Science Exchange Series A Financing

April 30, 2013 | Posted by Team in Company, Science Exchange News |


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 MilnerMaynard WebbAsh 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


~The Science Exchange Team

Techniques Series: Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)

April 29, 2013 | Posted by Piper in Research |

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This is the third in a series of posts on scientific techniques, and how to use them in your research

Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP), usually coupled with optical emission spectrometer (OES), atomic emission spectrometer (AES), or mass spectrometer (MS), has been most commonly used by environmental chemists to detect metals in soil or watershed, but it is becoming more and more popular as a technique for inorganic or biological chemists to determine what amounts of which metals are in their systems.

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Graduate Student Award and Conference Opportunities

April 26, 2013 | Posted by Piper in Research |
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In the past, I’ve discussed some Innovative Research Awards for Young Investigators. However, awards and conferences can benefit more than just faculty. They are of special importance to graduate students and post-docs, who can effectively use them to determine career choices, network with colleagues in their field, and gain the research expertise in conversational knowledge to give more effective lectures and interviews of their own. (And it can also just be a nice break from endless hours at the bench.)

This post is a focus on Graduate Student Awards and Conferences with upcoming deadlines, and most of these are open to postdocs as well. Profiled below is the SciFinder Future Leader in Chemistry Award, which includes a conference; the Keck Bioscience Management Bootcamp for scientists to explore business; a Materials in 3D workshop from the International Center for Materials Research; the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting and Graduate Student Awards; and a Photovoltaic Workshop. All of these offer significant opportunities to current Graduate Students in a variety of scientific fields.

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Techniques Series: Using Confocal Microscopy

April 23, 2013 | Posted by Mamata Thapa in Research |
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This is the second in a series of posts on scientific techniques, and how to use them in your research.

Confocal microscopy is an essential tool in modern cell biology with a wide range of applications. It can be used to study cellular structures and subcellular components of organisms ranging from yeast to zebrafish.

The underlying principle of this imaging technique is the use of a pinhole to eliminate out-of-focus background light, providing a clearer image of the specimen at a particular focal plane. An important advantage of the instrument is its capacity to construct a 3D image of the specimen. The confocal microscope is hooked up to a computer that processes the overall image as several slices (z-stacks) of the object are taken, using the microscope and an attached digital camera.

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Next Generation Sequencing Workshop

April 10, 2013 | Posted by Team in Workshops |

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Do you want to learn how to use Next Generation Sequencing in your research? Or have you received a Sequencing report recently, and need help analyzing the data?

If so, be sure to check out a new workshop offered by one of Science Exchange’s top providers, the UCLA Clinical Microarray Core. The “Next Generation Sequencing Workshop With Limited Amount of RNA/DNA” will be hosted on the UCLA campus from June 17th – 21st, 2013.

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Techniques Series: Creating a Molecular Brain Map

April 8, 2013 | Posted by Ana in Research |


This is the first in a series of posts on scientific techniques, and how to use them in your research.

The brain is comprised of billions of individual neurons. Cells in the brain are densely packed with intermixed, often overlapping types. An excitatory neuron for instance may be surrounded by dozens of inhibitory interneurons and glia. So how can you tell which cell is which?

The classic approach has been to classify cells based on their shape, chemistry, or connectivity. However, this old tradition ignores the enormous diversity within a broad class of cells. These are important questions scientists are just now starting to explore with new tools. This post explores some of these newer techniques, including immunohistochemistry and RT-PCR.

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