© Saskia Uppenkamp
Will Canine (Co-Founder, CPO) and Chiu Chau (Co-Founder, CEO)

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OpenTrons Labworks – Making robots for biologists

Founded in 2014
14 employees
Funding $2.3M / 1 round

Today, biologists spend too much time pipetting by hand. Very few scientists have access to experimental automation because current pipetting robots cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and require experts to program. But OpenTrons makes robots biologists can easily afford and use. OpenTrons robots cost less than five-thousand dollars and let scientists download and run an experiment like an app on an iPhone. OpenTrons got its start at Haxlr8r, the hardware accelerator in Shenzhen, China, where they still make all their robots. When they got back from China they launched on Kickstarter where they sold their first 30+ machines. One year later they were part of the W16 batch of Y Combinator, and are now backed by Khosla Ventures. Currently over 120 academic and industrial biotech labs around the world are using OpenTrons robots to automate experiments.

This article was published in “the Hundert Vol. 9 – Startups of New York“, December 2016.