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Bracco Diagnostics Inc. (BDI), headquartered in Princeton, N.J., is a U.S.-based subsidiary of Milan-based Bracco Imaging S.p.A. Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Bracco Imaging operates in over 80 markets worldwide, either directly or indirectly, through subsidiaries, joint ventures, licenses and distribution partnership agreements.Bracco Imaging S.p.A. markets clinical agents for use in X-ray/Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Medicine globally, and also markets Ultrasound agents in Europe.As a global diagnostic imaging company dedicated to imaging agent and solutions development, Bracco Imaging S.p.A. employs over 1,400 persons globally, approximately 300 of whom work in research and development (R&D), Medical and Regulatory Affairs. Bracco Imaging is a subsidiary of Bracco S.p.A., the holding company of the Bracco Group, which also markets Ethical and Over The Counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products in Italy as well as Advanced Medical Technology systems worldwide. Furthermore, the Bracco Group offers diagnosis services through the Milan-based Centro Diagnostico Italiano (Italian Diagnostic Center).With a groundbreaking R&D department that uses an efficient process-oriented approach, Bracco Imaging has a track record of innovation in the most important modalities of the diagnostic imaging industry. R&D activities are managed in three research centers located in Colleretto Giacosa (Italy), Geneva (Switzerland) and Princeton, N.J. (U.S.). Each research center possesses highly specialized expertise in different diagnostic imaging modalities and techniques. Additional development expertise and support functions exist in Milan, Beijing, Konstanz (Germany) and Tokyo. Bracco Imaging has a number of research collaboration agreements with prestigious university departments, hospital-based research centers and biotech companies in various parts of the world.In addition to contrast agents for X-ray/CT, MRI and Nuclear Medicine (and Ultrasound in Europe), the Bracco Group provides the Empower® line of contrast injector delivery systems to the medical imaging field through its affiliate ACIST Medical Systems, Inc., a world leader in contrast delivery solutions for the imaging field dedicated to advancing the art of imaging through research and development of new products and technologies. Bracco Imaging also recently broadened its footprint in radiology and its portfolio of innovative solutions with the acquisition of E-Z-EM Inc., a major manufacturer of contrast media and medical devices for gastrointestinal (GI) radiology.