LABM8 is working on universalizing flow chemistry through robotics. Their robots enable tailor-made automation of experiments. We decided to ask them 6 questions.
1. What is your value proposition?
LABM8’s chemistry robot enables tailor-made automation of experiments for any chemist, providing them a less labor-intensive yet more reproducible and enjoyable workflow.
2. What is your mission?
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. If you can give one piece of advice to future entrepreneurs, what would it be?
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.