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Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group Introduces HDL, LDL Cholesterol Direct Reagents

(May 1, 2002) Melville, NY - Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group today announced market release of its new HDL and LDL Cholesterol Direct reagents, optimized for use on Olympus AU400TM, AU600TM, AU640TM, AU2700TM and AU5400TM chemistry-immuno analyzers.

The HDL and LDL Cholesterol reagents are compatible with fasting and non-fasting samples with no significant interference from Triglycerides up to 1000 mg/dL. For simplified sample processing, no pre-treatment is required and the direct measurement of serum or plasma specimens eliminates the extra time and costs associated with sample splitting. The reagents are ready-to-use liquid formulations available in two convenient kit sizes with Olympus bar-coded cartridges that allow on-board reagent management. Other features include 30-day on-board stability and 30-day calibration stability.

With the addition of the new HDL and LDL reagents, Olympus now offers clinical laboratories a complete cardiac risk assessment panel - including Total Cholesterol, HDL and LDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides and High Sensitivity CRP - from a single sample on a single analyzer.

For additional information about the Olympus reagent line, please call Carole Dauscher, Product Manager, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group, at 1-800-223-0125.

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Since 1981, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group has provided innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks and pharmaceutical labs. Offering the broadest standardized line of random access, chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems, Olympus' solutions save laboratories time, maximize productivity and deliver fast, reliable results.

Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group also offers rapid response technical support nationwide through Olympus Technical Services. Service and support are available to customers seven days a week, 24 hours a day, by calling 1-800-223-0130. From telephone troubleshooting and remote modem diagnostics…on-site customer training and service for hardware, software, application support…as well as training and field support at Olympus' Irving, Texas facility…Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group provides comprehensive customer-tailored solutions to ensure maximum system uptime with reliable results. For additional information about the Olympus product line, and other services, please call the Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group at 1-800-223-0125.

About Olympus America Inc.
Based in Melville, NY, Olympus America Inc. distributes a wide range of products that leverage its core expertise in optics and digital information technology for the consumer, scientific, healthcare and commercial markets. These products include film and digital cameras, microcassette and digital voice recorders, binoculars, film scanners, personal photo printers, medical 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. and Canada. Olympus America Inc. is a subsidiary of Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.

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