How to Start a Laboratory Business

There are many kinds of laboratory business that you could start on as a business. While this can be a challenging thing to do, the business can really bring in lots of profits if you do it right.

What is only important for you to know is that the kind of laboratory that you should open is something that you understand at least.

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If you try on something that you don’t have any idea about, chances are you will not be able to manage its affairs yourself. Here are ways on how to start a laboratory business, depending on your expertise and background.

Choosing the Kind of Laboratory Business that is Right for You

Different kinds of laboratory businesses are popular today. This is because they are now an indispensable part in the running of industries. Medical laboratories for one are important to run so that human illnesses will be properly diagnosed and treated. Without it, doctors will have trouble interpreting symptoms by themselves. Another kind of laboratory is electronic ones which are used to come up with more advanced and state of the art technologies which we use in our daily activities. There are also scientific laboratories that come up with breakthroughs in health and the biological makeup of the world. Whatever type of laboratory you open, what you should understand is that you will be dealing with precise science here and it is important that you get a grip of everything that is happening in your business.

Securing the Right Permits

As soon as you have decided on the type of laboratory that you will be starting, the next thing that you should do is to start working on the legalities. In most states, you will not be allowed to start a laboratory without securing the right permits and approval from different offices and agencies. As soon as possible, inquire on the requirement and submit them right away. Be sure not to put this off for some time later. If you start your business transactions before you have these permits, chances are you will risk being caught and punished and all your dealings with clients will be illegitimated. If this happens, you are also more likely to have difficulty making it good in the business even if you already have complied with all the legal requirements.

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Finding the Right Place

After you have gathered all the formality papers, the next thing that you will have to decide on is the perfect place for your laboratory. It should be somewhere easy for your clients to reach and have access to. Also see to it that it is spacious enough to accommodate all your laboratory equipment, your reception area and also a space for your clients. Your staff should also be able to walk around and do their jobs freely. Any inconvenience on their part might hamper the quality of their work and this will not be good for the image of your company. Also see to it that the location you choose has an efficient water and electricity source.

Working with the Right People

As soon as you have the preliminaries done, the next important step would be the hiring of people who will be working for your laboratory. What you want to make sure is that they have the necessary background and experience for them to be able to effectively deliver the kind of service that is required of them. Also make sure that they have the required licenses and permits.

