Introducing the Laboratory Storefront

March 25, 2014 | Posted by Team in Lab Admin Tools, New Feature, Science Exchange News |

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We are proud to announce that we have just launched our largest product update ever – our newly designed Laboratory Storefront platform which consolidates lab management tools in order to optimize project management and internal workflow for Science Exchange laboratories.

Our vision for Science Exchange has always been to improve the efficiency of scientific research through tools that promote collaboration. We’ve spent the past three years towards this goal, building a marketplace for researchers to search and order over 2000 experiments, and helping labs to promote and manage these services online. The Laboratory Storefront is a critical step towards streamlining and improving our laboratories’ internal processes.

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Whole Genome Sequencing for $1400 on the new Illumina HiSeq X Ten

February 19, 2014 | Posted by Brianne Villano in Science Exchange News |

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.

Image credit: Illumina

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).

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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!


December 20, 2013 | Posted by Dan in Science Exchange News |
Science Exchange team (Dec 2013)

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 »

Reproducibility Initiative receives $1.3M grant to validate 50 landmark cancer studies

October 16, 2013 | Posted by Elizabeth in Science Exchange News |


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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Official Experimental Hierarchy

September 12, 2013 | Posted by Fraser Tan in Company, Lab Admin Tools, Science Exchange News |

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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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Our birthday wishes come true – #WhyIDoScience results

August 19, 2013 | Posted by Team in Science Exchange News |

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 »

Science Exchange is turning 2 – come celebrate with us!

August 12, 2013 | Posted by Team in Science Exchange News |
1927 Solvay Conference attendees including Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Max Planck decked out in their birthday best!

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 TwitterFacebook, or Google+ with the #WhyIDoScience hashtag, or email us at 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

Independent Antibody Validation to Improve Research Quality

July 30, 2013 | Posted by Team in Science Exchange News |


Science Exchange partners with 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 (, announced today the launch of a program to independently validate thousands of commercial antibodies via the Science Exchange Independent Validation Service ( 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.”

Science Exchange Facilitates International Collaboration with NASA to Develop Super-Black Carbon Nanotubes

July 17, 2013 | Posted by Team in Company, Research, Science Exchange News, Stories |
Principal Investigator John Hagopian working with a nanotube material sample. Image Credit: NASA Goddard/Chris Gunn

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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June 12, 2013 | Posted by Dan in Science Exchange News |

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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