SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Assay Depot Inc. and BioCurious today announced the Assay Depot/BioCurious Challenge, a science competition open to all Bay Area residents ages 10 to 110 who want to take their research ideas to the next level. Two winners will receive $5,000 in research funding and a one-year subscription to the BioCurious community laboratory located in Sunnyvale, CA. One under-18 winner will receive $1,000 in research funding.
“We need everyone’s help to tackle the serious problems we face as a global community,” said Kevin Lustig, Assay Depot’s CEO. “This competition is open to current and future scientists, science club members and all citizen scientists, regardless of their day job. Anyone with a good idea that can be tested in Assay Depot’s online laboratory or BioCurious’ community laboratory can apply.”
In the past few years it has become possible to easily and cheaply access almost any research service through web-based research exchanges like Assay Depot. Small teams of citizen scientists, or even a single person, can now run research projects that ten years ago would have required the concerted efforts of hundreds of scientists in well-funded industry labs.
“We believe that research tools should be accessible, affordable, and open to everyone,” stated Raymond McCauley, BioCurious co-founder. “By using the BioCurious hackerspace and Assay Depot’s free research marketplace, both professionals and amateurs can now access sophisticated research tools, research experts, and a motivated community at the same time.”
Applicants submit a 1-2 page proposal that explains their hypothesis and research plan. Winners will be announced in early May.
More information and submission guidelines are located at https://www.assaydepot.com/pages/challenge.
About Assay Depot
Assay Depot owns and operates a web-based network of Research Exchanges that help professional scientists and citizen scientists make breakthrough discoveries. The company is headquartered in San Diego with offices in Northern California and Pennsylvania.
To learn more, visit Assay Depot’s public Research Exchange at www.assaydepot.com.
BioCurious is a hackerspace for biotech, serving for amateurs, inventors, entrepreneurs, and anyone who wants to “experiment with friends”. The BioCurious community lab is not-for-profit, volunteer-staffed, and located in Sunnyvale, California.
To learn more, visit BioCurious’ website at www.biocurious.org