The partnership builds on a collaboration between the two companies dating back to 2017. Its goal is to enable retail pharmacies to offer laboratory-quality diagnostic testing through Babson Diagnostics' service by combining BD's innovative capillary blood collection device in development with Babson Diagnostics' proprietary automated sample handling and analytical technologies, which are also in development.
BD's new capillary specimen collection device in development is designed to enable the collection of laboratory-quality specimens without the need to access a vein. Drawing from more than 70 years of specimen management experience with BD Vacutainer devices, the small-volume blood collection devices being developed by BD will be designed for health care settings without a trained phlebotomist, such as retail pharmacies, physician offices, urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities.
"BD has been a leader in blood collection technology with a long history of global innovation," said Eric Olson, chief executive officer of Babson Diagnostics. "The technology they are developing is critical to Babson's mission of making diagnostic blood testing more convenient and accessible without sacrificing accuracy or cost. Combining this technology with our own will allow us to bring diagnostic blood testing to retail pharmacies, making it easier for people to gain control over and improve their health."
"With our specimen management innovations, we hope to revolutionize diagnostic testing to meet patient expectations with laboratory-quality tests that can be performed with small blood samples that do not require venipuncture," said Patrick Kaltenbach, executive vice president and president, life sciences at BD. "Babson Diagnostics will help bring BD's advanced capillary blood collection products to emerging health care settings, making laboratory-quality diagnostics more accessible to patients in the U.S. and around the world."
Babson Diagnostics and BD are currently undertaking clinical studies on these devices in retail pharmacy settings. BD plans to prepare regulatory submissions to the FDA and other global regulatory bodies upon completion of these clinical studies.