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Dynamic lab incubator taps powerful smart lab system for operations team and resident companies

Cambridge, Mass., October 24, 2017Elemental Machines today announced it has expanded its commitment to LabCentral, a first-of-its-kind shared laboratory space for high-potential life-sciences and biotech startups. Elemental Machines doubled the installation of its smart lab technology, the Elemental Machines Sensory Network, to support LabCentral’s recent expansion, which is being unveiled today.

The Elemental Machines system, an IoT-based network of wireless sensors and cloud-based dashboard software, gives the LabCentral operations team and resident companies unprecedented insight into lab operations. By monitoring critical equipment performance and ambient factors that can affect bench work (temperature, humidity, air pressure and light), the system provides visibility into equipment characteristics and issues, as well as environmental variations that can influence protocols.

“We are delighted to support LabCentral, which is addressing a critical need in startup ecosystem for science-based companies, and are honored that they have chosen our system,” said Sridhar Iyengar, Ph.D., CEO and Founder of Elemental Machines. “As a state-of-the art facility, their adoption of smart lab technologies is an important validation of this emerging category of solutions.”

“The Elemental Machines system gives us yet another way to support our resident companies’ operational needs and science work, enabling them to focus on their research and business development,” said LabCentral Cofounder and President Johannes Fruehauf, M.D., Ph.D.

LabCentral is currently home to startups and with its expanded capacity, will have the opportunity to house as many as 60 at a time. Elemental Machines has been a supporter of LabCentral since 2015.

“Since we began using the Elemental Machines system, our team has come to rely on data and insights to monitor and manage equipment, understand equipment usage patterns, and make strategic decisions about maintenance and replacement,” said Celina Chang, LabCentral’s director of laboratory operations. “Moreover, residents are finding numerous ways to use the system data to their advantage, as well.”

About Elemental Machines
Elemental Machines is revolutionizing science-based industries with powerful insights that help customers transform laboratory operations, research and development processes, and manufacturing outcomes. The Elemental Machines Sensory Network™ monitors and analyzes critical laboratory and production equipment, as well as invisible environmental variables, to provide new levels of clarity, transparency and consistency, and improve repeatability. For more information, visit http://elementalmachines.io.

About LabCentral
LabCentral is a first-of-its-kind shared laboratory workspace in the heart of the Kendall Square, Cambridge, biotech innovation hub. Designed as a launchpad for high-potential life-sciences and biotech startups, it offers everything startups need to begin laboratory operations on day one and move their science forward faster and more cost-efficiently. This includes: fully permitted laboratory and office space, first-class facility and administrative support, skilled laboratory personnel, a domain-relevant expert speaker series ‒ as well as the other critical services and support. A private, nonprofit institution, LabCentral’s first site opened in 2013, thanks to a capital grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, with support from its real-estate partner, MIT. Founding sponsors include Triumvirate Environmental and Johnson & Johnson Innovation. To accommodate demand for its growing startups, LabCentral, with support from Pfizer, Inc., plans to open LabCentral 610 in December 2017. In 2018, LabCentral will have capacity to serve a total of ~450 scientists and entrepreneurs in about 66 companies across its two-building campus.

 

Contacts:

Elemental Machines
Allison Parker
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LabCentral
Caroline Grossman
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There’s lots of discussion about lab monitoring, the Smart Lab and the next generation of technologies, including promised benefits for both lab operations staff and scientists. The top-of-mind question for many is how real-world teams are using these platforms today? Here’s a snapshot of one.

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SynBioBeta 2017 | Glimmers of Hope

SynBioBeta is an annual conference — now in its sixth year — that brings together experts and innovators in synthetic biology, ranging from academia to entrepreneurs to industry. In addition to being a great place to cross paths with dear friends from previous chapters of my career and hear from luminaries like George Church, what is always most striking to me is the intellectual horsepower in this industry that is being applied to humanity’s biggest challenges — from sustainably feeding, clothing and accommodating a growing global population to improving human health.

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Founder and CEO of Elemental Machines joins more than 60 other industry leaders to discuss the responsible growth of synthetic biology

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017Elemental Machines’ founder and CEO Sridhar Iyengar has been selected to speak at SynBioBeta SF 2017, the annual conference bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, and practitioners to drive the synthetic biology industry forward. Other speakers at the industry’s premier event include genetics pioneer George Church, computing entrepreneur and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, and James Collins, one of the founders of synthetic biology.

