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DWK Life Sciences is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of precision labware as well as primary packaging solutions for Life Science Research, Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical markets.

The company's offering includes over 35,000 glass and plastics products, manufactured at 12 sites, marketed under the acclaimed brands DURAN, WHEATON and KIMBLE. Its world-leading and trusted glass is complemented by an innovative research and life science portfolio.

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Safety in the Lab

Safety In The Lab

Safety matters. And in the lab, safety matters a lot.

However, selecting the safest type of labware for an application can be overlooked.

With more than 100 years of commitment to innovation across our business, we have created a wide range of products designed to improve lab safety, protecting you, your colleagues, and the contents you are working with.

Our lab safety products are divided into several core categories, each with their own safety benefits. To make key safety attributes easy to identify we have also introduced four safety badges.

Our Built Stronger badge is assigned to products with greater levels of robustness and durability. Our Safer Handling badge is assigned to products that are easier to handle and use during day to day lab work. Our Spill Protection badge is assigned to products that reduce the risk of accidental spills or leaks; and our UV Protection badge is assigned to products that protect contents from UV light damage.

Explore the products in each category below

Built Stronger

Safer Handling

Spill Protection

UV Protection

Plastic Coated Glassware

Virtually inert borosilicate glass meets an external plastic safety coating.

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Pressure Resistant Laboratory Bottles

Modified geometry for improved pressure resistance.

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Bottle Carrying

Safe and convenient carrier for transporting large volume bottles.

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Cryogenic Vials

Featuring a patented cap seal for safer sample handling.

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Jointed Glassware Clips

Ensures a safe connection without damaging laboratory glassware.

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Heavy Duty Labware

Labware featuring a reinforced rim for higher mechanical strength.

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Silicone Lids

Safe and sustainable way of covering laboratory containers of different shapes and sizes.

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Leak Resistant

Superior double seal closure for ultimate leak resistance.

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Safety Venting
Wash Bottles

With patented DripLok vapour venting valve to reduce the risk of solvent drips.

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Plastic Screwthread Connectors

Ensures a secure connection between glassware and tubing.

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Ergonomic Laboratory Bottles

An ergonomic take on the traditional glass laboratory bottle, designed with safety in mind.

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Conical Base HPLC Reservoir Bottles

Enabling the safest and most efficient delivery of the mobile phase to HPLC analyzers.

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Applications and Workflows

Cell Culture

As a cell culture scientist, you never stop thinking about the viability of your cells. Successful cell cultures and downstream experiments can be rapidly destroyed by problems like cell line misidentification and microbial cross contamination.

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Analytical Sciences

In analytical science, there are a variety of analytical methods that can be used to elucidate the structure or monitor the reaction of a substance. NMR spectroscopy, as well as the various methods of chromatography, are the most commonly used methods.

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Featured Products

Stevanato Group EZ-fill™ Vials from DWK Life Sciences

Ready-to-Use Vials for accelerated drug development.

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DURAN™ Baffled Flasks

Maximise your cell cultivation with increased oxygen intake.

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A bottle designed for easy pipetting.

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About DURAN®

DURAN® is a premium brand for laboratory glassware made from borosilicate glass 3.3 and engineered in Germany. It combines over 120 years of manufacturing expertise with excellent product quality and the passion to innovate. The DURAN® portfolio comprises over 3,000 products, mainly manufactured to DIN/ISO standards.

DURAN® borosilicate 3.3 glass is notable for its highly consistent, reproducible quality. It possesses very high chemical resistance, inert behavior, transparency, a high usage temperature, minimal thermal expansion and a resulting high resistance to thermal shock. It also conforms to the requirements of a USP/EP/JP Type 1 neutral glass suitable for use by the pharmaceutical industry.



WHEATON® has over 126 years of experience in the design and development of innovative product solutions to the many industry sectors across the globe, including life science, in vitro diagnostics, environmental, homeopathy, biotechnology and pharmaceutical.

