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Beckman Coulter Inc., is a Danaher Corporation company that develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing. It is operating in two industries: Diagnostics and Life Sciences. With a history of more than 80 years the company helps healthcare and laboratory professionals, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities, medical schools, and research institutions worldwide. Founded by Caltech professor Arnold O. Beckman in 1935 as National Technical Laboratories to commercialize a pH meter that he had invented, the company eventually grew to employ over 12,000 people, with $5.8 billion in annual sales by 2017. Its current headquarters are in Brea, California. Beckman Coulter was acquired by Danaher Corporation in 2011.

Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Subsidiary of Danaher Corporation - Acquisition in 2011
IndustryScientific instruments, Medical Devices
FoundedPasadena, California (1935, as National Technical Laboratories)
FounderArnold O. Beckman
HeadquartersBrea, California, United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Christopher Riley, President Diagnostics
ProductsBiomek platforms, Synchron/AU analyzers, IRIS Immunochemistry system, VERIS, DxI immunoassay instruments, DxC chemistry instruments, DxH hematology instruments, Hemoccult, CEQ 2000 DNA Analysis System, Flow cytometers, Ultracentrifuge, Laboratory centrifuge
RevenueIncreaseUS$3.66B (FY 2010)[1]
IncreaseUS$405M (FY 2010)[1]
IncreaseUS$231M (FY 2010)[1]
Total assetsIncreaseUS$4.88B (FY 2010)[2]
Total equityIncreaseUS$2.13B (FY 2010)[2]
Number of employees
12,000 (Worldwide)
ParentDanaher Corporation
Websitewww.beckmancoulter.com
A large laboratory centrifuge from Beckman.

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HistoryEdit

In the 1940s, Beckman changed the name to Arnold O. Beckman, Inc. to sell oxygen analyzers, the Helipot precision potentiometer, and spectrophotometers. In the 1950s, the company name changed to Beckman Instruments, Inc.

In 1954, Beckman Instruments acquired ultracentrifuge maker Spinco (Specialized Instruments Corp.). The Spinco division went on to design and manufacture a broad range of laboratory centrifuges.[3]

In 1955, Beckman established the seminal Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory as a division of Beckman Instruments to begin commercializing the semiconductor transistor technology invented by Caltech alumnus William Shockley. Because Shockley's aging mother lived in Palo Alto, California, the Shockley Laboratory was established in nearby Mountain View, California, and thus, "Silicon Valley" was born.

In 1961, Beckman acquired Offner Electronics, a company founded by inventor Franklin F. Offner.

In 1982, the company merged into SmithKline to form SmithKline Beckman, with Arnold Beckman as vice chairman, but regained its independence in 1989 after SmithKline merged with Beecham Group to form SmithKline Beecham (now part of GlaxoSmithKline).

In 1995, the company acquired Hybritech, Inc. from Eli Lilly.

In 1996, the company acquired the Sanofi portion of Sanofi Pasteur Diagnostics.

In 1998, the company acquired Coulter Corporation, a company founded by Wallace H. Coulter, the inventor of the Coulter counter. Beckman, thereafter, changed its name to Beckman Coulter.

In 2005, the company acquired Diagnostic Systems Laboratories (DSL) based in Webster, Texas.

In 2006, the company acquired Lumigen and Agencourt Bioscience.

In 2007, the company acquired the Flow Cytometry Business Group of Dako North America, Inc.

In 2009, the company acquired Lab-based Diagnostics business of Olympus Corporation Japan.

In 2009, the company moved its world headquarters from Fullerton, California to the newly renovated facility in Brea, California.[4]

In February 2011, Danaher announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Beckman Coulter.[5]

On June 30, 2011, Danaher finalized the acquisition of Beckman Coulter.[6]

On September 12. 2012 Danaher acquired Iris Diagnostics and its parent company IRIS International, Inc. as leader in Urinalysis Diagnositc to further boost Danaher's Diagnostic business within Beckman Coulter.[7]

On February 1, 2015, the company finalized the acquisition of MicroScan from Siemens Healthcare[8]

LocationsEdit

Though each location specializes in distinct areas of the company, many projects are worked on by teams in multiple locations working together remotely.Besides their headquarters in Brea, California, Beckman Coulter serves worldwide & some of the major locations include -

USA:

United Kingdom:

Canada:

Germany

Italy

Ireland

Switzerland

Japan

Brazil

China

India

Russia

Turkey

South Africa

Australia

United Arab Emirates

Egypt

France:

New Zealand

Russia

Singapore

Sri Lanka

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Beckman Coulter (BEC) annual SEC income statement filing via Wikinvest.
  2. ^ a b Beckman Coulter (BEC) annual SEC balance sheet filing via Wikinvest.
  3. ^ Arnold Thackray and Minor Myers, Jr. ; foreword by James D. Watson. (2000). Arnold O. Beckman : one hundred years of excellence. Philadelphia, Pa.: Chemical Heritage Foundation. ISBN 978-0-941901-23-9.
  4. ^ Mueller, Mark (July 5, 2010). "Beckman Puts Former HQ Site up for Sale". Orange County Business Journal. 33 (27): 4.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2011-02-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Press Release | Investors | Danaher". phx.corporate-ir.net.
  7. ^ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iris-offer/danaher-buys-iris-to-boost-diagnostics-business-idUSBRE88G0T420120917. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "MDDI Online". MDDI Online.

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