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 News Release - July 19, 2007

Novation Awards Agreement to Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics to Provide Portfolio of Chemistry, Immunochemistry and Automation Solutions

TARRYTOWN, N.Y.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics (www.usa.siemens.com/medical) announced today that it has been awarded an agreement with Novation, the healthcare contracting services company of VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), two national health care alliances to provide chemistry, immunochemistry and automation solutions to VHA, UHC and Healthcare Purchasing Partners International (HPPI) members. This agreement signifies the continued growth between Siemens and Novation and is effective July, 2007.

"Through our full range of laboratory solutions, we will be able to help assist Novation alliance members to increase their laboratory productivity while achieving high quality patient results," said John Nosenzo, senior vice president and general manager, Americas Region, Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics. "We are proud to continue our relationship with Novation."

Novation UHC, VHA and HPPI members will be offered Siemens' full line of ADVIA® Chemistry Systems including the ADVIA 2400, 1800, and 1200 as well as immunochemistry systems such as the ADVIA Centaur® XP and CP and IMMULITE® 2500, 2000 and 1000. With a throughput of 1200 - 2400 tests per hour, the ADVIA chemistry product line delivers powerful results and offers a flexible, comprehensive menu with open channels. Laboratorians will utilize the ADVIA Centaur CP Immunoassay System alongside the Centaur XP to achieve expansive collaboration through a broad range of disease state assay groups. The IMMULITE family enables STAT, routine, allergy and esoteric testing to be performed on a single platform and can also be enhanced by the Sample Management System (SMS) which increases capacity and connectivity to track-based systems.

"High-quality and cost-effective solutions are critical to the success of laboratory environments which are constantly growing and evolving," said Greg Knapp, senior director of contracting at Novation. "Novation is pleased to offer quality products and solutions that help to improve efficiencies for our alliance members."

Novation alliance members will be offered automation solutions such as the ADVIA LabCell® and ADVIA WorkCell that provide state-of-the-art platforms of automation, pre-analytical and post-analytical components that route samples for optimal efficiency. Siemens is also a supplier of imaging solutions to Novation which helps to further position Siemens at the forefront of the market as the first full service diagnostics company.

About Novation

Based in Irving, Texas, Novation is the leading health care contracting services company, delivering unmatched savings and value to nearly 2,500 members of VHA Inc. and the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), two national health care alliances and nearly 9,000 members of Healthcare Purchasing Partners International (HPPI). Through its competitive bid process, Novation develops and manages contracts with more than 500 suppliers, both large and small. By combining scale and agility with clinical knowledge and product expertise, Novation offers the most extensive range of innovative contracting services, including: contract development, contract and supplier management, custom contracting, enhanced savings programs, online contract management and analytical tools, order management and online supplier connectivity. VHA, UHC and HPPI members used Novation and alliance purchased services contracts to purchase $31.6 billion in supplies in 2006.

About Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics

Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics offers a broad portfolio of performance-driven diagnostic solutions that assist in the diagnosis, monitoring and management of disease. Products and services bring together the right balance of science, technology, and practicality across the healthcare continuum to empower medical professionals with the vital information they need to deliver better, more personalized healthcare to patients around the globe. Visit www.siemens.com/diagnostics.

About Siemens Medical Solutions

Siemens Medical Solutions of Siemens AG (NYSE:SI ) is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. Recent acquisitions in the area of in-vitro diagnostics - such as Diagnostic Products Corporation and Bayer Diagnostics - mark a significant milestone for Siemens as it becomes the first full service diagnostics company. Employing more than 41,000 people worldwide and operating in over 130 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 8.23 billion EUR, orders of 9.33 billion EUR and group profit of 1.06 billion EUR for fiscal 2006 (Sept. 30). Further information can be found by visiting www.usa.siemens.com/medical-pressroom.


Source: Siemens Medical Solutions

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