A global corporation with extensive R&D resources, a vast product offering, and facilities around the world, Olympus began in 1919 (under the name Takachiho Seisakusho) with one goal: to produce Japan's first microscope.

As a first testament to the blending of innovative ideas, advanced technology, and manufacturing know-how—a combination that has nourished our growth and satisfied our customers for more than three quarters of a century—the company did, indeed, produce Japan's first microscope, in only one year.

By 1921 we had begun to use Olympus as our brand name; by 1935 we had opened a world-class optical research facility dedicated to creating the finest possible camera lenses. From the world's first gastrocamera in 1950—which initiated our involvement with medical systems and health care equipment—to pioneering development of compact SLR cameras and the world's first Microcassette® recorder, Olympus has continued to create successful responses to market needs around the world—like clinical blood analyzers, powerful microscope systems, and breakthrough digital cameras.

At Olympus, our ideas have proliferated as rapidly as the technology has evolved. We have channeled them both into the groundbreaking products that our changing world requires—products like acoustic microscopes, ultrasonic endoscopes, reagent AIDS detection, and digital voice recorders. Or, like the Infinity Stylus, one of the best-selling cameras in history.

Today, 82 years after we made our first microscope, we remain as young, as eager, as curious and as vigorous as we were in the beginning.


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