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  • muazzam m kondekar said on October 10, 2010
    dear writer thanks for your above information actually my wife wants to start some business like medical or pathology center can you plz tell me what will be the investment what will be required qualification she has completed graduation in science microbiology but for taking license for pathology center what qualification is required and is it possible to hire someones license to start our pathology plz help as soon as possible and also suggest good business for womens
  • ESPERANZA said on December 15, 2010
  • Ejikeme P. Nwosu said on January 8, 2011
    I am on the verge of starting a laboratory company that will be using chemical research to bring up new products. I have two degrees in chemistry and am a member of some chemical organizations. Do I need more licenses.
  • DaShawna Bennett said on February 13, 2011
    I am an Analytical Chemist.. I would like to start a vitamin lab. How do I do it?
  • Hatlane Mabunda said on February 28, 2011
    I am from MOKOPANE in LIMPOPO South Africa and i will like to start my own Laboratory Analyzing water samples
  • pouya salehpour said on May 12, 2011
    I am a registered nurse but i like to run my medical laboratory. i need to know, do i need to have any specific diploma or degree? if not how can i take the license for opening my own lab? i am living in toronto, canada. thank you
  • raj kumar yadav said on May 27, 2011
    hi i am master in laboratory in clinical biochemistry. i want to open one biochemsitry laboratory . i am from neapl . here it is trend of sending the patient to the lab by the doctor and ask for percentage for sending the patient.and its ok along with biochemisty i want to open hematology and micro and serology laboratory too. i am totally new just now i finished my master , but i want to open one lab, have a good day , reply me
  • T. Young said on July 19, 2011
    I am considering opening up a medical laboratory in East Kentucky. I am ASCP certified MLT. I want to have basic chemistry and hematology machines with maybe some rapid tests too. What permits do I need and what kind of money should I need to start up.
  • Dr Deepti said on August 17, 2011
    i am a medical practitioner.i want to start a pathology lab in Rachi Jharkhand India. do i need a license to start it?how much minimum investment is required
  • Dina r said on November 29, 2011
    i would like to know what i need to start my own draw station business my husband and i are both phlebotomist! But we dont know where to start . Phoenix Arizona
  • Bernardina Garcia said on December 18, 2011
    Hello I live in Collinsville, IL. I would like to start my own draw station. I have 15 years drawing blood and I am also a medical assistant. I would like to know what I need to start my own business.
  • Abdulrehman said on March 11, 2012
    How to start total pathology lab test business and also we need to know how much money required for total machinery related this business. kindly request to you please reply with details. specially for maharashtra state in mumbai or any other region or in gulf.
  • Meek said on April 23, 2012
    Hi i'm working as a mlt. I want to take lab management classes and open a fertility clinic in ny.
  • FRANCIS BONYE said on April 28, 2012
  • Dr.Pratap Singh said on May 22, 2012
    dear sir i m a ayurvedic physician. wants' to open a pathology lab after doing M.Sc(Medical)(Microbiology). Please tell me that what kind of licenses are required to open it?
  • Padmanabha said on May 24, 2012
    Dear Sir, I want to start a pharma/chemical analytical laboratories at Hyderabad, AP, What are the legal, license and other requirements.
  • jagadesh said on June 10, 2012
    i am a medical practitioner. To start a lab of my own should i need a license. Even if not required how should i get a license to run legally/safely. Also give info regd how to start a Diploma in medical laboratory technician course. Also how to get DMLT candidates.
  • Dana Carpenter said on June 15, 2012
    I would like to start my own draw station. I live in a small town of Picayune, MS where people have to drive at least an hour to the nearest Lab to have blood drawn. I simply just want to open a business that people can come to have blood drawn or any kind of urine screening where it is quick and convenient. I am a Phlebotomist with years of experience. What all would I need to do to put this into place? I know just about all the equipment I would need and my clients to use, I just need to know what legal things that need to take place first before I can make this happen.
  • Mohamed Shueb said on August 29, 2012
    We would like to start up a medical lab as there is a great need for one where we stay. Can you please advice on what will be the equipment requirement.
  • laraba Alhamdu Ms said on November 2, 2012
    Sir The Intended Medical Laboratory to be located in Abuja, Nigeria. Where there no quality lab. services in this Country, and would like very much to help the poor people out there to have some diagnostic toll that will better the outcome of their medical treatment hence saving some lives. Thank you. Laraba
