Robert Thikoll and the Beckman Coulter’s New Innovations

Research scientist, Martin Abel-Kistrup explains one of his duties at the Chr. Hansen production facility in Denmark. He makes starter cultures specifically for the dairy industry and in the lab, he must identify specific strains of culture. Martin shares that he and the lab technicians must make sure that the strains that they are growing are the same ones that end up with the consumers. They have to carefully do this by doing different genetic analysis by using pulse electro phasing by sequencing and automating the strains. This process used to take the lab technicians approximately two weeks to do before the automation was introduced. With new technology incorporated in the lab, the sequencing now only takes three days for scientists to receive the answer and results. Martin says that the data that they receive is much more consistent now that they have the Biomek 4000 automated lab workstation machine at hand. He can also sequence more samples then he could before and perform different techniques that he couldn’t do alone.

Robert Thikoll serves as the Beckman Coulters Inc.’s Global Manufacturing Operations Vice President. The company is a medical diagnostic equipment producer that is affiliated with Danaher Corporation, a worldwide science and technology innovator located in Washington, D.C.

Robert Thikoll used to work under various positions with Danaher Corporation before his work with Beckman Coulter. Robert graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Japanese and Asian Studies and Government in 1990. He is currently married and has children.

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