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Sysmex Canada Renews Partnership With Canadian Lab Leader, LifeLabs

Industry leader to enhance hematology equipment at 12 sites across Ontario and British Columbia , for greater efficiency and test standardization

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario , Dec. 7, 2017 /CNW/ -- LifeLabs, Canada's largest laboratory service provider, awarded Sysmex Canada, a leader in automated diagnostic technology, a contract to upgrade and expand LifeLabs' hematology testing capability with new equipment. In 2018, Sysmex Canada will replace LifeLabs' hematology analyzers at 12 sites throughout British Columbia and Ontario and extend their partnership for another five years.

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The companies' partnership will enhance productivity, efficiency and collaboration at all LifeLabs locations, while reducing processing time with key Sysmex diagnostic solutions. Sysmex will provide scalable solutions, across 12 LifeLabs locations customized for the labs' needs. For example, locations with greater testing volume will benefit from Sysmex's XN-Series of hematology technology, paired with integrated digital morphology. While locations with less testing volume will benefit from standardization of equipment with larger labs.

Key outcomes sought from the agreement include reductions in waste and time needed to replace reagents, greater efficiency with digital morphology capability and optimized cross-lab communication.

"Sysmex Canada's solution provides us with a reliable and cutting-edge hematology platform from an industry leader that optimizes throughput and streamlines operations," says Pierre Bou-Mansour , chief operating officer at LifeLabs. "This technology will help us deliver standardized reporting across all of our testing facilities for our patients and health care providers and continue to provide best-in-class care that benefits Canadians."

After a rigorous RFP process, LifeLabs selected Sysmex. The agreement is a testament to the innovative approach to high-quality health care delivery both companies are known for.

"LifeLabs has a consistent reputation for delivering reliable testing innovations that benefit patients, providers and care delivery," said Carl Rocha , general manager for Sysmex Canada. "The proven precision, reliability and scalability of Sysmex technology, like lab automation and connectivity, will deliver results to match LifeLabs' reputation for quality and innovation now and in the future. We are honored to be in partnership with LifeLabs and support their efforts to continue supplying quality patient care with greater automation efficiency and faster results."

About LifeLabs

LifeLabs is a Canadian-owned company with over 50 years of experience providing laboratory testing services to help health care providers diagnose, treat, monitor, and prevent disease in patients. In communities across British Columbia and Ontario , LifeLabs delivers cost-effective, convenient access to laboratory testing services essential for optimal outcomes in health care. LifeLabs employs approximately 5,400 professionally trained staff and delivers over 100 million laboratory tests, supporting over 19 million patient visits annually. In 2013, LifeLabs acquired BC Biomedical in British Columbia and CML HealthCare in Ontario making LifeLabs the largest community laboratory in Canada . LifeLabs is indirectly owned by OMERS Administration Corporation, whose interest is managed by OMERS Infrastructure Management Inc. In addition to being the first community lab to conduct non-invasive prenatal testing in Canada , LifeLabs is the first lab to provide online appointment booking for patients, non-fasting protocols and secure, on-line access to lab results for patients. For more information about LifeLabs, visit: www.LifeLabs.com.

About Sysmex America

Sysmex America, Inc. distributes and supports a diverse portfolio of best-in-class, in vitro diagnostic hematology and clinical laboratory products in the U.S., Canada and Latin America . It is the U.S. regional office of Sysmex Corporation, a trusted world leader in clinical laboratory solutions that optimize efficiency, operations and financial performance in the lab, located in Kobe, Japan . Sysmex is reshaping the health care of tomorrow at the clinical laboratory level by transcending the boundaries of diagnostic science and serving as the pulse of reliable, accountable care. In 2017, Forbes magazine named Sysmex the most innovative company in the health care equipment and services category. For more information about Sysmex America, visit www.sysmex.com/us.

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