Quorum Technologies Inc.

Quorum Technologies Inc.
Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories

Leica Microsystems Inc.

March 15, 2011 17:17 ET

Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories Implements Leica Microsystems Total Digital Pathology Solution

Marks New Milestone for Technology

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - Quorum Technologies Inc., a distributor and developer of high-end microscopy products and imaging systems announced today that Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories is implementing Leica Microsystems Inc. Total Digital Pathology solution. The Leica SCN400 scanner with Digital Image Hub and Conferencing software couples high throughput digital slide scanning with enterprise level software, to provide a complete digital pathology system for Gamma-Dynacare. The technology is being integrated at the Bowmanville laboratory where cancer-screening programs are being developed. Traditionally, pathologists have used microscopes to analyze specimens on glass slides. The acquisition of the Leica SCN400 solution provides Gamma Dynacare new tools and flexible workflow options. The system creates fully digitized images that can be viewed online in a secure and efficient manner from virtually any location. Gamma-Dynacare will also utilize Leica Microsystems' data management and image analysis software to further expand its commercial pathology services across Canada.

"The implementation of Leica Microsystems' SCN400 digital pathology system is exciting for Gamma-Dynacare as it supports our commitment to offer leading technology that can positively impact the delivery of diagnoses and treatment decisions for patients," said Jeff Sumner, Vice President, Clinical Development and Quality Assurance, Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories. "We have been monitoring the technology and our evaluation of Leica Microsystems' total digital pathology platform was positive. We are pleased to be able to provide our clients and patients with the benefits of this new technology."

"The Leica solution implementation at Gamma-Dynacare is an important one as it marks another milestone in Canada's adoption of the digital pathology paradigm," says John Arbuckle, President and CEO of Quorum Technologies. "Digital pathology is rapidly evolving and the technology has advanced tremendously over the past few years. Our company has implemented and supported approximately 50 digital pathology systems in medical schools, hospitals and research laboratories across Canada. It's great to see one of the country's largest and highly esteemed medical laboratories further validate the technology and prepare to offer a variety of digital pathology services."

About Gamma-Dynacare

Gamma-Dynacare is one of Canada's largest and most respected providers of laboratory services and solutions, with more than 50 years of experience in the industry. Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, its operations include six laboratory facilities, located in Brampton, London, Ottawa, Bowmanville, Montreal and Winnipeg. In addition, Gamma-Dynacare operates more than 175 Patient Services Centres in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Gamma-Dynacare's 2,000 skilled and dedicated employees perform millions of tests each year, playing a key role in the prevention and diagnosis of disease and the treatment of patients. By living its mission of "Caring for People", the company positively impacts the health and wellness of people across Canada, and is a valuable contributor to the betterment of the healthcare system.

About Leica Microsystems

Leica Microsystems is a world leader in microscopes and scientific instruments. Founded as a family business in the nineteenth century, the company's history was marked by unparalleled innovation on its way to becoming a global enterprise. Its historically close cooperation with the scientific community is the key to Leica Microsystems' tradition of innovation, which draws on users' ideas and creates solutions tailored to their requirements. At the global level, Leica Microsystems is organized in four divisions, all of which are among the leaders in their respective fields: the Life Science Division, Industry Division, Biosystems Division and Medical Division. Leica Biosystems, an own operating company, offers histopathology laboratories the most extensive product range with appropriate products for each work step in histology and for a high level of productivity in the working processes of the entire laboratory.

Leica Microsystems is represented in over 100 countries with 12 manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.

About Quorum Technologies

Quorum Technologies is a private Canadian enterprise located in Guelph, Ontario. The company develops and integrates scientific instruments and is the largest independent provider of Microscope based imaging systems in Canada. Quorum is a leader in advanced Live Cell Imaging platforms and holds over half a dozen patents with several others in process. Through its technology transfer relationships with Canadian Universities, Quorum is helping to bring new innovative technologies to market for use in preclinical research, drug development and personalized medicine.

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