Olympus and Hamamatsu Sign Distribution Agreement


Center Valley, PA, April 16, 2007- Olympus America Inc. has signed an agreement with Hamamatsu Corporation for distribution of the Nanozoomer Digital Pathology system in the United States and Canada.

The Nanozoomer is a virtual microscopy system that quickly delivers automated, high throughput slide scanning with outstanding image quality. Olympus offers a comprehensive family of imaging-based systems and solutions for the pathology suite.

Manufactured by Hamamatsu, 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 three 4096 x 64 pixel Time Delay and Integration (TDI) CCD imaging sensors. 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 slides 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.

The agreement is effective immediately. For more information, contact Olympus America Inc. at 1-800-455-8236; visit www.olympusamerica.com/microscopes or email olympusseg@econnextions.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:

o Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
o Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
o Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents;
o 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.

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