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Aperio Partners with Definiens to Market Definiens Tissue Studio for Advanced Image Analysis
Date:5/11/2011

al pathology platform."

Definiens Tissue Studio automatically detects regions of interest within a tissue sample and quantifies these regions on a cell-by-cell basis. The detailed quantification enables a large number of standard and user-defined measurements. In addition to classifications such as staining intensity and cell counts, the software quantifies individual cellular morphological characteristics such as circularity, elliptical fit, area, length, width and distance to tumor border to help accurately measure nuclear, cytoplasmic, and membrane biomarkers. Additionally, it allows users to create completely new features offering virtually unlimited quantification related to biomarker expression and tissue morphology.

Aperio users in both healthcare and life sciences will benefit from Definiens Tissue Studio's fluorescence image analysis capabilities and morphometry tools. Morphometry can provide pathologists with a means to make more educated decisions about a course of treatment, and for  determining the relative effect of drug candidates on cells and tissues.

"Digital pathology is becoming an essential technology for increasing productivity and improving treatment decisions," said Thomas Heydler, CEO of Definiens. "Automated image analysis is the next step in digital pathology, providing clinicians with greater insight into patients' disease states. Definiens Tissue Studio is a natural fit for Aperio's platform, and we expect to reach a wide customer base as a result of this partnership."

Aperio's digital pathology platform provides a unique combination of instruments, image management software and a patent-protected architecture that allows image analysis partners such as Definiens to offer their applications to the largest and fastest growing installed base (800 systems, including 500 in hospitals and reference labs) of digital pathology customers. Aperio plans to con
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