with New Life Scientific
New Life Scientific aims to sell you laboratory equipment that you can have confidence in but is also priced more competitively than some of our dealer competitors. Our instruments are usually priced higher than untested or barely tested products on the used market, but we usually compete with the lower price bracket for actual dealers. Our aim is to strike a good balance between confidence and cost.
Meet our team
“After now two purchases from New Life Scientific I can highly recommend New Life Scientific due to very fast response times, good information about the products, perfect packaging, professional international shipping, follow-up of the purchase, fair prices and very pleasant contacts.”
Taiga Biotechnologies Director of Biologics
Servanthood, Integrity, Authenticity
Those are the principles that govern our work here at New Life Scientific.
We understand the hesitation that accompanies pre-owned equipment purchases. That’s why every functioning product comes with a 90-day warranty, and it’s why we strive to be transparent and approachable.
As part of our efforts to remain transparent, we write detailed, but approachable, descriptions that reflect exactly what you’ll receive — you’ll have no false expectations.
We’re most experienced with equipment for biotech, life science, drug development, and clinical labs, so products for those facilities make up the bulk of our inventory (though we always have a variety of other systems in stock, so feel free to browse our store).
The majority of our instruments qualify as “fully functional and in good condition”. Such products work reliably and have only minor cosmetic blemishes.
Once in a while we’ll service something to the point that it rivals a new unit in terms of both functionality and cosmetics — those products are classified as refurbished.
Finally, the nonfunctioning products that we don’t have the expertise or resources to repair are sold for their components.
As stated, every functioning product comes with a 90-day warranty by default. If you have a warranty claim, we’ll do everything in our power to ameliorate the issue — just like we did for this gentleman:
Meet Our Team
Sales & Logistics Manager
Chief Operating Officer
CEO & Founder
Tech Shop Manager
Bart is a core member of our tech department. He joined NLS in January 2016 as an assistant tech but quickly moved up the ladder, gradually focusing more on centrifuges. He's now our in-house centrifuge expert, personally inspecting, testing, and servicing each one that comes through our facility.
Before joining NLS, Bart was a Parts Manager at Statewide Ford in Van Wert, Ohio and a worker at Plastic Recycling Technologies.
Bart's technical inclinations extend outside the workforce, too. He spends lots of time repairing, tinkering, and modifying nearly everything (but mostly cars and computers).
Darlene's area is the first stop for our instruments after arriving at our facility. She thoroughly cleans all the systems inside and out before, and sometimes after, our technicians test them.
Darlene also assists in testing some instruments such as tissue processors, shakers, and incubators. Additionally, she refreshes computers by reinstalling their operating systems.
Having worked for Rich since 2005 at his previous business, Darlene was one of New Life Scientific's first employees along with Judy and Jamey.
Hired to list instrument parts right after graduating high school in 2018, Holden's duties rapidly expanded to cover copywriting and IT, an odd combo born out of his love for language and his interest in tech.
Armed with a cup of chai tea and a mechanical keyboard, Holden writes product descriptions, articles, letters, and website copy that inform readers while maintaining an approachable, conversational tone.
When he's not writing, Holden can be found programming computers to streamline business processes and make the lives of his colleagues easier.
Janet works with Tracey on much of our clerical work, with her primary responsibility being accounts receivable. Additionally, Janet ensures all company purchases are properly recorded and plans the weekly budget. Rounding out her administrative work are HR tasks, such as screening resumes and scheduling interviews.
Janet began working for Rich Lavy in his previous businesses in September of 2014. She transferred to NLS shortly after it was founded.
Jen came aboard the NLS team as a purchasing specialist in September 2017. Working in tandem with Nathan, the other half of our purchasing team, the self-dubbed "research queen" spends her days scouring the web looking for instruments for us to purchase, repair, and resell.
Besides research, Jen also helps set prices for our products and negotiates with customers. She loves to be involved in a little bit of everything so that when something goes awry she can hop in and get things running smoothly again.
Before starting here at NLS, Jen ran her own specialized clothing business. Previously, she was pursuing a degree in computer programming but ultimately opted for a degree in accounting instead.
After joining New Life Scientific early in 2018 Jonathan worked as a lister, photographing instruments and writing product descriptions. Within 2 years he was promoted to become the company’s first Content Manager, thus overseeing the entire listing department. In this role, Jonathan maintains the quality of our copy and photography, along with managing advertising campaigns and producing videos for our YouTube channel.
Before joining NLS, Jonathan was a freelance graphic designer and video producer.
Jonathan has a business degree in Digital Multimedia Design from the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Sales & Logistics Manager
Josh joined NLS in 2016 as an administrative assistant. His responsibilities expanded rapidly, however, and in 2019 he was promoted to Logistics Manager, then subsequently took over the sales department in 2020. Josh personally oversees the shipping of all products, ensuring that your purchases are packed and secured to be as safe as possible in transit. He'll also guide you through every step of the shipping process and answer any questions concerning your product.
