BD launches second CoE in flow cytometry at CMC Vellore

The CoE will serve as the National Reference Center for clinical diagnostics applications

BD Life Sciences-Biosciences, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), in collaboration with Christian Medical College – Vellore has launched its second Center of Excellence (CoE)in flow cytometry for clinical research in India. The CoE will serve as the National Reference Center for clinical diagnostics applications, wherein haematologists, physicians, lab specialists from across India can come together to deliberate and discuss standardization and best practices in clinical flow cytometry.

The CoE at CMC Vellore will help to push the bounds of clinical research, provide opportunities for knowledge exchange and conduct diagnoses with higher accuracy to achieve a faster turnaround of reports and better patient outcomes.

The CoE is equipped with a comprehensive range of flow cytometer instruments like BD FACSLyricTM, BD FACS Canto II, BD FACS Canto 10C and BD Accuri C6 Plus that will help in increasing awareness about the role of flow cytometry in clinical diagnostics among healthcare professionals.

Dr Vikram Mathews, Associate Director & Professor of Haematology, Christian Medical College, Vellore said, “The proposed Centre of Excellence in flow cytometry at the department of Haematology in Christian Medical College, Vellore is another milestone in the academic collaboration between the institute and BD-India. As a state-of-the-art diagnostic facility, the Center of Excellence will help educate and train the pathologists and haematologists in multi-colour flow cytometry analysis. The lab is one of the largest diagnostic flow cytometry facilities in the country and the services offered include leukemia and lymphoma diagnostics, minimal residual disease for leukemia and myeloma, Stem cell enumeration, primary immunodeficiency disorders and lymphocyte subset analysis, paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria and cellular therapy assays. The proposed collaboration with BD-India strengthens our relationship, positioning us to perform high quality diagnostic services and academic activities further. It will not only help students’ and early career pathologists’ understanding of this field but will also nurture the institute’s mandate of integrating diagnostic service with active academic and research activities.”

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