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25 June, 2020 - 10:49 By Tony Quested

Dotmatics buying US firm to accelerate lab of the future vision

Dotmatics, a Herts-based scientific informatics software and services company, has agreed to buy US business BioBright in Boston US, which automates the flow of data from laboratory instruments to a secure cloud. No figures are being released for the deal.

Anchored in Bishop’s Stortford but operating globally, Dotmatics is driving the automation of laboratory data workflows for scientific discovery and innovation research. 

Privately owned BioBright is dedicated to creating the smart laboratory of the future driven by the move to data-centric research. 

Its solutions enable scientists to automate the collection of data from in-house and externally networked sources, and then standardise and analyse crucial experimental data with validation and integrity checks built in. 

It began operations in 2015 and was funded early on by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create a secure data collection platform for complex biological data. 

The team comprises experience from leading organisations in the space, including MIT, Harvard, Cornell, IBM, Perkin-Elmer and Ginkgo Bioworks.

The acquisition will create a unique combination of lab data capture, data processing, electronic lab notebook (ELN) and data analytics capability from a single supplier. 

All data coming from instruments, users or CROs will flow into a centralised informatics platform and through end-to-end workflows, and allows scientists to increase lab efficiency and make better informed decisions. 

Successful transition to full digitalisation in the form of a fully integrated ‘Lab of the Future’ is recognised throughout the life science industry and other scientific industries, as being critical to turning around the productivity deficit in research. 

It will also provide the solid and secure data foundation which will be key to improving innovation through better informed decision-making for scientists aided by next generation AI and machine learning.

The combined portfolio will be available from Dotmatics, meaning that customers will have the ability to automate their research data workflows without needing to manage multiple vendor relationships.

Dr Stephen Gallagher, co-founder and CEO of Dotmatics, said: “This is an exciting milestone in the history of Dotmatics and also hugely significant for our customers and the wider industry. 

“For the first time world-leading informatics and lab data automation platforms are being brought together under a single vendor. Through complementary technologies, shared scientific expertise and industry insight, we will dramatically accelerate Dotmatics’ ability to innovate and drive lab data automation.”

Charles Fracchia, co-founder and CEO of BioBright, added: “Scientific research has moved from being process-driven to data-centric. Scientists are inferring the results of experiments by analysing more data than ever, and real-time data processing of terabytes of data is enabling analyses which were simply not possible in the manual era.

“Companies that own the cleanest, best-annotated data will be the most successful in making ground-breaking discoveries within this new paradigm. We are excited to combine BioBright with Dotmatics to build out a unique end-to-end offering that will allow our customers to achieve their data-driven future.”

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