From the Wall Street Journal:
“A group of Silicon Valley startups situated within a few miles of each other are racing to sharply lower the cost of preclinical research by essentially putting the lab in the cloud, a kind of Amazon Web Services for science geeks.
Many of these companies’ labs are powered by software and largely automated by robots to perform experiments, replacing tedious procedures such as counting cells or dropping liquid into test tubes. Researchers can then remotely select experiments and get sent the results.
Need a gene sequence? DNA2.0 Inc., a Menlo Park, Calif., company can ship one in within five business days. Need to store samples in subzero freezers? Transcriptic Inc., 4 miles away, will do it for a monthly fee. Just 400 feet away, Emerald Therapeutics Inc. can now run 41 types of experiments.”
The article mentions other Bay Area companies, including the story of Emerald Therapeutics and how they developed.