BMS Interview: Dr. Florian Hauer, Labfolder

For several years, Berlin is abuzz as the hottest start-up capital in Europe. Simultaneously, the city is developing as a focal point of basic research and bio-tech start-ups testing their luck in anything from molecular medicine to data analysis. In the vivid entrepreneurial community and the humming research scene some are luckier than others by having both aces up their sleeves. Take Ijad Madisch as an example. A face behind one of the hottest Berlin start-ups, ResearchGate, Madisch is a M.D. with a PhD in Virology who has contributed to 37 peer-reviewed publications while at the same time developing his online social platform, unofficially known as “Facebook for scientists”. Connecting about 3 million researchers worldwide, ResearchGate presents a hybrid between LinkedIn, Facebook, a good old forum (remember those?) and a stat analysis that echoes something between LinkedIn´s profile views and citation index. There is hardly anything this platform cannot do except it cannot serve as your lab e-book – for now, it is not possible to directly make notes, take photos, describe your experiments or scrawl an idea in the interim, then share it with other scientists over the globe. florian hauer, labfolder, biomolecular systems
Dr. Florian Hauer, another scientist who drunk the entrepreneurial potion, and his team of computer-savvy ex-Max Planck scholars are about to change that. labfolder, the digital laboratory notebook, might become your portable lab e-book of the future. Imagine a day in the life of a future scientist: set-up an experiment – shoot a photo – describe the set-up – save – analyze the data – comment – discuss the data? – share – problems? – tag a question – no one there? – search the archive and all that using your mobile phone (labfolder mobile app is in development). A Social Media Week buzz was that labfolder was getting down to business with ResearchGate, but we could not find out more about the particulars. We caught up with Dr. Hauer instead to discuss the disruptive nature of the unlimited communication, funding sources for young entrepreneurs and the future landscape of scientific research. ...

BMS Recommends: Science goes Social

Put your headphones on and tune up your sound to find out how scientific research is catching up with the social media buzz and if tweeting can enhance your citation index. Dr. Florian Hauer from science start-up labfolder takes on Social Media Week Berlin. Stay patient for Q&A section that will sum up the basic problems of the 3S relation: scientist - sharing - social.

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