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New Olympus Liquid Stable CK (NAC) Reagent with Extended Linearity and On-board Stability

Melville, NY (April 23, 2001) - The Diagnostic Systems Group of Olympus America Inc. has introduced its new Creatine Kinase (NAC) reagent, now available in small and large kit sizes. This new reagent is a ready-to-use liquid formulation with extended linearity to 2000 U/L and a 30-day on-board stability for Olympus's full-line of automated chemistry-immuno analyzers, including the AU400TM, AU600TM, AU640TM and AU1000TM, as well as the new AU2700TM system.

CK (NAC) reagent kitAn economical solution for any sized laboratory, the new Olympus CK (NAC) reagent is bar-coded and packaged in two kit sizes - large with 320 to 490 tests per cartridge and small with 150 to 230 tests per cartridge - providing greater operator convenience and enabling automated on-board reagent management.

The Diagnostic Systems Group, a business group of Olympus America Inc., provides clinical chemistry solutions to hospital, commercial and pharmaceutical diagnostics laboratories. Over one billion - about one in four - clinical chemistry tests are performed on Olympus analyzers in the U.S. annually.

For additional information on the new Olympus CK (NAC) reagent and/or the full line of Olympus chemistry-immuno systems and reagents, please contact Olympus America Inc., Two Corporate Center Drive, Melville, NY 11747-3157. Telephone: (631) 844-5000, fax: (631) 844-5692.

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Note to the editor: Olympus America Inc. distributes a wide range of products that leverage its core expertise in optics and digital information technology for the consumer, scientific, health care, commercial and industrial markets. These products include film and digital cameras, microcassettes and digital voice recorders, binoculars, film scanners, personal photo printers, medical and industrial endoscopes, biological and metallurgical microscopes and measuring instruments, clinical diagnostic analyzers, and other high-technology products. Olympus America Inc. is responsible for sales, marketing, and distribution in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Located in Melville, NY, Olympus America Inc. is a subsidiary of Olympus Optical Co., Ltd. with worldwide revenues of $3.8 billion for the fiscal year 2000. For more information, please visit www.olympus.com.