Biodesix issued new patent for improved blood specimen collection device

Friday October 4, 2019 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Biodesix, Biodesix Collection Device, Gary Pestano, Scott Hutton

BOULDER -- Biodesix, Inc. announced it has been issued U.S. Patent Number 10,422,729, which covers the Biodesix Collection Device (BCD).Biodesix_logoUSE 

The new device offers improved ease-of-use in blood sample collection for diagnostic testing, compared to current standard methods, the company said.

The device is intuitive and very easy to use, according to Susan Garwood, M.D., pulmonary and advanced bronchoscopy lung cancer specialist with Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, part of the HCA TriStar division.

“The Biodesix Collection Device enables the opportunity for a fast, simple collection process. Enhancing patient comfort while retaining accuracy is of top concern for all professionals drawing patient blood samples,” Garwood said.

The BCD, currently in use with the Biodesix Nodify XL2 test, replaces the need for processing samples used for proteomic testing on-site and shipping blood tubes, which often requires cold-chain logistics during transit to the testing laboratory.

Biodesix said this reduces the need for processing equipment such as centrifuges in the clinic, improves sample stability during transit and eliminates the need for single-use, bulky shipping containers containing materials such as Styrofoam that are not only costly but also have a negative environmental impact.

“The BCD is designed for exceptional laboratory test performance and surpasses similar collection methods by combining multiple sample processing steps, including specimen collection and reproducible sample separation with ambient shipping,” said Gary Pestano, Biodesix’s chief development officer.

“Specimen stability has been demonstrated with analytic measures of proteins using highly sensitive mass spectrometry methods.

“Our commitment to innovation continues to improve the customer experience,” said Scott Hutton, Biodesix COO. “We are as focused as ever on supporting healthcare professionals and their patients by providing increasingly valuable information to physicians using a noninvasive blood collection.

“The new BCD significantly reduces cost and environmental impact over current sample collection practices, and we are excited to not only use this for our own tests but to make it available for broad use across the industry.”

Biodesix said the company is planning to use the new BCD in all current and future proteomic testing and also make the device available for purchase by labs and diagnostic companies wishing to use this novel technology for their own sample processing and testing. To see how the BCD is used to collect specimens for the Nodify XL2 test, click here.

Biodesix is a lung cancer diagnostic solutions company addressing the continuum of patient care from early diagnosis of lung nodules through late-stage cancer.