Olympus' Business

You may be familiar with our cameras, but Olympus is also a world leader in research and clinical microscopes. We created the first practical camera that lets doctors look inside the human body, and we continue to introduce life-altering imaging technologies for healthcare professionals. We pride ourselves on enriching people's lives, around the world, every day.

Olympus Innovation

At Olympus, we are focused on improving people’s lives every day. We do this through innovation. As a precision technology leader, we design and deliver innovative solutions in our core business areas: Medical and Surgical Products, Life Science Imaging Systems, Industrial Measurement and Imaging Instruments and Cameras and Audio Products.
Our products are used to capture images of our world from the microscopic to the panoramic. They’re instrumental in furthering scientific research, travel inside the human body to help diagnose, treat and prevent illness, and document your life with artistic freedom. Most of all, we’re dedicated to helping people enjoy the continuum of life. Since 1919, Olympus has developed innovative technology solutions that contribute positively to society. Our commitment to customers and our social responsibility are the cornerstone of everything we do.

Medical and Surgical Products and Services

At Olympus, we work with health care professionals every day, matching our innovative capabilities in medical technology and precision manufacturing with their skills to provide the best possible outcomes for patients and society. As the healthcare industry focuses on early detection of diseases and minimally invasive ways to treat them, Olympus is there to deliver the diagnostic and therapeutic technologies they need to treat their patients, from endoscopes and laparoscopes to video and imaging systems, electro-surgical devices, electronic medical records and accessories.

Life Science Business

The first product produced by Olympus was a microscope, introduced in Japan in 1920. Since then, Olympus has become the leading provider of precision microscopes and microscope systems to clinical laboratories, science, engineering, education, food, agricultural, fishery, animal husbandry and research industries. Olympus bioimaging technologies are assisting a variety of the latest scientific researches in biology and medicine, which will help define the next generation of healthcare, including the elucidation of brain functions, mechanisms for cancer formation and metastasis, drug action and immunity mechanisms, and iPS cell technology.

Industrial Business

Almost everything that is designed, engineered, and manufactured is inspected, measured or analyzed to ensure its performance, safety, and reliability. Olympus nondestructive testing (NDT) technologies, such as ultrasound, eddy current and remote visual testing (RVI) provide critical inspection benefits on parts as varied as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines, plastic bottles, wind turbines, golf balls, or rubber tires, just to name a few. In the industrial microscope (IE) field, increasing importance is being placed on rigorous observation, measurement and control techniques to create highly integrated electronic components and semiconductor mounting technologies. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and x-ray diffraction analyzers (XRD) are widely used to determine the composition of metals, alloys, glass, ceramics, minerals and countless other materials.

Imaging Business

Olympus supplies imaging products that defy preconceptions about digital single-lens reflex cameras to open up new possibilities, such as the compact and lightweight PEN series of interchangeable lens camera and the OM-D interchangeable lens camera that utilizes new technology in the form of mirror-less optics and an electronic viewfinder. Olympus is devoted to offering consumers a wide range of ways to capture and enjoy life's most precious moments, particularly through our digital cameras and IC recorders.

Research and Development

In addition to providing technology support for product development across our portfolio of businesses, R&D at Olympus also includes “product innovation” involving the development and facilitation of new technologies with a time horizon ten years into the future. Digital imaging technology together with diagnostic and treatment technologies for the health care and life science sectors represent the key pillars of this work. Our well-balanced and integrated mix of advanced and basic technologies, including optical technologies, precision technologies, digital imaging technologies, bio-science technologies, and simulation and other software technologies, will provide the basis for the next generation of distinctive products.

* Product innovation: The development of original technologies that will lead to future products and businesses