Accuri™ C6 Plus

The Difference of Powerful Simplicity

The BD Accuri C6 Plus personal flow cytometer

SIMPLE. VERSATILE. RELIABLE. From basic to more challenging applications, the BD Accuri™ C6 Plus personal flow cytometer is a powerful benchtop tool that provides you with the versatility and the analytical power of a cytometer twice its size. As the most cited personal flow cytometer, with more than 9,000 citations, this simple-to-use instrument is affordable without sacrificing any capabilities.

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Advance your research, quickly and within budget

The BD Accuri C6 Plus personal flow cytometer, together with BD reagents, delivers something that every researcher should be afforded: the power of simple and personal flow cytometry. Whether you are sailing through the turbulent waters of Antarctica or working in a hectic lab, you can run your samples anytime, anywhere. The compact size and transportability means the BD Accuri C6 Plus is available when and where you need it.

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BD Accuri C6 Plus Special Offer

For a limited time, BD is offering savings options for the BD Accuri C6 Plus and the BD Accuri C6 Plus with the BD CSampler™ Plus, act now:

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BD Accuri C6 Plus* flow cytometer 25% Extra 1 year
BD Accuri C6 Plus system with BD CSampler™ Plus** accessory 30% Extra 1 year

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BD Accuri C6 Plus

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Enhanced sensitivity, reliability and capability
  • Highly sensitive: MESF <75 (FITC) and <50 (PE)
  • Reliable instrument performance with automated QC
  • Optional laser filters for expanded capability
  • Volumetric counting and continuous sampling
Simplicity: easy to learn, use, maintain and teach
  • Quick and easy instrument setup
  • Intuitive software with automated functions
  • Simplified workflow with BD quality reagents and kits
  • Walkaway convenience with automated sample loader
Compact and transportable
  • Small footprint for easy transportation between labs
  • Allows researcher to go places and explore
Wide applications in areas such as immunology, cell and cancer biology, plant and microbiology, and education
  • Cell cycle, apoptosis, proliferation, viability, signaling, DNA damage, DNA content
  • BD Accuri™ flow cytometers have been cited in more than 7,500 Google Scholar publications*

* Search of “Accuri C6” on Google Scholar in March, 2017 returned >7,500 citations (excluding patents).

The BD Accuri CSampler Plus automation accessory

Accuri w/ CSampler and Monitor

For walkaway convenience, the optional BD CSampler Plus accessory offers reliable and easy-to-use automation. The system supports 48- and 96-well plates and deep-well plates, and is also supplied with a 24-tube rack for standard 12 x 75-mm tubes. They are processed directly in the BD Accuri C6 Plus cytometer, saving time. The BD CSampler Plus adds a minimal footprint to the BD Accuri C6 Plus, about three feet square for the pair, keeping your benchtop free for other uses.


The Most Cited Personal Flow Cytometer

The unique ability to rapidly analyze multiple cellular properties at the single-cell level has made flow cytometry an essential tool, from immunology and cell biology to cancer research, aquatic research, bioprocessing, biofuels development, and synthetic biology.

Easy to use, reliable, transportable and affordable, the BD Accuri™ C6 Plus personal flow cytometer brings cell analysis within reach for new applications and new flow cytometry users.

With more than 7,500 citations*, BD Accuri™ systems are the most cited personal flow cytometers. Across the globe, in the lab and in the field, they provide essential data for both routine and exploratory studies in fast advancing scientific fields such as immuno-oncology, CRISPR gene editing, precision medicine, small particle analysis, and nanotechnology.

A Sampling of Customers and Applications

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“Since there’s only so much blood that we can take from the astronaut in space, we have to be really efficient with what we can do. For each antibody stain, we’re using 50 μL of whole blood, and that’s more than enough. Because the BD Accuri C6 collects many events from just 50 μL of blood, we can do detailed phenotyping with very limited blood volumes.”

—Richard Simpson, immunologist, University of Houston, TX

Application: Effects of space flight on human immune systems

Stem Cells
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“I wish I had started on that machine! The software is very user friendly. Everything is on that first page. When you’re collecting your samples, it’s easy to follow, easy to find the next step of what to do. I’m also surprised at how such a small machine can provide such consistently nice data. The resolution is great.”

—Karina Palomares, stem cell researcher, University of California San Diego, CA

Application: Differentiation of cardiomyocytes from human embryonic stem cells

Cell Biology
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“It's a combination of the price, which makes it purchasable by a single lab, and the size, that can change how you go about designing your experiments and the number of experiments you can perform. If you have to sign up a week in advance for a shared core facility, it limits the experiments you can do.”

