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Improved Ferritin Assay Available for Olympus Chemistry-Immuno Analyzers

Melville, N.Y. (June 22, 2003) - An improved serum Ferritin reagent is now available from Olympus. The new Olympus Ferritin immuno-turbidimetric reagent is an improved formulation with 60-day on-board stability. The reagent, a sensitive indicator of body iron stores, is designed for use on the company's AU400e, AU600, AU640e, AU2700 and AU5400 chemistry analyzers.

Serum Ferritin is useful in distinguishing iron deficiency from the anemia of chronic disorders. Increased levels of Ferritin are indicative of aplastic, sideroblastic or chronic hemolytic anemias, idiopathic hemochromatosis and in frequently transfused patients while low Ferritin levels are commonly observed in cases of iron deficiency.

For additional information about the full line of Olympus reagents, users can visit the web site at www.olympusamerica.com/diagnostics or call the 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.

About Olympus
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a global leader in developing new technologies and 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.