  • DallasMedTech said on November 17, 2012
    Hi, I am a Medtech here in Dallas, I need a partnership in opening a lab. I want to start from routine test ,waived test(like rapid kit;CLIA waived test). I need someone that helps me financially. If interested, email me . need a phlebotomist, a courier, and someone had knowledge medical billing.I just need two machines, chemistry analyzer and hematology analyzer...and some other stuffs..Microscope, centrifuge, freezer and ref., computer. A right place is close to Medical Clinic or doctor's office.
  • Vivek Suresh said on December 6, 2012
    Hi, Myself S.Vivek and i am a Microbiologist (M.Sc). I am interested in opening a clinical microbiology as well as pathology testing laboratory. I need to know the investment for the set up and also the criterias for licensing the lab and where from to procure the licensing as well as a Design so as to know how we need to start it up. Would be grateful if i can get an information on the above. Thanks with Regards
  • estella said on December 20, 2012
    Harlingen, tx. We would like to open a draw station. but do not know where to start.
  • sous said on January 1, 2013
    Hi there, I would like to set up medical laboratory in morocco. Do who know where I can start. What information i need? thanks
  • Marry Joy Bation said on January 10, 2013
    Pasay City, Philippines. Hi. We would like to open up chemical testing center laboratory here in Pasay City. What are the requirements, licenses and permits we have to process? Thanks.
  • TWUMASI PAUL said on January 13, 2013
    Hi sir, I have open my own medical laboratory in Ghana ,how can I get partnership to expand my Laboratory to became international
  • ravi raj kashyap said on January 13, 2013
    my company wants to statrt business of medical laboratory to diagnose but my qualification is B.COM, LL.B. I am not a laboratory technician
  • jyoti singh said on February 9, 2013
    i wants to start my own pathology lab can you plz tell me what will be the investment what will be required qualification i have completed my graduation in science microbiology(H) but for taking license for pathology lab what qualification is required and is it possible to hire someones license to start our pathology plz help as soon as possible and also suggest good business for womens.
  • navaneekannan said on February 20, 2013
    sir am running my own lab with my residence and to help the poor in my surroundings with low cost. but i need necessary basic idea of getting what are the licenses to get. please help me and guide me
  • navaneekannan said on February 20, 2013
    my area name is porur, chennai, tamilnadu, india to get license to run a medical lab
  • trupti said on February 25, 2013
    i am applied B.M.Tech student want to start pathology lab give me information how to get license & equipment requirement with prizes
  • MR. ENOCK ZWANE said on February 27, 2013
    I'm a Medical Technologist qualified in Clinical Pathology and I'm interested to open my own Pathology Laboratory. I need assistance in finances to purchase the machines for a startup. Thank you.
  • Syed Naqi Hussain said on February 27, 2013
    Dear sir / madam I am planning to open a lab in Hyderabad A.P. India, i need to know what the equipment require and how much it will cost and how to start process mean for license what qualification required and from where i can get license about location i am still searching a good location, i will be thankful if you do the need full thanks
  • meenakshi goyal said on February 28, 2013
    i have done pg diploma course in pathology. i want to start a independent clinical laboratory .. what are the requirements for it and what will be the investment figure for this.. please enlighten me....
  • Jasmin Khatoon said on February 28, 2013
    I am Planning to open a Laboratory Business in Dallas, Texas area . Can I get the steps of establishing a laboratory. I have Half million Dollar to start. What are the Licenses do i need to start in state of Texas. Thanks !
  • ajay yadav said on March 5, 2013
    I have completed my 2 years diploma from delhi n i want to open my pathology lab can i start please tell me about investment.
  • john said on March 15, 2013
    i am a lab technician. i established diagnostic center at dilsukhnar, hyderabad. i dont know the registration process so please give me information.
  • Mazharul haque said on March 27, 2013
    i have master degree in Pathology laboratory(Master of laboratory Technology) can i run own laboratory any part of in india. please give me information.
  • Mohamed Hossain said on March 27, 2013
    Dear Sir, I am interested in setting up a pathology lab in Toronto, Canada. Can you please suggest me what will be my step by step process. Thanks
  • honey said on March 30, 2013
    Hi, I am from varanasi and I down pgdmlt from ims bhu I want to open May own lab plz tell me about the registration procedure and which lab can give the franchises plz tell me.
  • rajat said on March 31, 2013
    hi honey, i'm too from varanasi and want to open up a lab. can you contact me on 8808888870
