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Olympus cellSens Version 1.5 Software Supports Windows 7 with 64-Bit Operation; Enhances Microscope Imaging and Analysis

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., U.S.A. and HAMBURG, Germany, June 9, 2011 – Olympus has launched the cellSens* 1.5 software platform, the latest in its line of industry-leading applications for capturing and analyzing microscope images. cellSens 1.5 features Windows 7 64-bit operation. It fully integrates all the imaging and analysis capabilities of such microscopes as the newly introduced fully motorized Olympus BX63 microscope, along with all previously supported Windows 7-compatible hardware and accessories.

The platform controls both manual-encoded and motorized components for Olympus BX3 microscope systems (BX63, BX53, BX46 and BX43), including nosepieces, fluorescence illuminators, universal condensers and attenuation wheels. cellSens 1.5 is the only software that can support all of the extensive multidimensional image acquisition capabilities of the BX63. When used with the IX81 inverted microscope, cellSens 1.5 is compatible with both Olympus Zero Drift Compensation (ZDC) and ZDC2 focusing systems, which facilitate long-term live-cell imaging studies by correcting for focal drift on demand with the ZDC and continuously in real time with the ZDC2, ensuring live images are always in focus.

The new version of the software has several additional enhancements, including a streamlined method of automatically transferring data on objects in specific regions of interest from one channel to another, making it easier to count chromosomes within nuclei and handle other complex imaging and analysis challenges. It offers enhanced processing with extensive processor- and memory-intensive features, including an optional CI Deconvolution module, which generates results in seconds, rather than minutes. Cell counting, large area stitching, fluorescence unmixing and data sharing all are fast and intuitive.

Because the interface is simple to customize, users can streamline their individual workflows to provide more efficient imaging, processing, measurement, analysis and communication of their data. Several easy-to-use interfaces are available with many preset functions; the My Functions Toolbar and Macros Toolbar can be customized so that specific hardware configurations can be turned into templates for repeated use in image capture or analysis. The system can auto-adjust hardware and image-capture settings to deliver optimal image results.

The introduction of cellSens 1.5 microscope imaging software is being handled cooperatively by Olympus Europa Holding GmbH and Olympus America Inc. For more information about cellSens, visit www.olympusamerica.com/cellSens or www.microscopy.olympus.eu. In the U.S. and throughout North and South America, contact Paul Jantzen at Olympus America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley, PA 18034 USA; email paul.jantzen@olympus.com. In Europe, contact Katja Ansmann, Marketing Communications Manager, Tel: +49 40 2 37 73 – 5913; email microscopy@olympus-europa.com.

About Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians, engineers and educators. Olympus bioscience 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. Olympus industrial microscopes and metrology systems play a leading role in precision R&D, engineering and manufacturing applications in fields as diverse as aerospace, the automotive industry, electronics, materials science/metallurgy, medical devices, photovoltaics and semiconductors.

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*In the United States, cellSens software is not for clinical diagnostic use.