Have you ever struggled to complete and experiment or that last piece of your publication puzzle because you couldn’t find the right expertise or instrument at your institution and didn’t know where to turn? This problem is becoming increasingly common as science becomes more interdisciplinary and every paper becomes more comprehensive. It is an issue that the founders of Science Exchange seek to alleviate. Science Exchange is an online Science Services Marketplace that manages the purchase of research services, vets service providers, and works with researchers to find the exact provider for their experimental needs.
Science Exchange was founded by Elizabeth Iorns, Dan Knox, and Ryan Abbott in May 2011 to open up access to expertise and instruments and improve the reproducibility of published science. They believe that through outsourcing particular scientific experiments to a research expert in that field, the science reported will stand up to the test of reproducibility more frequently. Without focusing on too many areas of science at the same time, more quality science can be accomplished and individual researchers can accomplish more.
It’s free to sign-up at Science Exchange. Researchers, facilities, and administrations can make their own profiles that extol their publication record, etc. There are currently over 800 experiment-types listed on Science Exchange.
Besides work in academic labs, Science Exchange also sees their place in helping start-up companies complete exerpiments that they do not have the funding for lab space and isntruemnts, etc. Just paying for the service that they need saves the start-up lots of money, especially in the early days when money is tight. Science Exchange is partnered with the Thiel Foundation’s Breakout Labs program, helping fund start-up companies at the earliest point of innovation.
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