Summary: Epredia won the “Best New Technology Solution – Pathology” award for its SlideMate Laser printer, which enhances traceability, efficiency, and precision in pathology laboratories.


  1. The SlideMate Laser provides high-resolution, 600-dpi laser printing on microscope slides.
  2. The printer can embed up to 50 characters in barcodes on microscope slides, reducing errors and improving sample tracking.
  3. With both on-demand and batch printing options, the printer optimizes workflows and integrates seamlessly with laboratory information systems.

MedTech Breakthrough announced that Epredia, a provider in precision cancer diagnostics, has been selected as the winner of the “Best New Technology Solution – Pathology” award for the 2024 MedTech Breakthrough Awards. Epredia was recognized for its SlideMate Laser printer solution for pathology laboratories.

Epredia’s Slide Printers

Epredia’s SlideMate portfolio of slide printers are used in the cancer diagnostics process to identify and help track tissue samples. The company’s newest addition is the SlideMate Laser, designed for clinical laboratories of any size looking to improve sample traceability. SlideMate Laser provides high-resolution, 600-dpi laser printing on microscope slides, enabling laboratories to include more identifying information directly on the tab of the slides that pathologists use in the cancer diagnostics workflow, the company says. 

The technology can embed up to 50 characters in a barcode on each slide, improving both patient sample tracking and efficiency. SlideMate Laser also enhances laboratory efficiency by optimizing the slide movements through the printer and reducing potential downtime compared to thermal transfer and inkjet printers. Laser technology, along with specialty slides, create indelible markings that can enhance traceability throughout the life of the slide. 

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Having a legible barcode and text on the slide may help reduce instances of unreadable barcodes and the potential to mismanage a specimen. SlideMate Laser PLUS slides have the same adhesion technology as the Epredia Superfrost PLUS slides. With both on-demand and batch printing options, SlideMate Laser can integrate into a range of workflows. The laser printer’s software is easy to use and can be directly interfaced to a Laboratory Information System. 

“We set out to transform the anatomical pathology market, and SlideMate Laser is the latest addition to our portfolio of precision cancer diagnostics products and services designed to provide a seamless end-to-end laboratory workflow,” says Steven Lynum, president and CEO of Epredia. “The ‘Best New Technology Solution For Pathology’ award from MedTech Breakthrough is incredibly special, and we’ll continue working to improve patient outcomes by providing groundbreaking technologies. Our team remains focused on improving lives by enabling pathologists through enhancing precision cancer diagnostics.”

MedTech Breakthrough Awards

The mission of the MedTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of health and medical technology categories, including Telehealth, Clinical Administration, Patient Engagement, Electronic Health Records (EHR), Virtual Care, Medical Devices, Medical Data & Privacy, and many more. This year’s program attracted thousands of nominations from more than 18 countries around the world.

“SlideMate Laser represents a leap forward in tissue sample tracking. As the area of cancer diagnostics keeps growing, so, too, do the needs for digital pathology software and hardware,” says Steve Johansson, Director, MedTech Breakthrough. “Laboratories can now make a smooth transition to precision laser printing for reduced cost and better outcomes. Epredia’s breakthrough line of smart solutions offers flexible options that can match any pathology laboratory’s needs, strengthening the end-result for both optimum patient outcomes and research, today and into the future. We extend our sincere congratulations to the entire Epredia team for their well-deserved 2024 MedTech Breakthrough Award win.”