The WHEATON® brand is recognised worldwide for innovative primary packaging solutions.  Alongside the ability to design and manufacture bespoke customised glass and plastic vials and containers to meet regulatory requirements, the WHEATON® brand can additionally provide premium services for products, including critical cleaning, sterilsation, depyrogenation, barcoding and tare weighing, helping to deliver solutions to daily laboratory and packaging challenges.

In-house manufacturing expertise within the DWK Life Sciences group, coupled with innovative high quality glass and plastic products and equipment, provides market leading companies with excellent solutions to their ever changing needs.



KIMBLE® is a trusted brand for laboratory glassware and specialty products that are made from 33 expansion borosilicate glass and soda lime glass.

With more than 11,000 products, it offers a comprehensive range of laboratory glass products for scientific applications, mainly manufactured to ASTM standards.


About Azlon®

Azlon® reusable plastic labware encompasses a variety of applications in the lab. With over 800 products, including wash bottles, volumetric items and storage bottles in a range of plastic polymers, the Azlon® portfolio includes all the plastic essentials needed for traditional science applications.

Manufactured to the highest quality standards, Azlon® products utilise a variety of plastic moulding techniques including blow moulding and injection moulding to ensure superior product performance.  Azlon® is one of the most widely known and respected brands in durable plastic labware.


About Pyrex®

Originally developed in 1908 for use on the American railroads, PYREX® borosilicate glass was designed to overcome a problem with train lanterns requiring a glass that could handle changes in temperature. The heat of the lantern flame conspired with the cold air of winter to shatter traditional glass lanterns.

Quickly realising that the superior thermal and chemical resistance properties of PYREX® borosilicate glass made it the ideal material for use in laboratory glassware, Corning Inc. registered the PYREX® brand name and went on to produce the first PYREX® laboratory glass items - beakers and flasks - in 1915.

DWK Life Sciences continues to produce PYREX® laboratory glassware under licence from Corning Inc., using traditional glassblowing techniques and the latest glass production technology.

Thanks to its revolutionary thermal properties and chemical resistance, PYREX® continues to be a trusted tool of scientists around the globe.


About Quickfit®

First developed in 1934, Quickfit® ground glass joints were designed as an alternative for scientists using rubber bungs, and glass and rubber tubing to connect pieces of glassware.

Today, Quickfit® jointed glassware is manufactured at DWK Life Sciences’ production facility in Stoke-on-Trent.

Quickfit® glass items are manufactured exclusively from PYREX® borosilicate glass which has a low coefficient of expansion that makes it ideal for use over a wide temperature range. PYREX® is also highly resistant to chemical attack making it suitable for use with most acids, alkalis and organic solvents.

Quickfit® products surpass the requirements of ISO 383 and DIN 12242. A two stage grinding process ensures the formation of a precision 1:10 taper and super-fine surface finish.  This results in joints with an exceptionally good seal and a greatly reduced risk of joint seizure.

Unlike other joints, Quickfit® sockets feature a rounded rim profile. This round design gives extra strength to the joint and is less prone to chipping than a square rim profile.


About MBL®

Introduced in 1949, the MBL® brand is comprised of around 300 mainly volumetric products.  Now a well-established brand of DWK Life Sciences, MBL® features products made from both borosilicate and soda-lime glass.

All DWK Life Sciences volumetric products are tested and calibrated in an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory located at DWK’s glass manufacturing facility in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. In addition to complying with the relevant ISO or national standard, the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation offers our customers increased assurance of the precision and accuracy of our volumetric glassware.

The MBL® range includes measuring and mixing cylinders, volumetric flasks, burettes and pipettes, all manufactured, calibrated and tested to the highest accuracy standards.

MBL® has acquired an international reputation for its quality, accuracy and performance - a reputation that continues to this day.

Cell Culture
Cell Culture

Cell Culture

As a cell culture scientist, you never stop thinking about the viability of your cells. Successful cell cultures and downstream experiments can be rapidly destroyed by problems like cell line misidentification and microbial cross contamination.

