Oak Brook, Illinois, March 13, 2008 —  The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Foundation has received a $500,000 grant from Fujinon Inc., Wayne, N.J., to establish the Fujinon Fund which will go to providing diversity initiatives for ASGE members and prospective members.

ASGE commends Fujinon for its commitment to this ASGE initiative encouraging diversity among physicians in gastrointestinal endoscopic medicine. Fujinon recognizes the professional benefits ASGE provides to its members and its dedication to creating diverse leadership among its membership in the field of endoscopic medicine. The $500,000 grant will fund ASGE educational initiatives among its diverse members, encourage men and women from different backgrounds to pursue careers in gastrointestinal endoscopic medicine and fund campaigns to increase membership among physicians from diverse backgrounds.

Our goal is to attract a diverse medical student population to endoscopic gastroenterology and to make them vital ASGE contributors and future leaders of the society, said Eric Knisley, vice president and general manager, medical equipment, Fujinon Inc. Fujinon is pleased to support this ASGE initiative and believes it will ultimately improve the aims of both organizations to promote excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy in order to provide the best possible care for all patient populations both here and abroad.

ASGE and the ASGE Foundation promote ongoing research in gastrointestinal endoscopy and its applications to disease management and prevention to ultimately improve the quality of endoscopy delivered to patients. The ASGE Foundation also funds programs designed to improve physician training and foster career development as well as funding important educational initiatives aimed at explaining the role of endoscopy in digestive health to the public.

ASGE and the ASGE Foundation are grateful to Fujinon for their support of ASGEs diversity initiatives and its ongoing mission to advance patient care and digestive health through excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy, said Francis J. Tedesco, MD, FASGE, chair of the ASGE Foundation.

About Fujinon
Fujinon is one of the over 165 global subsidiaries of FujiFilm and is one of the worlds leaders in the manufacturing of flexible endoscopes. Since 1974 Fujinon has provided the highest quality, most technologically advanced endoscopes to the North American medical market and nearly 35 years later has evolved into the most innovative endoscopes provider in the United States. Through a collaborative relationship, Fujinon and FujiFIlm have developed industry first Super CCD High Definition endoscopes that incorporate proprietary FujiFilm technology, as well as the worlds first and only endoscope system capable of therapeutic intervention in the entire small bowel, the Double Balloon Endoscopy System. We will continue to enhance endoscopic technologies and meet the needs of our customers and physician community.

About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Founded in 1941, the mission of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is to be the leader in advancing patient care and digestive health by promoting excellence in gastrointestinal endoscopy. ASGE, with 10,000 physician members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit and for more information.

About Endoscopy
Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices. Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system. In many cases, screening or treatment of conditions can be delivered via the endoscope without the need for further sedation, treatment or hospital stay.