History of Beckman Coulter manual assays development and production starts in early 80's of the last century, with foundation of two biotechnology companies – Immunotech and Diagnostic System Laboratories.
Immunotech was founded in Marseille, France in 1982 with aim of developing industrial applications for monoclonal antibodies.
From beginning, the company progressed successfully and marketed many innovative products, several of them patented. Its offer covered antibodies for cell analysis, as well as assay kits for the determination of hormones, tumor markers, cytokines, etc.
Incidentally, the history of the Czech part of the company started also in 1982 with establishment of RIA department within the Radioisotope Research and Application Institute in Prague. Later on, it was transformed into the independent company and went into the strategic partnership with Immunotech Marseille. Prague Immunotech itself was established in 1992.
Both sites continued with the development, manufacture and sale of immunodiagnostic kits, sharing the same know-how of unique, patented technology of the solid phase coating.
In 1995, Immunotech became part of the company Coulter and in 1997, with acquisition of Coulter company by Beckman corporation, Immunotech became a part of newly created Beckman Coulter, Inc. An extensive scientific and technological knowledge base was combined with outstanding strategic experience.
Diagnostic Systems Laboratories (DSL) was established in 1981 and soon became very active and successful in finding new promising markers and introducing them into clinical practice.
Its focus on hormone analysis was reflected wide portfolio of RIA and ELISA assays, especially in reproductive and growth areas. Thus, DSL launched many innovative assays like those for inhibin A, Inhibin B or AMH determination.
Company was acquired by Beckman Coulter in 2005, what leads to further extension of already broad manual assay portfolio.
Beckman Coulter manual immunoassays today
Via joined Immunotech and DSL product portfolio, Beckman Coulter became the biggest producer on the world’s RIA market, selling to more than 60 countries wordwide. Products of those two traditional manufacturers were introduced under the common brand name Beckman Coulter at the beginning of 2010.
All RIA kits are now produced in Beckman Coulter production facility Immunotech s.r.o, Prague, Czech Republic.
ELISAs are produced partly in Chaska, Minnesota, USA (AMH, Inhibins), and partly in Immunotech S.A., Marseilles, France (Histamine etc.).
Beckman Coulter Manual Immunoassay Business (MIB) support team is located in Prague, Czech Republic, and works under roof of Beckman Coulter Ceska republika s.r.o. It provides technical and marketing support of manual immunoassays woldwide, consolidates commercial activities, and provides sale support to a network of distributors in countries where the sale is not managed by Beckman Coulter subsidiary