IndieBio Partners with Elemental Machines for Contextual Monitoring of Lab Environment

Smart Lab System Helps Participating Entrepreneurs Improve Experimental Research with New Data Streams and Insights

San Francisco, CA, and Cambridge, MA, AUGUST 16, 2016 – Elemental Machinesprovider of intelligent technology for the smart lab, and IndieBio SF, the world’s premiere Synthetic Biology accelerator, today announced a partnership for participants to have access to the Elemental Machines Suite of products to enhance their experimental research work.

With a commitment to building a future where biology is considered technology that will help solve our culture’s most challenging problems, IndieBio offers funding, mentorship and lab space to a select group of entrepreneurs in each class, including the 15 that presented at the recent IndieBio SF Demo Day. Elemental Machines provides a portfolio of products that help researchers streamline their work, refine protocols, and improve experimental reproducibility, which is one of the most significant challenges researchers face.

“Our companies work in a highly compressed time frame to prove the viability of their research as a platform for building scalable, high-impact businesses,” said Ron Shigeta, IndieBio’s Chief Scientific Officer. “We are delighted to use Elemental Machines products to support our teams’ work as it is helping save time and improve outcomes and yields.”

The Elemental Machines products deployed at IndieBio include Elements, credit-card-sized, intelligent, wireless, sensor-rich devices that track and record physical conditions in the laboratory and inside key equipment, and Elemental Insights, a web-based dashboard that provides real-time data visualizations and alerts. Given that temperature, light and humidity are three variables that can greatly influence bio/chemistry, having real-time access to such data in the lab and also detailed insight into the performance of instruments (e.g. refrigerators, freezers, and incubators), researchers have visibility into how these contextual variables can affect their work.

“Monitoring the precise conditions within our growing environment has been one of our highest priorities as we optimize the production environment for our healthy and sugar-free protein sweeteners,” said Alan Perlstein, CEO and Founder of MiraculeX, one of the recent IndieBio program participants. “Access to Elemental Machines’ products has helped us accelerate our development, putting us on track to roll out our first product by the end of this year.”

“Every scientist knows that many of the reproducibility issues in biology and chemistry can be traced to factors in the physical world,” said Sridhar Iyengar, CEO of Elemental Machines. “We are honored to be working with the IndieBio team and their startups — the next generation of synthetic biology innovators and entrepreneurs.”

About Indie.Bio and SOSventures

IndieBio SF is funded by SOSV, “The Accelerator VC,” and is devoted to funding and building biotech startups dedicated toward solving humanity’s most pressing problems with life itselfSOSV accelerates startups with mentoring and finance. They run unique, high-value accelerator programs that we believe provide great value to entrepreneurs, serving and supporting them with breakthrough mentoring, world-class demo days, and distribution and sales assistance.

About Elemental Machines

Elemental Machines is accelerating scientific discovery with a powerful application suite for improving experimental reproducibility. With offices in Cambridge, MA and Burlingame, CA the company is led by an accomplished entrepreneurial team committed to addressing some of the scientific community’s biggest challenges. For more information, please visit

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