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Beckman Coulter



Beckman Coulter Inc. , is a company that makes biomedical laboratory instruments. 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 10,000 people, with $2.4 billion in annual sales by 2004. Its current headquarters are in Brea, California.

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 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 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 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 and changed its name to what it is today.

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.

  • CEO - Bob Hurley

  • CFO - Charlie Slacik

  • Executive VP Worldwide Commercial Operations - Robert Kleinert

  • Senior VP Quality and Regulatory - Clair O'Donovan

  • Senior VP General Counsel - Arnold Pinkston

  • Senior VP HR - Allison Blackwell

  • Senior VP SCM - Pamela Miller

  • Senior VP Strategy, Business Development, Investor Relations & Communications - Paul Glyer

  • Group VP Cellular Business Group - Cynthia Collins

  • Group VP High Sensitivity Testing Group - Richard Creager

  • Executive VP Chemistry, Discovery and ISDC - Scott Atkin

  • VP Medical Director - Peter Heseltine

  • Group VP Chemistry Systems Group - Jim Widergren

Besides their headquarters in Brea, CA, Beckman-Coulter also has major locations in Indianapolis, IN, Chaska, MN, and Miami, FL. Though each location specializes in distinct areas of the company, many projects are worked on by teams in multiple locations working together remotely.

  • Medical technologist

  • Beckman Coulter Annual Report 2004

  • Beckman Coulter Fact Sheet

  • Beckman Coulter Profile

  • Beckman Coulter Timeline

  • Company website

  • Yahoo! - Beckman Coulter, Inc. Company Profile

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