The company also announced the release of its first product: the
Scientists using the ECL log onto a website and specify all of the parameters for a given experiment as if they were standing in front of the instrument. The experiment is then executed using Emerald’s robotically automated systems, and all of the data generated is automatically cataloged and placed into a database where it is accessible to the user. The system also provides powerful tools to plot, analyze, and share data with other scientists.
This platform is meant to expand the scope of experiments that scientists currently run in their own labs by providing instant access via the Internet to a comprehensive set of validated experimental protocols and instrumentation without the high upfront costs of both time and money.
The ECL also provides more robust and reproducible data: because all experimental and environmental variables are captured by the system, it is possible to robotically replicate experiments with the push of a button. Finally, the ECL offers a persistent database accessible over the Internet where investigators can instantaneously browse or query past experiments and data with extreme precision. Emerald hopes that the ECL will provide scientists will a larger experimental toolbox, allow for more reproducible results and shared knowledge between scientists and labs, and dramatically reduce the overhead required to begin new research programs and biotechnology companies.
“We believe there is a role for what we call ‘Lean Biotech,’” said Dr.
“For us, this means focusing our efforts on the process of conducting research as much as on the product we’re researching. Doing so leaves an enduring path for repeatable, modular lab work upon which research can compound,” he continued.
Emerald is accepting applications for users to join its outward-facing beta trial. The ECL currently supports over 40 standard types of life science experiments, from Western Blots to MALDI Mass Spectrometry, with the intention of supporting over 100 standard experiment types within 18 months. Details on the capabilities provided can be found at http://emeraldcloudlab.com/lab-experiments.
The hardware and software behind the ECL has been in development at Emerald for over four years, and the company is now taking steps to open the system to the outside world.
“We want to be clear that this is not
Dr. Frezza and Dr. Kleinbaum both hold doctorate degrees in chemistry from The
The conclusion of the Series B funding brings Emerald’s total funding to
“In providing access to state-of-the-art experimentation with little investment risk in capital equipment and personnel resources, the ECL will spur innovation and help investors and entrepreneurs de-risk potential company concepts by early testing of hypotheses and confirmation of initial results,” said
About Emerald Therapeutics
Emerald Therapeutics is a venture-backed biotechnology company based in