—David Ferguson, pathologist and molecular biologist, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Application: Mechanisms of DNA repair and its role in cancer, immunity, and development

Cancer Biology
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“[Flow cytometry is] an absolutely essential way to accurately measure proliferation of the cell populations you’re working with, and to determine if cells proliferate or die upon a genetic or chemical perturbation. For tumor biologists who study cancer cells in culture, this is an essential method to have in your toolbox.”

—Emmy Verschuren, cancer researcher, Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), Helsinki, Finland

Application: Cancer model systems

Microbial Engineering
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“Having the BD Accuri C6 in the lab has moved things along quickly. Multiple people use it multiple times a day. Our core flow cytometer facility is on a different campus about a 10-minute drive away. Had we had to use the core facility, the pace of our research would have slowed to a halt.… For my lab and me, it means affordability without sacrificing capabilities.”

—Chase Beisel, chemical engineer, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Application: CRISPR-Cas microbial engineering

Microbial Identification
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“One of the machine's acquisition options enables volumetric measurements. This means that we can obtain absolute counts within a set volume of sample, which is essential for accurate quantification. The four fluorescence detectors with optical filters enable simultaneous analysis of different bacterial groups through the use of different microbial probes.”

—Gemma Walton and Sandra Tejero, microbiologists, University of Reading, UK

Application: Characterization of gut microbiota using Flow-FISH

Aquatic Research
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“I was very happy with [the BD Accuri C6]. The main constraint on Tara is that it’s a small sailboat, not a big ship. We did not have a lot of bench space, so the dimensions were really important for us. I also found it to be very stable. A ship is not a lab, and the boat is moving all the time. We calibrated it every day for six months, both for fluorescence and size. It was nice to see how, through all the abuse and waves and ice, the measurements remained stable over time."

—Lee Karp-Boss, marine researcher, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Application: Characterization of planktonic ecosystems, Tara Expeditions

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A Sampling of Recent Citations

Friedland AE, Baral R, Singhai P, et al. Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus Cas9: a smaller Cas9 for all-in-one adeno-associated virus delivery and paired nickase applications. Genome Biol. 2015;16: 1–10. PubMed

Platt RJ, Chen S, Zhou Y, et al. CRISPR-Cas9 knockin mice for genome editing and cancer modeling. Cell. 2014;159:440–455. PubMed

Stephen HM, Khoury RJ, Majmudar PR, et al. Epigenetic suppression of neprilysin regulates breast cancer invasion. Oncogenesis. 2016 Mar 7;5:e207. PubMed

Bigley AB, Rezvani K, Shah N, et al. Latent CMV infection enhances anti‐tumor cytotoxicity through accumulation of NKG2C+ NK-cells in healthy humans. Clin. Exp Immunol. 2016. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Safi R, Nelson ER, Chitneni SK, et al. Copper signaling axis as a target for prostate cancer therapeutics. Cancer Res. 2014;74(20):5819–5831. PubMed

Cao FY, Feng JX, Long Y, Zeng X, Zhang XZ. "A smart fluorescence nanoprobe for the detection of cellular alkaline phosphatase activity and early osteogenic differentiation. Nanomedicine. 2016. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Yan T, Wang H, Zhao M, et al. Glycyrrhizin protects against acetaminophen-induced acute liver injury via alleviating tumor necrosis factor α-mediated apoptosis. Drug Metab Dispos. 2016;44(5): 720-731. PubMed

Dalal C, Saha A, Jana NR. Nanoparticle Multivalency Directed Shifting of Cellular Uptake Mechanism. J. Phys. Chem. 2016;120(12):6778-6786. ACS

Geng H, Sale KL, Tran-Gyamfi MB, Lane TW, Yu ET. Longitudinal Analysis of Microbiota in Microalga Nannochloropsis salina Cultures. Microbial Eco. 2016. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Wu B, Capilato J, Pham MP, et al. Lipoxin A4 augments host defense in sepsis and reduces Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence through quorum sensing inhibition. FASEB. 2016: fj-201500029R. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

* Results of searches on “Accuri C6” at Google Scholar in March, 2017 showed >7,500 citations (excluding patents).


As easy as cell analysis is going to get

Now it’s even easier to apply the power of flow cytometry to your research with ready-to-go reagent kits and free software templates specific to your studies.

Preconfigured kits–for immunophenotyping, apoptosis, cell cycle, microbial counting, intracellular cytokine studies, stem cell analysis, and more–include fluorescent antibodies, buffer systems, and other reagents needed for acquisition and analysis. BD Accuri™ software templates matched to each kit include predefined workspaces, markers, regions, gates, and parameter names for quick and easy setup and analysis.

