Networking platform for users of antibodies in biomedical research
12 July 2010
BioHub-Online.org is a web-based platform that lists over
100,000 antibody products for biomedical research and facilitates global
networking and collaboration among research scientists.
Antibodies are biomedical research reagents used for hundreds of
thousands of experiments globally. The global market for research
antibodies exceeds $2 billion, yet independent studies show that
less than 50% of commercial antibodies are of adequate quality,
leading to compromised results and wasted time and resources.
BioHub-Online.org was developed to respond to this problem,
by allowing scientists to make informed decisions and increase the
efficiency of biomedical research.
Motivated to advocate product excellence and transparency within
the biomedical marketplace, Alex Hodgson, co-founder of BioHub
remarked, "We as a community need to support those companies who go
that extra mile to bring us top-quality products and hold those that
BioHub-Online.org has already won the support of leading
researchers, including Dr. Aled Edwards (Structural Genomics
Consortium), Dr. Sachdev Sidhu (University of Toronto), Dr. Brian
Marsden (University of Oxford) and Dr. Lori Frappier (Canada
Research Chair in Virology). "Antibodies are among the most commonly
used reagents in biomedicine, yet are subjected to the least
effective quality control. BioHub will create order from this chaos
by empowering the scientific community to communicate their reviews
of commercial products," says Dr. Aled Edwards.
BioHub promises to not only create a channel of direct feedback
between scientists and antibody providers, but also creates
opportunities for users to connect with each other. Two of BioHub's
community features include: BioAlerts, which lets users know when
new antibodies and data have been uploaded for specific targets,
while BioMessenger enables users to send direct messages to other
users to facilitate follow-on collaborations.