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FDA Clears Olympus PK 7300 Automated Microplate System

FDA Clears Olympus PK 7300 Automated Microplate System

Center Valley, Pa., January 14, 2008 Olympus America Inc., the leading provider of high-throughput automated blood bank instruments in the North America donor market since the 1980s, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the Olympus PK 7300 Automated Microplate System for use in the United States. The FDA has also licensed Blood Grouping and Phenotyping reagents specifically formulated and manufactured exclusively for use on the PK7300 instrument. Designed for blood donor centers, the system will offer the performance that has made Olympus the leader in the field. Olympus systems test more than 90 percent of the North American blood supply.

The newest member of the PK7000 series utilizes the same proven technology, agglutination in the Olympus microtiter plates, as its predecessors the Olympus PK 7100 and PK 7200 systems. The PK7300 system will also offer users enhanced process control features, increased throughput, upgraded computer hardware and software, and reduced maintenance.

The system will offer clot detection, reagent monitoring and quality control monitoring, and will use a flexible, user-friendly Windows-based computer system. To streamline use and help ensure accurate recordkeeping, it will also feature extensive online support, with the user manual, troubleshooting guide, and maintenance and part usage records all available online.

For added convenience, the system features primary reagent vial sampling. The ABO/Rh and phenotyping antisera and reagent red blood cells will be provided to end users ready-to-use and packaged in barcoded reagent vials. No handling or manipulation of the reagents will be required.

For more information on the Olympus PK7300 Automated Microplate Blood Testing System, contact Amy Spizzirri, Olympus America Inc., phone: 484-896-5244; email: amy.spizzirri@olympus.com.

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems
Olympus Diagnostic Systems 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, blood bank analyzers and reagents. Olympus solutions save laboratories time, maximize productivity, and deliver fast, reliable results.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide 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;
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

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