The Technological revolution of science is here.
January 5th, 2017
On the importance, yet laggard innovation built into the laboratory world, Atumate CEO Olivier Lemaitre had this to say: “Every industry in the world relies on laboratories. Whether it be the quality control and characterization of automotive fuels, to synthesizing novel pharmaceuticals, every industry relies on their laboratories to assure the quality and safety of the products we consume. Every industry relies on their research and development laboratories to continue innovating and improving their products. Every industry relies on the efficiency of these laboratories to maximize output and to minimize overhead cost. Unfortunately, the latter is often an afterthought, due to the large array of instrumentation utilized and the resignation that many of these instruments require hands-on attention to be operated, one at a time. These labs have successfully made quality and safety more trusted and reliable. It is time for us to update the way we think about laboratory efficiency and bring them to the next level.”
The reality of the laboratory, often viewed as a powerhouse of design and innovation, is an unsophisticated one. Laboratories are very hands-on, off-screen environments. While this is important in fundamental regards (think running an experiment), this also creates unnecessary barriers to innovation. As a whole, laboratory instruments are very separated from the rest of the laboratory. Lab technicians sit at individual instruments to operate them, often slowing the flow of an experiment. In an increasingly communicative and interactive world, technologically, this is a backwards way of operating the very centers for technological progress.
Atumate is a startup aiming right at this issue. By harnessing the power of the instrumentation, and freeing the scientist to work more efficiently, we take these labs to that next level needed for the rising demand.
As a whole, innovation is all around us. It defines our economy and the progress of our world. Consumer technology in general – cell phones, computers, gaming, home IoT, apparel innovation, vehicles – as well as business technology – software (like CRM, workplace communication, analytics software, big data software), hardware, etc. – are the standard and driving force in nearly every marketplace. Where did technology originate? Where did the original innovative way of thinking come from?
The answer is simple: science.
Science was technology for a long time. Somewhere along the line, the two became separated. Now, technology, in the sense of the word, is growing at an exponentially rapid rate. Science, the foundation of innovation and evolution, is lagging behind. This doesn’t make sense principally. Our solution makes sense. It’s the stepping stone in the laboratory industry. The bridge between science and innovation. With Atumate’s laboratory solution, science can quickly move to the forefront of technological progress, and do what it has always done: innovate. Our solution allows laboratories full, streamlined access to every instrument and better synchronizes its processes. With Atumate, laboratories become intelligent, interconnected hubs for creation. It’s the solution that will not only improve laboratories, but push them towards their next evolutionary state.
“The internet of things is changing the way people interact with devices in the same way that telemetry and machine to machine communication has changed industry. Laboratory equipment is however relatively unconnected to the rest of the lab infrastructure, frequently requiring the user to present themselves to the device in order to determine its status. This talk outlines the current activities within Unilever to remotely interact with a broad range of instrumentation over a number of locations, in particular discussing the development of a status logging system for the devices and the benefits that this data can provide to operators, owners and laboratory managers.“