“We couldn’t be more excited for this year’s conference, which comes at a crucial moment for the synthetic biology industry as a whole,” said SynBioBeta founder and CEO John Cumbers. “In just the last ten years, the pace of innovation has increased dramatically, and the impact of the intersection of synthetic biology and the Internet of Things, what I call ‘Bi-oT,’ is beginning to be felt in all industries. At SynBioBeta SF 2017, we will take stock of where we are today, and explore the various ways Bi-oT will shape the future.”

Key themes of the conference this year include biomaterials and consumer products, cell factories for biopharmaceuticals, big data and artificial intelligence meet biology, and innovations for ocean sustainability. Talks and panels will discuss the future of DNA synthesis, why protein is the killer app, investment opportunities throughout the industry and why all companies need to be thinking about a Bio-Strategy in order to be able to compete.

Iyengar’s session, titled “Computation and Synthetic Biology,” is taking place on October 3 from 2:45 – 3:40pm PT and will focus on how Big Data techniques are being applied to critical problems within synthetic biology. Other participants in the session include: Elliot Menschik of AWS, Michael Fero, Co-Founder and CEO of TeselaGen, Laura Adams, co-founder of ebio·ome, Joyce Yang, Scientist at Synthego, and Abraham Heiferts, CEO of Atomwise.

“Technology is rapidly accelerating the development of synthetic biology and other innovations that benefit humanity, and SynBioBeta is a cutting-edge event that shines a spotlight on the community during this very pivotal time,” said Iyengar. “It’s a pleasure to discuss the future of synthetic biology and explore how technology can support the industry.”

SynBioBeta takes place from October 3-5 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.synbiobeta.com.

About Elemental Machines

Elemental Machines is revolutionizing science-based industries with powerful insights that help customers transform laboratory operations, research and development processes, and manufacturing outcomes. The Elemental Machines Sensory Network™ monitors and analyzes critical laboratory and production equipment, as well as invisible environmental variables, to provide new levels of clarity, transparency and consistency, and improve repeatability. For more information, visit http://elementalmachines.io.

About SynBioBeta

SynBioBeta is the leading community of entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and enthusiasts devoted to the responsible growth of the synthetic biology field. They host international synthetic biology conferences and events that bring the entire community together several times each year, giving anyone the opportunity to meet with the bright minds building and shaping the bio economy.

 

Cambridge, Mass., September 15, 2017Elemental Machines today announced the Elemental Machines Sensory Network™ won the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC)’s annual Leadership Awards for Innovative Technology of the Year: Internet of Things. Now in its 20th year, the MassTLC Leadership Awards recognize the best and brightest from the Massachusetts technology ecosystem.

The Innovative Technology of the Year: Internet of Things category honors products that have had a significant impact on business process, customer service, and product development. The Elemental Machines Sensory Network is a Smart Lab suite specifically designed to increase experimental repeatability in life sciences and other science-based industries. The system includes Elements, intelligent, wireless sensor devices, and the Elemental Insights dashboard software. The system monitors critical lab equipment and ambient factors (temperature, humidity, air pressure, and light), providing data-driven insights that customers use to improve operations and reproducibility.

“We’re honored to win MassTLC’s flagship award in such an exciting category,” said Sridhar Iyengar, PhD, CEO and Founder of Elemental Machines. “This recognition validates the emergence of the Smart Lab segment of the IoT market, a place where technology can truly accelerate development of life-saving therapies and other innovations that benefit humanity. As Massachusetts is a leader in both technology and life sciences innovation, this award is doubly meaningful to us.”

“I am still humbled after 20 years of recognizing the leaders and innovators that make up the Massachusetts tech sector,” said MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft. “We celebrate the dedication and accomplishments of Elemental Machines as a model for those who follow in their footsteps. The importance of these contributions cannot be overstated as they are shaping our future in real time.”

Winners were selected from hundreds of nominations, as judged by panels of industry leaders in each of the 14 categories, and announced during the MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala on September 14 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center. A complete list of winners is available here.

About Elemental Machines

Elemental Machines is revolutionizing science-based industries with powerful insights that help customers transform laboratory operations, research and development processes, and manufacturing outcomes. The Elemental Machines Sensory Network™ monitors and analyzes critical laboratory and production equipment, as well as invisible environmental variables, to provide new levels of clarity, transparency and consistency, and improve repeatability. For more information, visit http://elementalmachines.io.

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People love surveys, and we’re no exception. After all, data from a pool of respondents on an interesting topic lets you pattern match to see if your profile matches your cohort. So, being the curious types that we are, Elemental Machines conducted a survey of lab managers and other science professionals to:

  • Learn more about their experiences and monitoring priorities,
  • Understand how they think about strategic uses of the data, and
  • Know what they do with the data and where they store it.

Here’s what we found.

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