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Aperio Introduces Entry-Level Digital Pathology Software for Education; Encourages Adoption of Digital Slide Technology by Pathology Educators.

VISTA, Calif. -- Aperio Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of digital pathology systems to the Healthcare IT industry, offers educators the opportunity to create, annotate, and share digital slides in a web-based setting with its new KickStart Software for Educators.

"We are pleased to offer entry-level software that makes it possible for any medical school or educational institution to adopt digital pathology today for a low-cost, one-time license fee," said Dirk Soenksen, CEO of Aperio. "KickStart Software for Educators represents the first of a suite of planned educational offerings that are aimed to provide educators with better control over their teaching assets."

Aperio's KickStart Software for Educators enhances the educational process by providing a simple means for instructors and students to view and share digital slides, eliminating the inefficiencies associated with managing glass slide teaching sets. This package includes the scanning of 50 glass microscope slides, instructions for configuring customers' existing third-party web-server software, software for the local and remote viewing of digital slides, and Aperio's Digital Slide Studio software for creating publication-quality digital images.

"KickStart Software for Educators addresses educators' concerns about perceived intellectual property rights as it is supported by Aperio's rich intellectual property portfolio in the field of virtual microscopy, and also leverages the portfolio of patents and intellectual property rights Aperio has licensed from others," added Dirk Soenksen.

KickStart Software for Educators works on an open-platform, third-party commercial web-server, which allows remote viewing over a network or standard server and does not require a license fee. Instructors can post digital slides for subsequent discussion that a student can access easily from any location. Aperio's ImageScope(TM) viewing software, included in the KickStart package, provides the ability to rapidly access any portion of a digital slide at any desired magnification.

About Digital Pathology and Virtual Microscopy

Virtual microscopy--the practice of converting entire glass microscope slides to high-resolution digital slides that can be viewed, managed and analyzed--is the key technology that enables digital pathology. Digital pathology is a digital image-based environment for digital slide viewing and analysis that delivers consistent and accurate results, faster than traditional methods. It facilitates immediate access from anywhere to information obtained from glass microscope slides, and provides powerful tools for the instant archival and intelligent retrieval of histo-pathological data. Digital pathology is compatible with PACS (picture archiving and communication systems) and supports the vision of an enterprise-wide healthcare IT solution aimed at the electronic medical record (EMR).

About Aperio Technologies, Inc.

With the largest installed base of virtual microscopy systems, Aperio Technologies is a worldwide leader in virtual microscopy and digital pathology. Aperio's ScanScope(R) scanners and software systems deliver integrated digital slide creation, viewing, management, and analysis capabilities to pathologists, and set the standard in digital pathology. Applications include tissue microarrays, toxicologic pathology, image analysis, workflow systems (PACS), telepathology, frozen sections, hematopathology, and cytopathology. Aperio's web-based Spectrum(TM) digital pathology information management software delivers decision support information in context, with gross (macro) images, micro digital slide images, reports, case histories, and other associated documents and images cross-linked and concurrently viewable, anywhere, anytime. With headquarters in Vista, California, Aperio serves a global pathology market in research and education. While Aperio is pursuing regulatory clearance to address the clinical market, Aperio's ScanScope system and Spectrum software have not yet been cleared or approved by the FDA. For more information and to view a gallery of digital slides created by ScanScope Systems, please visit

ScanScope and Spectrum are trademarks and registered trademarks of Aperio Technologies.
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