The Science Exchange team’s vision is the democratization of science where any researcher can access the expertise and equipment they need to perform their research in a quick and efficient way.
In January, WIRED wrote an article about the new Illumina HiSeq X Ten, the first system capable of sequencing the human genome for $1,000. The machine consists of ten concurrent sequencers capable of producing 1.8 terabases of data every 3 days. This means it can sequence up to 18,000 genomes per year.
WIRED cautioned that the system designed for population-scale research with a $10 million price tag would be affordable for only a few.
The post also listed the only 3 institutes who already have the system in place including the Broad Institute of MIT (Boston, MA), the Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Sydney, Australia), and Macrogen (South Korea).
Last week, the Garvan Institute’s Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics listed their Illumina HiSeq X Ten on Science Exchange.
Our vision is coming true. This amazing technology that was previously ‘affordable for only a few’ is now available to all researchers.
You can visit the Kinghorn Centre’s Science Exchange storefront to access the Illumina HiSeq X Ten. It’s an exciting time to be a scientist!
The Science Exchange team (December 2013)
When I did my last team related post, we had just finished a whirlwind of hiring that expanded the Science Exchange team to nine stellar and diverse “athletes” (in the Jason Freedman sense of the word). Well, I’m proud to share that the team has continued to grow. Over the last six months, we’ve been fortunate enough to find one perfect candidate after another.
So, without further ado, meet the newest additions to the team:
- Conria D’Souza is the first Canadian to join the Science Exchange team. She is a perfect combination of social and scientific… making her an amazing fit for our Customer Development Manager position. Before she joined Science Exchange, she devoured everything that was ever written about us and maybe knew us better than we knew ourselves. After joining the team we discovered that Conria is also an amazing graphic artist… bonus! Read the rest of this entry »
Over a year ago, I began my mission to improve scientific reproducibility. I created the Reproducibility Initiative with PLOS, figshare, and Mendeley to provide a mechanism for scientists to independently replicate findings and be rewarded for doing so. We have made great strides in our effort such as the validation of more than 1000 antibodies for antibodies-online. However, today is the day that I have made progress very near and dear to my heart. The Reproducibility Initiative has received a $1.3 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to validate 50 landmark cancer biology studies.
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Over the past two years, Science Exchange has compiled and listed over 1800 unique services available for request. With services ranging in fields from biological methods to chemical analysis to microfabrication, we felt it was time to categorize these services by some logical order – a true experimental services hierarchy.
After several months of research and diligence, we have just launched the Official Experimental Hierarchy on Science Exchange. This new Hierarchy will interface with and improve the search functionality on Science Exchange, allowing users to quickly find the services they are looking for. Based on their search terms, users will enter the tree at the lower levels, and be able to browse around the nearby branches to identify the exact technique they are looking for, or find related techniques that best suits their needs. It will also provide a platform to ensure that our requesters and providers are speaking on the same terms.
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We’ve blown out the candles and recovered from cake coma, so it’s time to share the amazing and thoughtful stories from our Science Exchange community!
We were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and support from our users – many individuals were so passionate, they didn’t want to limit their response to 140 characters. As a result, we’ll be featuring their stories separately on the blog throughout the week. Read the rest of this entry »
1927 Solvay Conference attendees with Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Max Planck decked out in their birthday best!
Everyone gets sentimental when their birthday rolls around. We’re lucky enough to still be focusing on our original goal – revolutionizing the way science is done. So for our birthday, we want to hear your stories:
Tell us why you became a scientist.
Post your story on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ with the #WhyIDoScience hashtag, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story, and you might win a birthday gift of your own!
At the end of the week we’ll choose the top ten stories, feature them on our blog, and send you some Science Exchange swag.
Thank you for two great years and many more to come!
- Science Exchange Team
Science Exchange partners with antibodies-online.com to independently validate commercial antibodies enabling researchers to choose high quality research reagents
PALO ALTO, Calif. — Press Release — Science Exchange, in partnership with the world’s largest marketplace for antibodies, antibodies-online (www.antibodies-online.com), announced today the launch of a program to independently validate thousands of commercial antibodies via the Science Exchange Independent Validation Service (www.scienceexchange.com/validation). This program will help scientists identify high quality antibodies, improving the quality of research results and preventing the waste of resources spent on ineffective antibodies.
