BD Biosciences, Franklin Lakes, NJ, has received FDA premarket notification (510(k)) clearance for its FACSPresto system and BD FACSPresto CD4/Hb cartridge.

The system is an automated multicolor fluorescent imaging cytometer and absorbance spectrometer that provides absolute and percentage results of CD4 T lymphocytes and hemoglobin (Hb) concentration in whole blood samples to manage HIV/AIDS patients.

Claude Dartiguelongue, BD.

Claude Dartiguelongue, BD.

“This FDA 510(k) clearance aligns with BD’s purpose of advancing the world of health,” says Claude Dartiguelongue, worldwide president for biosciences at BD. “We believe our BD FACSPresto system provides superior ability to accurately monitor patients living with HIV/AIDS in a variety of health care settings at a reasonable cost, which ultimately may help control the spread of the disease.”

BD designed the system as an intuitive, easy-to-use instrument, weighing only 13.23 lb and using a proprietary dried reagents cartridge to offer increased stability across a wide range of storage conditions. The system includes a touchscreen, language-independent user interface, and is able to process up to 80 tests in a normal day. After finger stick or venipuncture blood collection, it is a simple process to transfer and incubate the sample on a single-use disposable cartridge with results available in less than 4 minutes.

Results from clinical studies demonstrate that the BD FACSPresto system performs comparably with traditional analyzers, including the BD FACSCalibur system, for accuracy, precision, and linearity across a wide measuring range.

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