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Siemens Showcases Innovative Products and Educational Offerings

New technologies help improve laboratory efficiency and quality of patient test results

DEERFIELD, Ill., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Healthcare showcases new and innovative solutions that automate workflow in the clinical laboratory through system consolidation and inter-connectivity of systems in booth #415, Exhibit hall A, McCormick Center, at the 2009 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Expo in Chicago, Illinois July 21-23, 2009. Educational workshops sponsored by Siemens and in-booth presentations will cover topics such as sepsis, allergy, women's heart health, and the financial crisis and healthcare reform.

Siemens will sponsor workshops highlighting the latest thought leadership on topics ranging from new tools to aid in the early identification and treatment of sepsis and the emerging trend of automated testing for infectious disease to the financial crisis and healthcare reform. Additional in-booth presentations will highlight how Siemens is helping address several of today's most critical healthcare issues, including the growing incidence of heart disease in women and recent advancements in the use of diagnostics to help improve the management of liver disease. Siemens will also share highlights from its latest research and development initiatives with over 30 scientific poster sessions during the Expo.

In addition, as part of the Siemens Disney alliance -- a twelve year strategic partnership based on Siemens commitment to the delivery of quality healthcare and Disney's legacy of caring for children -- the Siemens booth will feature a presentation on the important role 3gAllergy(TM) blood test plays in the early detection of allergies in children.

"We are excited to share our latest products and solutions with clinical laboratory customers," said Donal Quinn, CEO, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. "Our product designs result from collaborating with customers, staying focused on their needs and working together to take diagnostics to the next level."

The Siemens booth at this year's 2009 AACC will feature a number of Siemens newest instruments and assays, including:

  --  Dimension  EXL(TM) with LM (LOCI module) System, integrating chemistry
      and immunoassay testing on a single instrument; uses the LOCI 
      advanced chemiluminescence technology and includes a number of
      automated, productivity-enhancing features.
  --  Dimension Vista  500 System, offering ultra-integration of
      technologies including LOCI advanced chemiluminescence technology and
      onboard automation for enhanced sensitivity and efficiency.
  --  IMMULITE  2000 XPi System, offering enhanced hardware and software to
      help medium- to high-volume laboratories incorporate the comprehensive
      immunoassay menu of specialty assays and allergy testing into routine
      workloads (Under development; not available for sale in the U.S.).
  --  ADVIA Centaur  CP Immunoassay System, offering consolidated routine
      and infectious disease testing on a single platform.
  --  VersaCell(TM) with ADVIA Centaur  XP System Connectivity, providing an
      affordable automation solution for labs consolidating immunoassay
      and/or chemistry testing.
  --  StreamLAB  with ADVIA Centaur  XP System Connectivity, bringing new
      connectivity options, improved workflow efficiency and a broader
      consolidated test menu.
  --  CLINITEK  AUWi Automated Urinalysis Workcell System, combining two of
      the most widely used and reliable urine analyzers, the CLINITEK Atlas
      Automated Urine Chemistry Analyzer and the Sysmex UF-1000i(TM) Urine
      Cell Analyzer. With a common sample track and workflow management
      software, this new system offers true walkaway automated urninalysis,
      from chemistry to microscopy.
  --  CLINITEK Status  Connect System, which along with the Multistix 
      family of urinalysis testing strips is providing data management to
      efficiently manage in-office or point-of care urinalysis testing,
      including advanced security features, QC reminders and connectivity to
      the laboratory information system or EMR. (Under FDA review; not
      available for sale in the U.S.).
  --  RAPIDPoint   340/350 Blood Gas Systems, offering the right balance of
      efficiency and value for low- to mid-volume critical care patient
      testing sites. Both systems use a small patient sample size and the
      ability to interface with hospital and laboratory information systems.

  --  VERSANT  kPCR System Sample Prep, featuring advanced automation and
      the power to process a wide variety of sample types and volumes. The
      fully automated sample preparation platform uses Siemens proprietary
      extraction technology to provide quality-extracted nucleic acids with
      high efficiency. (Under development; not available for sale in the

Siemens will also feature the newest assays from their extensive test menu, including INNOVANCE D-Dimer, an aid in the diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis and INNOVANCE antithrombin tests an aid in the diagnosis of antithrombin deficiency and other coagulation disorders; Hemoglobin A1c to monitor patients with diabetes; CardioPhase hsCRP for cardiac risk assessment; Cystatin C for identifying kidney dysfunction; Berichrom Heparin calibrators and controls used with tests that monitor heparin levels; and new concentrated reagents that are diluted automatically on any ADVIA chemistry system on a per-test basis.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is a renowned medical solutions provider with core competence and innovative strength in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies as well as in knowledge engineering, including information technology and system integration. With its laboratory diagnostics acquisitions, Siemens Healthcare is the first integrated healthcare company, bringing together imaging and lab diagnostics, therapy, and healthcare information technology solutions, supplemented by consulting and support services. Siemens Healthcare delivers solutions across the entire continuum of care - from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis, therapy and care. Additionally, Siemens Healthcare is the global market leader in innovative hearing instruments. The company employs around 49,000 people worldwide and operates in 130 countries. In the fiscal year 2008 (Sept. 30), Siemens Healthcare reported sales of euro 11.2 billion, orders of euro 11.8 billion, and Sector profit of euro 1.2 billion. Further information can be found by visiting

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Posted: July 2009