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Olympus Offers FSX100 Bio Imaging Navigator: All-in-One Fluorescence Microscope with Easy Load-and-Go Operation

Center Valley, PA, November 19, 2008 – Olympus has introduced the FSX100 Bio Imaging Navigator all-in-one microscope system, a compact, innovative fluorescence microscope and camera system that allows the operator to capture high quality microscope images with load-and-go simplicity, just by following a simple guide displayed on the screen.

Designed for use by less experienced microscope users and in multi-user facilities, the system delivers all the quality of Olympus’ world-renowned optical technologies, but with one-touch simplicity. Even first-time users can easily navigate through the few short steps to capture high quality fluorescence images in moments.  Just load the specimen, follow a few easy steps on the screen, and images are immediately captured and ready to access.

“The FSX100 Bio Imaging Navigator defies the notion that fluorescence microscopes are hard to operate,” said Nicolas George of Olympus America Inc. “This system allows high-quality fluorescence observation and image capture with a very short learning curve.”

The load-and-go FSX100 automates complicated adjustments such as fluorescence filter switching, brightness adjustment, camera exposure times and focusing that used to be done manually. The user simply turns on the power, opens the cover, loads a specimen and closes the cover. An image of the specimen is focused, observed and captured just by clicking the mouse.

Unlike most other fluorescence microscopes, the FSX100 works well in a brightly lit room.  Its compact, all-in-one body allows the system to be installed in locations too small or otherwise unsuitable for traditional microscopes.  The system includes a high-resolution objective, a digital camera for capturing high quality images, and an outer housing that creates the essential darkroom-type conditions for fluorescence imaging.

The Bio Imaging Navigator FSX100 is equipped with world-class Olympus optics, including a 40x objective lens with a numerical aperture (NA) of 0.95 for a dry system.  The objective efficiently collects weak fluorescence signals and captures high quality images with a high signal-to-noise ratio.  The system also includes a high-performance digital camera, a light source, and convenient viewing and editing functions such as library management for images, along with export of measurement data to Microsoft Office Excel for use in presentation materials and academic papers.

For more information on the all-in-one Olympus FSX100 Bio Imaging Navigator fluorescence microscope, contact Olympus America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley, PA 18034-0610; phone 1-800-455-8236; visit www.olympusamerica.com/fsx100 or email: microscopes@olympus.com.

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators. Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

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.