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Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) Completes Acquisition of HandyLab, Inc., Gains Industry-leading Molecular Diagnostic Automation Platform  
11/20/2009 9:15:05 AM

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Nov. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) today announced the completion of its acquisition of HandyLab, Inc., an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based company that develops and manufactures molecular diagnostic assays and automation platforms.

With this acquisition, BD will migrate its BD GeneOhm(TM) molecular assays for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile and Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) onto the new platform and will market them as the new BD MAX(TM) system, an evolution of the current Jaguar(TM) system.

The healthcare-associated infections (HAI) opportunity is emerging worldwide and is potentially very large, and BD has a leading position with its BD GeneOhm molecular testing product line. As hospital screening and testing programs expand, they will require flexible, state-of-the-art automation systems to support their evolving needs. The flexibility of this novel platform will allow further expansion of the BD molecular diagnostic menu.

About BD

BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs approximately 29,000 associates in approximately 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. For more information, please visit www.bd.com.

CONTACT: Colleen T. White, Corporate Communications, +1-201-847-5369, or
Patricia A. Spinella, Investor Relations, +1-201-847-5453, both of BD

Web site: http://www.bd.com/


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