  • Mrs.Kiran said on April 9, 2013
    I am a B.Sc graduate in CBZ and Dip in medical laboratory technology and a MBA in Healthcare Services. I have good experience in the Medical lab technical field and in administration. I need to know what are the certifications and licenses required before starting a Diagnostic center with all the departments. Can someone please help me?
  • Gracy said on April 12, 2013
    I want to start my Pathology Lab in Delhi (India). I need to know what all Licenses i would require & what type of business i should start with - Proprietorship/pvt. ltd comp.?
  • amr said on April 16, 2013
    hello dear. we are ( ALSOHOP INTERNATIONAL ) company in kuwait we have all approval to establish laboratory for testing chemical in kuwait and we need Total private laboratories contracted by annual contracts, we would like to rent a full laboratory services, complete staff. so please reply us and we are too serious. thank you. Dr.MJM mobile no: +965-65071596. fax :+965-22620054., tele :+965-22622857. address:kuwait - hawalli - tunis St. - Opp.AL-AhliBank . Al - azmi comp.3d floor - off7.
  • amul said on April 24, 2013
    Hello dear, I am master in biochemistry. I have experience of 5 years of working as biochemist in a laboratory .I want to start my biochemistry lab in Punjab. I need to know what all type of license I required to start my lab business. Plz reply soon.
  • joyce said on April 26, 2013
    I have a degree in microbiology. I want to start a small laboratory business in nigeria. can I do this with my qualification? how am I to go about it?
  • sahar said on May 4, 2013
    Hello Dear,
    I live in Toronto, Canada. I just finished my master in biochemistry in University of Toronto. I would like to open my own clinical lab. I have a few questions I would be glad if someone could help me through.
    1. What certificate or qualifications do I need to meet?
    2. Is that a rule to join other expertise such as pathologist or other to open a lab?
  • Roman said on May 12, 2013
    Hi, I just finished college as a chemical tech and I want to open my own business in research field. I live in Toronto, Canada and I would like to find out. What do I need in order to open just a lab business, what permits do I need and etc. Thanks
  • Vladimir said on May 13, 2013
    Hi, I'd like to ask your advice and opinion about optimal set of lab equipment and reagents necessary for full operation in walk-in facility (Primary Care Medical Clinic) We are in the infant stage to organize a new kind of Primary Care Medical Clinic and try to make a right business plan. I’m looking to porches for this clinic a semi-automatic Biochemistry Analyzer and I need your advice what kind of equipment you can recommend for a lab with 50-60 patience per day. We need fast an accurate lab results preferable in time frame of same day. Thank you in advance for your help.
  • sk sahanawaz alam said on May 26, 2013
    Hi am in microbiology field completing both ug and pg in microbiology and now doing Ph.D .My query is i am eligible for signature authority in microbiology laboratory?
  • Erica said on May 29, 2013
    Hi I am looking for information on opening my own blood drawing lab. I wouldn't be testing the blood just a lab where people can go and have a great experience with there blood draw but not necessarily having to go to he hospital. Any thoughts
  • sdk said on June 11, 2013
    hi i am msc biochemistry and dmlt want to start my own laboratory in rajkot gujarat will you plz give me idea abt what kind of and how much investment needed.
  • tunde said on June 17, 2013
    i am writing you from abuja, nigeria. my question is what are the permit we need or the license to open a laboratory company
  • Mohammed Sajid said on June 17, 2013
    Dear Sir, I am interested in setting up a pathology lab in Hyderabad, India. Can you please suggest me what will be my step by step process & how much investment amount is needed to set up ultra modern lab. Mobile : 00966569763404, Thanks
  • Crystal said on June 23, 2013
    Hello, I currently work as an independent contractor in the lab of my local medical clinic. (Durham, Ontario N0G 1R0.. Not to be confused with Durham region) I was hoping you could help me with some information. I am not interested in opening a new lab; i would simply like to do mobile phlebotomy in the evenings and on my days off for patients with mobility issues, or schedules that conflict with our hours of operation. (We only collect in our facility; specimens are sent to LifeLabs for testing). What licenses, insurance and/or permits would i require to implement this? Any information, web pages or phone numbers would be very helpful. Thank you!
  • Roberto Masioni said on June 25, 2013
    I would like to start a meth lab. My cousin says there is lots of money in that and it is good for the economy. I need some testing equipment to make sure I don't blow up my grannies house.
  • Gregory said on July 7, 2013
    I would like to start a lab in India Karnataka Mangalore, but i do not know any thing about this field could you please tell me the procedure and the machines involved, thank you
