When a new company achieves the feat of establishing itself in a saturated market within just a couple of years, it must be doing something right. Admittedly, Labor Berlin – Charité Vivantes GmbH did not start out completely from zero when it was established in 2011. It was founded through the merger of the laboratory services of the two leading hospital providers in Berlin, Charité and Vivantes. It was thought that the merger of the erstwhile competitors could create favourable synergies and allow the new entity to open itself to the external market. This vision has already become a reality and Labor Berlin is now one of the biggest providers of laboratory diagnostics in Germany.