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Olympus Offers Master Curve Calibration for the Olympus AU680® Chemistry System

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., December 18, 2008 – The necessity to verify and document that a laboratory analyzer is calibrated and performing properly is becoming increasingly critical for both internal quality assurance and to respond to laboratory oversight committees.  Olympus, a leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, has now introduced master curve calibration applications for the quantitative determination of Olympus immuno-turbidimetric reagents on the Olympus AU680® chemistry system. Master curve calibration capability elevates the performance of the AU680 by increasing laboratory efficiency and cost management.    

The use of two-dimensional barcodes on Olympus R1 reagent vials allows automatic uploading of multi-point, lot-specific master calibration curves. Clinicians can then perform a single-point adjustment calibration using Olympus Master Cal Set 1 (ODR30037). The master curve calibration is available now for use with C3 (OSR6159), C4 (OSR6160), Transferrin (OSR6152) and Anti-Streptolysin O (OSR6194), along with the newly released Immunoglobulin-A (OSR61171), and Immunoglobulin - M (OSR61173) reagents. 

For additional information about Olympus assays visit www.olympusamerica.com/dsg; or contact Carole Dauscher at 484-896-5000 or via email at carole.dauscher@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, physician offices 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.