Becton Dickinson & Co was incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey in November 1906. The Company is a medical technology company engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of medical devices, instrument systems and reagents used by healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, general public and the pharmaceutical industry. Its operations include three business segments; BD Medical, BD Diagnostics and BD Biosciences. BD Medical produces an array of medical devices that are used in a range of healthcare settings. It includes the safety-engineered injection, infusion and surgery products. BD Medical's product lines include needles, syringes and intravenous catheters for medication delivery; prefilled IV flush syringes; syringes and pen needles for the self-injection of insulin and other drugs used in the treatment of diabetes; prefill able drug delivery devices provided to pharmaceutical companies and sold to end-users as drug/device combinations; surgical blades/scalpels and regional anesthesia needles and trays; critical care monitoring devices; ophthalmic surgical instruments; and sharps disposal containers. BD Diagnostics provide products for the safe collection and transport of diagnostic specimens, as well as instrument systems and reagents to detect a range of infectious diseases, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and cancers. BD Diagnostics' products include integrated systems for specimen collection; safety-engineered blood collection products and systems; automated blood culturing systems; molecular testing systems for sexually transmitted diseases and HAIs; microorganism identification and drug susceptibility systems; liquid-based cytology systems for cervical cancer screening; rapid diagnostic assays; and plated media. BD Biosciences produces research and clinical tools that facilitate the study of cells, and the components of cells, to understand disease processes. BD Biosciences' product lines include fluorescence-activated cell sorters and analyzers; monoclonal antibodies and kits for performing cell analysis; reagent systems for life sciences research; cell imaging systems; laboratory products for tissue culture and fluid handling; diagnostic assays; and cell culture media supplements for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. The customers served by BD Biosciences are research and clinical laboratories; academic and government institutions; pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies; hospitals; and blood banks. The products sold by BD outside the United States are needles and syringes; insulin syringes and pen needles; diagnostic systems; BD Vacutainer brand blood collection products; BD Hypak brand prefillable syringe systems; infusion therapy products; flow cytometry instruments and reagents; and disposable laboratory products. It has manufacturing operations outside the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Company competes in the marketplace on the basis of many factors, including price, quality, innovation, service, reputation, distribution and promotion. Its medical technology products and operations are subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and various other federal and state agencies, as well as by foreign governmental agencies.
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