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Siemens Launches Next Generation Automation Solution ‘Aptio’ at AACC 2012
Aptio Automation offers clinical laboratories a unified solution to address expanding workloads in the
face of decreasing resources


Los Angeles, July 18, 2012 – Today, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics launched Aptio™ Automation¹,
the company’s next generation laboratory automation platform, at the 2012 AACC and ASCLS Annual
Meetings and Clinical Lab Expo in Los Angeles, July 15 – 19 (Booth #1701). Aptio Automation
promises to transform laboratory operations by combining Siemens’ industry-leading workflow
expertise with peak performance, adaptability and intelligent technology.


Increasingly, clinical laboratories are turning to automation to help them meet the growing demand for
in vitro diagnostic testing in the face of a shrinking labor force. And, these trends are only expected to
continue, as approximately 17 percent of laboratory professionals are anticipated to retire in the next
five years.² By 2014, it’s estimated that the United States alone will need 81,000 additional medical
technologists and technicians to replace retiring staff, plus 68,000 more to fill newly created positions. ³
Aptio Automation is an adaptable solution that allows for a phased implementation to accommodate
both current and future needs of medium- to very high-volume laboratories.


William Bartlett, Ph.D., Joint Clinical Director of Diagnostics at the UK’s NHS Tayside, one of the first
laboratories to deploy Aptio Automation, said: “We chose Aptio Automation because it can handle
increasing workloads while enabling us to use our staff better. We expect that the implementation of
this new platform will allow us to provide a state-of-the-art service that aligns the lab function with
Tayside’s overall goals for organizational sustainability and improved patient outcomes.”


With every laboratory configured differently and floor space at a premium, Aptio Automation’s circular
track and modular design ensure it can adapt to nearly any lab or testing environment. It also offers
connectivity to Siemens’ portfolio of automation-ready analyzers, thus facilitating a multidisciplinary
approach to testing. Further, Aptio Automation’s point-in-space aspiration feature helps streamline
workflow by reducing the need to aliquot (or divide) samples, and its puck-based system with RFID
enables individual sample routing and tracking, along with STAT prioritization.
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Siemens AG                                                 Media Relations: Susan Drew
Corporate Communications and Government Affairs            Telephone: 1-914-524-2844
Wittelsbacherplatz 2, 80333 Munich                         E-mail: susan.drew@siemens.com
Germany                                                    Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
                                                           Healthcare Sector – Diagnostics Division
Reference number: H DX 2012.07.18.e                        511 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY 10591
Additionally, Aptio Automation delivers comprehensive analytics via powerful, centralized information
technology, while having the flexibility to provide pre- and post-analytical capabilities. Siemens’
CentraLink™ Data Management System facilitates efficient sample flow, auto-verification, quick
access to samples and proactive quality control (QC). Plus, the CentraLink System can be customized
per end user, speeding up system access and supporting error reduction.


“Siemens is acutely aware of how our customers’ needs have evolved in the face of continuously
increasing cost pressures and growing test demand,” said Dave Hickey, CEO, Chemistry,
Immunoassay, Automation and Diagnostics IT Business Unit, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. “Aptio
Automation represents our latest innovation and vision for how we can help laboratories keep pace in
this challenging environment and address their most pressing business and clinical demands.”


Aptio Automation is a demonstration of Siemens’ commitment to innovative leadership, one of the
goals of the recently launched Siemens Agenda 2013 program. For more information about Aptio
Automation and Siemens at the 2012 AACC and ASCLS Annual Meetings and Clinical Lab Expo,
please visit: www.siemens.com/AACC.

¹ Not all product offerings are available in all countries.
² American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 2011 Vacancy Survey of U.S. Clinical Laboratories. Medscape Today News.
www.medscape.com
³ Lab Industry Strategic Outlook: Market Trends & Analysis 2009. www.g2reports.com


Launched in November 2011, Agenda 2013 is a global initiative to further strengthen the innovative power and
competitiveness of the Siemens Healthcare Sector. Specific measures will be implemented in four fields of action: Innovation,
Competitiveness, Regional Footprint, and People Development.


The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in
medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers
products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to
diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also
makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide
and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and
profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: www.siemens.com/healthcare.



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Siemens AG                                                           Media Relations: Susan Drew
Corporate Communications and Government Affairs                      Telephone: 1-914-524-2844
Wittelsbacherplatz 2, 80333 Munich                                   E-mail: susan.drew@siemens.com
Germany                                                              Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
                                                                     Healthcare Sector – Diagnostics Division
Reference number: H DX 2012.07.18.e                                  511 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY 10591

								
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