“More than 70% of published research cannot be independently reproduced,” said Dr. Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange’s co-founder and CEO. “This has significant consequences for our ability to make scientific advances. One cause of this serious problem is the quality of reagents used in research studies. Our antibody validation program will directly tackle this problem, enabling scientists to identify independently validated antibodies that they can trust for their research.”
Principal Investigator John Hagopian working with a nanotube material sample.
Image Credit: NASA Goddard/Chris Gunn
A collaboration formed using the online scientific services marketplace, Science Exchange, has lead to new developments in the production of carbon nanotube forests – the blackest materials ever measured. The research resulted from a partnership between NASA and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (MCN), a part of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF).
“NASA and the ANFF’s research is monumental, and we are thrilled to have been part of such an important development in nanotechnology,” said Dr. Elizabeth Iorns, co-founder and CEO of Science Exchange. “Scientists can now access the vast expertise available globally to produce powerful partnerships that lead to innovative research.”
An International Collaboration
The NASA team and MCN connected using Science Exchange when NASA was searching for a way to coat instrument components with a thin film, and continue development on their super-black material.
Through the Science Exchange portal, the NASA team, lead by Principal Investigator John Hagopian, was able to submit an open RFQ and identify the MCN as a capable provider based on the expertise and novel deposition platforms offered, forming an ideal overseas partnership to develop NASA’s intricate nanotubes.
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It’s been a great couple of months for Science Exchange, with significant growth in the marketplace and an injection of new capital from amazing VC partners.
And yet despite this growth, the Science Exchange team has remained lean. Very lean. Too lean. Our team of five passionate, dedicated people has achieved a lot in the last 18 months, but we knew further growth would require hiring more great people to join us.
So since April we’ve been recruiting and interviewing like crazy to find the right people to join our team. Hiring at a startup is hard. Identifying, vetting and securing talent is a full-time job. And, given Science Exchange is still small, there is no room for error… we need A-level talent in every position.
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It’s been a great start to 2013 at Science Exchange.
In the past couple months, we’ve grown the number of scientific services available via the Science Exchange platform to almost 5,000, including listing services from entire divisions of Harvard and Purdue University. And we’ve seen a dramatic increase in services ordered via our platform, already matching our volume from all of 2012.
As we look ahead to the rest of 2013, we’re excited to announce that Science Exchange has closed a Series A financing round, raising an additional $3 million in venture capital to further expand and grow our marketplace. You can read coverage of the announcement in the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD blog.
We’re excited to add an amazing set of new investors to the Science Exchange family:
- Union Square Ventures (USV). USV, who led the Series A round, has an unrivalled reputation in early stage investing with exceptional experience in supporting marketplaces such as Etsy, Shapeways, Kickstarter, and Funding Circle. We’re especially delighted to add USV partner Andy Weissman to the Science Exchange board. You can read Andy’s thoughts on the investment in Science Exchange here.
- O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (OATV). OATV, which has internet legend Tim O’Reilly as a founding partner, has a real passion for science and has recently invested in PeerJ, an Open Access publisher of scholarly articles shaking up the world of scientific publishing. You can read OATV Managing Director Bryce Robert’s thoughts on the investment here.
- An amazing cast of angel investors and advisors including Esther Dyson (super-angel and 23andMe board member), Jeff Hammerbacher (Cloudera founder), Ellen Levy (ex LinkedIn exec), Kal Vepuri (Trisiras Group founder), Peter Lehrman (Axial founder and ex-GLG exec), Rob Hutter (Learn Capital founder), Lisa Gansky (TheMesh founder) and Joshua Schachter (Delicious and TastyLabs founder).
We’re also delighted to have the continued support, in the form of investment and/or advice, of many investors from our seed round including Lerer Ventures, XG Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Yuri Milner, Maynard Webb, Ash Patel, and Sam Altman.
The new financing will help us improve the Science Exchange platform. As we expand our engineering team, we’re excited about building more great features to make it even easier to find, access and pay for scientific services including enhancing the service search interface for researchers, and adding new storefronts for service providers. We also plan to expand our range of services to new scientific disciplines including bio-chemistry, clinical, and engineering services over the coming year.
As we move forward on our mission of democratizing access the global network of scientific resources and expertise, we’re looking to double our team in customer development and engineering. If you’re interested in joining the Science Exchange revolution, be sure to check out www.scienceexchange.com/jobs.
~The Science Exchange Team