  • Mabel Martin said on July 17, 2013
    I would like to open a lab in Miami tell me the procedure and license and permits that I need. i am a register nurse. thank you
  • Texas Med Tech said on July 21, 2013
    I am looking a partner to open a Clinical Lab. I will be responsible in setting up. I am a Medical Technologist, generalist. If interested, this is my email :
  • Sanjeev Kumar said on July 29, 2013
    Dear Sir. I am interested in setting up a pathology lab in Chandigarh, India. Could you please suggest me what will be my step by step process & how much investment is needed to set up ultra modern lab. Qualification-Bsc biotechnology, Mba in Biotechnology, Experience-Currently working in Qiagen. Address-Chandigarh,INDIA,C.NO-08860982424
  • hardik said on August 22, 2013
    hello. i have completed my pharmaceutical chemistry. n i want to start a pathology lab. what to do now. which licenses n instruments are required to open a lab? n what is the minimum investment to open a lab? i want a lab in ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • sonita said on September 3, 2013
    Hello pls I am a science laboratory technology student and I wanna open a lab pls tell me if its possible..
  • Dr. Mukesh Kumar raikwar said on September 11, 2013
    I am on the verge of starting a analytical laboratory company that will be using chemical research to bring up new products. I have phD degrees in chemistry andi am working last 6 year in chemical analysis .
  • habeeb said on September 18, 2013
    Hi this is habeeb radiographer i want start medical laboratory with x-ray in davangere karnatak wat r the requirements and cost of machines and how can i get the loan from bank what documents need i have own building please advice me how to get the legal license in karnataka what the care take about purchasing machines, please reply me sir. thanks
  • Crenstil said on September 19, 2013
    HELLO, how can I contact this person @TWUMASI PAUL. He is looking for partnership in his lab in Ghana. Please help me contact this person. Thank you
  • noname said on September 22, 2013
    hi i am from malaysia. i would like to open a diagnostic laboratory. what is the process of starting this business. thank you.
  • syed said on October 11, 2013
    Hi i am x-ray technician want to start own diagnostic center, with x-ray and lab consultations in my 1500 building 3 bed room hall Kitchen is available good place in Karnataka so tell me how much investment need to start and how can run Wat the requirements from govt. of Karnataka
  • yuvraj kunwar said on October 13, 2013
    Hello Dear i have done bachelor in medical lab technology and msc. in microbiology presently working in aiims hospital new delhi but i want to open new pathology lab in dehradun so i am eligible or more formalities is require, please suggest me , 9910130361
  • Sukhpreet said on October 13, 2013
    Dear sir, plz tell a certified medical lab technologist can open his own laboratory independently in Ontario Canada. What about total expenses for that.
  • lalit sharma said on October 20, 2013
    sir, I would like to open my own diagnosis lab in gurgaon, haryana. plz suggest me the education qualifications required and minimum investment requirements and necessary certificate required for opening of own lab
  • rahul said on November 7, 2013
    sir i m doing msc mlt plz tell me that i open my own pathology in uttar pradesh
  • Karunakar said on November 13, 2013
    I passed DMLT and looking to open diagnostic centre in Hyderabad. Please guide me procedures to obtain approval for new las
  • Obi Divine . O said on December 10, 2013
    I am a medical laboratory scientist and medical laboratory director operating in Nigeria. My laboratory is located in a very strategic site. I am in need of a foreign female sonogragher to join the diagnostic business as a director
  • appa rao pamidi said on December 11, 2013
    hi i am msc medical biochemistry. i want to open one diagnostic laboratory . i am from akividi west godavari district andra pradesh. and as well as other labs also micro and pathology and serology labs, suitable for my study or any problems plz clarify my doubts ,tnqu
  • Himanshu said on December 18, 2013
    Hi , I am a IT professional and want to setup 1 diagnostic center. Reason behind it. Nowadays, diagnostic center are charging unnecessary cost for small-small test. Can you please assist me to setup a diagnostic center. Please reply me as earliest as possible
  • Antony M said on December 23, 2013
    I have BSc Hons Biomedical Science and just completed a course in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities. I want to start a pathology diagnostic laboratory. Could you please provide advice
  • shabir ahmad lone said on January 20, 2014
    I want to set up a diagnostic center in Delhi as I have more than 7 years of diagnostic and research experience. I have done MSc clinical Microbiology and BSc in Medical Laboratory Technology. Would you like to guide me for a good location and investment. Hope for your early response. Thanks and Regards, Shabir Ahmad
  • sakthi said on January 21, 2014
