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Ready to start your own Medical Laboratory but not sure where to begin?

Lighthouse Lab Services has the expertise to get your lab up and running in as little as 90-days. We are Making Quality Laboratory Testing More Accessible.

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The nation’s leading medical laboratory consulting and recruiting firm

With 18 years of experience, Lighthouse Lab Services has become a trusted partner of clinical laboratories 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

Mobile Labs

Toxicology Drug Testing


Wellness Testing Labs

Core Labs

Infectious Disease

Molecular Diagnostics

Genetic Labs

Allergy Labs

Our Six-Step Startup Process

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

We will listen to your plans and assess your start-up needs. After that, we will build a comprehensive plan and timeline 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.



Your 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 and operated. From medical laboratory technicians to lab director.



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.

Owning a clinical laboratory is a rewarding venture, but getting there takes knowledge and experience. Our team of over 190 industry experts is dedicated to successfully launching your new laboratory.

Jon Harol

President, Lighthouse Lab Services

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"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 in various specialties within the clinical laboratory industry. They will guide your lab throughout the process as well as ensure the technical and scientific aspects of your lab meet compliance standards.

Chief Consulting Officer

Megan White Younts

Megan brings more than a decade of industry experience in laboratory operations and management and has personally overseen the up-fit, build-out, and go-live of more than 40 toxicology and 50 molecular laboratories in more than 20 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

Lindsey Lamont

Lindsey has over 10 years of experience in Account and Project Management. During her time at Lighthouse, she has overseen the build-out of over 50 molecular labs and dozens of labs with various other specialties.

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