ACCUMED INTERNATIONAL INC

ACCUMED INTERNATIONAL INC

Previous company name
ALAMAR BIOSCIENCES INC
Name change date
5/4/1995
Company Overview

Business Summary
AccuMed International Inc. primarily designs, builds and supplies two product lines: AcCells and AcCell-Savant. AcCells computer-aided microscopes help medical experts to examine and diagnose specimens of human cells. The AcCell-Savant includes all the AcCell components, as well as an electronic imaging system and its image analysis software. The Company builds these product lines with either its own microscopes or with commercially available microscopes that it modifies. The Company also produces the computerized slide mapping technology implemented in the TracCell Slide Mapping System and the System 3000 line of products.
Description and history
AccuMed International Inc. primarily designs, builds and supplies two product lines: AcCells and AcCell-Savant. The Company builds these product lines with either its own microscopes or with commercially available microscopes that it modifies. The Company also produces the computerized slide mapping technology implemented in the TracCell Slide Mapping System and the System 3000 line of products. AccuMed’s predecessor was incorporated in June 1988 under the name Alamar Biosciences, Inc. and was engaged in developing, manufacturing and marketing microbiology products.

AcCell

The AcCell product line is a comprehensive family of integrated, expandable and technologically advanced products. These products include proprietary workstations that provide bar-coding for automated specimen identification, robotic slide loading to increase throughput and accuracy, support to ensure that 100% of a slide’s sample deposition area is imaged during screening, electronic marking of cells and other objects of interest for rapid and reproducible automated relocation of selected cells of interest by pathologists during review sessions, accurate positional information that is continuously available and automated and high-accuracy physical dotting of slides. The AcCell product line also includes a data management system (DMS) typically interfaced to a Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) that speeds and aids pathologists in diagnostic review sessions, automated report generation for specimen and laboratory management and compatibility with both conventionally prepared Pap smears and liquid-based preparations.

AcCells computer-aided microscopes help medical experts to examine and diagnose specimens of human cells. These products include robotic slide-feeding systems to load and unload slides from the microscope, bar-code readers to ensure proper identification of samples being analyzed, electro-mechanical scanning stages, parts that allow the AcCell computer to move and focus the slide more accurately than a human can, automatic physical dotters to mark the locations of cells of interest, and data management system software to enable the medical experts to review the relevant medical histories and report the results of their examination or diagnosis directly into a medical record-keeping system without human transcription or repeat entries.

AcCell-Savant

The AcCell-Savant product line uses all the AcCell components, as well as an electronic imaging system and its image analysis software. The electronic imaging system consists of a camera, electronics, optics and software, which together produce digital images of specimens on the microscope slide. The image analysis software measures properties of the specimen from the digital images. These AcCell-Savant measurements are objective, as opposed to the subjective analyses of specimens by human visual examination.

The AcCell-Savant/research (ACSr) instrument combines an AcCell computer-aided microscope with the Savant proprietary system of stains, protocols, imaging hardware and analytical software. This automated image cytometer generates analytical results regarding individual cells, including DNA content, optical texture and morphometric features. Statistical, graphical and image data are displayed in a variety of formats to support cytology and histology research scientists, engineers and clinicians.

TracCell Slide Mapping System

The TracCell Slide Mapping System has been FDA-cleared for use with conventional Pap smears as well as with Cytyc ThinPrep liquid-based preparations. The TracCell stand-alone slide preprocessor produces electronic “maps” of slide-based cytological samples. These maps were designed to save slide-screening time and associated labor costs. The basic principle of TracCell slide mapping is that cytologists do not need to screen or review microscope fields-of-view that do not contain any adequately stained, well-preserved diagnostic cells.

System 3000

The Company’s next generation System 3000 products are being developed to enhance product features and benefits, and to increase market acceptance in diverse clinical applications. These products are comprised of the AcCell 3000 Review Station, the AccuTech and the Cognetix Analyzer. The AcCell 3000 is the human-operated cytology workstation of AccuMed’s System 3000 product line. It is a fully integrated light microscopy and data management system for use in laboratories that perform slide-based microscopic examination of cellular materials.

The AccuTech was developed by AccuMed to remove the need to use commercially available microscopes in the AcCell and related product lines. The AccuTech microscope frame is the core module not only within the AcCell 3000 Review Station, but also in the Cognetix Analyzer, which is designed to handle semi-automated or full automation with the capability of operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Business Line

Subsidiary

Advisor
KPMG LLP
IPO date

US SIC Code
2835
Company Address
Suite 402
920, North Franklin Street
City province or state postal code
60610, CHICAGO, IL
Phone: +1 312 642 9200
Fax: +1 312 642 3492
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.accumed.com