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Olympus Supports Clinical Lab Expo with Programs, Awards

Los Angeles, July 27, 2004 - From honoring key researchers to treating meeting attendees to a cup of hot java, Olympus is everywhere at the 2004 Clinical Lab Exposition. In Booth 701 visitors can see a wide array of Olympus solutions for lab professionals' automation, analysis and imaging needs. But just as important, Olympus America Inc. is hosting a widely anticipated workshop on workflow management and patient safety, supporting an annual AACC Research Award, providing coffee breaks during the exposition and even sponsoring the badges that attendees use to receive further information on a company's offerings.

"Laboratory clinicians, doctors and other decision makers are vitally important partners in Olympus' future growth," said Stephen Wasserman, Group Vice President of the company's Diagnostic Systems Group. "Both the Diagnostic Systems and Scientific Equipment Groups at Olympus have a tremendous sense of commitment to the AACC, ASCLS and NACB, the professional societies that serve so many of our customers."

Among the key products displayed in Booth 701 are the OLA2500™ High Speed Sorter, a new laboratory automation solution, along with the new SUPPORTVISION™ system, an Internet-based device management service for real-time monitoring of Olympus analyzers. The company is also showing a full line of clinical microscopes and the AU® series of chemistry-immuno analyzers for physician office, hospital and reference laboratories. Olympus is previewing several products scheduled for future release, including the TANGO™ benchtop blood bank analyzer; the AU3000i™ immunoassay analyzer; and the Olympus AU-CONNECTOR™ workcell, which integrates specimen movement among up to four Olympus AU series analyzers.

But the company's presence at the show goes much further. It is sponsoring the lead retrieval system by which visitors can request further information on any products or services of interest at the exposition. And when all the walking tires them out, attendees can stop at either of the Olympus-provided Exhibit Hall Coffee Stations on the show floor during scheduled coffee breaks, for a cup of coffee or tea on the house.

Olympus is also sponsoring a workshop entitled "Workflow Management Solutions Using Positive Patient Identification," where Chris Charlton, Pathology Service Manager of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead Health NHS Trust, UK, will be the featured speaker. The workshop is open to all attendees and will be held on Wednesday, July 28 from 6-7:30 pm at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel's San Francisco Ballroom. Participants can receive ACCENT credit for attending the workshop.

In addition, Olympus once again is supporting the important AACC Awards Program through sponsorship of the prestigious 2004 AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research, awarded this year to Dr. Carl Wittwer, Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah Medical School and Director of Flow Cytometry and the Advanced Technology Group at Associated Regional and University Pathologists, Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Wittwer has published more than 100 research articles and book chapters focusing on technique and instrument development in molecular diagnostics. He was presented with his award on July 25 at the Opening Plenary Session of the AACC annual meeting, which is being held jointly with the Clinical Lab Expo here. This year marks the third year in a row that Olympus has sponsored this esteemed award.

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group provides innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks and pharmaceutical labs. Olympus offers the broadest standardized line of random access chemistry-immuno analyzers, along with lab automation systems, comprehensive patient safety systems, blood bank analyzers and reagents. Olympus solutions save laboratories time, enhance patient safety, 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.