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Olympus and AACC Join Forces to Launch Free Symposium Series on Lab Management


Melville, NY, September 27, 2004 - Olympus is sponsoring a series of free, CME-credited symposia aimed at key laboratory decision makers in cities around the country this fall. The Top Challenges in Laboratory Management symposium series will be co-sponsored and marketed by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), which is setting up the speakers, promoting the event and handling attendee registration and accreditation. The schedule is:

November 17, 2004: San Francisco
December 9, 2004: Dallas
January 11, 2005: Philadelphia

Attending in each market will be laboratory directors, managers, administrators, pathologists and medical directors, along with hospital safety officers, risk managers and administrative directors. Lecture themes are based on hot topics identified by the AACC Management Sciences Division in a survey of division members earlier this year. Each full-day Olympus symposium will cover all these topics:

    A.) Structuring lab services for efficiency and profitability
    B.) Reducing medical errors: the key to improving patient safety
    C.) Clinical utility of laboratory testing: making the most of your results
    D.) Management of the ever-changing laboratory

Attendees will be treated to a continental breakfast and full lunch. In addition, they will be invited to attend an elegant Olympus-sponsored Industry Reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages immediately following each symposium.

"Olympus is deeply involved in offering educational grants to support laboratory and hospital personnel across our various business units. We are working closely with our colleagues at AACC to create this educational, productive program for laboratory managers and administrative executives," said Stephen E. Wasserman, Group Vice President, Olympus America Inc. Diagnostic Systems Group. "Participants will learn from some of the leading practitioners in the field how to monitor and improve patient safety and reduce errors, improve the value of test results, and create a challenging and productive work environment for staff members. In addition, they'll learn about new performance indicators that work, lab structures that promote efficiency, and much more."

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

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, 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; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.