The BD Symphony cell analyser is a next generation high end analytical flow cytometer offering unmatched flexibility. Utilising decagon detector arrays and an ultra-quiet VPX electronics system that can support up to 50 high-performance photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) the Symphony improves detection sensitivity enabling you to identify and analyse rare cell types and events. The instrument runs on DIVA 8 software.

The capabilities of this platform technology allow you for example to;

  1. Build better mid-size panels with low compensation values
  2. Deep phenotyping with larger fluorescent panels for biomarker discovery, combining
    traditional and novel dyes from the broad portfolio of BD Horizon Brilliant™ reagents
  3. Collect maximal information from a small and precious sample
  4. Increase lab throughput with broad phenotyping panels that combine multiple cell-line-
    specific panels.
BD Symphony

Configuration of the BD FACSSymphony analyser

The BRC Symphony is a 5 laser, 30 parameter SORP instruments (355 nm (nUV), 405 nm (violet), 488nm (blue), 561nm (Yellow-green), 633 nm (red)). Laser, detector and filter configuration FSC plus 6 Blue/3 Red/8 Violet /7 nUV/ 5 Yellow-Green:

BD symphony table


The analysers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for use by investigators except during weekly maintenance and repair periods. For details of these, see the guidelines page.

Before an investigator can book and use the equipment, they must attend training and register with iLabs (PDF 235Kb).