    i have completed bsc nursing. i would like to start clinical laboratory business. what will required qualification to run lab.
  • jitzala said on January 22, 2014
    Hi, I want to set up Food Testing lab for Product Ceralac for testing Protein, Minerals , Vitamins & calories ...Plz suggest what kind of Equipments need and their pricing. Area require for that ....and how much time it need to start..and other details .. Thanks
  • Tamiko said on January 26, 2014
    Hello, I'm an RN and I would like to set up my own drawing station. What would be the best way to achieve this goal? Should I try to contract with a larger company like Quest?
  • pawan kumar said on January 28, 2014
    i am master of MLT and i am research scholar just know. i am phd student of microbiology, i want to start diagnostic research laboratory. can i start this laboratory
  • ankush said on January 28, 2014
    I am in 12th science. if i take B S C (microbiology) after this can i start my pathology lab after graduate?
  • BISHELINE AUSTINE said on January 30, 2014
    pls am a cameroonian and i have BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences and i wish to create a Medical diagnostic laboratory. how can go about it
  • BISHELINE AUSTINE said on January 30, 2014
    i wish to create a medical diagnostics laboratory. who should i go about it
  • Brtenda Glover said on February 5, 2014
    Hello, I am interested in opening up a phlebotomist clinic, where as I would provide service for clients such as any medical institution, job related organizations, and independently offer home visits as well. This is intended for drawing blood only. Could you please offer advice on how to start this business and what is the criteria. Thank You Ms. Glover, Pooler, Georgia, United States
  • YM Kathy HU said on February 22, 2014
    Dear Sir, I have Master degree in pharmacology, PhD in Medicinal chemistry, and I have worked in pharmaceutical lab over 10 years, I want to start an Pharmaceutical/medical analysis lab in South CA. What should I do to get all the Right permits? Like FDA, USDA, ISO certification? Thanks so much!
  • Aaron Maramba said on March 7, 2014
    I am a doctor of biomedical science specialising in Hematology & blood transfusion. I would like to start a molecular diagnostic lab in Zimbabwe but am not sure which companies or what analyzer makes would anyone recommend. The tests I would like to offer are based on PCR, FISH & flow cytometry. I would also like to include HPLC for hemoglobin variants.
  • sandy said on April 12, 2014
    hi, m doing MSc in microbiology, after completing my PG i want to open my own pathology lab, so what are the procedures for opening the lab..and hoe to get license for that. thanks!
  • Cheri said on April 12, 2014
    I am an RN and my friend is a Phlebotomist. How do we start a Blood Draw Station in a small rural town? We would choose a central location to save people from driving 20 to 50 miles to get their blood drawn. Thank you.
  • surender kumar said on April 24, 2014
    I am DMLT & retired from govt job , want to start clinical Lab in rural area of punjab (india). what are legelites procedure in state.
  • garima arya said on April 28, 2014
    Dear sir, I have completed my PhD in Microbiology and now i want to open my own pathology lab, so what are the procedures for opening the lab..and how to get license for that. thanks!
  • rahulrdayama said on May 2, 2014
    i am passed dmlt..sir want to open my own what can i do for open..
  • rahulrdayama said on May 2, 2014
    I am dmlt passed. i want to open my own lab..what can i do sir.. Jhalawar rajasthan india
  • Clarence said on May 4, 2014
    DNA/ vitamin testing. Instruments needed and permits needed in GA.
  • salim Jawed said on May 14, 2014
    i have done B.Pharma and DMLT, i want to open my own pathology lab so what is the minimum investment and what are the legal procedures for that, am i eligible to open a lab or not? Please help...
  • prashant said on May 15, 2014
    dear sir, i want to start new analytical testing lab of pharma testing like GC Hplc analysis .so will you pl tell me what kind of licenses req for it
  • Mary Ann Leonard said on May 18, 2014
    Please provide a list of requirements needed to set up a Blood Draw Station.
  • Dhanuja Rajan A said on May 22, 2014
    Hi, I am Dhanuja Rajan, a Microbiologist (M.Sc). I am interested in opening a clinical microbiology laboratory in Trivandrum, Kerala. I need to know the investment for the setup, the criteria for licensing the lab, where to procure the licensing, and a Design to understand how to start it up. I am expecting detailed information on the above. Thanks with Regards
  • Usha said on June 2, 2014
    Hi, I'm Usha and i have done MBA. I would like to open a diagnosis lab in Andhra Pradesh. please suggest me the education qualifications required and minimum investment requirements and necessary certificate required to open a lab.
  • Priyadharshini said on June 30, 2014
    I am a MSc biochemistry graduate with dmlt and pgdbi . Like to start a clinical lab in bangalore, Karnataka, India. Give me the basic details for the same


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