Instrumentation Laboratory to Celebrate 50th Anniversary With '50 and Forward' Program

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 General News
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LEXINGTON, Mass., July 1 InstrumentationLaboratory (IL), a worldwide developer, manufacturer and distributor of invitro diagnostic instruments, related reagents and services, today announcedits plan for a comprehensive, "50 and Forward" program to celebrate theCompany's 50th anniversary in 2009. The "50 and Forward" program of events andactivities will kick-off with an official industry launch and celebration atJuly's American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) 2008 Conference(Booth #2703).

Celebration Will Recognize IL Customers and Employees

The "50 and Forward" celebration is planned as a program of events andactivities to recognize IL's customers -- especially long-term customers --and employees.

The cornerstone of the program's many activities will be the establishmentof an award called "The Passion and Results" Awards for customers. Toplaboratorians, physicians and nurses and their institutions who have gone"above and beyond" to enhance the quality of patient care will receive anaward and an educational grant to their institution to recognize their"passion and results." Additionally, their compelling stories will be told andposted in multiple IL venues and industry publications.

"There are so many outstanding healthcare professionals going above andbeyond every day to help improve patient care, and these awards are a way ofacknowledging those individuals and their efforts," said Josep Manent, CEO ofIL. "'Passion and results' also embodies what IL stands for. We are alwaysstriving to discover and identify better technology with the goal of givinghealthcare providers the best, most valuable tools, so they can provide thebest care for their patients."

"As we celebrate IL's achievements, we'll be recognizing and rewarding ourcustomers -- the laboratorians, researchers, and point-of-care providers -- aswell as our own employees -- who have contributed so much to our success inour first 50 years," said Ramon Benet, VP of Worldwide Marketing and US Salesand Service at IL. "This is an opportunity to reflect on our past and lookforward to our future as industry leaders and innovators."

IL's Distinguished History of "Firsts" Will Be Celebrated

Instrumentation Laboratory has a long list of industry firsts andinnovations to celebrate. Among many other firsts are: the first directreading pH/blood gas analyzer (1959); the invention of CO-Oximetry (1967); thefirst information management system for blood gas (1989); the firststandardized Critical Care testing platform for all hospital locations (2000);the first and only automated active total quality control system (2002); andcoming in Q4 2008, the greatly-anticipated ACL AcuStar(R) -- the first fullyautomated random-access analyzer dedicated to specialty assays in hemostasistesting.

As Ramon Benet noted, "IL has a powerful 50-year legacy. We intend toleverage our pride in our achievements with our passion for continuedinnovation in our next 50 years."

Harnessing the Power of IL Experts

In July 2008, IL will announce a "50 and Forward" ILeader Panel of expertsand speakers who will be available to the press and for forums, webcasts,roundtables and other discussion venues during the celebration period. TheILeader Panel will also adjudicate the "Passion and Results" Awards.Interested persons should contact IL's Sally McCraven at 781-861-4577

See Instrumentation Laboratory at AACC '08, Booth # 2703

At this year's AACC Conference, IL will provide details and information onits "50 and Forward" program, will showcase its new ACL TOP(R) 500 CTSHemostasis Testing System and revolutionary new GEM(R) Premier(TM) 4000critical care analyzer, and will conduct an Industry Workshop, "EffectiveImplementation and Management of a Point-of-Care Testing Program" (July 29,6PM, Grand Hyatt, Constitution A).

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