Friday, April 27, 2012
One-on-One with Science Exchange's Elizabeth Iorns
Breast cancer researcher Elizabeth Iorns found the process of farming out experiments frustrating and inefficient, so she started a company. In roughly eight months since it graduated from the Y Combinator incubator in Mountain View, Science Exchange has grown to some 5,000 registered users and more than 1,000 core facilities in its network. As I wrote in September, Science Exchange is creating an online marketplace, a sort of Ebay for researchers, institutions and companies that have time or equipment to spare. The effort last month won Iorns, the co-founder and CEO of the Palo Alto company, the 2012 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Emerging Postdoctoral Entrepreneur award. I spoke again recently with Iorns about Science Exchange’s growth and its projections.