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Founded: 2000
Founders: Kalyan Handique, Sundaresh Brahmasandra
Product/Service: Novel clinical diagnostic testing products to improve infectious disease testing
Acquired By: Acquired by BD Nov 20, 2009
Website: handylab.com

HandyLab is dedicated to the development, manufacture and sale of novel molecular diagnostic products. HandyLab's proprietary platform reduces the time, cost and complexity of testing while improving the quality of results. Using patented real time microfluidic PCR technology, HandyLab's products are positioned to decentralize nucleic acid testing. .[BD Website, News and Events]

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BD Completes Acquisition of HandyLab, Inc.

Franklin Lakes, NJ — BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX) 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.

In May 2009, BD and HandyLab announced an exclusive agreement for BD to develop and commercialize molecular assays on the HandyLab Jaguar™ platform, the first fully integrated molecular diagnostic system to provide hands-off operation, incorporating clinical sample preparation, nucleic acid extraction, and microfluidic real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification and detection in a simple bench-top system. The self-contained workstation is designed to accommodate both batch workflows and on-demand testing for maximum lab efficiency and flexibility.

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© Becton, Dickinson and Company Press Release. Colleen T. White, Corporate Communications: (201) 847-5369, colleen_white@bd.com and Patricia A. Spinella, Investor Relations: (201) 847-5453, patricia_spinella@bd.com

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