Beckman Coulter’s Portfolio

Flow cytometry – Beckman Coulter

The story of the company founded by Dr Arnold O Beckman is one of non-stop innovation and expansion to ensure that scientists in the biomedical, life science and related fields have access to a full range of high-quality analytical instruments. As part of that growth, it has made a number of vital acquisitions – including that of the Coulter Corporation in 1997, which resulted in the new name Beckman Coulter.

I was reminded of that history of acquisition when I saw a recent report on Beckman Coulter acquiring a specialist company developing and making cytometers. Flow cytometry is just one of the many areas in which Beckman Coulter leads the way. Adding China-based Xitogen Technologies Inc. and the Cytojene Corporation to its portfolio will further consolidate that position.

Among the key Xitogen products is its XTG-1600 cytometer, which is able to detect items in the 100 nm range – such as microparticles, cell organelles, viruses and bacteria. Its practical advantages include a compact footprint and it is available in various specifications. Researchers can opt for anything from a basic set-up with one laser and four channels to a three-laser, 16-channel system. And of course users can expect this instrument, like everything else in the Beckman Coulter product range, to meet high standards of quality, performance and user-friendliness.

So while Beckman Coulter continues to make advances in the application and design of the Coulter Counter, laboratories also benefit from a single, reliable source of instruments meeting their many other analytical needs. For me, with my specific interest in particle characterisation, the range of Coulter Counter and dynamic light scattering equipment is always very impressive – but again those are only a small part of the portfolio.

Beckman Coulter is the name behind a diversity of automated, simplified biomedical testing systems which make processes quicker and easier for medical professionals and improve prospects for patients. The same approach to technology has also produced a range of equipment that helps life scientists to investigate the mysteries of diseases and living systems, to determine the causes of disease and to develop new and more effective treatments.

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