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Sysmex America, Inc. Lands Exclusive CellaVision AB Contract Extension Until 2009


12/14/2006 11:56:38 AM

MUNDELEIN, Ill., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sysmex America, Inc., a leading medical diagnostic instrument manufacturer and information systems developer, has reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension with CellaVision AB for the exclusive distribution of the CellaVision(TM) DM96 and DM8 Digital Cell Morphology Systems to laboratories in the United States. Sysmex America will be responsible for the systems' sales, marketing and service support.

"The CellaVision DM-Series systems, which locate, identify, and pre- classify blood cells by means of automatic microscopy and advanced image processing, greatly enhance Sysmex America's hematology product offering," said John Kershaw, President, Sysmex America. "It allows us to meet the growing demand for automated digital cell morphology systems, which improves both the quality of results and the productivity of laboratories performing medium to high volume testing," he added.

"The working relationship between Sysmex America and CellaVision AB has been a cooperative and productive one, resulting in key market penetration and enhanced sales growth for our company," said Yvonne Martensson, CEO, CellaVision AB. "We look forward to our continued growth with Sysmex America and welcome the opportunity to support U.S. hospitals in their quests to provide cost-effective, quality patient care," added Martensson.

About CellaVision AB

Based in Lund Sweden, CellaVision AB is a high-tech company with a core competence in the development of software for automatic image analysis of cells and cell changes and for applications in health and medical care. The company offers cutting-edge expertise within sophisticated digital image analysis, artificial intelligence and automated microscopy. It develops and markets systems for automatic differentials of white blood cells and red morphology, and software for education and quality assurance of differentials. The company's associates, primarily based in Sweden with a U.S. office located in Jupiter, Florida, have expertise in advanced imaging analysis, artificial intelligence, and automated microscopy. For more information, please visit http://www.cellavision.com .

About Sysmex America, Inc.

Based in Mundelein, IL, Sysmex America, Inc., the U.S. headquarters of Sysmex Corporation (Kobe, Japan), is a world leader in clinical laboratory systematization and solutions, including clinical diagnostics, automation and information systems that elevate clinical laboratory medicine to first-line patient care. Sysmex focuses on extending the boundaries of diagnostic science while providing the management information tools that make a real difference in clinical and operational results for people worldwide. Additional information about Sysmex America, Inc. can be found at http://www.sysmex.com/usa .

Sysmex America, Inc.

CONTACT: Tammy Kutz, Manager, Media & Events, of Sysmex America,+1-847-996-4531, kutzt@sysmex.com ; or Tina Dackemark Lawesson, Manager,Marketing Communications, of CellaVision AB, +011 46 4 6 286 4407,tina.dackemarklawesson@cellavision.com



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