QB3 Signs Partnership with Science Exchange

October 23, 2017 | Posted by Team in News |

Qb3 Partners With Science ExchangeBay Area Life Science Hub Enables its Startups to Stay Lean with Science Exchange’s R&D Platform

PALO ALTO, CA, October 23, 2017Science Exchange, a platform for outsourced research and development (R&D) services, today announced a partnership with QB3, the University of California hub for innovation and entrepreneurship for life sciences.

Through an exclusive Science Exchange-QB3 marketplace, QB3-affiliated companies will now have access to a customized and secure marketplace where they can instantly order R&D services from a network of more than 2,500 qualified scientific service providers. Science Exchange’s scientific concierge staff also will offer support to QB3’s start-up companies in identifying innovative providers and ordering complex R&D services.

“Science Exchange will help accelerate our companies by giving them access to providers that are experienced with entrepreneurial research and that have already been reviewed and qualified,” said Ioana Aanei, Ph.D., Entrepreneurship Program Manager at QB3. “Many of our startups don’t have the resources to purchase their own capital equipment or do the necessary specialized scientific research in-house.”

“Science Exchange is committed to helping life science companies bring innovative, potentially life-saving products to market,” said Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., Founder & CEO of Science Exchange. “While QB3’s companies focus on discovery, we can help eliminate the barriers, including the time and expertise needed to research and qualify contract research organizations (CROs) and scientific service providers. We also help save time and money in contract negotiation, all while ensuring the protection of intellectual property.”

QB3 joins more than 30 enterprise clients and entrepreneurial incubators that are efficiently managing their outsourced R&D with Science Exchange-powered marketplaces.

About QB3

QB3 is the University of California’s hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in the life sciences. The institute supports UC researchers and empowers Bay Area entrepreneurs to launch startup companies and partner with industry. QB3 helps bio-entrepreneurs create hundreds of high-value jobs and bring more than $750 million into the Bay Area each year. With campus divisions at Berkeley, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz, QB3 is also affiliated with the San Francisco incubator [email protected] — home to more than 45 companies — and the seed-stage venture capital firm Mission Bay Capital. Visit us at http://qb3.org/.


This Week in Startups: Science Exchange

February 20, 2015 | Posted by Tess Mayall in Innovation Highlight |

Science Exchange CEO Elizabeth Iorns was on This Week in Startups for an hour-long deep dive into the state of science. Listen and learn about everything from cancer biology to AI to scientific publishing!

Guest post: Collaboration, Credit and Convenience—Addgene’s Reagent Sharing Model

April 5, 2012 | Posted by Team in Reproducibility |

This is a guest post by Joanne Kamens, Executive Director of Addgene (see full bio below). 

So much time, effort, heart and soul go into every unique research reagent generated.  Lab tech, graduate student, industry scientist, post-doc or principal investigator—every life scientist has experienced the joy of creating a useful reagent, only to feel the pang of sadness when it is banked in the freezer and never used again.  Or perhaps you are one of the few lucky ones who made something truly clever and useful and now all your colleagues want it but you can’t keep up with the requests and get your other work done.

Addgene is a non-profit repository for plasmids, small circular DNA reagents, used in life science research all over the world.  Based in Cambridge, Addgene has over 17,500 unique plasmids in its library and ships over 6,000 plasmids every month.  Depositing is free and there is a small fee to request plasmids.   Just like a frequent flyer program, Addgene rewards scientists who share with the community by giving them reward points each time their plasmid is requested. Currently, Addgene distributes plasmids only to academic organizations but by the end of 2012, some limited parts of our collection may become available to industry requestors.

Addgene’s mission is to facilitate collaboration and sharing.  There are many hurdles we help to overcome.  Read the rest of this entry »

Guest post: Funding new discoveries with Petridish.org!

March 25, 2012 | Posted by Guest in Innovation Highlight |

This is a guest post by Matt Salzberg, Founder of Petridish.org (full bio below).

If you’re a scientist, you know that funding is becoming harder and harder to find. Traditional sources of funding, such as grants from the National Science Foundation or the National Institute of Health are time intensive, restrictive and slow.  And application success rates have fallen.

That’s why we created Petridish.org – a new tool to help scientists fund worthy projects in need. Petridish is an online community of scientists and everyday science-lovers that allows researchers to connect with private donors interested in their work.

In other fields like art, film, charity and microfinance, we have seen this method of fundraising, known as “crowdfunding,” drive a revolution in the way projects are funded.  Enabled by the mass reach of the internet, projects in these fields have raised hundreds of millions of dollars by pooling the contributions of many to make a large impact. Many of the most notable examples in other fields are sites such as Kiva.org, Donorschoose.org and Kickstarter.com.  In fact, most recently, Kickstarter made headlines when one video game project on their site raised over $2 million from the “crowd.”

So why shouldn’t scientists have a dedicated community too?  The goal of Petridish.org is to provide a platform and community where scientists can promote research, educate and engage the public, and raise money all at once.  Meanwhile, science enthusiasts can donate to projects and be a part of exciting new discoveries.

Read the rest of this entry »

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