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September 23, 2008

BD Invests $4.5M in U.S. Genomics and Enters Diagnostic Partnership

  • BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) made a $4.5 million equity investment in U.S. Genomics and entered into a collaboration to develop an infectious disease diagnostic platform.

    The partnership will leverage U.S. Genomics' DirectLinear Analysis (DLA) technology for the detection of infectious organisms in a single test.

    U.S. Genomics reports that it has invested in excess of $50 million in DLA technology, which integrates labeling strategies, advanced microfluidics, and optical engineering. It enables the identification of pathogens by analyzing individual DNA molecules present in a clinical sample.

    DLA has the potential to provide information such as which drugs a specific pathogen may be resistant to and which drugs could be used for most effective patient treatment, according to the companies.

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