Saturday, September 16, 2017

Thanks to The Hive Gvahim Business Accelerator



"The Hive Gvahim team with industry top-experts (a.k.a mentors) literally poured enormous volumes of value into each participating startup"

In era of global Internet access, all human knowledge stands for your service in a matter of a click. The web is full with blogposts and step-by-steps guides that will arguably take one's business to the next level. However, there is one aspect that business accelerator is different. I'm talking about the human touch.


The Hive Gvahim Business accelerator

Business accelerator is a venture that aims to advance one's business. Participating business is put under magnifying class and all of its components are analyzed with mentors' help, who are experts in their field. First, the idea is checked in regards to pain it is supposed to solve for its customers. Accelerator members meet a dozen of mentors which bring their experience on the table. Secondly, the idea is validated in go-to-market regards, when another dozen of mentors step in and every participating team brain-storms their go-to-market strategy with industry veterans. The next step brings in another group of mentors, and so on.
At the end of day, there is no a single venture aspect that wasn't covered and discussed with professional. 



What is so special in The Hive Gvahim accelerator?

LabSuit had a great honor to participate in The Hive Gvahim business accelerator!
It lasted 6 months in which The Hive Gvahim team along with other program mentors literally poured enormous volume of values into each participating startup. The progress made during the program is huge and impossible to overrate! I would like to specially thank Tal Kelem and Izabella Filipov who provided us with all kinds of support: administrative, business and sometimes - emotional support as well. Tal, Izabella, thank you!
Our fellow teams, you're awesome! Radiomize, NoTraffic, FitScanner, WiseWed, NailDatWinisApp.

Photos by Debbie Zimelman

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Lab Fairy gives his magical touch to Fernando Patolsky lab at Tel Aviv university



Every lab has its creative chaos. Often it seems as an integral part of a research environment, but when you're tight on time and have scientific papers to submit it will come to haunt you back. 
Lab Fairy comes to solve this and turn your experience into more joyful!

Why chemicals go astray?

While every reagent in the lab should be in its place, the chemical will go astray exactly when you need it the most. The problem isn't unique to a specific lab, but typical to most of the labs. 
We tried to track back the sequence of events and understand what was the point of no return for that chemical. The most common case is that the previous chemical user, didn't put it back. And why? Because its wasn't clear where the chemical should be placed and stored. Wow!!


Prevent chemicals from getting lost in the lab

The solution is pretty simple.
Labeling each bottle with its location makes it really easy to return the chemical to its proper location.
It's pure satisfaction to see one's lab before the lab fairy's touch and after it!



Lab Fairy deployment

Lab Fairy visited Fernando Patolsky lab at Tel Aviv university, whom we pass the best wishes! (Who is the Lab Fairy?As usual, Lab Fairy did an outstanding job. Every container and chemical in the lab was labeled with solvent-resistant sticker. The sticker helps to overcome the inherent lab problem. After using the chemical the researcher asks the sacral question: "Where this bottle should be returned?". Owing to Lab Fairy, the answer is rather simple, since it's written on the sticker.

Big thumbs up to our Lab Fairy, Vadim!



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Found a way to increase your lab management efficiency by 21%


Have you ever spent hours to look for a chemical in your lab, haven't found it and had to order it from the vendor just to find out later that it was there?


Though the situation described above may seem as a minor incident, in fact it has deep consequences. Undesired delays in experiments schedule, double-orders which negatively reflect on lab's budget and we're just scratching the problem surface!
Fortunately, having thoroughly studied 120 labs, we found the differentiator that will bring your lab to the  new level. 


Setting out to find the reason

The frustrating part of conducting a research is being distracted all the time. The least wanted distraction is a waste of long hours to look  for a required reagent, while it's actually there. Ooof!!!!
Recently, we decided to perform a statistical analysis on 120 labs to determine the reason and later the solution for FALSE NEGATIVE results. Or in other words, when "Inventory Item Not Found" message is actually not true and later the solution for that.


What is 'Inventory Item Not Found' 

When a researcher is preparing for an experiment, s/he has to look up reagents s/he will need later. Sometimes, the reagent can’t be found, resulting in an 'Inventory Item not found' message, which we know in some cases is not true, e.i. FALSE NEGATIVE. So we asked:


What kind of LabSuit usage patterns drive the least of 'Inventory Item Not Found' messages?

