Cubuslab’s #BigBangMoment: Piloting Digital Labs with a 350 Year old Company
11 SEP 2018
The Accelerator is proud to present Cubuslab’s #BigBangMoment as it comes fresh out of the lab! Cubuslab revolutionizes the daily laboratory routine for industry 4.0
The Accelerator is proud to present Cubuslab’s #BigBangMoment as it comes fresh out of the lab! Cubuslab revolutionizes the daily laboratory routine for industry 4.0: the team around founder and CEO Dominic Lütjohann has developed technology that crosslinks laboratory instruments and industrial measuring instruments. The product’s focus is on user centricity in laboratory environments, with a view to easing scientists’ and lab staff’s workflows. In short, it significantly accelerates the administration and evaluation processes of data sets.
The Digital Lab Book
Separate devices such as scales, heaters, and incubators are bound through a connector that is roughly the size of a business card and can manage up to four different devices at once. The connector displays data via the Cubuslab Cloud or the lab's own server which also works without internet access on an intuitive interface; a so-called digital lab book. In this interface, which is accessible to all authorized employees, precise data is displayed in a bundle and can be processed from there. Any browser-capable device can be integrated. Cubuslab works without any complex software; once the system is installed it can be used again and again on the corresponding devices via plug and play. With this technology, which significantly improves the routine tasks of laboratory employees, Cubuslab won first place in the Best Concept category at the CyberChampions Awards.
The Origins of Cubuslab
The idea to develop laboratory technology emerged during the process of Dominic Lütjohann's dissertation at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Over the course of his research, he programmed software that automatically transferred data from a scale to a digital lab book. After his dissertation was finished, Lütjohann pursued his idea and Cubuslab was born. He brought Martin Langer on board as a partner specializing in technical know-how in the fields of business administration and marketing. Within a few months, the founders had developed a business plan, written a successful EXIST funding application, and looked for further sponsors. Julian Lübke, a graphic designer, front-end developer and KIT industrial engineer also joined the team. In March 2015, Cubuslab GmbH was founded. In fall 2016, the startup successfully entered the EMD Accelerator Program – the beginning of a sustainable business partnership.
Piloting with a 350 year old company
The startup’s technology is now tested by us as a pilot project. During the Accelerator, a collaboration started to play out very well product wise. Within their partnership with us, the Cubuslab team have had the opportunity to get their product development going within the various specialized laboratories at our headquarters in Germany. With over 20,000 scientists on hand at our headquarters, there are plenty of possibilities to test, evaluate, and refine their product. Lütjohann and his team worked alongside our scientists and were able to digitize lab processes through the automated data collection and transfer. “We have been given the opportunity to test and pilot our technology within our in-house labs at their headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Working in these high-end laboratories helped us develop our technology and understand our customers’ needs on a higher scale.”, comments Lütjohann.
Joining the Accelerator
We love to form close relationships with our Accelerator participants. With Cubuslab, we were able to help them test and develop a great product - yours could be the next team we support! Do you think your startup could benefit from up to €50,000 of funding, office and creation space at our headquarters in Darmstadt, and access to advice from a global network of over 50,000 experts? Then why not apply to join the Accelerator? The seventh round of the Accelerator Program starts in January 2019 and applications are open! Indeed, for the first time, selected startups will have the opportunity to extend their satin in our Innovation Hub in Shanghai. If you’re a startup operating in healthcare, life science, performance materials, or other related search fields then you can also benefit from a great collaboration opportunity. We can’t wait to hear from you!