At DWK Life Sciences, we know that these problems take valuable time to resolve, which is why we provide you with the product quality and performance required to succeed at every stage of cell culture, ensuring reliable downstream results.


Enhanced small scale bio-production for antibody and protein generation

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Liquid Handling and Media Preparation

Liquid Handling and Media Preparation

In this fundamental but crucial step culture media and other reagents such as phosphate buffered saline (PBS) are prepared. The laminar flow cabinet must be cleaned to ensure sterility and a suitable container for media and reagent storage is needed.

Cell Maintenance

Cell Maintenance

During this step, cells are transferred into the laminar flow cabinet and are passaged into a new culture vessel for further maintenance or use in a cell assay. Centrifugation is generally used to remove and refresh expired cell culture media.

Cell Incubation

Cell Incubation

The incubation step gives cells time and the optimal environment to facilitate cell proliferation. Incubation is typically performed over multiple days or weeks at 37°C. Cells will be inside a culture vessel held within an incubator during this stage. In the case of roller bottles, roller apparatus would also be required.

Cell Cryopreservation

Cell Cryopreservation

The aim of cryopreservation is to freeze cells in liquid nitrogen for later revival. Expired media is removed through centrifugation and the cell pellet is resuspended in a solution containing DMSO. Cells are then transferred to a cyrogenic vial which is designed to safely house cells with liquid nitrogen.

Analytical Sciences
Analytical Sciences

Analytical Sciences

In analytical science, there are a variety of analytical methods that can be used to elucidate the structure or monitor the reaction of a substance. NMR spectroscopy, as well as the various methods of chromatography, are the most commonly used methods.

In order to achieve the best possible working and measuring results, you need high quality glassware and equipment. As a leading manufacturer of laboratory glassware, DWK Life Sciences has an extensive range of products to meet your needs.

DURAN GL 45 Hydra HPLC Purging Bottle, with 4 GL 45 side necks

Ideal for the storage and delivery of HPLC mobile phases and solvents.

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR spectroscopy) is a spectroscopic method to elucidate the structure of molecules and compounds. Due to electronic interactions of single atoms with the neighbouring atoms, structural conclusions can be drawn. In addition to structure elucidation, the concentration and dynamics of molecules can be determined with this method. This analytical method requires very precise tubes with a constant diameter, a uniform wall thickness and excellent straightness across the entire tube. DWK Life Sciences offers an extensive range of NMR tubes and accessories for this method.



The aqueous separation of substance mixtures due to their interaction with a stationary phase and the associated distribution of the individual components is called chromatography. In combination with other analytical and separation methods, the individual components of a sample can be isolated and finally detected. WHEATON offers a wide range of chromatography vials and accessories. The vials are designed for trouble-free operation in most autosamplers. Products include, for example, 12mm x 32mm autosampler vials, headspace vials and shell vials. For use in GC and HPLC applications, the vials are offered with crimp, snap/crimp and screw caps. To ensure chemical compatibility with your sample, DWK Life Sciences offers a variety of different cap and septum materials.

Thin Layer Chromatography

Thin Layer Chromatography

One of the best-known chromatographic separation methods is thin-layer chromatography (TLC), which can be used to isolate individual components of a mixture of substances both qualitatively and quantitatively. The stationary phase (silica gel or aluminium oxide) is applied to a carrier plate, to the lower end of which the sample to be separated is applied selectively. Placed in a vessel with the mobile phase, the liquid rises up the plate. The sample is separated due to the different affinities of the individual components for the stationary and mobile phases, which are thus carried along to different extents in the mobile phase. The product range offered by DWK Life Sciences includes a variety of TLC chambers and jars as well as capillary tubes and other TLC accessories.

