Dynamic lab incubator taps powerful smart lab system for operations team and resident companies
Cambridge, Mass., October 24, 2017 — Elemental 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.
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.