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Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group Expands Laboratory Automation Offering With Tecan’s Genesis FE500 Workcell


Melville, N.Y. (January 16, 2003) - The Diagnostic Systems Group of Olympus America Inc. today announced it will market and distribute Tecan's Genesis FE500 workcell as part of its overall offering of laboratory automation solutions.

Ideal for a wide range of laboratory environments, the Genesis FE500 combines all pre-analytical functions including pre-sorting, centrifugation, volume check and clot detection, decapping, secondary tube labeling, aliquotting and destination sorting into analyzer racks from a variety of manufacturers. With distribution rights to the FE500, Olympus adds a key component to its overall laboratory automation product offering which includes the Olympus OLA2500, the OLA1500 and the OLA4000.

"The Genesis FE500 system complements our lineup very well," said Hiro Sekiya, Senior Product Manager for laboratory automation systems at Olympus DSG. "It's a stand alone, flexible system that minimizes manual labor, eliminates errors and streamlines workflow and productivity. It offers many of the time saving benefits identified with modular automation systems such as our OLA2500 system, with the addition of centrifugation, all within a relatively small footprint."

Carl Severinghaus, General Manager of Tecan US, commented, " The diagnostic systems from Olympus significantly increase throughput and productivity for important clinical diagnostic tests. We are pleased to collaborate with Olympus to provide the FE500 as an automation solution for their customers' demands in pre-analytical processing. Since its release in July 2000, the Tecan FE500 has been adopted in leading hospitals and clinical laboratories. It has proven itself as an excellent investment with the yield of increased reliability for specimen processing under the demands of staffing shortages."

For further information, please visit the respective websites for Olympus (www.olympusamerica.com) and Tecan (www.tecan.com).

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 labs. 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 Tecan
    Tecan (www.tecan.com) is a leading player in the Life Sciences supply industry that specializes in the development, production and distribution of solutions enabling the discovery of pharmaceutical substances, as well as for genomics, proteomics, and diagnostics. Tecan clients are leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, university research departments and diagnostics laboratories. Founded in Switzerland in 1980, the company has manufacturing, research, and development sites in both North America and Europe and maintains a sales and service network in 52 countries. In 2001, Tecan achieved sales of CH 361.9 million (USD 214.1 million; EUR 239.6 million). Registered shares of Tecan Group are traded on Swiss SWX stock exchange (TK: TECN/ Reuters: TECZn.S/Valor: 1210019.)