We bring your new product ideas to life.

About Us

Lathrop Product Development, LLC* is a design and engineering firm specializing in life science instrumentation, medical devices and manufacturing automation systems. We know taking a new technology to market isn’t easy. Our team tackles the wide range of complexities that come with developing technical products, and takes them from concept to production for you.


Our core team and extended network allows us to scale quickly and efficiently, ensuring all disciplines your project needs are on-hand and readily available. We also have strong engineering and scientific partnerships that include preferred microfluidic development, software development, specialized analysis, manufacturing and more.

Program Management

Strategic plans are customized and developed based on the specific needs of your project, and our project managers foster development from initial concept to commercial product.

Systems Engineering & Architecture

We believe the best designs are a result of sound, robust architecture. Our process of architecture development and systems engineering focuses on all elements of the design to converge on the best combination.

Mechanical Engineering & Design

We take every factor into consideration to ensure your products are leading-edge design, reliable and robust, and meet cost of goods and time to market requirements.

Industrial Design & Human Factors

Using proven creative methodologies, our team creates a vision of how a product looks and is perceived, how it is used, how it is made, and then brings it to reality within the constraints of the project.

Electronics Engineering & Firmware

Our engineering team has a broad range of expertise, skill, and backgrounds that let them create designs for sophisticated instrumentation and technical products.

Optics Engineering

Our finely-tuned, state-of-the art optics R&D pipeline bridges back-of-the-envelope calculations to full production solutions.

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With decades of contract product development experience, Lathrop Product Development, LLC* brings a full suite of expertise to take on even the most complex technical projects.

Life Science

Life Science

Instruments and consumables



Devices, surgical tools and consumables

Military & Industrial

Military & Industrial

Helmet mounted display systems

Manufacturing Automation

Manufacturing Automation

Manufacturing and testing equipment
The examples shown reflect our team’s experience in developing products at prior companies.


The key to effective product development is through convergence. We operate under a Product Development Process (PDP) that drives convergence while achieving market leading designs. That process focuses on two key elements – a disciplined and rigorous approach to requirement definition and robust risk management which:

Reduces overall project duration and cost
Reduces project risks
Avoids late-stage iteration
Improves product quality


Have a question or ready to discuss your next project? We’re ready when you are.


(408) 314-1550

Lathrop Product Development, LLC*
San Jose, CA 95124