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BD and FIND Achieve Milestone in Global Battle Against MDR-TB
Date:6/23/2009

er the next four years it is expected that partners GDF, GLI and FIND will provide equipment, reagents and technical expertise in identified countries for modernizing and expanding TB laboratory diagnostic capacity.

FIND and BD had announced the initial pricing agreement in November 2007 shortly after the WHO's Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for TB recommended liquid culture technology based on demonstration studies conducted by FIND in eight countries.

BD and FIND announced the price reduction today at the Pacific Health Summit, which is held annually in Seattle, WA. The Summit's 2009 theme is "MDR-TB: Overcoming Global Resistance."

About FIND
FIND, based in Geneva, Switzerland, is a not-for-profit Swiss foundation whose mission is to drive the development and implementation of accurate and affordable diagnostic tests that can be used as near as possible to where patients first seek care. FIND's disease portfolio currently includes tuberculosis, malaria and human African trypanosomiasis and current donors are the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the European Union, the Government of the Netherlands, UNITAID, Irish Aid and other institutions and private donors. FIND is ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003 certified. For more information, please visit: http://www.finddiagnostics.org.

About BD
BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving
people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 a
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