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Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group and LAB-InterLink to Develop Cost-Effective Laboratory Automation Interface Technology

Melville, N.Y. (January 16, 2003) - The Diagnostic Systems Group of Olympus America Inc. and LAB-InterLink have entered into a collaborative project to develop a universal laboratory automation interface for Olympus AU chemistry-immuno systems.

Olympus AU systems will connect and integrate into any laboratory automation track system that complies with NCCLS standards using the software and mechanical interface in development by LAB-InterLink. The first unit will be installed at a large medical center in Philadelphia. The agreement enables Olympus to broaden its menu of workflow solutions with connectivity to new or existing laboratory automation systems without the need to retool laboratory enterprise systems.

"This development agreement between Olympus and LAB-InterLink is a strategic initiative to offer customers a viable option whether a track based laboratory automation system is currently installed or under consideration," said Stephen Wasserman, Group Vice President, Olympus DSG. "It enables us to draw from the best pool of resources in order to address laboratories' demands for plug and play, scaleable automation that fulfills their particular goals and budget targets."

"Our development agreement with Olympus represents another step in our commitment to open systems architecture," stated Mary Newcomb, Chief Operating Officer, LAB-InterLink. "By building relationships with analyzer manufacturers such as Olympus, we are working to ensure that our customers continue to have the flexibility they require in their laboratory automation solutions."

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Since 1981, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group has provided innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated health care delivery networks, reference laboratories, blood banks and pharmaceutical laboratories. Offering the broadest standardized line of random access, chemistry-immuno analyzers and laboratory 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 (800) 223-0125, or visit the Olympus web site at www.olympusamerica.com.

About Olympus
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing optical-digital product solutions for health care and consumer segments. The company leverages R&D investment in technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines that include:

  • minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical endoscopes;
  • advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems; and
  • digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus America Inc. serves health care, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial and other service offerings and is the leading brand in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer camera products and services business spans North and South America. Olympus America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and parent company to develop state-of-the-art products and services that are innovative, intelligent, and easy to use. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

    About LAB-InterLink, Inc.
    LAB-InterLink, Inc., a leading provider of cost-effective information systems based laboratory automation technology, provides re-engineering and leading edge solutions to principal hospitals and medical centers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. For additional information about the LAB-InterLink product line, and other services, please call LAB-InterLink, Inc. at (800) 449-2527, or visit the LAB-InterLink web site at www.labinterlink.com.