With Microchem, innovative companies Collaborate. Test. Succeed.

Microchem Laboratory specializes in the testing of disinfectants, sanitizers, antimicrobial devices, medical devices, and personal care products. It also supports companies with routine environmental monitoring and microbial identification.

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Microchem Laboratory is located in the greater Austin, Texas area. It is owned and operated by microbiologist Dr. Benjamin Tanner. The core of the company was founded by Dr. Tanner as Antimicrobial Test Laboratories in 2006. Antimicrobial Test Laboratories was later combined with a niche cosmetic testing lab and Microchem Laboratory, founded in 1988 by Dr. Norman Miner. The combined labs have operated under one roof as Microchem Laboratory since 2016. Microchem Laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited and offers testing in compliance with current Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations as stipulated by EPA and FDA. Clients are always welcome to tour the lab, observe studies, and audit the lab’s quality systems.

The lab is staffed by a capable, friendly group of scientists, mostly microbiologists. We understand what our clients need: Fairly priced tests, conducted precisely and reported quickly.

Main Testing Services:

  • Disinfectant and high-level disinfectant Testing
  • Antimicrobial device testing
  • High-level disinfectant testing
  • Sanitizer testing
  • Cosmetic and personal care product testing
  • Medical device testing
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Microbial Isolation and Identification
  • Materials compatibility testing

Our Approach

Microchem’s goal is to link its clients to their studies as closely as possible. Our high-level technical staff and robust project management systems provide support to our Analysts, who often work directly with clients. By working directly with clients, our Analysts see the bigger picture. They build lasting relationships and keep the client’s needs and priorities in mind as testing progresses. We think our approach makes a difference and invite you experience it for yourself.



Dr. Norman Miner founds Microchem Laboratory near Dallas, Texas.


Dr. Miner discovers and refines the formulation that would later become known as Aldahol, a highly effective cold-sterilant and high-level disinfectant for medical devices (U.S. Patent 5,863,547).


Dr. Benjamin Tanner founds Antimicrobial Test Laboratories, LLC in Pleasanton, California with the goal of improving contract antimicrobial testing by reducing barriers between clients and their tests.


Dr. Benjamin Tanner, founder of Antimicrobial Test Laboratories, acquires most assets of Microchem Laboratory Inc., begins operation as Microchem Laboratory, LLC.


Microchem Laboratory moves to a larger, custom-built testing facility near Austin, Texas in a suburb called Round Rock.


In 2016 Microchem Laboratory joins forces with Antimicrobial Test Laboratories, founded by Dr. Tanner in 2006 and Cosmetic Test Labs, founded by Dr. Tanner in 2012. The combined labs operate under the Microchem Laboratory name, offering a broad array of well-developed testing services.


Microchem grows to have more than 50 employees, mostly laboratory staff.