Becton Dickinson

Becton Dickinson

Becton, Dickinson and Company
Traded as NYSE: BDX
S&P 500 Component
Industry Medical equipment
Founded East Rutherford, New Jersey (1897 (1897))
Founder Maxwell Becton and Fairleigh S. Dickinson
Headquarters BD Headquarters
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
, U.S.
Area served
Key people

Vincent Forlenza (Chairman, CEO and President)
Chris Reidy (Acting Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President and Controller)

William A. Kozy (SVP and COO)
Revenue US$7.708 billion (FY 2012)[1]
US$1.558 billion (FY 2012)[1]
US$1.17 billion (FY 2012)[1]
Total assets US$11.361 billion (FY 2012)[1]
Total equity US$4.136 billion (FY 2012)[1]
Number of employees
29,600 (September 2012)[1]
Divisions BD Medical; BD Diagnostics; BD Biosciences
Website .combd

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is an American medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs nearly 30,000 people in more than 50 countries throughout the world.[2] In fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, 60% of BD sales were generated from non-U.S. markets.

The company's customers include healthcare institutions, science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. BD was one of the first companies to sell U.S.-made glass syringes. It was also a pioneer in the production of hypodermic needles. Today, BD is divided into three segments: BD Medical, BD Diagnostics and BD Biosciences.[3] BD was ranked 347 and 312, respectively, in the 2009 and 2010 Fortune 500 list.[4]

The firm in October 2014 agreed to acquire CareFusion for a price of $12.2 billion in cash and stock.[5]


  • Historical development 1
    • 1897–1947 1.1
    • 1948–1970 1.2
    • 1973–1995 1.3
    • 1999–2006 1.4
  • Business segments 2
    • BD Medical 2.1
    • BD Diagnostics 2.2
    • BD Biosciences 2.3
  • Social responsibility 3
    • Philanthropic and charitable efforts 3.1
    • Environmental track record 3.2
    • 2007 Discardit II incident in Poland 3.3
    • 2010 Q-Syte Luer and IV Catheter partial recall 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Historical development


BD was founded in 1897 by Maxwell W. Becton and Fairleigh S. Dickinson, two American businessmen who met on a sales trip. The same year the company made its first sale, a Luer-all-glass syringe that sold for $2.50. In 1898, BD acquired its first patent for a medical product. In 1899 the company introduced its first logo which was meant to symbolize guaranteed superior quality of the products provided by BD. In 1904, BD acquired the Philadelphia Surgical Company. This very first acquisition and other early acquisitions significantly expanded the company’s manufacturing ability and product offering. Two years later, BD incorporated in the State of New Jersey and built a manufacturing facility in East Rutherford, the first in the U.S. created specifically for the production of thermometers, hypodermic needles, and syringes. In 1924, BD manufactured its first syringe designed specifically for insulin injection. One year later, BD introduced the BD Yale Luer-Lok Syringe, designed and patented by Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Sr. It provided a simple and secure method of attaching and removing the needle to and from the syringe. Today, luer lock connectors are the standard for syringes in the U.S. In 1947 Joseph Kleiner developed the Evacutainer—a device used to draw blood by vacuum through a needle into a test tube. This product eventually evolved to become the BD Vacutainer Blood Collection system.[6]


In 1948, BD faced new leadership as Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. and Henry P. Becton, sons of the founders, took over the company. Their 24-year tenure was a time of rapid development for BD. The company grew within the U.S. as well as internationally. In 1949, it opened its first manufacturing site outside of New Jersey in Columbus, Nebraska. In 1961, it established a manufacturing facility in Canaan, Connecticut. BD also soon expanded to Canada (1951), Mexico (1952), France (1955), and Brazil (1956). The tenure of Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. and Henry P. Becton was also a time of significant product innovation. In 1950, BD's first sterile disposable product, a blood collection set, was developed and sold to the American Red Cross. In 1954, BD introduced the first completely disposable syringe made of glass: BD Hypak. This innovative product was used in a large-scale field test of the polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk. One year later, BD entered the microbiology field through the acquisition of the Baltimore Biological Laboratory. In 1961, the company introduced its disposable BD Plastipak syringe. Under the new leadership the company also went public (1962) and appeared for the first time in the Fortune 500 list (1970).[6]


