September 18, 2008

Gyrus ACMI, an Olympus Company, Launches Lightweight & Ergonomic, Digital Nephroscope

Gyrus ACMI, an Olympus Company, a leading worldwide manufacturer and supplier of diagnostic and therapeutic minimally invasive surgical devices in the areas of Urology and Gynecology, announces the market release of a percutaneous nephroscope utilizing an ultra-miniature 1 mm complementary metal oxide semi-conductor (CMOS) imaging sensor. The Smith(TM) Digital Percutaneous Nephroscope (IPN) joins distal CMOS sensor Flexible Ureteroscopes (DUR(R)-D) and Flexible CystoNephroscopes (ICN) on the Invisio(R) Digital Technology Platform, at the forefront of medical visualization.

The fully integrated distal CMOS imaging sensor and dual light emitting diodes (LED) illumination eliminate the need for bulky external video accessories and allow for one simple connection for true "plug & play" digital technology. By decreasing the number of components and associated maintenance costs, the Smith(TM) Digital Nephroscope can reduce the cost of ownership.

Integrated digital technology makes the Smith(TM) Digital Nephroscope much lighter than traditional fiber optic percutaneous nephroscopes at 470 g versus as much as 935 g. During a long procedure, the lighter weight design makes a considerable difference in surgeon fatigue in comparison with standard endoscopes. The ergonomic handle facilitates handling with the non-dominant hand while using the dominant hand for instrument manipulation.

"Olympus' expertise and deep knowledge of opto-digital technology, which will now be available in Gyrus ACMI products as a result of our recent acquisition, will position us to apply our expanded portfolio of digital video endoscopy technology across the ever-advancing field of Urology," said F. Mark Gumz, President and Chief Executive Officer, Olympus Corporation of the Americas.

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:

-- 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 . Gyrus ACMI, Inc 136 Turnpike Road Southborough, MA 01772 office 508.804.2600 fax 508.804.2624