For this edition of startup spotlight, I sat down with Maurice Shen, Community Architect, of BenchSci to review their antibody search engine service and what this could mean for the academic community. I visited BenchSci while they were in the midst of a highly busy time for them, as they prepare for their spring/summer launch.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, employment within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields is expected to grow by 17.0% from 2008 to 2018, compared to the 9.8% growth rate of non-STEM related jobs[i]. STEM-related careers have become synonymous with innovation, technological advances, start-up ventures and careers of the future. Additionally, with the advent of STEM type careers, there has been the introduction of developing efficient products and user-friendly apps, cost-effective therapeutic options, STEM has been associated with developing solutions to problems that the greater public faces. However, within this developing field, there remains a troubling statistic: gender disparity within STEM-related jobs and the lack of opportunity for women to advance within their careers.
During my graduate research, a particular technique was by no exaggeration, used everywhere and spoken about all the time. My committee members, colleagues, supervisors, classmates, papers, everyone was and still is excited about CRISPR/Cas9.
Welcome to HealthTech2017, a corner where I will be sharing my thoughts, experiences, and analysis of the health-technology scene in the great city of Toronto.