In 1973, BD added another U.S. facility—a research center in Durham, North Carolina in Research Triangle Park. The center was established to help the company meet United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, research improved manufacturing and process methods, and develop future innovative technologies. In 1975, BD Pharmaceutical Systems Europe acquired an important patent for a prefilled syringe injecting heparin. In 1980, BD developed its first automated system for mycobacteria testing—the BD BACTEC 460TB System. The next year brought significant signs of the company’s development as sales surpassed the $1 billion milestone and a new plant in Plymouth, England was constructed to serve the European markets. Five years later BD moved its corporate headquarters to Franklin Lakes, New Jersey (current HQ location.) Also in 1986, BD acquired Fabersanitas Industrial, a major Spanish syringe manufacturer as well as Deseret Medical, a vascular access devices manufacturer. The last three years of the 1980s also showed growth in Asia (manufacturing facilities in Singapore and Japan.) Furthermore, BD became the first company to introduce a safety-engineered syringe—BD Safety-Lok (1988) and acquired the Beaver Blade Company, a manufacturer of high-quality surgical blades. The first half of the next decade was very important to BD’s development. The company opened a central distribution center in Temse, Belgium (1992) and entered India and China (1995.) BD also introduced a device that offered needle stick protection following blood-drawing procedures—BD Vacutainer Safety-Lok Blood Collection Set.[6]


In 1999, as BD passed more than 100 years of presence in the medical devices industry, BD announced its new cancer diagnostics company.[6]

Business segments

Becton Dickinson is divided into three business segments: BD Medical (52% of FY 09 revenues) BD Diagnostics (31% of FY 09 revenues), and BD Biosciences (17% of FY 09 revenues.)[9]

BD Medical

The BD Medical segment consists of three divisions: Medical Surgical Systems, Pharmaceutical Systems, and Diabetes Care. The products of this segment include: needles and syringes, intravenous catheters, safety-engineered and auto-disable devices, prefillable drug delivery systems, prefilled IV flush syringes, insulin syringes and pen needles, regional anesthesia needles and trays, surgical blades and scalpels, ophthalmic surgical instruments, and critical care products. This segment primarily sells to: hospitals and clinics, physicians' office practices, consumers and retail pharmacies, governmental and nonprofit public health agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare workers.[9]

BD Diagnostics

BD Diagnostics is divided into Preanalytical Systems and Diagnostic Systems. BD Diagnostics specializes in the design, production and sales of the following products: integrated systems for cytology systems for cervical cancer screening, rapid diagnostic assays, and plated media. Customers of this division include: hospitals, laboratories and clinics, reference laboratories, blood banks, healthcare workers, public health agencies, physicians’ office practices, and industrial and food microbiology laboratories.[9]

BD Biosciences

BD Biosciences designs, manufactures, and sells fluorescence-activated cell sorters and analyzers, monoclonal antibodies and kits for cell analysis, reagent systems for life science research, cell imaging systems, laboratory products for tissue culture and fluid handling, and cell culture media supplements for biopharmaceutical manufacturing. BD Biosciences serves the following customers: research and clinical laboratories, academic and government institutions, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, hospitals, and blood banks.[9]

Social responsibility

As a large global company in the healthcare industry, BD has the potential to affect the health and life of many people around the world.

Philanthropic and charitable efforts

BD has actively donated cash, product and expertise to non-profit and educational organizations worldwide. In recent years, it formed philanthropic and charitable partnerships with the following organizations: UNICEF,[10] American Red Cross,[11] U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief,[12] Stop TB Partnership,[13] Global Business Coalition on Health (GBCHealth),[14] Americares,[15] International AIDS Vaccine Initiative,[16] Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics,[17] Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,[18] Project Hope,[19] Direct Relief International[20] Accordia Global Health Foundation,[21] Columbia University,[22] and University of Virginia.[23] BD has also donated millions to Fairleigh Dickinson University (of which BD co-founder Dickinson was a benefactor and namesake), in support of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health (named for the son of BD's co-founder, also a BD executive), along with other FDU programs.[24]

