The History of Symbio Laboratories

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.

The Symbio Story

  • 1997

    Symbio’s 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 Laboratories adds Perth & Townsville to laboratory locations

    with acquisition of Enviro-Check 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 development of a new 600m² facility in Canning Vale, WA underway.