Setting up a laboratory

Setting up a laboratory can be challenging with all the different components that make up a lab. However, you can take the necessary steps to ensure your lab is set up, stocked, and optimized for productivity when you arrive. View Avantor’s laboratory checklists to ensure proper set up and save on laboratory furniture, equipment, instruments, chemicals, life science products, and other supplies with our offers..

Laboratory Product Checklists:

 Lab Furniture



 Life Science

 Lab Chemicals

 Glassware and Plasticware

 Liquid handling

 Lab Supplies

Laboratory Checklists:

 Cell Culture





 Cleanroom/Controlled Environments





 Safety & Industrial Supplies

What types of lab products are needed?

There are some lab products that will always be needed in a laboratory setting. A handful of crucial items make up the backbone of any good lab and make it possible to ensure that researchers’ and scientists’ lab goals are achieved. 

Some of the lab products necessary for every lab include:  

  • Reagents
  • Solvents
  • Glassware
  • Slides
  • Stains
  • Swabs
  • Lab burners
  • Pipettes
  • Thermometers
  • Hot Plates

What types of laboratory equipment are needed?

Today’s medical and clinical labs are performing increasingly sophisticated tasks. Not only has the variety of tests expanded, the complexity has increased as well. Because of this, lab technicians require an array of specialized lab equipment to meet the growth in scientific testing protocols. 

Types of laboratory equipment needed in every lab:

  • Microscopes
  • Refrigerators 
  • Incubators 
  • Autoclave, hoods 
  • Furniture
  • Freezers
  • Sterilization equipment
  • Autoclaves
  • Laboratory furniture

What to consider when starting a new lab 

The first decision to make when starting up a new lab is what type of laboratory work you’ll be focusing on. Then you’ll carefully consider what specific equipment you’ll need, where you’re going to obtain it and how to optimally configure your lab.

Considerations for starting a new lab: 

  • Develop a timeline
  • Establish a budget
  • Identify and secure essential equipment and supplies
  • Establish control areas in the lab
  • Develop chemical control protocols
  • Decide on software tools and solutions

Dedicated support from your Avantor team

The Avantor Lab Start-Up Program begins with dedicated support from your Avantor Sales Representative, who understands how to support your unique research goals with a fully outfitted lab. Our team of experts are ready to assist you with the services and products you need, all backed by the industry leading global supply chain Avantor provides. Reach out to Avantor for timely assistance –and don’t overlook the many money-saving offers in our new lab set up guide! Find all of the information you need about seeing up your lab by requesting a free copy of our lab set up guide here!