BOD Determination

BOD Determination

WHEATON BOD bottles are ideal for incubating dilute samples of wastewater, sewage, polluted waters and industrial waste to determine the amount of oxygen required during the stabilisation of degradable organic matter by aerobic biochemical processes. DWK Life Sciences supports this special application with a selection of tubes and accessories.

Volumetric Analysis

Volumetric Analysis

The exact measurement of volumes is a daily routine task in the laboratory. This makes it all the more important to ensure the quality of the instruments required for this purpose, from volumetric flasks to stoppers, day after day, for every analysis over the long term. Volumetric instruments are integral parts of laboratory glassware that enable the precise measurement of liquids. This ensures high reliability and reproducibility of the measurement results. All DWK Life Sciences volumetric instruments are manufactured to the highest possible standards and meet or exceed the most stringent ASTM and ISO regulations as well as the tight tolerances required. Our range includes a variety of volumetric flasks and cylinders, pipettes and burettes as well as accessories.


About DWK Life Sciences

DWK Life Sciences is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of precision labware as well as storage and packaging solutions for a wide range of scientific and industrial applications.

The DWK Life Sciences offering includes over 30,000 glass and plastics products, manufactured at 12 sites around the world and marketed under the acclaimed brands DURAN, WHEATON and KIMBLE, in addition to other well-known brands including PYREX, Azlon and Quickfit. Its world-leading and trusted glass is complemented by an innovative research and life science portfolio.

Worldwide, 1,700 people are dedicated to developing and delivering superior products and services that focus on the needs of our customers in Research, Life Sciences, Healthcare, and Industrial markets.

Safety matters. And in the lab, safety matters a lot.

With more than 100 years of commitment to innovation, DWK Life Sciences has created numerous products that have helped to improve lab safety, protecting you, your colleagues and the substances you are working with.

Go Safe. Trust in DWK.

DURAN Borosilicate Glassware

Noted for its highly consistent, reproducible quality, DURAN is a premium brand for laboratory glassware made from borosilicate glass 3.3 and engineered in Germany. The DURAN portfolio comprises over 3,000 products, including beakers, bottles, volumetric glassware and interchangeable glassware.

WHEATON Packaging and Life Science Products

With over 126 years of experience the WHEATON brand is recognised worldwide for innovative primary packaging solutions providing the world’s laboratories with the most comprehensive range of labware for scientific research and technical applications, as well as solutions for storage and primary packaging. Core items within the range include vials, droppers assemblies, roller racks and incubators for cell culture.

KIMBLE Labware

The KIMBLE range of laboratory glassware and speciality products includes items made from 33 expansion borosilicate glass as well as those made from soda lime. With more than 11,000 products in total, the range includes tubes, volumetric, vials and microplates, lab bottles and caps and closures.

Azlon Reusable Plasticware

Azlon is one of the most widely known brands in plastic labware with over 800 products in the range including storage bottles, wash bottles, measuring cylinders, jugs and aspirators. Available in a variety of polymers, Azlon® reusable plastics cover a wide variety of applications providing you with all the essentials needed in the modern laboratory. 

Pyrex Borosilicate Glassware

DWK Life Sciences produces PYREX laboratory glassware under licence from Corning Inc. More than 800 products are manufactured with Pyrex borosilicate glass including beakers, bottles, flasks, volumetric glassware and test tubes, all manufactured to the same exacting quality standards.

Quickfit Interchangeable Jointed Glassware

Manufactured from Pyrex borosilicate glass Quickfit pioneered interchangeable joints and is recognised throughout the world as the premier brand name in its field. Quickfit ground-glass joints are precision manufactured with an accurate taper and smooth finish for leak-free performance and assured interchangeability. The range consists of around 1,000 products allowing for one of the most comprehensive ranges of jointed glassware available. 

MBL Volumetric Glassware

The MBL volumetric glassware range offers exceptional value for money and is ideal for general volumetric applications. The MBL range comprises of around 300 products  including volumetric flasks, measuring and mixing cylinders, pipettes and burettes offering one of the widest selections of volumetrics available.