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One of Nation's Oldest Blood Services Providers Turns to Sysmex America

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 General News J E 4
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ANAHEIM, Calif., Oct. 22 Blood Systems intends to purchaseup to 23 Sysmex XE-2100D(TM) Automated Hematology Analyzers for theorganization's 21 component production/quality control laboratories across theUnited States, said Blood Systems Vice President for Manufacturing SystemsDennis Harpool. Quality control procedures on prepared components and donoreligibility testing will be performed using the Sysmex XE-2100D to help ensurethat components deliver the expected therapeutic benefit, said Harpool.Today's announcement comes during the national meeting of AABB, formerly theAmerican Association of Blood Banks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Sysmex XE-2100D

Built on flexible automation, reliability and efficiency, the SysmexXE-2100D(TM) Hematology Analyzer is the perfect fit for the blood processingcenter. The XE-2100D has an easy-to-use operating system and an extendedplatelet 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 amulti-level, all inclusive quality control material.

About Blood Systems

Blood Systems is one of the nation's oldest and largest blood serviceproviders. Its non-profit community blood centers, United Blood Services andBlood Centers of the Pacific, provide blood, blood components and specialservices to patients in more than 500 hospitals in 18 states. Blood SystemsLaboratories provides high-volume blood donor testing and infectious diseasereference work at its two national facilities in Phoenix and Dallas where morethan 2.5 million blood donations from more than 80 blood and tissue collectionsites are tested annually. Blood Systems Research Institute produces highlyrespected transfusion medicine research and Blood Systems' BioCARE divisiondistributes a full line of therapeutic biologicals and recombinant coagulationfactors. Blood Systems, founded in 1943 as the Salt River Valley Blood Bankin Phoenix, Arizona, has its national offices in Scottsdale, Arizona. Formore information about Blood Systems please visit the organization's
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