LabSuit has two big domains: 
  1. Inventory Management
  2. Orders tracking 
Our analysis shows that labs using a combination of Inventory + Orders Management receive the 'Inventory Item not found' 27% of time, while labs using only Inventory Management get this message at 32% rate, e.g. almost every 3rd search returns "Item Not Found". 
Actually these numbers support our intuition, because when new reagents that arrive into got properly cataloged, they are easily tracked and found by all lab members. In addition, checking-in new items can be done semi-automatically with the help of "MARK-AS-DELIVERED" feature. We covered it in another blog-post some time ago.

Order Management leads to 21% less 'Inventory Item Not Found' messages  

The big take-away from this analysis is that just by adding Orders Management to lab's set of daily tools, the lab would be improving by 21%, thus eliminating false positive results, e.g. when a chemical is in the lab, the LabSuit will tell about that! 
This is an example of a happy lab leverage Orders Management for the interest of all lab members:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

LabSuit goes to Vilnius for LOGIN Fare

Good news!!!

We're flying to Vilnius, Lithuania to take part at LOGIN Fare, which will take place on 24-26 of May!!!

Special thanks to Startup Lithuania team for organizing pitch battle event at Tel Aviv and granting a winning place! LabSuit will have a great company with other two startups from Israel, Distribyte and SwitchRTC.

We've got some introductions to PI's at Vilnius University, so we plan to get back with new labs that would fall in love with LabSuit!

Read more here at official Startup Lithuania page:
http://www.startuplithuania.lt/en/news/switchrtc-distribyte-and-labsuit-coming-to-login-startup-fair-from-tel-aviv

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A fruitful way to engage your mobile camera with lab orders management



In general, institute regulations require us to keep Delivery Notes of orders we make. In addition, having access to all Delivery Notes helps us avoid double orders. Surprisingly, keeping a Delivery Note might be a challenging thing. In Ben Gurion university it’s solved by WhatsApp messaging group, where all Delivery Notes are poured.
Naturally, the Delivery Notes get lost.
In LabSuit Delivery Notes and orders are always kept together.
We empowered LabSuit users to take snapshots of your Delivery Notes with smartphones and instantly attach them to respective order in LabSuit!


So here it goes!


You don’t need to install anything from AppStore or Google Play!
Just point your mobile browser to LabSuit and you are good to go!


Every order item has a button "Attach Delivery Note".
Tapping that button shows up "Take Photo or Video" menu.
 

Just point your front camera at the Delivery Note and take a shot!
Having uploaded the image to your LabSuit, you get peace of mind!
Now the Delivery Note is available for your future follow ups!



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lab Fairy embraces Eli Lewis's lab at Ben Gurion university of the Negev



When there is a job for Lab Fairy it doesn't matter whether it's in the Noth or in the South - Lab Fairy packs its tools and embarks for an assignment! This time Lab Fairy has got a call from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. 

It's a pure pleasure to work with a professional lab manager

Having boarded a train heading South, the Lab Fairy had an hour ride to Beer Sheva. At the campus which is shared by hospital and university, Lab Fairy was met by amazing lab manager - Ronen Schuster. Ronen was so positive and cooperative that Lab Fairy had a true pleasure of working with him. Ronen accompanied us to the lab and gave very accurate instructions, so the expectations on both sides were very clear. 
Lab Fairy plunged into work. Lab Fairy's target was a fridge full of antibodies. On previous Lab Fairy assignments,  there were containers mostly with chemicals, therefore dealing with the new type of inventory items made it even more interesting and exciting!




The goals are shared, the pains are personal

One of the things that I found most fascinating about Lab Fairy is how lab managers perceive and talk about Lab Fairy. While all share the same goal of having a more organized lab, many are motivated by different pains.
For example, Ronen got extremely excited that owing to Lab Fairy he could have more free time. With this extra time, he could go to another professional meeting, without sacrificing his lab into logistic chaos.


These tiny antibody bottles were labeled by solvent-resistant labeling stickers and got checked in into LabSuit inventory module.
Though Ronen was busy with his tasks, the atmosphere was extremely positive, and I would like to thank both Ronen and Eli for that!

I wish there were more labs like this one!
See you next time at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Who is a lab fairy?

We keep getting this question: "Who is a Lab Fairy?"

Lab Fairy is something that we came up with to solve labs' nasty problem of monotonous reagents cataloging.

Some time ago, we realized that this is the pain-point that many labs would love be solved! That's how Lab Fairy was born.

In one of our previous posts, we wrote in more details what Lab Fairy can do for your lab.