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October 23, 2004  

Carl Zeiss AG Names Semrock, Inc., Supplier of Fluorescence Filters

Rochester, NY, & Göttingen, Germany – Carl Zeiss Light Microscopy Division, a market leader for biomedical research microscopes, and Semrock, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance optical filters, have signed an agreement for the delivery of optical filters for fluorescence microscopy.

These latest-generation fluorescence filters, made exclusively for Carl Zeiss to their exacting specifications, are based on Semrock's BrightLine™ hard-coated filter technology. BrightLine filters are characterized by extraordinarily high transmission, steep edges and excellent blocking. When these new filters are incorporated into the Carl Zeiss family of light microscopes the result is shorter exposure times and optimal sample protection, especially important for live cell imaging.

The initial agreement between Semrock and Carl Zeiss AG has already led to the delivery of a series of high-performance filter sets designed to precisely match the spectral properties of the most important fluorescent proteins.

In addition to incorporating these filters in their microscope systems, Carl Zeiss now also lists these filters for worldwide distribution.




About Semrock:
Semrock manufactures advanced optical coatings and filters that are setting the new standard in optics for the biotech and analytical instrumentation markets. Semrock products include the highly acclaimed BrightLine™ series of fluorescence filters for microscopy, flow cytometry and other fluorescence-based instrumentation, high-performance filters for Raman spectroscopy, and unique biomedical laser system optics. Semrock's innovative products are made possible by combining modern ion-beam sputtering with Semrock's proprietary technology. Founded in September 2000, Semrock is based in Rochester, New York, a well-known center of optics, and has offices in Maryland, Georgia and California. For additional information about Semrock and its products, visit the company website at www.semrock.com.

About Carl Zeiss:
Carl Zeiss is a leading international group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic industry. Carl Zeiss AG is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The Carl Zeiss Group is structured as six business groups that operate with sole responsibility. They are generally ranked first or second in the three strategic markets of biosciences and medical technology, system solutions for industry and optical consumer goods. They offer products and services for biomedical research and medical technology, system solutions for the semiconductor, automotive and mechanical engineering industries, as well as high quality consumer goods such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

The Carl Zeiss Group is directly represented in more than 30 countries and operates production facilities in Europe, America and Asia. In fiscal year 2002/03 the global workforce of approximately 14,000 employees generated revenue of about EUR 2 billion. Further information is available at www.zeiss.com.

Amanda Valek-MacDonald
Semrock, a Unit of IDEX Corporation