BioTek Supports A Better Way for Life Sciences Startups
Dr. Johannes Fruehauf is dedicated to helping life science and biotech startup companies transform novel scientific concepts into therapeutic products. When founding his first pharmaceutical venture several years ago, he remembers the huge cost and time investments needed to find space and build a laboratory. He says, “It wasn’t a good use of our resources. We would have realized greater value if the money and time had gone into our actual research efforts.” He knew that other life science and biotech startups were facing the same frustrations and obstacles, and sought ways to improve the startup process. Years later, Dr. Fruehauf founded Cambridge Biolabs as a contract research organization in Cambridge, MA, and most recently co-founded the non-profit incubator, LabCentral, also in Cambridge, along with Peter Parker and Tim Rowe.
LabCentral is a 28,000 square-foot shared facility with lab and office space for as many as 28 startups and over 100 personnel. “LabCentral’s environment provides these small companies and entrepreneurs with the infrastructure, equipment and services so that they can focus on their research and engage with other like-minded researchers,” explained Dr. Fruehauf.
Cambridge Biolabs is currently equipped with BioTek’s ELx405™ Microplate Washer, so when Dr. Fruehauf was sourcing equipment for LabCentral, he contacted BioTek, who became a Silver Level sponsor, and agreed to donate another ELx405 to the new non-profit organization. The washer is used at the facility for cell-based assays and ELISAs. Dr. Fruehauf reports that LabCentral researchers are very happy with the ELx405, noting, “I’m confident they’ll want to use the same equipment as they grow their companies and move into their own spaces.”
To learn more about LabCentral visit their web site.
Thanks to Dr. Johannes Fruehauf at LabCentral for relating his BioTek experience with us.