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Olympus Introduces the Energy Efficient CX21LED® Microscope With 10-Year Lamp Life

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., November 12, 2009 – Olympus, a world leader in microscopy and imaging, now offers an ergonomically-designed LED microscope system with easy handling, ultra-long-life illumination and robust capabilities. The all-new Olympus CX21LED® microscope, designed for use by medical and veterinary students, new doctors and professionals working in small laboratories, provides durable, quality performance and allows for up to 10 years or more of daily use before a lamp change is necessary.

The microscope can be set up in minutes, and arrives complete with everything needed to begin imaging using brightfield illumination. Featuring world-renowned Olympus optical performance, the CX21LED delivers crisp, bright images, while maintaining the rugged, dependable performance for which Olympus microscopes have long been known. Darkfield imaging is available with the addition of a darkfield stop.

“Imagine going more than 20,000 hours, or over 10 years of daily use, without needing to change a bulb,” said Mark Clymer, product manager for core microscopy, Olympus America Inc. “This instrument gives users a 90 percent power savings over halogen illumination so it is much more cost effective and environmentally friendly to operate than microscopes with conventional light sources. Plus, it offers stable color temperature across the full range of intensity, so as users change light intensity, they don’t see color changes.”

The latest offering in the respected series of Olympus CX microscopes, the new CX21LED complements the CX21 with halogen illumination, and joins two other instruments in the line: the CX31®, which also handles phase contrast, polarized light, and other techniques for forensic and laboratory applications; and the CX41®, which offers fluorescence imaging and, with an attached camera, can be used for documentation.

For more information on the Olympus CX21LED microscope, contact Mark Clymer at Olympus America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, PO Box 610, Center Valley, PA, 18034-0610, USA; phone (484) 896- 3381 or mark.clymer@olympus.com; or visit www.olympusamerica.com/educational_microscopes.

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America 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.

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;
· Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves the healthcare field 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/microscopes.

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