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 owners

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.

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 Edwin Heij, Koos van Leeuwe is owner (and also founder) of Lab Servant BV. Within Lab Servant BV he fulfils the role of managing director.

Edwin Heij studied at the Christaan Huygens school in Rotterdam in the electronics department. He has also always had a great interest in ICT. As a result, after a career of about 13 years at the National Police (including ‘system specialist Windows’), he ended up in the profession of ‘web development’ as an independent professional.

After successfully completing a number of assignments among with Enver (youth care) and Port of Rotterdam, Lab Servant came there. From mid-October 2018, he has been a driving force for the entire team.

Together with Koos van Leeuwe, Edwin Heij is owner of Lab Servant BV. He currently represents the role of technical director at Lab Servant BV.

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.