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Olympus Previews the TANGO™ Benchtop Blood Bank Analyzer
Automation For ABO/Rh Testing and Antibody Screening


San Diego, CA, November 1, 2003 - Olympus is previewing the next addition to its line of blood bank systems, the new TANGO™ benchtop analyzer, at the American Association of Blood Banks meeting here.

TANGO is designed for transfusion services, donor centers and reference laboratories performing ABO/Rh testing and antibody screening. It will perform a host of functions including blood group determination; antibody screening, identification, and titration; and compatibility testing.

With a throughput of 200 wells per hour, TANGO will provide laboratorians a more efficient tool in areas where real estate is tight and functionality is key. The benchtop analyzer measures just 4.2 (L) x 2.2 (W) x 2.4 (H) feet and weighs 286 lbs. It will perform pipetting sequences of liquids and subsequent analysis of agglutination reactions. The fully automated process will include positive sample identification; process control through automated recording of reagents (lot numbers, expiration dates); sample dilutions; reagent addition and mixing; incubation; washing; centrifugation and image analysis.

For greater flexibility, TANGO systems will also feature batch and random access operating modes and STAT sample interrupt. For easy use and maximum efficiency, TANGO will use a Windows® NT operating system, Pentium® processor, touch screen interface and image analysis software.

The TANGO system is available in Europe. U.S. field trials have been completed, with U.S. market release anticipated in late 2004.

For additional information, please contact Candace Williams, Director/Immunohematology Systems, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group, at (800) 628-7152, ext. 2681. Fax: (972) 432-9532. Email: Candace.Williams@olympus.com.

Visit Olympus at AABB Booth #1300

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 is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.