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Olympus Supports AACC with Programs, Awards

Orlando, FL, July 26, 2005 - From honoring key researchers to treating meeting attendees to a cup of hot java, Olympus is everywhere at this year's combined 2005 American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Meeting / XIX International Congress of Clinical Chemistry. In Booth 901 visitors can see a wide array of Olympus solutions for lab professionals' automation, analysis and imaging needs. Also, Olympus America Inc. is supporting the prestigious annual AACC Research Award for the fourth year in a row, providing coffee breaks twice a day during the exposition for everyone on the show floor, and even sponsoring the lead-request cards.

"Laboratory professionals, doctors and other decision makers are vitally important partners in Olympus' future growth," said Stephen Wasserman, Group Vice President of the company's Diagnostic Systems Group. "Both the Diagnostic Systems and Scientific Equipment Groups at Olympus America have a sense of commitment to the organizations that serve so many of our customers."

Among the key products displayed in Booth 901 are the OLA2500™ High Speed Sorter, a new laboratory automation solution, along with the new SUPPORTVISION™ system, an Internet-based device management service for real-time monitoring of Olympus analyzers. The company is also showing a full line of clinical microscopes and the newly introduced UIS2 microscope optical system. AU™ series chemistry-immuno analyzers for physician office, hospital and reference laboratories will be on display, and Olympus is previewing several products anticipated for future release, including the TANGO™ benchtop blood bank analyzer; the AU3000i™ immunoassay analyzer; and the Olympus AU-CONNECTOR™ workcell, which will integrate specimen movement among up to four Olympus AU series analyzers. (At the current time these three products are being previewed and are for research use only, not for use in diagnostic procedures.)

But the Olympus presence at the meeting goes much further. As they walk around the Clinical Lab Expo, attendees can sweep their show ID cards through card readers in any booth to request information on that company's product or service; Olympus is sponsoring those cards. Olympus is also providing Exhibit Hall Coffee Stations on the show floor during scheduled coffee breaks, for a cup of coffee or tea on the house.

In addition, Olympus once again is supporting the important AACC Awards Program through sponsorship of the prestigious 2005 AACC Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research, awarded this year to Dr. David B. Sacks, M.B., Ch.B., FRCPath, an Associate Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, and Medical Director of Clinical Chemistry at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Sacks was recognized at one of the opening sessions for his work on intracellular signal transduction, with a focus on calcium and calmodulin signaling. Dr. Sacks's primary clinical focus is in diabetes mellitus, with an emphasis on the interface between the clinical laboratory and patient care. In this endeavor, he has worked very closely with the American Diabetes Association. Dr. Sacks is also actively engaged in enhancing the quality of laboratory analysis in patients with diabetes. He is Chair of the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) steering committee and serves on several other national and international diabetes committees.

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