LABM8 is working on universalising flow chemistry through robotics. LABM8’s chemistry robot enables tailor-made automation of experiments for any chemist, providing them with a less labor-intensive yet more reproducible and enjoyable workflow.

What drives you?

Organic synthesis is currently faced with the overpriced nature of machines/robots that run on proprietary software. We believe this holds back the pace of innovation in chemistry as well as the creativity and capabilities of chemists. Through our robotic platform, it’s our mission to emphasize the valuable attributes. 

How did Mercator Launch help you?

During the Mercator Launch Summer School, I started to look at my product and business from different perspectives. The high level of involvement and guidance from the business coaches was very pleasant and valuable.

What are the future plans for LABM8?

For me, there are several milestones ahead that would definitely give me a sense of fulfillment. I am very much looking forward to seeing the robot perform its first successful synthesis or to seeing a scientist publish a first paper utilizing the robot for all the synthetic steps.

From a business perspective, I look forward to selling the first machine. And as a dreamer, I would love to establish a scientific Labmate Community, modifying the machines and sharing procedures. 

 What do you need to make this happen?

I’ve created a third, fully operational prototype and I’m currently writing the software for it. I’ll soon start experimenting. All I need now is proof of principle and a complete business plan.

What tip would you offer other entrepreneurs?

Be sure to do something you really enjoy and only start a company out of passion. And ask yourself regularly if this still holds true.