I'm surprised that given the stingy budgets of many American labs that this isn't more typical.
Labs generally don't care about unit economics. They're more concerned with cutting edge proof of concept
History disagrees. Some of the most fundamental discoveries were made using little more than junk laying around the scientist's laboratory.
You don't need a billion dollar budget to do important work. If you think you do, human civilization will stop developing because it's too busy applying for grants.
I mean we got penicillin from moldy bread. "Never" is a strong word.
EDIT: It was from a moldy petri dish. The basic point still stands.
"he MacGyvered a makeshift jack with a log"
1990s: from Angus MacGyver, the lead character in the television series MacGyver (1985–1992), who often made or repaired objects in an improvised way.