Stem cell research is revolutionizing science and technology, and scientists need exceptional tools to keep pace in this rapidly evolving field. Enter Cellara, a dynamic team of stem cell and biotechnology professionals which is leading the way in establishing a global laboratory standard. Their approach will help fellow scientists better communicate with each other, more precisely document their work, and more effectively share knowledge and research.
Through development and collaboration with scientists and software experts, Cellara has introduced CultureTrax® — the first platform for stem cell culture researchers and scientists. The company’s vision is to accelerate scientific discoveries and breakthrough therapies based on advanced cell culture technology.
Under the Microscope
Stem cell researchers typically plan and document their research in hand-written laboratory notebooks — an ancient analog practice that many scientists cling to in an increasingly digital world.
This old-school approach to documentation inevitably leads to a “missing link” of critical cell culture history information that hinders note sharing, troubleshooting and reproducibility. In fact, scientists have labeled this issue a “crisis in reproducibility” that is estimated to cost the industry billions of dollars in non-repeatable biology research every year.
By using a digital platform that replaces paper, researchers can better organize workflow, improve collaboration and reproducibility, and easily train new staff members.
CultureTrax combines stem cell-specific content with an advanced cloud-based architecture that enables the platform to address the unique complexities of stem cell culture workflows and share them with other research team members.
Additionally, Cellara is actively collaborating with world-renowned stem cell laboratories (many in Wisconsin) to inform the design and development of CultureTrax as the global laboratory standard and accelerate the translation of stem cell science into breakthrough therapeutics. Specifically, the company’s Early Access Partnership Program serves as a collaborative opportunity that offers partners early access to CultureTrax while the company analyzes their usage and input to further advance the platform.
In much the same way that Epic Systems, another Dane County, Wis., company, revolutionized medical record-keeping and helped physicians and their staffs become more effective at their jobs, Cellara and CultureTrax can take stem cell research to a new level by standardizing the input and retrieval of data in a systematic and analytical electronic format.
CultureTrax is already in limited use in beta form by students in Madison College’s biology classes, and investigators at the University of Wisconsin are experimenting with the program, too. Additionally, researchers in other countries have expressed interest in how CultureTrax works and ways in which it can make stem-cell research more productive.
Cellara has been nominated by Acumium as one of “Madison’s Most Innovative Companies” and will compete against other companies at neXXpo 2017. Learn more.
Acumium created software that’s easy to use and works on all mobile devices and computers, allowing for remote access — a significant advantage prohibited with research notebooks. Highlights of the CultureTrax program include a flexible stem cell protocol template design, the ability to produce daily digital notebook PDF reports and provide lab group sharing data, and secure cloud storage provided by Amazon Web Services.
Acumium takes the time to understand at a deep level the problems their clients’ products and services aim to solve. Which is how the company’s team of technology experts can arrive at the most powerful and effective solutions.