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Olympus Announces Hemoglobin A1c APT Reagent for Olympus AU680 Chemistry System

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 23, 2009 Olympus, a leader in in vitro diagnostics, announces the release of Hemoglobin A1c APT Reagent OSR61177 with fully automated on-board pre-treatment, for the determination of glycated hemoglobin in whole blood samples. HbA1c assays are commonly ordered laboratory tests used to ascertain blood glucose levels over a three-month period. The Hemoglobin A1c APT assay is available now.

The assay is designed for exclusive use on the Olympus AU680 chemistry analyzer system. The AU680 analyzer features enhanced whole blood sampling for Hemoglobin A1c testing, enabled by both advanced sample probe diving depth and enhanced sample probe washing. On-board pre-treatment is supported by the sample pre-diluting capability of the system.

For additional information about Olympus assays visit www.olympusamerica.com/dsg; or contact Carole Dauscher at 484-896-5000 or via email at carole.dauscher@olympus.com.

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems

Olympus Diagnostic Systems provides innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks, physician offices and pharmaceutical labs. Olympus offers the broadest standardized line of random access chemistry-immuno analyzers, along with lab automation systems, blood bank analyzers and reagents. Olympus solutions save laboratories time, maximize productivity, and deliver fast, reliable results.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide 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;
Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.