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Olympus Exhibits the TANGO Benchtop Blood Bank Analyzer
(Automation For ABO/Rh Testing and Antibody Screening)

Orlando - (American Association of Blood Banks Annual Meeting) Oct. 26, 2002.

Olympus Diagnostics Systems Group is soliciting clinical evaluation sites for the next addition to its line of blood bank systems, the new TANGO benchtop analyzer.

TANGO is designed for medium to large transfusion services, donor centers and reference laboratories performing ABO/Rh testing and antibody screening. It will perform a host of functions including blood group determination; antibody screening, identification, and titration; and compatibility testing.

With a throughput of 200 wells per hour, TANGO will provide laboratorians a more efficient tool in areas where real estate is tight and functionality is key. The benchtop analyzer measures just 4.2 (L) x 2.2 (W) x 2.4 (H) feet and weighs 286 lbs. It will perform pipetting sequences of liquids and subsequent analysis of agglutination reactions. The fully automated process will include positive sample identification; process control through automated recording of reagents (lot numbers, expiration dates); sample dilutions; reagent addition and mixing; incubation; washing; centrifugation and image analysis.

For greater flexibility, TANGO systems will also feature batch and random access operating modes and STAT sample interrupt. For easy use and maximum efficiency, TANGO will use a Windows NT operating system, Pentium processor, touch screen interface and image analysis software. The performance characteristics for TANGO systems have not been established, nor is the TANGO available for sale in the U.S. Olympus is seeking interested laboratories for participation in field trial studies in early 2003. For additional information, please contact Candace Williams, Director/Immunohematology Systems, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group, at (800) 628-7152, ext. 2681. Fax: (972) 432-9532. Email: Candace.Williams@olympus.com

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Since 1981, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group has provided innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks and pharmaceutical labs. Offering the broadest standardized line of random access, chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems, Olympus' solutions save laboratories time, maximize productivity and deliver fast, reliable results.

Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group also offers rapid response technical support nationwide through Olympus Technical Services. Service and support are available to customers seven days a week, 24 hours a day, by calling 1-800-223-0130. From telephone troubleshooting and remote modem diagnostics…on-site customer training and service for hardware, software, application support…as well as training and field support at Olympus' Irving, Texas facility…Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group provides comprehensive customer-tailored solutions to ensure maximum system uptime with reliable results.

For additional information about the Olympus product line, and other services, please call the Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group at (800) 223-0125, or visit the Olympus web site at www.olympusamerica.com.

About Olympus
Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a global leader in designing, manufacturing and marketing optical-digital product solutions for health care and consumer segments. The company leverages R&D investment in technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines that include:

  • minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical endoscopes;
  • advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems; and
  • digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus America Inc. serves health care, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial and other service offerings and is the leading brand in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer camera products and services business spans North and South America. Olympus America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and parent company to develop state-of-the-art products and services that are innovative, intelligent, and easy to use. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.