Before opening your laboratory business, you need to hire excellent staff, get the right credentials, and develop the best methods and procedures. And no matter your lab’s focus, you need equipment. The right tools and instruments will help you run your lab safely and efficiently. Read more to find out the most important equipment for any startup lab business.
Your lab will rely on software commonly used in other businesses, including MS Office, accounting software, and insurance billing apps. But you will also need a laboratory information management system (LIMS) to manage test sample data. Your software requirements depend on the type of laboratory you’re running, and your needs will likely change as your business develops.
Lighthouse Lab Services will help you find the right software solutions for your business. You need navigable software that requires minimal training for staff to use. And as your lab grows, we can find more structured software customized to your new needs.
General Lab Equipment and Safety Devices
You can find some of the most important equipment for a startup lab business in almost any laboratory. This general lab equipment includes pipettes, scales, centrifuges, Bunsen burners, freezers, hot plates, glassware, incubators, coolers, mixers and agitators, baths, microscopes, and fume hoods. These instruments function in your laboratory for your basic measurement, mixing, handling, and dispensing needs.
You will also need to outfit the space for safety. Essential safety equipment includes eyewash stations, safety showers, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, fire blankets, and personal protective equipment such as safety goggles and gloves.
Specialized Devices and Supplies
The specialized devices you need for your laboratory depend on the tests and services your business offers. An independent reference lab often meets different needs from an in-house, physician-owned lab.
You can customize your equipment to meet your lab’s throughput and workflow needs and to fit within your lab space. These considerations can impact your equipment choices, such as what tissue processor you should have for biopsies or resections.
Develop Your Start-Up with Lighthouse Lab Services
If you’re wondering how to start a lab testing business, Lighthouse Lab Services is here to help. We’ll discuss your business goals, assess your needs, and tailor a plan to make your lab a reality. Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.