The cocktailing functionality allows on-board, automated antibody cocktail preparation, eliminating the risk of errors due to manual pipetting and enabling the automated recording of all used antibodies for easier tracking and auditing. Part number, lot number and expiry date of the cocktail – as defined by the user – 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. Once prepared, the cocktail is considered as any other reagent and available in the user reagent library for selection.
Cocktails designed to contain more than one BD Horizon™ Brilliant dye can include automated addition of BD Horizon™ Brilliant Stain Buffer or BD Horizon™ Brilliant Stain Buffer Plus, ensuring dye stability and staining performance.
The cocktailing software is an integral part of the BD FACSDuet software, and is as intuitive and easy-to-use as the rest of the software.