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Olympus VS110® - Fluorescence Virtual Slide Microscope Scanner Provides Flexibility, Image Quality for High-Resolution Applications

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., March 1, 2011 - The Olympus VS110-Fluorescence (VS110-FL) virtual slide microscope scanning system is now available in the U.S. Based on award-winning technology, the new VS110-FL offers unparalleled flexibility for both fluorescence and brightfield applications, with high-performance optics that can capture images at various magnifications and depths within the specimen. Virtual microscopy generates high-resolution images of a whole specimen that can be shared with multiple viewers anywhere in the world. The VS110-FL joins a full Olympus line of virtual slide systems; there are hundreds of Olympus systems installed worldwide.

In the U.S., the VS110-FL system is designed for research, pharmaceutical science, biotechnology and education applications, where enhanced color fidelity and the ability to handle multiple tasks are required. It is able to scan up to 100 glass slides per batch at very high fidelity, enabling users to view and navigate high-resolution images of entire slides or slide areas.

In addition to providing outstanding image quality and flexibility, the system is easy to use, with simple three-click operation. Its 16-bit multichannel fluorescence capability and eight-position excitation/emission filter wheels allow fast acquisition of fluorescence images, with an extensive choice of fluorochromes for capturing intracellular detail. Each channel is configured individually to enhance focus.

VS110-FL is currently the only virtual microscopy system of its kind with so many choices for specimen image capture magnification. It comes standard with four Olympus PlanSApo objectives - 2x, 10x, 20x and 40x. The 40x has a numerical aperture (N.A.) of 0.95 for enhanced light gathering. Olympus also offers high-N.A. 60x and 100x oil objectives for the VS-110-FL. With standard Virtual-Z™, images from up to 15 Z-planes (focal depths within the specimen) can be integrated, allowing the viewer to focus through the sample as if working with a traditional microscope.

"Fluorescence is one of our customers' most important virtual microscopy applications, and the VS110-FL does it beautifully, with high-resolution imaging, flexibility and convenient operation," said Brad Burklow, Director of Business Development, Scientific Equipment Group, Olympus America Inc.

In daily use, the VS110-FL delivers versatility, performance and security. Earlier versions of the instrument are being used for such demanding research applications as the Federal Connectome project, one of the largest and highest-profile research initiatives in the U.S., where scientists are working to map all the neural connections in the human brain.

The VS110 family of scanners also recently earned two of the three top honors for quality at the first European Scanner Contest, which took place in May 2010 in conjunction with the 94th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Pathology and the 10th Pathology Federal Meeting. Olympus earned more quality honors than any other scanner manufacturer in the competition.

For more information on the VS110-FL virtual slide microscope scanning system, contact Olympus America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley PA 18034-0610; phone 800-446-5967; visit www.olympusamerica.com/vs110 or email lorne.davies@olympus.com.

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group - Industrial Microscopes Olympus industrial microscopes and metrology systems play a leading role in precision R&D, engineering and manufacturing applications in fields as diverse as aerospace, the automotive industry, electronics, materials science/metallurgy, medical devices, photovoltaics, and semiconductors. Olympus continues to be a leader in optical design and advanced quality innovation. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com/industrialmicroscopes.

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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 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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    In the U.S., the VS110-FL is for research and educational use only.