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Olympus AU480® Chemistry Analyzer offers new GUI, Master Curve Calibration, smaller sample volumes

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 2, 2009 – The Olympus AU480 advanced chemistry analyzer system is designed to optimize workflow and enhance productivity in small- to medium-sized clinical laboratories. Building on the success of its predecessor, the AU400e®, which  has sold more than 4000 units worldwide, the new system has expanded versatility with a 130-test menu, streamlined easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI), new Master Curve calibration, and smaller sample volumes.

The AU480 is the ideal main analyzer for small- to medium-sized laboratories, with a throughput of up to 800 tests per hour with ISE and simultaneous programming for up to 63 different analytes. It can be used as a special chemistry or STAT analyzer in any laboratory. The new intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI) and touch screen monitor make the AU480 extremely user-friendly. User-definable software options such as auto-rerun via rack handler and true reflex testing further expand user convenience.

Minimal sample volumes have been achieved on the AU480, where high-precision sampling as low as 1 µl makes the system ideal for neonatal, pediatric and geriatric testing. Computer controlled sample and reagent dispensing, in combination with clot detection and crash prevention, are added safety features of the AU480, resulting in unique system reliability.

Olympus System Reagents for the AU480 are designed to match the requirements and features of the new analyzer for optimum performance. Additionally, Master Curve reagents have 2D barcodes to maximize productivity and reduce the potential for errors in the laboratory.

The new system accommodates up to 80 samples in racks and 22 in the STAT wheel. Different tube sizes may be mixed within the linear racks and can be loaded continuously. Serum indices (hemolysis, icterus, lipemia) can also be automatically checked.

The Olympus AU480 is standardized to fit seamlessly within the full line of Olympus AU-Series chemistry analyzers.  All offer the same reagents, calibrators, controls, consumables and parts; the same results and reference ranges; and the same test menu.

For more information about the Olympus AU480 chemistry analyzer system, contact Frank Bartholf, Olympus America Inc., at 484-896-5412, frank.bartholf@olympus.com; or visit www.olympusamerica.com/AU480.

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.

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· 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.