The Wall Street Journal reported on an in interesting development in life sciences 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
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