SOM GI Division Forms Research and Business Partnership with Olympus America for Endoscopic Research

The UNM Gastroenterology Division, within the School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, has reached an agreement, a formal research and business partnership agreement with Olympus America Inc.  The division will serve as one of three State-of-the-Art Centers in Gastroenterology while participating in the development of new prototype GI endoscopic equipment. Olympus is the leading research and commercial company in endoscopic development and advanced technology in the world.

"Striking this kind of partnership with private industry will allow us to continue being on the cutting edge of technology and therefore offering the very best for our patients," said Paul Roth, M.D., dean of the UNM School of Medicine.

"This partnership agreement puts UNM in excellent position to be the leader in the development of the State-of-the-Art instrument in GI and in endoscopic research. It will also greatly enhance our image in the local community and throughout the rest of the country," said Thomas Ma, M.D., Ph.D., chief, Division of Gastroenterology.  "We have been recognized by Olympus as an institution with outstanding potential to develop into a ‘premier institution demonstrating expertise and leadership in Gastroenterology in the Southwestern United States.'"

With the partnership, UNM will become a State-of-the-Art GI Endoscopy Center for the Southwest United States.  The other two such designated centers in the U.S. are the Mayo Clinic and University of Colorado.  This designation is given only to the very best institutions in the country. 

In recognizing UNM-HSC as a " State-of-the-Art Center in Gastroenterology," Olympus will provide support in a number of ways to the department including providing prototype GI instruments for testing; assisting in developing new GI endoscopy techniques and technologies; providing training support; providing GI research support; and providing financial, instruments and personnel support in establishing a lab facility, endoscopic education and research programs. 


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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