The “INSPIRING MINDS” podcast delves in to experiences of innovators & pioneers that are changing the world around us.

Take notes as they share with Justin how they navigated through research, development, and in true Thomas Edison fashion, marketed and sold their new found innovations.

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S2 | E2: Garner Holt

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STEAM education includes science, technology, engineering, the *arts*, and math. If you had to think of just one thing that brings all of these elements together…the *perfect topic to execute STEAM in the classroom with real-world applications…what would you come up with?

California-based Garner Holt has a pretty good answer, based on more than 45 years in the business of *animatronics. Yes, we’re talking those sophisticated puppets…robots that bring characters to life in theme parks around the world.

Bill Tynan is the Director of Secondary and Post-Secondary Education and Workforce Development at Garner Holt Education through Imagination. In 2021, this team was honored with a *Gold Edison Award in the category of Steam Centered Creative Learning for their “AniMakerspace”…custom state-of-the-art hands-on learning environments that seamlessly blend science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

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S2 | E1: EBM Technologies

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Preston Pan, R&D engineer for the US market of EBM Technologies, kick-off season 2 of Inspiring Minds, a podcast powered by the Edison Awards.

Preston talks about how EBM Technologies has evolved over the years and continues to innovate to give doctors and clinicians in the field tools that they need to make real-time diagnosis. EBM Technologies, provides medical imaging systems and specialize in picture archiving and communication system, also known as PACs.

The company was founded in 1988 in Taiwan with over 150 employees located in four offices. EBM Technologies has installed their PAC system in nearly 3,500 hospitals across regions of Asia, North America, and are planning to enter the Middle East market soon.

A 2021 Edison Award Winner, the UDE app turns an iPad into a medical image viewer and server used for diagnosis.

Listen as Preston dives deeper into what it means to win an Edison Award and what is next from EBM Technologies!

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It is no mystery where new products come from… it’s hard work! | Episode 17

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Dan Harden, CEO and Founder, Whipsaw

The first two time guest of the Inspiring Minds podcast, CEO of Whipsaw Design, Dan Harden joins Justin Starbird again to talk more about device and product design. When Dan was on last time, he and Justin talked in depth and detail about product design, how design companies go about working with clients, and how they create expectations about projects. On this episode, Dan dives deeper into how projects move through the process from concepts, to design, and then into commercialized products.

It is an important topic at the Edison Awards, because we have been fortunate to recognize some really amazing projects that followed this exact process.

As Dan points out, “it’s a mystery, or maybe customers don’t even think about where products come from. You go to the store and you see these things and you’re like, Oh, it just exists. There are countless hours, weeks, and even years that go into the development of a lot of products out there, especially the more innovative ones that requires a lot of R&D, a lot of development, a lot of brainpower to pull it off. Process is everything. Process is key to innovation. You’ve got to have a sound process to get you there. Every project is different.”

Dan has no secrets to success. Whipsaw has worked hard to bring many every day products to life in a way that help create an impact, improve our lives, and make the public more healthy.

Listen to Dan and Justin on today’s episode of Inspiring Minds!

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Your Science Matters with David Rideout of Olympus | Episode 16

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Olympus, the large, global med-tech company, is celebrating being over 100 years old and still being recognized for innovation. With excellent objectives, planning, and strategy, Olympus has really broke barriers down in what many consider a ‘stayed technology’ in optics. With their Edison Award Win for X Line Objectives with ultra-thin convex and concave lenses they’ve taken it to a whole new level and are excited to be recognized for the hard work.

Olympus has developed a proprietary lens polishing technology to manufacture X Line Objectives with ultra-thin convex and concave lenses. The X Line Objectives break optical barriers and improve optical performance such as numerical aperture, image flatness, and chromatic correction.

David Rideout, Executive Director of Marketing for Life Science for Olympus Corporation of the Americas, joined Host Justin Starbird and explained that, “our focus is on clinicians, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies. That means that we’re bringing solutions that we pull for clinicians, we’re going to speed up diagnosis and accuracy of diagnosis, which we have researchers with new tools to deepen our understanding of the human body, and diseases that impact it, and help pharmaceutical companies bring new therapies to market faster. Obviously, all three of these have never been more important as we all weather this new storm in our lives.”

As the world has changed around us, Olympus has been set for long-term success because of a shift in mindset that occurred a few years ago with the mantra “Your Science Matters.” As David explains, “Everything we do is with that Your Science Matters mindset. “Working with people who are trying to cure Alzheimer’s, cure cancer and now, find a cure for COVID-19, for Olympus, it’s just natural to do everything we could to make sure the worker, our customers, and our users are doing continues as best as it can in this kind of time.”

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25 Million Asthma Sufferers In The United States Need To Listen To This Interview | Episode 14

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There are over 25 million asthma sufferers and over 80 million allergy sufferers in the United States alone. This creates a large group of people that are all hyper-aware of the air they breathe. Although they may not refer to the air they breath in the technical terms that the air purification industry speaks about, these people do talk about mold and bacteria. It is a very important topic. Today, air quality and airborne illness, Covid-19, are at the forefront of people’s mind.

Jaya Rao, CEO and Co-Founder of Molekule, joins host Justin Starbird for the latest episode of Inspiring Minds to talk about what led to the founding of such a game changing company.

Jaya’s brother is a life long allergy and asthma sufferer and “He lived it and so we knew he was feeling it (the poor air quality) and a whole bunch of other people were feeling the pain of breathing dirty air, and that we could meet them there and talk about how we’re different.” Jaya’s father had developed a technology that could purify the air right in your home instead of through an HVAC system in the ducts of your home.

The next challenge was, “Okay, you’ve had filtration for years. Here’s something new. Would you want to try it?”

“A lot of times aesthetically, people end up using it (the product) and then throwing it on the side of the road because they’re done with it and throwing it into the trash. We wanted this (the Molekule Air) to be an object that really felt compelling to you, that you felt like it belongs in your home, it belongs as a centerpiece in your home because it’s doing something important. It’s cleaning your air.”

I think the biggest step was trying to come up with something fundamentally different in the way it looked, and then getting that manufactured and finding partners. We took it one step at a time but now as I look back at it, I just think, “I don’t know how we did it with, at that time, a really small team.” I think it was just we were naive maybe to the challenges ahead and we just kept going. Ultimately got the product out, which at the time, a lot of Silicon Valley hardware companies were not able to do. That was really just a big moment to finally arrive at.

Today, Molekule is a multi-Edison Award Winning Company and forever part of the Edison Awards amazing community. Listen to the full interview with Justin and Jaya now!

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