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Leica Biosystems and Dell Enable Access to Pathology Images Between China and the U.S.

Leica Biosystems and Dell Enable Access to Pathology Images Between China and
                                   the U.S.

PR Newswire

VISTA, Calif., March 6, 2013

VISTA, Calif., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Leica Biosystems, which through
its acquisition of Aperio became the leading provider of digital pathology
systems, announced today that Chinese physicians have access to U.S.
healthcare organizations for real-time, expert review of pathology cases
through the first scalable, secure medical cloud network through its strategic
collaboration with Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences.

The U.S. institutions providing pathology services include: The Johns Hopkins
Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania,
Dianon/Lab Corp. and ProPath. According to Krista Crews, executive director of
ProPath, "Through the use of amazingly innovative technologies, pathology
services can be provided efficiently and rapidly to support the needs in
China."

"We are pleased to now have access to additional pathology resources," said
Hongbo Li, M.D., a GI pathologist and co-founder of Sinopath Diagnostics.
Located in the Beijing International Medical Center, Sinopath Diagnostics
provides services for routine anatomic pathology diagnoses, pathology
consultation, tele-IHC, companion diagnostics and genetic testing. "By
improving communication among our colleagues, we can enhance the quality of
care we provide for our patients," said Li.

"Demand for pathology services in China is growing rapidly and we need easier
access to experts both inside and outside of China to keep up with the
demand," said Shiang Huang, M.D., founder and CEO of Kindstar Globalgene
Technology. Kindstar provides laboratory services to over 3,300 Chinese
hospitals for advanced diagnostics in oncology and other medical specialties.

"Connecting China and the U.S. through our collaboration with Dell begins to
meet our goal to address the regional and global imbalances of pathology
expertise available for patient care by enabling access to pathologists,
regardless of location," said Matthias Weber, M.D., president of Leica
Biosystems.

The cloud-based solution, powered by Dell's Unified Clinical Archive, is a
global, secure and scalable IT platform. This provides the foundation of best
practices to optimize access to large pathology images so physicians can
quickly and easily review and collaborate to expedite patient results and
treatment decisions.

"Dell is excited to work with Leica Biosystems on this initiative and to
facilitate the sharing of whole slide pathology images via the cloud," said
August Calhoun, Ph.D., vice president and general manager of Dell Healthcare
and Life Sciences. "This is a prime example of how a hybrid cloud solution
with application-neutral data management capabilities can break down
traditional information silos and allow healthcare organizations to securely
manage, store and share data to advance patient care even across great
distances."

About Leica Biosystems

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in laboratory workflow solutions for
anatomic pathology, striving to advance cancer diagnostics to improve
patients' lives. Leica Biosystems provides a comprehensive product range for
each step in the pathology process, from sample preparation and staining to
imaging and reporting. Recognizing there is a shortage of Pathology expertise
worldwide, as well as increasing sub specialization, Leica Biosystems expanded
its capability in pathology imaging with Aperio ePathology Solutions enabling
greater access for Pathologists through market leading whole slide scanners,
NETWORK solutions that enables remote, real-time viewing and easy distribution
of images for collaboration, and PRECISION solutions that provide pathologists
with easy-to-use quantitative image analysis to improve clinical and research
productivity, reproducibility, and consistency. Leica Biosystems is
represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 6
countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an
international network of dealers. Further information can be found at
www.leicabiosystems.com.

SOURCE Leica Biosystems

Contact: Claudia Russell, Vice President, Marketing;
claudia.russell@leicabiosystems.com
 
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