In other words, Josh is the MacGyver of NLS.
In his free time, Josh enjoys studying economics, listening to hard rock, and cracking dad jokes.
After having worked for Rich, NLS's CEO, at his previous businesses since 2006, Judy joined NLS in April 2015. Though she's worked a variety of roles over the years, she currently works as one of our product listers and inventory management specialists. Every day she's photographing, researching, and writing about the instruments and accessories passing through our shop.
Judy is a quick learner and likes to tackle challenges head-on, all the while listening to classic rock 'n roll.
Before she worked for Rich, Judy was a manager at K-Mart for twenty years.
Chief Operating Officer
Nathan is part owner of and is, as COO, one of the leaders here at NLS. He first worked for Rich at Katie's Light House, Rich's previous venture, while still in high school.
After earning a Bachelor's in Music Performance from ONU, Nathan returned to Katie's Light House and began helping Rich pioneer what would go on to become New Life Scientific. He was named COO and made part owner of the company.
Nowadays, Nathan spends his time jumping between departments and projects to stimulate sales and accelerate the company's growth. He's actively involved in procurement, content production, marketing, sales, logistics, accounting, and HR. The only place he doesn't actively participate is the tech shop!
CEO & Founder
With over fifteen years of experience as a business owner in the manufacturing industry, Richard began the operation that grew to be New Life Scientific in 2012. Rich's strong technical inclinations and previous manufacturing experience enabled him to function as New Life Scientific's technician as the company grew. He performed all this while also acting as CEO, implementing his vision for NLS.
These days, Rich mainly works as a technician. He has extensive experience with refrigeration systems, which allows him to direct the service of freeze dryers, concentrators, evaporators, and more.
As our product development lead, Rich always strives to find new ways for our technical staff to expand their abilities.
Tech Shop Manager
With over two decades of experience in computer repair, networking, and system administration, Steve already had a mind for problem solving when he joined NLS as a technician. Since then, Steve has successfully diagnosed and resolved technical issues with a wide range of instruments. He is now leading our tech shop, overseeing the inspection and service of every product that passes through.
Steve is especially adept at servicing histology equipment such as cryostats and tissue processors.
Steve's expertise and attention to detail are what allow us to provide you with high-quality instruments and a transparent buying experience -- you know exactly what you're buying, every time.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What industries do you serve?
The equipment we offer is primarily focused towards biotech research and development, but our instruments are useful in a vast array of scientific research fields.
- How long have you been in business?
New Life Scientific was established in the summer of 2014.
- How big is your company? What is it like?
We currently have a staff of 17 employees, including multiple technicians for inspection, testing, and repairs. Our crew also consists of marketers, IT personnel, researchers, and administrative staff.
Our facility is approximately 25,000 square feet spanning an office, technical shop, and separate warehouse.
- Where are you located?
We're located in Cridersville, Ohio, which has a population of less than 2000 and offers the idyllic small-town lifestyle.
Children can be seen playing on the sidewalks and couples walking down the street. No big skyscrapers or rush-hour traffic for us!
- What is the culture of your company like?
Relaxed and friendly. You can find baked goods and other foods shared in the break room, and every few months we’ll all go out for dinner together.
There’s less than 20 of us here, so we all know each other fairly well. We try to extend this laid-back approachability to our customers — the buying experience shouldn’t be a hassle for you.
- What makes you different?
It's no secret that buying pre-owned equipment carries a bit of stress. We don't think it has to be that way, though. You see, one of the main reasons why buyers are wary of used products is vague descriptions and poor photo quality. Without any substantial detail, the buyer doesn't know what to expect.
That's why we make an effort to set ourselves apart with detailed listings and professional photography. You deserve a clear explanation of what testing and important repairs we have done on our products so you know exactly what you're getting every time.
Ultimately, we aim to act with honesty and integrity. We don't exaggerate our abilities, and we honor our warranty to the letter.
- Who buys from you?
• Universities all around the U.S., such as Harvard, UCLA, and OSU
• Big biotech companies (Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Syngenta)
• Small research and service laboratories
• Start-up companies
• People that do weird stuff in their garages
What Our Customers Say
Thermo Scientific ST 40 Benchtop Centrifuge w/ 4,700 RPM Rotor
“I am very pleased with the instrument, speed of delivery and the service I have received from New Life Scientific.”
Genetic Assays, Inc. Director of Research and Laboratory Services/Vice President
Customized Microm HM 550
“We absolutely intend to work with New Life Scientific, Inc. again in the future, and we would highly recommend their services to anyone interested in working with them.”
Senior PhD candidate, Case Western Reserve University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2019
Perkin Elmer Opera
“It is a really worry-free buy, and I highly recommend to use New life scientific INC.”
Xiaozhong (John) Yu MD, Ph.D
Department of Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health, University of Georgia