Category Product Information Sheet Brand Kit Cat. No. C6 Plus Template
Cancer and Cell Biology BD Apoptosis Kits and Templates BD Pharmingen™ Annexin V FITC Apoptosis Detection Kit II 556570 Download
BD Pharmingen™ Annexin V PE Apoptosis Detection Kit I 559763 Download
BD™ MitoScreen (JC-1) Kit 551302 Download
BD Pharmingen™ Caspase-3 PE Assay Kit 550914 Download
BD Pharmingen™ Caspase-3 FITC Assay Kit 550480 Download
BD Apoptosis, DNA Damage and Cell Proliferation Kit and Template BD Pharmingen™ Apoptosis, DNA Damage and Cell Proliferation Kit 562253 Download
BD Cell Cycle and DNA Kits and Templates
BD Cycletest™ Plus DNA Reagent Kit 340242 Download
BD Pharmingen™ FITC BrdU Flow Kit 559619 Download
BD Pharmingen™ APC BrdU Flow Kit 552598 Download
Category Product Information Sheet Brand Kit Cat. No. C6 Plus Template
Immunology BD Naïve/Memory T-Cell Kits and Templates BD Multitest™ CD45RA/CD45RO/CD3/CD4 340571 Download
BD Multitest™ CD45RA/CD62L/CD3/CD4 340977 Download
BD Pharmingen™ Human Naïve/Memory T Cell Panel 561438 Download
BD Intracellular T-Cell Kits and Templates
BD Pharmingen™ Th1/Th2/Th17 Phenotyping Kit 560751 Download
BD FastImmune™ IFN-γ/CD69/CD8/CD3 Kit 346048 Download
BD FastImmune™ IFN-γ/IL-4 Kit 340456 Download
BD Regulatory T-Cell Kits and Templates
BD Pharmingen™ Human Regulatory T Cell Cocktail 560249 Download
BD Pharmingen™ Human Th17/Treg Phenotyping Kit 560762 Download
BD Pharmingen™ FoxP3 Staining Kit 560132 Download
BD Mouse B-Lymphocyte Kits and Templates
BD Pharmingen™ Mouse B-Lymphocyte Subset Antibody Cocktail 558332 Download
BD Pharmingen™ Mouse B-Lymphocyte Activation Antibody Cocktail 558063 Download
BD Mouse T-Cell Cytokine and Treg Kits and Templates
BD Pharmingen™ Mouse Th1/Th2/Th17 Phenotyping Kit 560758 Download
BD Pharmingen™ Mouse Th17/Treg Phenotyping Kit 560767 Download
BD Mouse T-Lymphocyte Kits and Templates
BD Pharmingen™ Mouse T-Lymphocyte Subset Antibody Cocktail 558431 Download
BD Pharmingen™ Mouse T-Lymphocyte Activation Antibody Cocktail 557908 Download

Category Product Information Sheet Brand Kit Cat. No. C6 Plus Template
Stem Cells BD Pluripotent Stem Cell Kits and Templates BD Stemflow™ Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Sorting and Analysis Kit 560461 Download
BD Stemflow™ Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Transcription Factor Analysis Kit 560589 Download
BD Stemflow™ Human and Mouse Pluripotent Stem Cell Analysis Kit 560477 Download
BD Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Kit and Template BD Stemflow™ Human iPSC Sorting and Analysis Kit 562626 Download
BD Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Kit and Template BD Stemflow™ Human MSC Analysis Kit 562245 Download
Category Product Information Sheet Brand Kit Cat. No. C6 Plus Template
Bead-Based Assays BD™ Cytometric Bead Array (CBA) Reagents BD™ CBA Kits See Kits Download
BD™ CBA Flex Sets See Flex Sets Download
Category Product Information Sheet Brand Kit Cat. No. C6 Plus Template
Microbiology BD Accuri™ Eawag Water Quality Template Download

Once you have downloaded a template, select File > Open Workspace or Template and open it. Gate positions, zoom level, thresholds, and compensation, run, and fluidics settings are all fully adjustable and may require optimization for different sample types. Once the settings are optimized for your experiment, click Run to begin data acquisition.

Note: The linked templates on this page are provided for the convenience of our research customers. All reagents and kits are compatible with both BD Accuri C6 Plus and BD Accuri C6 systems. The product information sheets and the catalog of available kits and templates, and data within them, were generated using the BD Accuri C6 flow cytometer system. Further optimization may be required before use, and it is the end user's responsibility to ensure that use of the template is appropriate to his or her research.

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For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.

All reagents and kits are compatible with both the BD Accuri C6 Plus and BD Accuri™ C6 flow cytometer systems. Platforms referred to as "BD Accuri" represent both the BD Accuri C6 Plus and BD Accuri C6. Data was generated on either the BD Accuri C6 Plus or the BD Accuri C6 as indicated in figure legends.

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