Building on a legacy of excellence

The future is bright with new hematology developments for both humans and animals launched in 2023 or soon to be launched in 2024. But while our efforts are focused on the current needs of customers and their patients, we’ve also seen the importance of Boule’s past and its origins. Because, ultimately, where we came from has informed where we are heading — building on a legacy of excellence. 

Just before the summer, we launched our new 5-part veterinary solution, and we are currently hard at work finalizing our new hematology platform for humans. Both these developments are taking us further towards meeting the needs of customers and their patients around the world.

Continuing our journey

Looking to the future has also made us think of our long history. After all, these new solutions are not a new direction for Boule – they’re the continuation of our journey and building on a legacy of excellence that goes all the way back to 1956 and a breakthrough that helped define today’s automated hematology analyzers.

That breakthrough was the Celloscope counter, developed by Erik Öhlin in 1956. The Celloscope counter eventually led to the formation of the Swelab company in 1969 and gives us the tagline: Still counting. Since 1956.

Erik Öhlin, developed Europe’s first automatic blood cell counter.


Setting the record straight

We are immensely proud of that innovative past and the legacy that still drives us today. But there was no established link to that past online and the Boule Diagnostics history wasn’t as clear as it should be. Or needed to be for customers and partners looking to find out about Boule, our brands and our offering, and feel the trust and confidence that comes from a long, successful and innovative track record.

Firstly, our history was scattered among the different acquisitions over the years – Swelab Instrument AB, Medonic AB and Clinical Diagnostic Solutions Inc. Secondly, and most importantly, there was little to no mention of the Celloscope counter that started everything off for us.

So, we have looked to set the record straight with a comprehensive Boule history booklet, “Bringing hematology testing to the point of care”, and by filling a gap in the online record with a long-overdue Wikipedia page for the Celloscope counter.

Please check these out. We hope you find these resources interesting, informative and helpful towards a better, more complete understanding of Boule and its history. Not just to better understand who we are and where we’ve come from but also how it’s in our DNA to meet the future head on with the next generation of hematology analyzers.

Read the new Wikipedia article:

Celloscope automated cell counter

Read about Boule’s history:

The history of Boule Diagnostics

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