A major stumbling block to the amateur or professional scientist is the lack of complex, expensive equipment with which to conduct experiments. Emerald Therapeutics aims to solve this issue with its new division, Emerald Cloud Lab. The company aims to democratize scientific experimentation by allowing scientists to design, conduct, and analyse experiments and experimental data remotely. On their brilliantly designed website, ECL demonstrates how their interface allows you to select from over 40 different experiments (with another 60+ on the way), tweak every detail the experimental design, and execute the experiment. Within a day or two, you will receive both the specifics of the experiment as they were conducted, including details of the particular piece of equipment used, as well as the data itself. Everything about each piece of equipment, from its make and model to its specific serial number is available for review, to ensure that the experiment can stand up to the most rigid of peer reviews. ECL also allows you to use its extensive data analysis machinery to investigate and explore the experimental data to ensure that the results definitively confirm or deny your hypothesis. ECL presents all the equipment and database objects in an index structure, allowing for ease of search through the volumes of data to in order to ask the appropriate follow-up questions and plan your next experiment. Finally, the data can be calculated, simulated, plotted, and presented in a wide variety of ways. The final results can then be exported, shared, or published with just a few key strokes.
The company aims to democratize scientific experimentation by allowing scientists to design, conduct, and analyze experiments and experimental data remotely.
The UX is spectacular, and the function is excellent. Synthetic biologists everywhere will be able to utilize its multiple genetic experiments, including DNA/RNA synthesis, protein extraction, and eventually sequencing, crystallization, and the use of an in-house bio-reactor.
No longer with an aspiring scientist be constrained by the investment by his or her university or private lab in experimental equipment. By simply paying by the sample (ranging from US$1 to US$100 per sample), scientists will be able to utilize a scientifically rigid democratized lab to fulfill the scientific goals of which until now they could only dream.