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Olympus and Bacus Offer Nanozoomer Automated Digital Slide Scanner for Research

Center Valley, PA, October 15, 2006 - The Nanozoomer, a virtual microscopy system that quickly delivers automated, high throughput slide scanning with outstanding image quality, is available from Bacus Laboratories Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus America Inc. Manufactured by Hamamatsu Corporation, Nanozoomer allows researchers to do fast, accurate slide scanning for analysis, publication or archiving. With the click of a button, up to 210 slides are automatically scanned at 20x or 40x using a 4096 x 64 pixel CCD continuous-scan technology. The end result is a high-quality virtual slide in about four minutes.

Large numbers of tissue slides can be scanned automatically and completed overnight, with virtual slides ready for study in the morning. Once captured, each entire slide is easily viewed on a large, high-resolution monitor, allowing the observation of a larger area than the microscope's field of view. Digitizing research slides also allows archiving without specimen degradation, glass breakage or other problems, and permits the same tissue specimen to be re-evaluated in subsequent studies. Nanozoomer is compatible with a variety of third-party analysis packages.

For more information, contact Olympus America Inc. at 1-800-455-8236; visit or email

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group

Olympus 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, designing and delivering imaging solutions in healthcare, life science and photography. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

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Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.

In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit

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