Constantly swimming against the current – it’s in our DNA.

Montfort Labs designs, develops, manufactures and delivers highly advanced lab technologies, all curated in-house. Since 2014, our boutique process and unique suite of products has increased lab efficiency, reduced costs, and improved operations for all of our laboratory partners.

Our commitment to being the best at what we do extends beyond the laboratory, with a dedication to reducing plastics and cleansing our oceans and rivers. We strive for solutions that benefit people as well as our planet.

Innovation

We are constantly striving to create better, more efficient and cost-effective solutions for all labs. Our innovative extraction solution reduces prep time by 25%, which leads to better turn around time and more efficient lab operations. We innovate so that labs can be more independent, more profitable, and more effective in delivering quality care to patients.

Service

Laboratory solutions are not one size fits all. We offer a boutique approach, creating customized solutions for your unique needs. We begin by learning your lab — from the square footage of your building, to your staffing, your equipment, your location, insurance contracts, current offerings, desired offerings, volume of specimens, sales/distribution channels and business goals — once we we have a clear picture we can lay out one or all of the solutions that will best fit your needs. Now more than ever, laboratories need a partner in care, not just a product catalog.

Impact

Our solutions support better care for patients, but we don’t stop there. We are committed to reducing our use of plastics and packaging, contributing to more efficient and cost-effective lab operations as well as supporting healthy oceans. Plastics are expensive to produce and dispose of, and detrimental to our waterways and marine life, but unfortunately plastics are also a big part of the medical industry. We do what we can to reduce waste material in our products so that laboratories can offer responsible solutions for patient care. As a company, we go even further to support clean rivers and oceans through philanthropic donations to organizations on the ground, funding programs that promote a healthier planet for all.

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Innovation

We are constantly striving to create better, more efficient and cost-effective solutions for all labs. Our innovative extraction solution reduces prep time by 25%, which leads to better turn around time and more efficient lab operations. We innovate so that labs can be more independent, more profitable, and more effective in delivering quality care to patients.

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Service

Laboratory solutions are not one size fits all. We offer a boutique approach, creating customized solutions for your unique needs. We begin by learning your lab — from the square footage of your building, to your staffing, your equipment, your location, insurance contracts, current offerings, desired offerings, volume of specimens, sales/distribution channels and business goals — once we we have a clear picture we can lay out one or all of the solutions that will best fit your needs. Now more than ever, laboratories need a partner in care, not just a product catalog.

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Impact

Our solutions support better care for patients, but we don’t stop there. We are committed to reducing our use of plastics and packaging, contributing to more efficient and cost-effective lab operations as well as supporting healthy oceans. Plastics are expensive to produce and dispose of, and detrimental to our waterways and marine life, but unfortunately plastics are also a big part of the medical industry. We do what we can to reduce waste material in our products so that laboratories can offer responsible solutions for patient care. As a company, we go even further to support clean rivers and oceans through philanthropic donations to organizations on the ground, funding programs that promote a healthier planet for all.

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Our Leadership

Jim Duchess, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jim founded Montfort Labs with the funds he received from selling his VW Golf – his only asset at the time – in order to keep his dream, and Montfort, alive. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Jim’s journey into a successful laboratory technology company was a winding one, with more than a few bumps and unexpected turns along the way, but his commitment to excellence, innovation, and impact in the medical industry compelled him to keep striving for better solutions for better care. 

Headquartered in Seattle since its inception in 2014, Montfort Labs is more than just a laboratory supplies company, it is an ideal made tangible. Jim’s passion for understanding the inner workings of all things that are complicated, is manifested in a company that doesn’t just seek to make a great product, but one that promises to shake-up an entire industry. Jim’s unique approach is led by his values — inventiveness, resourcefulness and dedication to making a positive impact in the world. 

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Scientific Team

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Amanda J. Natalizio, PhD, HCLD(ABB)

Amanda J. Natalizio is a distinguished scientist and entrepreneur renowned for her visionary leadership in molecular diagnostics. As Founder and CEO of Helix Molecular Solutions, Amanda’s multifaceted expertise in molecular biology, clinical laboratory science, and business has established her as an industry luminary. Her early passion for science led to an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and a PhD in Genetics & Molecular Biology, accompanied by numerous academic accolades. Amanda’s recognition of molecular diagnostics’ transformative potential prompted her High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD) certification from the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB). Beyond her lab work, Amanda mentors aspiring scientists and champions diversity and inclusion through her Molecular Mom philanthropic initiative. Her unwavering commitment to advancing healthcare and her business acumen make her an indispensable partner for lab managers, clinicians, and lab owners.

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Mary Beth Sykes, MB(ASCP), MBA

Mary Beth Sykes, COO and co-owner of Helix Molecular Solutions, boasts a decade of clinical laboratory industry experience, driving operational excellence and maintaining rigorous quality standards. With a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Genetic Technology and an MBA in healthcare administration, she combines technical expertise and business acumen. Mary Beth’s proficiency in carrier screening techniques, honed through pharmacogenomics, and her exceptional leadership abilities have been instrumental in her career. Prior to joining Helix, she held key roles in clinical laboratories, successfully launching diagnostic tests and building a nutrigenomics lab. As a consultant, Mary Beth has elevated labs with quality assurance programs and efficient operations. Under her guidance, Helix Molecular Solutions has grown globally, advancing new diagnostic assays. She is also a dedicated mentor and advocate for diversity and inclusion, making her an invaluable asset for labs seeking operational improvement and growth in the clinical diagnostic industry.

“Since Montfort's inception, I’ve always made sure that with anything that we do, every single stakeholder needs to benefit. The patients, the laboratories, the physicians and the sales folks. Everyone needs to benefit. That same thought is placed into every product that we think of and eventually produce.”

— Jim Duchess