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Sky Lab: Is the Future of Life Sciences Research in the Cloud?

Posted on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

The Wall Street Journal reported on an in interesting development in life sciencesNational Physical Laboratory  Science and Technology in Wartime, Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK, 1944 D23194 research. Silicon Valley has begun sprouting cloud-based laboratories that could lower one of the highest barriers to entry for researchers: the cost of setting up a lab.

"Anyone with a credit card and an Internet connection will be able to go and run experiments," said D.J. Kleinbaum, co-founder and co-CEO of Emerald, which plans to open the service to select clients this year.  "Research Labs Jump to the Cloud" Wall Street Journal. Posted June 30, 2014 6:40 p.m. ET

The model is mostly untested, but there are signs that cloud-based labs could be a viable business model. 

The founders realized last December the cloud lab could be a business after a team member reported she had processed over 50,000 microscope images and done cell counts on them in less than 24 months. It would typically take a decade for scientists to manually perform such a task, Dr. [Brian] Frezza said. "Research Labs Jump to the Cloud" Wall Street Journal. Posted June 30, 2014 6:40 p.m. ET

Is this a harbinger of things to come? Comment, tweet, or link to let us know.

Image:By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons 

Tags: life sciences, business of science, research


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