History


Lab Associates and its legal predecessor were founded in 1987. Since then the company has grown steadily with an increasing focus on plant tissue culture (“PTC”) and seed laboratories. Our first customers were located in Western Europe, specifically in three countries where PTC and seed laboratories found firm ground in the technology’s early stages: the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Today, we are fully specialized in plant tissue culture and seed laboratories. Our customers have spread out globally to over 40 countries on six continents. Our office and warehouse is located in the Western part of the Netherlands. We are in close proximity to many of our loyal, respected, early customers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. We are also nearby to Europe’s largest international logistics network hubs, including the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp, and Amsterdam airport. This allows us to service both local and international customers quickly and reliably.

Initially, our core product in the PTC field was larger media preparators, engineered and built by our own technical services department and used in medium/large-sized PTC labs. Over the years we have added many different products to our product suite. From items which can be used in small/start-up labs, up to offerings for the largest production labs focused on plant tissue culture and seeds. Products that we offer have been either designed and built by ourselves in the Netherlands or are from other reputed manufacturers for which we act as a representative, distributor or service provider towards our customers. We also work together with various lab and product specialists that are available in our network if customers have very specific needs, questions, or where additional support is required. Lab Associates can therefore provide its customers with a wide range of product and service solutions. We are able to cater to almost all of your wishes and needs. See the designated sections on our website to explore all that we can offer you or contact us here.

Team


Jeroen Naus

Jeroen Naus

Managing Director

With a small obsession for businesses and innovations, Jeroen is focused on growing Lab Associates into a global full service provider for plant tissue culture and seed laboratories. He blames his personal mantra “why doing something tomorrow if you could have done it yesterday?” on his upbringing. His parents, however, refuse to take any blame. Together with the Lab Associates team and its customers he wants to drive the next innovations in PTC. Contact Jeroen whenever you have any issues, questions or the need for a reliable long-term business partner.

Jeroen Naus

Joop Bambelt

Joop Bambelt

Senior Partner New Business & Tech

Our walking encyclopedia with over 30 years of experience in plant tissue culture and seed laboratories. Joop has developed and perfectioned the art of automated high volume media preparation – some even call him a guru. He can answer all of your questions and in those rare cases he isn’t able to do, he will find the right answer to your specific problem. Joop has an extensive global PTC network and can connect you with people of any PTC-related expertise.

Joop Bambelt

Edwin Brand

Edwin Brand

Head of Technical Services

With over 18 years of Lab Associates experience Edwin knows everything about the machines we build, most specifically our media preparators. An almost photographic memory for any equipment part he has had in his hands. He is 24/7 available for our customers and travels all over the world to fix your issues. Or as one of our customers once put it on a shirt: “never fear, Edwin was here”.

Mike Koolen

Mike Koolen

Technical Services

Mike joined Lab Associates in 2017 and is carefully being trained to become Edwin 2.0. He has a passion for anything with wires and moving parts, street race cars and now learning everything there is to know about the technical side of plant tissue culture and seed laboratories.

Nick Verhoef

Nick Verhoef

Commercial & Innovation Manager

Nick joined Lab Associates in 2017 to help the company focus more on growth and innovation. He is from the cold far North of the Netherlands and claims he doesn't have any accent. With his youthful enthusiasm he is always looking for new and better things for Lab Associates and its customers. As a secret tech geek, Nick always looks for different angles to a problem. Would you like to develop something new and innovative? Ask for Nick, he will be at your service.

Nick Verhoef

José Brand

José Brand

Finance & HR

José joined Lab Associates in 2017 to help improve, structure and maintain our ERP system. She loves numbers as much as her dogs and husband, but will only admit this to very few people. José will be able to help you whenever you have any finance related questions for Lab Associates.

José Brand

Ank Lauwerijssen

Head of Production & Warehouse

Where would Lab Associates be without it's timely delivery of products to customers? Ank is the lady in charge of our production and warehouse department. Her second goal in life is to make all order intakes and dispatches run as smoothly as possible. Next to that, she is an active tennis player with a secret wish to play once at Wimbledon.

Our core team is being supported by an amazing group of people working in our technical services, production and warehouse departments.