Our History

Symbio Laboratories grew from humble beginnings in 1997 and has become one of the leading laboratories; servicing analytical testing needs of the food, agricultural and environmental sectors across Australia, performing over 35,000 tests each week on ~11,000 samples, across six laboratory locations and to over 7,000 customers annually.

Take a trip down memory lane with us in the Symbio Story below

  • 1997 The Symbio Story Begins

    Symbio Alliance laboratory located at East Brisbane purchased from receivers.

  • 2004

    Relocated to purpose-built 1600m² laboratory at Brisbane Technology Park.

  • 2006

    Acquired Food & Agriculture Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd, Brisbane and integrated into Symbio.

  • 2009

    Takeover of client in-house lab in Rockhampton adds Symbio presence in Central QLD.

  • 2010

    Expanded operations in Brisbane with a second purpose built laboratory (3600m²) at Brisbane Technology Park.

  • 2012 Interstate Expansion

    Acquired Opus MQT in Melbourne and commences operations from Brooklyn laboratory.

  • 2014 Symbio Takes Sydney

    Acquisition of George Weston Technologies, the laboratory operations of George Weston Foods, at Enfield, NSW.

  • 2014 Further Regional Expansion

    Laboratory operations begin in the Wagga Wagga & Rockhampton laboratory has moved to Berserker to accept external samples.

  • 2016 Symbio Alliance changes name to Symbio Laboratories

    Relocation from Enfield to newly equipped 2900m² Lane Cove West, NSW laboratory.

  • 2016 Second Victorian Site

    Symbio Laboratories acquires Food Laboratories Australia Pty Ltd, gains Abbotsford location.

  • 2017 Symbio adds Perth and Townsville laboratory locations

    with acquisition of Enviro-Check Enterprises Pty Ltd

  • 2017 Symbio Grows Market Share

    with acquisition of Advanced Analytical Australia Pty Ltd.

  • 2017 Symbio Turns 20!

    & currently conducts over 1.5 million tests per annum, on over 350,000 samples as Australia’s largest privately owned & operated laboratory service provider.

  • 2018

    Consolidation of Melbourne operations into a newly equipped laboratory (700m²) in Brooklyn.

  • 2018

    Closure of the Rockhampton site after 9 years’ operation.

  • 2019 Big Melbourne Plans

    With the acquisition of land in Ravenhall, VIC for a proposed 8500m² purpose built laboratory in the near future.

  • 2019 Perth Expansion

    With the development of a new 600m² facility in Canning Vale, WA underway.

  • 2020 New Microbiology Robot

    Symbio Laboratories' Brisbane Microbiology team have welcomed their fully-automated agar plating robot, the BD Keistra InoquIA+ into the fold.

  • 2020 Canning Vale Unveiled

    The Symbio Laboratories Perth team move into their new 600m² laboratory

  • 2021 Major Laboratory Expansions in Sydney

    Thanks to the development of Sydney's Chemistry and Microbiology laboratories, along with the completion of the Ravenhall location in Melbourne, which will be the Southern Hemisphere's largest privately owned laboratory.