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Olympus THUNDERBEAT Receives Top Recognition in ‘Excellence in Surgical Products Awards’ Instrumentation Category

Surgeons vote for world’s only fully-integrated advanced bipolar and ultrasonic energy platform as award recipient

Center Valley, PA and Southborough, MA, October 18, 2012 - Surgical Products magazine recently honored Olympus’ THUNDERBEAT as one of their 2012 'Excellence in Surgical Products Awards' (ESP Awards) recipients, distinguishing the product with 1st place in the 'Instrumentation' category.

THUNDERBEAT is the world's only surgical device that combines advanced bipolar and ultrasonic energies into a single multi-functional hand instrument, allowing surgeons to simultaneously seal and cut vessels up to and including 7 mm in size with minimal thermal spread. When combined with the versatility of the ESG-400 electrosurgical generator, THUNDERBEAT is the only surgical tissue management system that delivers every common form of energy used in surgery today (monopolar, bipolar, ultrasonic, and advanced bipolar), as well as the revolutionary combination of advanced bipolar and ultrasonic energies.

The winners of the 4th annual ESP Awards were determined by the magazine's readers, commonly surgeons who have had hands-on experience with the innovative products up for nomination. Readers voted for the companies and products they felt were most deserving of the ESP Award by selecting those that contributed most to surgical performance, efficiency and safety.

“It is an honor to have had THUNDERBEAT selected by surgeons for the 'Excellence in Surgical Products Awards,' ” commented Sandra Tilden, Vice President of Marketing, Surgical Business, Olympus America Inc. “This distinguished recognition by healthcare providers exemplifies Olympus' commitment and aim to advance medical and surgical techniques through innovative products such as THUNDERBEAT.”

Olympus’ THUNDERBEAT will be showcased for its award recognition in the November/December issue of Surgical Products magazine as well as their eDaily newsletter.

About Surgical Products
Surgical Products is a publication for surgeons, anesthesiologists and department heads in charge of operating/emergency rooms, ICU/CCUs, infection control, OR materials management and other areas. Surgical Products has been published for 31 years, has a circulation of 55,000 and is published 10 times a year.

About Olympus Medical Systems
Olympus develops solutions for healthcare professionals that help improve outcomes and enhance quality of life for their patients. By enabling less invasive procedures, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy and early stage lung cancer evaluation and treatments, Olympus is transforming the future of healthcare. For more information about Olympus America, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

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Mark Miller, Olympus, 484-896-3020, mark.miller@olympus.com.