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Monitoring incubators is critical in many labs

From Lab Monitoring to Science | Real-World Smart Lab Applications

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.

What do the IoT and R&D Labs Have in Common? Not Much. Yet.

The IoT — Internet of Things — is an omnipresent part of our lives, supporting everyday tasks across home, work, fitness and more. Distributed sensors, wireless networking and cloud computing enable us to control lights, monitor security systems, and manage entertainment and HVAC systems, all from our smart phones. In our work lives, smart building technologies sense how many people are in a conference room and automatically adjust lower the thermostat set point, dim smart windows to block out sunlight, and more. Along the way, these systems are gathering and using critical data that can be analyzed to optimize the systems and provide users with valuable insights.

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Debugging the Lab

Since the very first line of code was written, there have been software bugs (one apocryphal story traces the origin of the term to 1946 when an actual moth was found trapped in the relays of a Harvard mainframe – and like all good code, was dutifully documented by being taped into a notebook). As a result, the development of debugging tools has closely mirrored the rise of modern software. From symbol tables and breakpoints to the sophisticated predictive code profilers of the 21st century, better debugging tools have enabled us to create sophisticated and smoothly functional software.

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Lessons from the Front Lines | Context Matters

I had the honor of opening the MM&M Transforming Healthcare Conference in New York on 5 May, 2016, kicking off an agenda that explored all phases of the industry, from understanding the patient to the various clinical trials stages and considerations. Props to the MM&M team for assembling a diverse and engaging series of speakers and viewpoints, and thanks for including me.

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