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BLISS™ Virtual Slide Workstation Allows Complete Brain Slice Slides to be Scanned, Digitally Stored and Analyzed

Center Valley, PA, October 15, 2006 - The BLISS™ Virtual Slide Scanning system, available from Olympus and its wholly owned subsidiary Bacus Laboratories Inc. (BLI), allows scientists to create virtual slides of whole brain slices or other biological specimens traditionally mounted on 1x3 inch and 2x3-inch laboratory slides. The system combines a fully automated Olympus microscope workstation, service and training with BLI's proprietary virtual slide technology to allow entire specimen slides of varying sizes to be stored digitally, shared with colleagues over the internet, and used for research, teaching, training or publishing. In addition, the system allows simultaneous viewing, analysis and measurement of virtual slide specimens at high and low magnifications.

The BLISS system solves significant problems inherent in digitizing and storing complete, full resolution virtual microscope slides and distributing them using current computer technology. Using a patented method of image tiling that fuses multiple image tiles captured at any supported microscope objective magnification, the BLISS system creates images of user-defined size and spatial resolution up to digitizing an entire 2x3-inch microscope slide. Image scans are saved in the unique multi-resolution WebSlide ™ format, which delivers a very high quality virtual microscope slide constructed with low and high power objective scans in registration with each other.

For more information on the Olympus and Bacus BLISS virtual slide scanner for research applications, contact Amanda Lowe, Bacus Laboratories Inc., 410 Eisenhower Lane North, Lombard, IL 60148, USA. Phone (630) 424-9750; email amanda.lowe@bacuslabs.com .

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Olympus Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

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Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering imaging solutions in healthcare, life science and photography. 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 consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com .