Swisslog and Adept Technology Announce Hospital-Robot Pact

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Leaders in Healthcare Logistics and Robotics Technology Partner to Bring Next-Generation Autonomous Mobile Robots to North American Hospitals

When I think about this partnership, the 'best of both worlds' comes to mind

Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and medication management solutions for hospitals, and Adept Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADEP), a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robots, today announced that they have entered into a distribution and licensing agreement to offer autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) to hospitals throughout North America.

As part of the agreement, executed on July 21, 2011, Swisslog has agreed to license to Adept proprietary AMR technology. In return, Swisslog becomes the exclusive sales and support organization for the next-generation AMRs, which will be based on Adept’s intelligent mobile robotic platform known as MT400. Swisslog’s exclusivity extends to intra-laboratory and interdepartmental transportation of laboratory samples, pharmaceuticals, specimens, blood samples, linens and other miscellaneous supplies weighing less than 100 pounds per payload.

“Adept is pleased to be partnering with Swisslog, a recognized leader in integrated logistics solutions, to bring the next-generation of AMRs to North American hospitals,” said John Dulchinos, president and CEO of Adept Technology. “With rapidly changing demographics increasing the strain on today’s healthcare system, clinicians and other trained professionals are actively seeking ways to reduce monotonous duties such as ferrying items from one location to another. Swisslog has decades of experience delivering innovative solutions that help healthcare facilities move materials efficiently and safely. As such, Adept is proud to have been selected as Swisslog’s exclusive provider of intelligent AMRs.”

“When I think about this partnership, the ‘best of both worlds’ comes to mind,” said Charlie Kegley, president of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions North America. “Adept has a tremendous resume as it relates to robotics technology. By coupling their technological expertise with our extensive sales, installation and support capabilities, this partnership will deliver to hospitals new and improved AMRs that will enhance productivity, improve patient care and bolster their bottom-line.”

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is the leading supplier of logistics automation solutions for healthcare facilities. Swisslog has installed automated materials transport and medication management systems in more than 3,000 hospitals around the world, including more than 2,000 in North America. Swisslog offers total systems design, manufacturing, installation and customer support providing a complete supply chain management approach to the logistics challenges of hospitals. The North American division of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is based in Denver, Colo.

About Adept Technology

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Adept is a global provider of intelligent robots and autonomous mobile solutions and services that enable customers to achieve precision, speed, quality and productivity in their assembly, handling, packaging, testing, and logistical processes. With a comprehensive portfolio of high-performance motion controllers, application development software, vision-guidance technology and high-reliability robot mechanisms with autonomous capabilities, Adept provides specialized, cost-effective robotics systems and services to high-growth markets including Packaging, Medical, Disk Drive/Electronics, and Solar; as well as to traditional industrial markets including machine tool automation and automotive components. More information is available at http://www.adept.com.

About Swisslog

Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.

Swisslog’s solutions optimize customers’ production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries rely on.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs over 2,000 staff in about 20 countries worldwide. The group’s parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). For more information, visit http://www.swisslog.com.

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