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Olympus Offers Three All-in-One Microscope Systems, Designed to Streamline Research Imaging

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., October 22, 2009 – Three high performance, all-in-one microscope systems from Olympus streamline live cell, fluorescence and confocal imaging, enabling researchers to focus on their data and images rather than on the complexities of operating high-end microscope rigs.  The three compact, self-contained systems – the VivaView™ incubator microscope system, FluoView® FV10i confocal microscope system and FSX100™ fluorescence microscopy system – are designed to remove the complexities of setting up and using advanced microscopes.  Their excellent optical performance, small footprint and ease of use combine to ensure that users can concentrate on their research instead of on their instruments.

All three systems allow users to load samples easily and then capture images with just a couple of clicks.  All integrate world-renowned Olympus UIS2 optics for exceptional optical performance.  And all of these biologist-friendly instruments can be placed in any lab for easy access and operation – no darkrooms required. 

The VivaView incubator microscope offers researchers the unprecedented ability to do multi-channel long-term time-lapse observation of living cells without having to remove cultures from their ideal growth environment.  The system can handle observation of multiple locations in up to eight dishes simultaneously, for days or weeks at a time, so researchers can better manage, observe, image, and generate data on cell growth and kinetics, morphology, protein expression and more. The closed-box system incorporates a true cell culture incubator, fully motorized inverted microscope, high performance drift-free optics, camera, computer and easy-to-use software.  With its streamlined dish management system, VivaView offers supreme flexibility, ease of use, and excellent optical performance.

The FluoView FV10i, the latest innovation in the powerful FluoView confocal microscope system series, is the first commercially available self-contained confocal laser scanning microscope system. Engineered to work “right out of the box,” the high performance system is primarily contained in a compact main unit with multiple integrated functions including a laser combiner, imaging system, anti-vibration platform and more.  Designed with scientists in pharmaceutical, clinical, stem cell, cell biology and other laboratories in mind, it is perfect for individual users, smaller biological facilities, labs where a confocal specialist is not always available, and any user who needs to do confocal imaging of living cells and tissues. Users can select from water immersion or oil immersion options.  The low-cost spectral system can be delivered immediately and sets-up in minutes without the need for an anti-vibration table.  Almost no training is required to capture beautiful pictures right away.

The FSX100 Bio Imaging Navigator is a compact, innovative fluorescence and brightfield 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 multi-user facilities and individual users who don’t want to spend time on complex traditional fluorescence microscopy system set-up, the system delivers all the quality of world renowned Olympus optical technologies, but with amazing ease of use and without the need for a darkroom. Even first-time users can easily navigate through the few short steps to capture bright, sharp fluorescence and brightfield images in moments, right in their lab. 

For more information on any of the Olympus All-in-One systems, visit http://www.olympusamerica.com/selfcontainedmicroscopes or contact Mark Clymer, Olympus America Inc., at mark.clymer@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;
· Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves the healthcare field 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/microscopes.

Olympus, FluoView, FSX and VivaView are trademarks or registered trademarks of Olympus Corporation, Olympus America Inc., and/or their affiliates.