan. In this position, Mr. Tsuchiya replaces Mr. Osamu Joji, who has served as the GroupVice President and General Manager for the last five years and will return to Japan to assume another position with Olympus Corporation.

Mr. Tsuchiya was most recently the Division Manager for the Life Science Business Division of the Life Science and Industrial Systems Group of Olympus Corporation. A 28-year veteran of Olympus, Mr. Tsuchiya worked on a previous assignment in the U.S. with the Scientific Equipment Group from 1986 to 1991. He began his career as a Precision Mechanical Engineer in 1983, and has since held several positions within Olympus, including Division Manager of the Life Science Business.

“It is with great honor that I assume the position of Group Vice President and General Manager for our Scientific Equipment Group in the Americas,” said Mr. Tsuchiya. “This new structure will provide enhanced visibility for the Scientific Equipment business globally and enable us to develop appropriatestrategies that best fit our business and address customer needs for the next five to 10 years. I look forward to leading both the Life Science and Industrial microscopy businesses in the Americas, and am excited about our opportunities in the coming years.”

About Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. In addition, Olympus offers a wide range of both industrial microscopes and micro-imaging systems for metrology, semiconductor wafer manufacturing, quality assurance, advanced materials analysis, microlithography, metallography and other precision applications. 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 and industry.

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.

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