Transcriptic Expands Cloud-based Automated Laboratory, Creates New Space for Proprietary Customizable Work Cells

  • New Menlo Park Location Has 10,000 Square Feet, Nearly Five Times the Space of Transcriptic’s Original Lab
  • Transcriptic’s Automated Work Cells Contain Custom-built Hardware to Meet the Individual Needs of Each Research Project

SAN FRANCISCO (September 29, 2014) — Transcriptic, a cloud-based research services provider, today announced that to better meet growing demand for its unique on-demand infrastructure that lowers costs while increasing the reliability of life science research, it has moved its automated lab and customized work cells to a new 10,000 square foot facility in Menlo Park, California.

Transcriptic has reimagined life science lab work by offering a "virtual infrastructure" that gives researchers the ability to design biological experiments via an online interface and advanced APIs (application programming interface) while outsourcing the manual labor component to Transcriptic’s automated lab. This eliminates the need for researchers to be present in the lab during the lab work phase of research, and experiments can run around the clock. Transcriptic’s platform allows researchers to run many projects in parallel and remotely monitor progress and view quality control data at any time via Transcriptic’s online interface.

Combining Transcriptic’s programmable system for defining and executing experimental protocols with its state-of-the-art automated lab has proven to create a 10-fold productivity advantage for researchers working on molecular and cell biology. The new lab facility provides nearly five times the space of Transcriptic’s original lab, allowing for more of the company’s proprietary customizable robotic work cells.

"Lab equipment is expensive and running experiments can be a monotonous and time-consuming experience," said Max Hodak, CEO of Transcriptic. "We’ve designed Transcriptic to remove as many as these limitations and roadblocks as possible so researchers can refocus their efforts on more pure scientific discovery. Now, with all this new lab space we can expand our infrastructure, which will allow us to serve additional clients and give them ever greater flexibility and scalability in their research."

Each work cell is an automated molecular biology lab that contains all the lab equipment needed to run a wide range of experiments. To provide greater experiment flexibility, Transcriptic custom builds hardware for the work cells, including automated freezers, incubators, robotic arms and microplate sealers. These machines are slotted into the work cell in a modular fashion, which allows for easy reconfiguration to meet the individual needs of each research project. The robotic arm is programed to move microplates between the various pieces of equipment, meaning all experimentation can be performed completely autonomously in the work cell.

"Not only does our system provide researchers access to the equipment they need to run experiments remotely, but by building our own hardware to fit the specific needs of our customer we’re able to achieve significantly greater cost efficiency and improve on limitations found in off-the-shelf hardware," added Hodak.

In addition to access to a wide array of state-of-the-art lab equipment and the most advanced APIs for customizing experimentation protocols, Transcriptic also offers unparalleled collaboration with a team of highly qualified Ph.D. scientists and engineers who provide valuable support at every step of the process.

For more information on Transcriptic’s services, visit www.transcriptic.com.

About Transcriptic

Transcriptic is a revolutionary platform that enables life science research at lower cost, greater precision, and with more seamless collaboration than ever before. Transcriptic designs, builds and operates a state-of-the-art, on-demand research infrastructure as a service for researchers all over the world. Like the earlier "fabless semiconductor" revolution, Transcriptic enables a whole new class of "labless biotech" companies built around faster, more reliable, more repeatable processes with vastly lower capital costs than previously possible, freeing researchers to focus on the creative aspects of their science. Transcriptic’s team of highly qualified Ph.D. scientists and engineers provides valuable design input and debugs protocols. Investors in Transcriptic include IA Ventures, Google Ventures, Data Collective, AME Cloud Ventures, Founders Fund, Naval Ravikant, and Mark Cuban, among others.