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 eEnsure your lab is set up, stocked, and optimized for productivity when you arrive. View VWR’s laboratory checklists to ensure proper set up and Ssave on laboratory furniture, equipment, instruments, chemicals, life science products, and other supplies with our offers..

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

Lab funding through the New Investigator Award

Have you investigated or pursued lab funding opportunities such as thea “New Investigator Award” for your breakthrough goals?    New Investigator Awards were developed to financially support early-career investigators as they further their career development by engaging in promising research. Don’t overlook applying for one of the many New Investigator awards available that can provide funding for your lab and related research. These awards are established by numerous and diverse organizations to help you pursue your research vision. General information can be found here.


The Avantor Lab Set-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!