Olympus BLISS HD™ Virtual Microscopy System Offers Superior Optical Performance, Push-Button Ease

| July 31, 2008

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., July 29, 2008 – Olympus, a major provider of virtual microscopy solutions worldwide, offers a completely new look at the field with its high definition virtual microscopy system, the BLISS HD™. A comprehensive workstation incorporating a dedicated microscope stand, scanning instrumentation and powerful, easy-to-use software, the system offers the highest optical performance commercially available for virtual slide scanning.


BLISS HD is ideal for training, education, consultation, testing, archiving, research and other purposes. It offers a high degree of flexibility, allowing multiple-magnification scanning as well as an option for high-resolution oil immersion scans. Its Virtual Z™ feature allows capture and display of multiple Z focal planes for true virtual microscopy applications, and the system is designed to be easy to use, with simple one- or two-touch operation.

“BLISS HD is for clinical or research applications where having the best image quality possible, along with the greatest ease of operation, is desirable – areas like teaching, consulting, archiving and publishing,” said Christopher Higgins, Group Manager, Clinical Digital Imaging Marketing for Olympus America. “All of the vitally important slide data is captured for future reference, and because nothing is lost, these slides will work effectively for tomorrow’s most demanding virtual microscopy applications.”

The BLISS HD system includes a dedicated microscope stand optimized for virtual slide applications with very fast Z-axis response times, a motorized six-place nosepiece, a high-resolution three-CCD digital camera, and powerful, easy-to-use acquisition and control software running on the Windows Vista™ operating system. The BLISS HD workstation also includes SlideTray™, a digital slide organizer, WebSlide® Enterprise Viewer and Database software, storage for 750-1000 slides and dual 20-inch color monitors. The system comes equipped with Olympus 1.25x, 10x, 20x and 40x UIS2 plan apochromatic objectives. The optional oil scanning package includes a 60x, 1.35 NA, UIS2 objective plus software.

For more information on the Olympus BLISS HD virtual microscopy slide scanning system, contact Olympus America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley PA 18034-0610; phone 1-800-455-8236; visit www.olympusamerica.com/blisshd, or email microscopes@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;
* 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.

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