FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BD Diagnostics, a
segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), announced today
that it has acquired the technology and other assets of the FFE Weber GmbH
business, a privately held company based in Munich, Germany that specializes
in the separation and fractionation of complex proteins. The financial terms,
which are not material to BD, were not disclosed.
These technologies are targeted at the emerging field of proteomics, which
is growing increasingly important in the academic research, pharmaceutical,
biotechnology and clinical diagnostic markets. As proteomic research has
grown, customer interests in the improvement of protein separation
performance, especially relative to resolution, process reliability, and a
universal front-end have also expanded.
"The need to improve and eventually standardize the preanalytical process
leading to protein analytics is significant," said William Kozy, President, BD
Diagnostics. "The inherent complexity and dynamic range of proteins within a
human plasma sample make it difficult to detect the very low abundance
proteins that may prove indicative of a disease state. New techniques for
both clinical sample collection and processing are needed. This novel protein
separation technology we have acquired from FFE Weber GmbH provides an
important preanalytical separation step that will help proteomics researchers
to find, characterize and validate new classes of biomarkers."
FFE Weber GmbH was founded by Dr. Gerhard Weber, who has functioned as
owner and lead inventor for many years and will continue to work closely with
BD. Located near the Max-Planck Institute in Munich, FFE Weber GmbH
manufactures and sells the Free Flow Electrophoresis protein separation
system. This technology enables a preanalytical protein separation step that,
when used in combination with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC),
2D-gel and mass spectrometry-based protein analytical procedures, allows
deeper interrogation into the plasma proteome than is possible with current
"This acquisition represents an important step in BD's strategy to invest
in emerging technologies which position the company in areas that hold promise
for new diagnostic methods, such as the evolution of protein biomarker
research into the clinical diagnostic lab of the future," said Edward J.
Ludwig, BD Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.
"BD has proven expertise in bringing important new technology platforms
from pure research application into clinical utility," said Dr. Weber.
"Although the current focus for our protein fractionation platform is academic
protein analytics and biomarker discovery, the clinical diagnostic potential
for proteomics cannot be ignored. BD Diagnostics will ensure the proper
application of this technology in the research segment and its potential
evolution into clinical laboratory workflow."
Visit http://www.bd.com/proteomics for more information about the BD(TM)
Free Flow Electrophoresis system.
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life science researchers, clinical laboratories, industry, and the general
public. BD manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices,
laboratory equipment, and diagnostic products. For the fiscal year ended
September 30, 2004, BD reported total revenues of $4.935 billion.
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SOURCE BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)
Patricia A. Spinella, Investor Relations, +1-201-847-5453, or Colleen T. White,
Corporate Communications, +1-201-847-5369, both of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)