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BD, Labcorp Collaborate on Flow Cytometry-Based Diagnostics

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Medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) announced a collaboratation agreement with life sciences company Labcorp to develop flow cytometry-based companion diagnostics intended to match patients with life-changing treatments for cancer and other diseases.

According to Labcorp Chief Scientific Officer Bill Hanlon, the collaboration is a step toward increasing the adoption of flow cytometry in oncology and other therapeutic areas and developing methods to help pair patients with appropriate treatments. Current companion diagnostic tests commonly use technologies such as immunohistochemistry, fluorescence in situ hybridization, polymerase chain reaction, next-generation sequencing, and imaging.

The agreement provides a framework for BD and Labcorp Drug Development to collaborate with pharmaceutical partners. The companies' joint offering ranges from exploratory panel development to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of diagnostic and in vitro diagnostics kit manufacturing and distribution.

Published: August 2022
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Flow cytometry is a powerful technique used in biology and medicine for the quantitative analysis of the physical and chemical characteristics of cells and particles suspended in a fluid. The method allows for the rapid measurement of multiple parameters simultaneously on a cell-by-cell basis. It is widely used in various fields, including immunology, microbiology, hematology, and cancer research. Here are the key components and features of flow cytometry: Sample preparation: Cells or...
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