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BD FACSDuet™ Sample Preparation System

Provides pre-analytical automation enabling standardisation of processes to drive workflow efficiency, consistency and accuracy in the lab



For Professionals in Clinical Diagnostics


The BD FACSDuet™ Sample Preparation System provides a powerful new level of performance to move the pace of your lab forward.


 The system:

  • Is designed to complement and physically integrate with the BD FACSLyric™ Flow Cytometer.
  • Provides a complete walkaway sample-to-answer solution.
  • Drives productivity and accuracy in your results through automating processes and minimising manual intervention.
  • Supports the conformance with ISO-15189 laboratory quality standard with complete workflow traceability.
  • Answers the needs of many different labs with automated cocktailing preparation.
  • Enhances flexibility and standardisation supporting the use of non-BD reagent vials.


The BD FACSDuet™ Sample Preparation System delivers flexibility in panel design and walkaway capabilities by accommodating up to 46 reagent vials in two separate racks


  • The system enables a wide variety of reagent vials from several manufacturers, including: BD, Beckman Coulter, BioLegend, Cytognos, Dako, Invitrogen and Life Technologies
  • The system accommodates two (2) different types of antibody vial racks.


Image (top) is designed for accommodating vials from BD and other manufacturers (with or without adaptors) – BioLegend, Cytognos, Dako, Invitrogen and Life Technologies, while the Dual-Size reagent rack (bottom image) is designed to specifically accommodate Beckman Coulter vials (with or without adaptors in positions 1 to 12) as well as those from BD and other manufacturers.

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  • In addition to the barcode on the antibody vial (4), the reagent rack has 3 additional barcodes:  identifying the rack (1), identifying the reagent position (2), and identifying the empty position (3). Barcodes on reagent racks and antibody vials drive reagent traceability, efficient antibody management and reduction of reagent waste.


  • Reagent cocktailing functionality allows on-board automated antibody cocktail preparation, eliminating the risk for errors in manual pipetting and driving automated recording of all used antibodies for easier tracking and auditing.


  • Cap racks are available to avoid misplacing caps and antibody cross-contamination.
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The BD FACSDuet™ Sample Preparation System allows for automated antibody cocktail preparation eliminating the risk of errors due to manual pipetting.


  • The system enables the automated recording of all used antibodies for easier tracking and auditing.  Part number, lot number and expiry date of the cocktail are also tracked and recorded to ensure quality and consistency in laboratory workflow. 


  • Each antibody cocktail can be made from a maximum of 45 unique conjugates in a single cocktailing vial.  Users’ cocktail recipes are stored in the software and available for subsequent preparations of the same cocktail, ensuring reproducibility and quality of product independently from the user.


BD FACSDuet™ Cocktail Preparation Report

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Cocktailing Home Screen

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Coctail Entry Screen

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Cocktail Library Recipe Screen

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Load Reagent Screen

BD FACSDuet™ Sample Preparation System and the BD FACSLyric™ Flow Cytometer with the BD FACSuite™ Clinical Applications are CE marked in compliance with the European In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Device Directive 98/79/EC.

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Refer to manufacturer's instructions for use and related User Manuals and Technical Data Sheets before using this product as described.

Comparisons, where applicable, are made against older BD technology, manual methods or are general performance claims. Comparisons are not made against non-BD technologies, unless otherwise noted.