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ABC Political Analyst Cokie Roberts to Address the U.S. Healthcare Debate

Speech at Healthcare Professionals’ Annual Meeting

Washington, DC, July 25, 2008- Cokie Roberts, political analyst for ABC News, former co-anchor of the popular television show This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts, andNational Public Radio (NPR) senior news analyst, will address How Healthy is the Healthcare Debate on the Campaign Trail and in the Halls of Congress on Monday, July 28 at 1:30 pm, at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. The speech is open to the media, and will be followed by a brief question and answer session.

The presentation, sponsored by Olympus America Inc., will occur during the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) annual meeting.  In addition to the press, the presentation is open to registered meeting attendees and invited guests. AACC members develop and perform diagnostic tests conducted in hospital laboratories, clinics, medical facilities and other health centers. 

In her work for NPR and ABC News, Roberts often serves as an on-air analyst for the networks, focusing primarily on politics, Congress and public policy. In her upcoming speech, the long-time Congressional correspondent and leading political pundit will share her insight and wisdom born of personal and professional relationships honed in the halls of Congress over four decades. In this election year, she will bring a practiced political eye, journalistic perspective and unique authority to comment on the healthcare issues currently facing lawmakers in Washington D.C. and on the campaign trail across the U.S.

Olympus, whose Diagnostic Systems Group offers the broadest line of chemistry/ immunochemistry systems for hospital and reference laboratory testing, is sponsoring the AACC address as part of its Olympus Partnership Awards Program. The program is dedicated to expanding education and partnerships between science and industry. Along with this presentation, the company also provides two charitable donations to healthcare-related organizations as part of the Olympus Partnership Awards program. This year, one donation will support St. Thomas Community Health Center of New Orleans, which provides comprehensive medical help to those in the New Orleans community who need it most, regardless of ability to pay for services. The organization’s operations were completely destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and are being rebuilt.

The AACC’s own Van Slyke Foundation, which supports clinical laboratory scientists and students, is the second organization benefiting from the Olympus Partnership Awards Program grants this year. "These awards help support AACC’s vital mission: advancing the practice and profession of clinical laboratory medicine and expanding its role in improving healthcare,” said Dr. John Sherwin, chairman of the Foundation. The donation will be used to provide educational opportunities for healthcare professionals coming to the U.S. from abroad.

“As a leading technology company that delivers solutions in healthcare and life science, and an organization committed to benefiting society at large, we are proud to have Cokie Roberts join us in Washington for the Olympus Partnership Awards, and to support the important work of these two organizations,” said Michael Krenz, Vice President of Diagnostic Systems Sales at Olympus America. “The Olympus Partnership Awards are part of our commitment to education, scholarship and special programs for healthcare professionals.”

Ms. Roberts’ presentation will begin promptly at 1:30pm in the Ballroom ABC on the third floor of the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington D.C.  For additional information or a complimentary press registration for the meeting and presentation, contact Peter Patterson/AACC at 202-835-8718 or ppatterson@aacc.org.

About AACC (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)
AACC (American Association for Clinical Chemistry) is an international scientific/medical society of clinical laboratory professionals, physicians, research scientists and other individuals involved with clinical chemistry and other clinical laboratory science-related disciplines. For more information, visit http://www.aacc.org

About Olympus Diagnostic Systems
Olympus Diagnostic Systems provides innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated health care 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. www.olympusamerica.com.

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.