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One of Nation's Oldest Blood Services Providers Turns to Sysmex America
Date:10/22/2007

ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Blood Systems intends to purchase up to 23 Sysmex XE-2100D(TM) Automated Hematology Analyzers for the organization's 21 component production/quality control laboratories across the United States, said Blood Systems Vice President for Manufacturing Systems Dennis Harpool. Quality control procedures on prepared components and donor eligibility testing will be performed using the Sysmex XE-2100D to help ensure that components deliver the expected therapeutic benefit, said Harpool. Today's announcement comes during the national meeting of AABB, formerly the American Association of Blood Banks.

The Sysmex XE-2100D Automated Hematology Analyzer rapidly and accurately measures parameters such as hemoglobin, hematocrit (direct) and platelet count. It has the extended linearity capabilities required for the concentrated cell preparations that make up component therapy.

The blood centers division of Blood Systems, made up of United Blood Services and Blood Centers of the Pacific, provides blood, blood components and special services to patients in more than 500 hospitals in 18 states.

"Our blood centers need automated hematology analyzers that are reliable and can produce accurate measurements rapidly. We have found these assets in the Sysmex XE-2100D hematology analyzers and believe they will contribute to the operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness of our blood center laboratories," said Harpool.

Blood Systems is licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration and its blood centers hold current certifications for the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) and are accredited by AABB.

"While our highly reliable Sysmex XE-2100D will be critical to Blood Systems' work, we believe an equally important value that Sysmex brings to Blood Systems is our focus, communications and responsiveness to the business needs of the blood centers in general and to Blood Systems and its blood centers in particular," said John Kershaw, President, Sysmex America.

Sysmex hematology instrumentation continues to rank the industry's best in reliability, performance, first-time fix rates and repurchase likelihood, according to IMV ServiceTrak(TM). The IMV ServiceTrak(TM) survey, conducted by an independent research company that analyzes science-based instrument industries, surveyed more than 1,600 randomly chosen clinical laboratory health care professionals from varying hospital sizes across the country.

About Sysmex XE-2100D

Built on flexible automation, reliability and efficiency, the Sysmex XE-2100D(TM) Hematology Analyzer is the perfect fit for the blood processing center. The XE-2100D has an easy-to-use operating system and an extended platelet linearity of up to 5,000 x 10/ul and HCT linearity up to 75%. Sysmex's state-of-the-art Interlaboratory Quality Control Program features a multi-level, all inclusive quality control material.

About Blood Systems

Blood Systems is one of the nation's oldest and largest blood service providers. Its non-profit community blood centers, United Blood Services and Blood Centers of the Pacific, provide blood, blood components and special services to patients in more than 500 hospitals in 18 states. Blood Systems Laboratories provides high-volume blood donor testing and infectious disease reference work at its two national facilities in Phoenix and Dallas where more than 2.5 million blood donations from more than 80 blood and tissue collection sites are tested annually. Blood Systems Research Institute produces highly respected transfusion medicine research and Blood Systems' BioCARE division distributes a full line of therapeutic biologicals and recombinant coagulation factors. Blood Systems, founded in 1943 as the Salt River Valley Blood Bank in Phoenix, Arizona, has its national offices in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information about Blood Systems please visit the organization's web site at http://www.bloodsystems.org.

About Sysmex America, Inc.

Sysmex America, Inc., the U.S. headquarters of Sysmex Corporation (Kobe, Japan), is a world leader in clinical laboratory systemization and solutions, including clinical diagnostics, automation and information systems. Serving customers for over 35 years, 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. For more information about Sysmex, please visit http://www.sysmex.com/usa.


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