About us

Our mission

As off the year 2011, Lab Servant BV, in partnership with Delft University of Technology, has developed a laboratory safety suite which is called the Lab Servant.

The name Lab Servant was chosen intentionally to express the mission of the makers to empower researchers and their support staff to fulfill their record keeping duties in the framework of laboratory safety as efficiently as possible and to contribute to a healthier workplace with less effort.

All modules are currently in daily operation at Delft University of Technology. Other universities, research centres and academic medical centres in the Netherlands are using different modules according to their needs and participate in further development of the suite.

Meet the founders

The team behind The Lab Servant consists of experienced academic programme managers, systems engineers and OH&S professionals who all have experience with the development of comparable systems in a research environment.

Han Bakker graduated in chemistry from the VU Amsterdam with a specialism in biochemistry. After his studies he worked as a teacher in clinical chemistry at the Utrecht School for Laboratory Technicians (now the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht).

During his career he fulfilled different functions as project manager and director at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and the Dutch Polymer Institute/Eindhoven University of Technology in the fields of Educational Technology, Knowledge Management, Innovation, Research Management, Human Resource Management and Occupational Health, Safety & Environment, always including a component to advance (inter)national collaboration.

Together with Koos van Leeuwe, Han Bakker is founder/owner of Lab Servant BV (marketing/development of The Lab Servant). Within Lab Servant BV he fulfils the role of principal consultant/managing director.

Koos van Leeuwe graduated in physics from Leiden University and then got a  PhD in nuclear physics at the NIKHEF (Amsterdam) and Utrecht University.

He worked as a systems engineer, project leader and consultant at Origin (later Atos) and continued his career as an independent professional. He worked in that capacity on various ICT problems at various stock market listed companies and institutes, among which Fortis, KPN, NUON, the Dutch Ministry of Education and the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

Together with Han Bakker, Koos van Leeuwe is founder/owner of Lab Servant BV (marketing/development of The Lab Servant). Within Lab Servant BV he fulfils the role of lead systems engineer/technical director.

Our customers

Our customers are currently universities, academic medical centres and large research institutes.

Together they use up to 40.000 containers with chemicals, in a community of tens of thousands of researchers and students. On the other hand, we also serve a number of start-up companies at a far lower scale of 5-15 researchers with a limited number of chemicals (several hundred containers).

All customers profit equally from the Lab Servant’s infrastructure, which enables an efficient process of keeping the workplace safe and fulfilling requirements of external auditors with regard to the “safe lab”.

Gradually, the Lab Servant is attracting the attention of medium and large-sized companies that want to profit from advantages such as the efficiency of integrating the ordering and inventory process of chemicals, the resulting low total costs of ownership and the high availability of safety data for all bench workers.

On request, we can provide details of our customer base if you wish to plan a visit to see the Lab Servant being operated in the daily practice of a lab environment.