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Olympus Receives Contract with Premier Healthcare Alliance for THUNDERBEAT Advanced Energy Platform



  Olympus Receives Contract with Premier Healthcare Alliance for THUNDERBEAT
                           Advanced Energy Platform

THUNDERBEAT Recognized as Breakthrough Innovative Technology by Leading Group
Purchasing Organization

PR Newswire

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 12, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Olympus, a precision
technology leader in designing and delivering innovative Medical and Surgical
solutions, among other core businesses, announced today that its THUNDERBEAT
Advanced Energy Platform has been added to the Surgical Energy agreement with
Premier. This award is a result of a "Breakthrough Technology" process where
THUNDERBEAT demonstrated significant differentiation to be added to the
agreement mid-stream. The agreement offers specially negotiated pricing to
Premier's alliance of more than 2,800 hospitals and 95,000 providers
nationwide.

THUNDERBEAT is the world's only platform that combines advanced bipolar and
ultrasonic energies into a single multi-functional hand instrument allowing
surgeons to simultaneously seal and cut vessels up to and including 7 mm in
size with minimal thermal spread. Additionally, it boasts the fastest cutting
speed, delivers reliable vessel sealing, and provides the highest grasping
forces at the tip when compared to the leading energy instruments currently on
the market.

"We are very excited to be selected by Premier as a preferred vendor for our
THUNDERBEAT Advanced Energy Platform," said Luke Calcraft, President of the
Medical Systems Group at Olympus Corporation of the Americas.  "THUNDERBEAT
eliminates the need for surgeons to choose between the benefits of bipolar or
ultrasonic energy by combining both energies into a single, universal system.
This helps hospitals meet the demands of today's healthcare environment by
realizing cost savings while providing quality care."

THUNDERBEAT, when combined with the versatility of the ESG-400 electrosurgical
generator, is the only platform that delivers every common form of energy used
in surgery today (monopolar, bipolar, ultrasonic and advanced bipolar) as well
as the revolutionary combination of advanced bipolar and ultrasonic energies.
 

THUNDERBEAT was recognized by Premier as a Breakthrough Innovation Technology
and was one of 14 medical innovations on display in front of thousands of
healthcare providers and experts at the Premier healthcare alliance's 2013
Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition. In addition, the technology was
showcased during the conference's fifth annual Innovation Celebration that
took place on June 11 in San Antonio. The event recognizes advances in
healthcare while highlighting industry suppliers committed to innovation and
improving patient outcomes.

About the Premier Healthcare Alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Recipient
Premier is the nation's largest performance improvement alliance of more than
2,800 U.S. hospitals and 95,000 other sites using the power of collaboration
and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality,
cost-effective care. Owned by healthcare providers, Premier operates a leading
purchasing network with more than $5 billion in annual savings. Premier also
maintains clinical, financial and outcomes databases based on 1 in every 4
patient discharges. A world leader in measurably improving patient care,
Premier has the largest performance improvement collaboratives in America,
including one in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in
Washington. https://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About Olympus Medical Systems Group
Olympus Medical Systems Group, a division of global technology leader Olympus,
develops solutions for healthcare professionals that help improve clinical
outcomes, reduce overall costs and enhance quality of life for their patients.
By enabling less invasive procedures, innovative diagnostic and therapeutic
endoscopy, and early stage lung cancer evaluation and treatments, Olympus is
transforming the future of healthcare.

For more information visit Olympus at www.olympusamerica.com.

SOURCE Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Website: http://www.olympusamerica.com
Contact: Michael Levey, Olympus Corporation of the Americas, 484-896-5120,
michael.levey@olympus.com
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