Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and Sysmex Corporation announced a five-year global supply, distributorship, sales, and service contract extension during the 2012 AACC and ASCLS Annual Meetings and Clinical Lab Expo.

Under the agreement, clinical laboratory customers around the world can retain access to hemostasis instruments and reagents through 2018. The two companies, which began partnering in 1995, also agreed to continue joint product development activities. The hemostasis products covered in this latest agreement are used by clinical laboratories to test for blood disorders in patients and to monitor patients on blood-thinning medication.