Dako Launches Advanced Staining Platform at Global Pathology Congress

Mon Mar 4, 2013 9:00am EST

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  GLOSTRUP, DENMARK, Mar 04 (Marketwire) -- 
Dako, an Agilent Technologies Company and worldwide provider of cancer
diagnostics, unveiled the newest addition to its IHC portfolio at the
2013 USCAP congress in Baltimore, Md., today. As the exclusive Platinum
Sponsor of the congress, Dako used the opportunity to present its new
advanced staining solution to a global gathering of pathologists and lab
personnel. 

    The solution, Dako Omnis, comprises hardware, software and reagents. It
automates both IHC and ISH processes, meaning entire patient cases can be
processed simultaneously. This allows pathologists to make quicker, more
informed diagnoses. Oncologists can in turn prescribe relevant therapy
with less anxiety-ridden waiting time for patients. 

    "This solution provides a breakthrough in addressing some of the hitherto
unmet needs in the anatomic pathology lab," said Dr. Pedro L. Fernandez
of the Hospital Clinic and University of Barcelona, Spain. "Dako adopted
a collaborative approach to bring this solution to market and cooperated
with a global panel of key independent laboratory personnel. For over
three years, we have been involved in the design and development of this
solution. Dako has really listened and responded to the needs of the
customer."

    "Our customers tell us they are constantly expected to navigate
fluctuating slide numbers with fewer qualified staff and mounting
pressure to provide slides quickly in order to speed diagnosis," said
Lisa Miller, corporate vice president of Global Commercial Business, Dako.

    "With continuous loading, batch loading and overnight run options all
available, Dako Omnis sets new standards for what customers can expect
from an automated platform in terms of flexibility, capacity, efficiency
and traceability of slides," she added.

    Dako Omnis provides state-of-the-art software to bring lab control to a
new level. Now, key processes such as slide processing and instrument
maintenance can be traced to individual operators, greatly increasing
quality control.

    As with all Dako's instruments, customers can use the Dako Link software
to connect all solutions and workstations to the laboratory's own
information system. This approach gives the lab manager even more control
over the processing of each individual slide that enters the lab.

    Dako Omnis will be offered as part of Dako's current IHC portfolio, which
includes the Autostainer Link 48 instrument, which Dako will continue to
supply and support. 

    "Each pathology lab is different, and we believe with the addition of
Dako Omnis to our current IHC offering, Dako has an even greater
capability to bring the right solution to the right customer at the right
time," said Miller. "Dako has a reputation for bringing firsts to market,
with an unwavering passion for providing quality solutions. This enables
us to offer our customers efficiency, choice and more time to ultimately
provide better patient care. Advancing pathology is at the heart of what
we do, and our customers tell us our new platform is an important
addition." 

    About Dako - An Agilent Technologies Company
 Dako, based in Denmark, is
a global leader in tissue-based cancer diagnostics. Hospital and research
laboratories worldwide use Dako's reagents, instruments, software and
expertise to make accurate diagnoses and determine the most effective
treatment for cancer patients. Dako, with 1,200 employees, operates in
more than 100 countries. Dako became part of Agilent Technologies on June
21, 2012. Information about Dako is available at www.dako.com.

    About Agilent Technologies
 Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the
world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in chemical
analysis, life sciences, diagnostics, electronics and communications. The
company's 20,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries.
Agilent had revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012. Information about
Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.

    

Editorial Contact
Victoria Wadsworth-Hansen 
Director, Science Agenda
Dako Denmark A/S
+45 2933 6980 

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