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Starting a Laboratory

Independent Reference + Physician Office Labs

Looking into starting a laboratory testing business but not sure where to begin?

Lighthouse Lab Services has the expertise to get your lab running in as little as 90 days. Whether you are building a lab from the ground up, adding new lines of testing, or simply adding testing capacity – we’re here to help!

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The nation’s leading medical laboratory consulting and recruiting firm

Offering unparalleled experience, with regards to starting a laboratory, Lighthouse Lab Services is a trusted partner of clinical and pathology labs across the country.


Laboratories Built


Lighthouse’s Industry Experts


Laboratory Clients


Laboratories Managed

Types of Laboratories We Help to Start

Physician Office Labs

Reference Labs

Hospital Labs

Urgent Care Labs

Toxicology Drug Testing


Wellness Testing Labs

Podiatry Labs

Infectious Disease

Molecular Diagnostics

Genetic Labs

Allergy Labs

Our Six-Step Startup Process

Starting a medical laboratory is never easy. Fortunately, Lighthouse Lab Services provides the expertise and startup procedures to make this process easier and more efficient. We have a proven step-by-step method that will take you from concept to completion. When you work with Lighthouse Lab Services, your team will start with:


Initial Consultation

Once we hear your plan and assess your start-up needs, we will build a project plan and timeline tailored for your laboratory.


Resources Allotment

Our team of consultants will create test menus, choose your instrumentation and software, detail the supplies you will need, and help you select a laboratory location that is right for your lab’s needs.



Our team at Lighthouse will take the lead with processing and enrollment for required CLIA certificates and any required state licensing.



We will help you build a team of qualified laboratory professionals so you are completely staffed. From medical lab technicians to lab directors, we will provide the best quality perm or temp candidates in the timeliest manner.



Our team will assist in writing standard operation procedures (SOPs), method development, and/or validation of the equipment. We will make sure your staff is trained on how to run specimens properly.



Ready for launch! We’ll help you begin operations and ensure your lab is ready for initial inspections. Unlike other companies, we also offer continued support for three years as your lab runs and grows.

Get Started with Your Physician Office Laboratory

Owning a medical laboratory is a rewarding venture, but getting there takes knowledge and experience. Our team of over 250 industry experts is dedicated to successfully launching your new clinical or pathology laboratory.

Jon Harol

President, Lighthouse Lab Services

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"Lighthouse Lab Services has helped us set up our physician office lab for urine toxicology. They are very professional and organized. I would highly recommend their services."

Julia Ashford, Ashford Pain Solutions

"My lab just finished the validation of a Turn-Key Covid-19 lab using Lighthouse Lab Services. We had a great experience and are looking forward to future projects as we grow. They assisted with everything from finding equipment, supplies, validation and training. I highly recommended them."

Ameritech Diagnostic Labs

"We love Lighthouse. Incredible support. Great account management. Superior technical support. We all talk about how great it has been to work with [Lighthouse]. We cannot say enough positive about the company. "

R. Scott LaNeve, General Manager, Drugscan, Inc.

"We are all impressed with the work that Lighthouse Lab Services does to help the clinical laboratory community... We have been working tirelessly over the last year tackling all of the complexities involved in starting up a clinical lab from scratch… We are… overjoyed to have [a lab director] onboard via Lighthouse."

Christine Barnard, Founder & CEO, Atlas Quality Assurance Laboratories

"I want to commend your team (again) for being such great partners. Your service levels have been the best of any of our Covid suppliers – instrumentation, supplies, and/or reagents. We are grateful we found Lighthouse and look forward to working together."

Consulting & Covid Assay Client

"We hired a MLT and Lab Director thanks to Lighthouse and everything has been smooth sailing. They are both knowledgeable, thorough, professional and have helped our practice tremendously. Thank you again Lighthouse for matching us perfectly."


"Impressive Team and always ready to serve!"

Shea Harrelson, Vikor Scientific

"Lighthouse is professional, responsive, and has always provided quality candidates."


"It’s my pleasure working with Lighthouse on recruiting our Lab Director. [Candidates]…spoke highly of your company. They trust the quality service and the transparency your team has provided them. We can certainly understand why we feel the same way about your knowledge in the lab field and Lighthouse Lab Services putting the clients’ interest at heart."

Reference Lab Recruiting Client

Our Technical Consulting
Management Team

Our Team is highly qualified across various specialties within the medical laboratory industry. They will guide your lab throughout the process and ensure the technical and scientific aspects of your lab meet compliance standards.

Chief Consulting Officer

Megan White Younts

Megan brings over a decade of industry experience in laboratory operations and management, with biology, toxicology, and entomology degrees. She has personally overseen the build-out, and go-live of more than 50 toxicology and 60 molecular laboratories in more than 30 states across the nation.

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Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Sarah Harris, PhD, TC(NRCC)

Dr. Sarah Harris managed daily laboratory operations for a leading national reference lab processing more than 50,000 samples per month. She also oversaw the development and implementation of methodologies for clinical testing that reduced costs by more than 20%.

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Director of Consulting

Matt Thacker

Matt has 5 years of research and 9 years of clinical laboratory experience ranging from high throughput testing to specialized laboratory developed testing. He has been involved in over 75 lab builds from scratch ranging from fully automated high-capacity molecular builds to single tech in-office labs.

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Senior Project Manager

Jo Radu

Jo brings over a decade of expertise in laboratory business and operational management. With a strong academic background in the businesses and sciences, Jo excels in her Senior Project Management role focusing on lab start-ups and expanding clinical testing to existing labs.

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