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Olympus AU-CONNECTOR™ Consolidates Chemistry-Immuno Workcells, Maximizes Throughput


Orlando, FL, July 26, 2005 - The Olympus AU-CONNECTOR™ allows up to four Olympus clinical chemistry and immunoassay systems to be integrated into a single consolidated workcell for streamlined workflow and maximum throughput. The workcell design supports STAT processing, single loading area for routine specimens and single user-interface to monitor multiple instruments.

The Olympus AU-CONNECTOR is designed to provide operational savings along with flexibility and maximum efficiency. Consolidation of chemistry and immuno testing reduces the need for aliquots, and intelligent sample routing between the analytical modules maximizes throughput. Once analysis is completed the system can perform both secondary sorting and archiving processes.

The AU-CONNECTOR is designed to link up to four Olympus analyzers and is compatible with the AU640e® and AU2700® chemistry analyzers, along with the AU3000i™ immunoassay system. The analytical modules can be operated in "connected" or "stand-alone" modes.

In addition, when used in conjunction with the Olympus OLA2500™ laboratory automation system or OLA2500 High Speed Sorter, it provides a comprehensive solution for mid-to-large volume laboratories, including pre-analytical sample handling, decapping, aliquotting, sorting, loading, transporting, and archiving.

Olympus America Inc. anticipates that the AU-CONNECTOR and the AU3000i will be available in early 2006. At the current time they are being previewed and are for research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.

For more information on the Olympus AU-CONNECTOR, contact Hiroshi Sekiya, Senior Product Manager, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group, at 1-800-628-7152, extension 2636.

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.