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

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

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S2 | E3: Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI)

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On Inspiring Minds, we often talk about BIG ideas…on today’s episode, we’re going small. Smaller than you can even see with a microscope…as we dive into advancements in nanotechnology.

When you start to manipulate matter on this near-atomic scale…it creates the opportunity to produce new structures, materials and devices. This work is producing impacts in many sectors including medicine, consumer products, energy, materials and manufacturing.

In 2021, the Edison Awards recognized the work of the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI) with two Silver Edison Awards.

Director of Operations Jenny Yiu and Director of Research and Development for Electronics Dr. Tracy Liu are here to uncover what’s happening at the Hong Kong-based institute that will affect consumers around the globe.

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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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