About Us

Lathrop Engineering is a family-owned contract product development firm specializing in diagnostic and analytical instrumentation for the Medical and Life Science industries. From start-ups to Fortune 500 firms, we have had the pleasure of partnering with some of the most innovative companies on the globe to take their products from concept to commercial product. To date, we've worked with over 300 clients on more than 800 successful projects.

The end to end design, engineering and manufacturing services we provide offer full support throughout the entire product lifecycle as well as follow-on, post-launch support. Our multi-disciplinary capabilities include program management, electrical and mechanical engineering, industrial and optics design, software development, fluidics and robotics — to name just a few. Team Lathrop has a 30+ year proven track record of minimizing product development times, meeting or exceeding transfer cost expectations, maximizing return on development costs and also holds an 18-month average for market-ready product delivery.

At Lathrop, we believe that:

  • Success in product development is a direct result of exhaustive risk mitigation, meticulous design, proven processes, and high-performing teams with great people
  • Staying flexible, transparent and accountable is the best way to do business
  • Product development should be worry-free, no matter how complex your project is
  • Transitions at every stage should be painless, from product design to manufacturing to shipment
  • Delivering the highest overall ROI is as important as low transfer costs and a low cost of goods
  • Clients should stay in control at all times and own the design, technology and documentation we develop at the end of the project


Lathrop Engineering was established in 1982 and is located in the heart of Silicon Valley.