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Open Cell is transforming shipping containers into lab space in London

Looking for affordable office and lab space in London? - Join Open Cell

Join an exciting pool of talented scientists, designers and early-stage businesses in Shepherd's Bush Open Cell bio-space. Open Cell contains 20 containers for early-stage startups, 10 studio spaces and 10 fully equipped labs. The Open Cell aims to provide affordable lab and office space to create and foster an innovation-driven environment for the next generation of scientist-entrepreneurs.

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Innovation in the human microbiome

The human body contains trillions of micro-organisms, with an estimated 3.8∙10^13 bacterial cells accounting for up to 0.2 kg of body weight (Sender, R. et al., 2016). These microbes live within us in a symbiotic relationship and research has led to the understanding that they prove vital to our physiological functions. As vital as they are in remaining healthy, they are highly associated with causing or contributing to the development of many chronic diseases. These microbes are collectively known as ‘the human microbiota’ and the ‘microbiome’ is the term which describes the genes of all these microbes. The microbiome is unique to every individual and the extent to which it affects vital bodily functions is only just beginning to be really understood.

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Clustermarket: the airbnb for lab equipment

How many times you went around your department looking for a specific piece of equipment to use for just that one experiment? How many times you asked around your colleagues if they knew someone that had expertise on the new experiment you were trying to set up?

After the boom of “sharing economy”, in which people rent beds, cars, boats and other assets directly from each other, coordinated via the internet, for the first time we are able to book expertise, lab space and lab equipment outside our institution via an online platform: Clustermarket.

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