Environmental track record

As of February 2010, BD was ranked 18th in the EPA Fortune 500 List of Green Power Purchasers.[25] BD was also listed among the top 100 companies in Newsweek’s 2009 Green Rankings[26] ranking of the 500 largest American corporations based on environmental performance, policies and reputation. BD placed third in the Healthcare sector and 83rd overall.[27] In addition, BD has been a component of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the four and five consecutive years, respectively.[28][29]

2007 Discardit II incident in Poland

In mid-2007, the firm's Discardit II series of syringes numbered 0607186 was withdrawn from hospitals and other medical services around Poland, about half a year after the discovery of remains of dark dust in some syringes which were alleged to have been from this series.[30] The newspaper Dziennik Online claimed that other series such as 06022444, 0603266 and 0607297 were also suspected of being contaminated. BD recalled and tested the syringes in question, and revealed sterile particulates in 0.013 percent of the products.[31] Legal proceedings related to the incident started in December 2006.[30] According to an article published in Dziennik on Monday, 21 April 2008, the prosecutor’s office in Lublin discontinued the inquiry because the disposable syringes were not dangerous.

2010 Q-Syte Luer and IV Catheter partial recall

In February 2010 BD announced a voluntary product recall of certain lots of BD Q-Syte Luer Access Devices and BD Nexiva Closed IV Catheter Systems. BD stated that the use of the affected devices may cause an air embolism or leakage of blood and/or therapy, which may result in serious injury or death. The approximately 2.8 million BD Q-Syte and 2.9 million BD Nexiva units containing 5 million BD Q-Syte devices that were recalled were distributed in the United States, Asia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, South Africa and South America. The recall was initiated on Oct. 28, 2009 after BD received complaints of problems due to air entry through a part of the device. BD stated that the cause of the problem was manufacturing deviation and claimed that it corrected the problem. BD announced that it notified customers about the recall by letter and has been working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and worldwide health agencies to coordinate recall activities.[32][33]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Becton Dickinson, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Nov 21, 2012" (PDF). Retrieved Feb 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Google Finance:BDX". 
  3. ^ Becton, Dickinson and Co Stock Report, Standard & Poor's, January 30, 2010
  4. ^ "CNN Money Fortune 500 list". 
  5. ^ "Becton Dickinson to buy CareFusion for $12 billion in cash, stock" (Press release). Reuters. 5 October 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "BD Milestones". 
  7. ^ "Becton Dickinson and Company Announces the Acquisition of Biometric Imaging". 
  8. ^ "BD Signs Agreement to Acquire Gentest Corporation". 
  9. ^ a b c d "BD 2009 Annual Report". 
  10. ^ "BD Press Release". 
  11. ^ "The Free Library, Press Release". 
  12. ^ "PEPFAR Press Release". 
  13. ^ "Stop TB Partnership Partner’s Profile". 
  14. ^ "GBC Health". 
  15. ^ "Americares Press Release". 
  16. ^ "International AIDS Vaccine Initiative Press Release". 
  17. ^ "Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics Press Release". 
  18. ^ "JDRF Press Release". 
  19. ^ "Project Hope Partnerships". 
  20. ^ "Direct Relief International Partner Profile". 
  21. ^ "Accordia Global Health Foundation Newsletter". 
  22. ^ "CU Corporate Partnerships". 
  23. ^ "UVA News". 
  24. ^ "Becton, Dickinson & Co. donates $1 million to Fairleigh Dickinson University". 
  25. ^ "Green Power Purchasers Fortune 500 List". 
  26. ^ "Newsweek, Greenest Big Companies in America – The 2009 List". 
  27. ^ "Newsweek, Green Ranking 2009 - Becton Dickinson". 
  28. ^ "Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes" (PDF). 
  29. ^ "BD Press Release". 
  30. ^ a b Kraskowski, Leszek (2007-08-01). "For over half a year, hospitals used tainted syringes" (in Polish). Dziennik Online. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
  31. ^ "Reuters: Becton Dickinson expands syringe recall in Poland". 2007-08-06. 
  32. ^ "Reuters: Becton Dickinson recalls intravenous devices". 2010-02-08. 
  33. ^ "BD Press Release". 

External links

  • BD - Better Business Bureau (BBB) Review
  • - Becton Dickinson Careers
  • BD - Google Finance
  • Becton Dickinson SEC Filings
  • BD - Hoovers