FEI Introduces Vitrobot Mark IV

Next Generation Cryo Sample Prep Tool Offers New Levels of Automation and

Ease of Use

Jul 12, 2007, 01:00 ET from FEI

    HILLSBORO, Ore., July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FEI (Nasdaq:   FEIC)
 has introduced the next generation of its popular Vitrobot(TM) cryo sample
 preparation tool, the Vitrobot Mark IV. The Mark IV is an easy-to-use
 system that features a newly-designed touchscreen user interface operated
 under a Linux operating system and robotics that ensures high-quality,
 reproducible freezing of samples. Automated transfer from the vitrification
 medium into the liquid nitrogen atmosphere offers more consistent and
 higher yield sample throughput.
     Three-dimensional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) visualization
 of macromolecular structures and molecular machines in their native
 hydrated state has become a critical tool for structural biologists
 focusing on interactive biological and biochemical processes at the
 macromolecular level. The Vitrobot is a high-throughput tool designed to
 enable the physical fixation of biological structures within ultra-thin
 vitrified ice layers so samples can withstand the high voltages used in
 TEMs long enough to acquire the necessary image.
     Beyond biological applications, the Vitrobot Mark IV can also be used
 for pharmaceutical, food and a variety of general industrial applications
 where colloidal structures need to be characterized and analyzed.
     FEI will feature the Vitrobot Mark IV at the 26th Annual Meeting of the
 American Society for Virology, July 15-17, 2007 at Oregon State University
 in Corvallis, Ore. and at the Microscopy and Microanalysis meeting August
 6-9, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Booth 414). More about the Vitrobot can
 be discovered at http://www.fei.com/vitrobot.
     About FEI
     FEI (Nasdaq:   FEIC) is a global leader in providing innovative
 instruments for nanoscale imaging, analysis and prototyping. FEI focuses on
 delivering solutions that provide groundbreaking results and accelerate
 research, development and manufacturing cycles for its customers in
 Semiconductor and Data Storage, Academic and Industrial R&D, and Life
 Sciences markets. With R&D centers in North America and Europe, and sales
 and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world, FEI's
 Tools for Nanotech(TM) are bringing the nanoscale within the grasp of
 leading researchers and manufacturers. More information can be found online
 at http://www.fei.com.
     This news release contains forward-looking statements about a new cryo
 sample preparation product and its capabilities. Factors that could affect
 these forward-looking statements include but are not limited to delays in
 the roll-out of the product, manufacturing or delivery delays, failure of
 suppliers to deliver products on time and to specification, and failure of
 the product to perform as expected due to technical or other reasons.
 Please also refer to our Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q, Forms 8-K and other filings
 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for additional information
 on these factors and other factors that could cause actual results to
 differ materially from the forward-looking statements. FEI assumes no duty
 to update forward-looking statements.