As an early-stage biotech lab, you have a long to do list. You need to identify a lab space, work on securing funding, grow your team, and maintain lab operations all while continuing your actual research. Research can feel like it’s at the bottom of your to do list when you’re busy dealing with the day-to-day lab operations.
To make one step of the new lab setup process a little easier, we’ve put together some of the best lab supply shopping lists that you can use to get your lab stocked with the materials you need.
Before diving into the shopping lists, here are some best practices for setting up and stocking a new lab space.
Tips for Setting Up a New Lab
- Use a detailed lab move timeline to coordinate your equipment, services, and transfer of research effectively.
- Consult with someone who has experience moving a lab and setting up in a new location, or starting a new lab from scratch. Get a second set of eyes on your lab’s operational plan.
- Strategically plan the design of your lab for efficiency and modern scientists. Today’s researchers use technology in every aspect of their research — how will you incorporate things like digital inventory management, live video streaming of research, or other technology components into the physical lab space?
- Consult with your team when making decisions about the new lab space.
- Create a thorough, organized lab inventory management system and carefully keep track of materials with a lab inventory spreadsheet or other tool.
Lab Supply Shopping Lists for Early Stage Biotechs
Every biotech lab is different and will require specialty items. But there are some basics that every biotech lab needs to have. Use these lists as a jumping off point to consider all the small detailed items your new space will need. Some of the furniture and equipment on these lists will require certain temperature control, physical space requirements, and more that need to be considered before you move in and get set up.
Use a detailed lab move timeline to make sure the setup of your new lab space is in the right order — you don’t want your new freezer to show up only to find out you don’t have space for it or it’s not close enough to a power outlet.
Finally, keep a backstock of your most-used products on hand. Scientists feel the pain of supply shortages or supply chain issues and it can lead to delays in research and general frustration for lab managers. If you plan ahead and always keep extra on hand, you can keep research moving and operate your lab more efficiently.
Advice on Ordering Lab Supplies
First time lab supply purchaser? Or a vet who is struggling with lab supply purchasing? Thanks to the collaborative community of Reddit, there’s helpful advice from those with experience to alleviate some of the pain points:
- Befriend sales reps to gain inside info on product deals and insights — @yo_hinus
- Make time for purchasing a few times a week and cluster ordering to save time — @skepticalguy90
- Build out a list of your most-used items, track general use, then add 20% for emergencies. Also keep a list of your most commonly used items with details like item name, part number, etc. — @pillow_fort_master
- Be transparent and involve everyone in the lab in the ordering process to help avoid duplicate orders or products — @kitfistoO_O
Here are the top items or categories of items you’ll need to set up your biotech lab for success.
Biotech Lab Supplies
- Disposable gloves
- Lab coats
- Personal protective equipment (PPE) like gloves, face shields, eye protection, disposable gowns
- Pipette tips
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swabs
- Cloning enzymes
- UV light
- Crucible tongs
- Evaporating dishes
- Petri dishes
- Electrophoresis chambers
- Stirring rods
- PCR plates
General Laboratory Equipment
- Balances and scales
- PCR equipment
- Pharmacy isolators
- Hot plates and stirrers
- Data loggers
- Timers and stopwatches
- UV light
- Tube chiller
Laboratory Furniture and Appliances
- Ergonomic lab benches
- Refrigerators and freezers
- Flexible lab casework
- Laboratory chairs and stools
- Stainless steel benches, sinks, and shelving
- Solid/wire adjustable shelving
- Laboratory ovens
- Dry heat incubators
- Chemical/biological storage cabinets
- Powder hood
- Ductless fume hood
- Vacuum jacketed piping
- Polypropylene hoods
- Glassware washers
- Pass-thru chambers
- Water and bead baths
- Environmental testing chambers
- Power supplies
When starting a new biotech lab, there are a lot of moving parts. Between maintaining research timelines and managing equipment, supplies, personnel and safety, lab moves often get delayed for months. To keep your lab moves on schedule and to safely and efficiently set up your new biotech space, talk to the experts.
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