Figma for Science

Avivator

There might be a big startup opportunity with porting old, widely used scientific tools to the web with Figma-like realtime annotation and rendering capabilities.

Scientific tooling is old but collaboration's more important than ever.

Realtime thinking is important. Beautiful rendering is important.

There might be a common toolkit that builds figma-like tools and can be turned bespoke for particular domains. Widgets for different kinds of data displays and manipulation. Jupyter/Julia notebook style.

I’m especially interested in cell stains/histology/pathology because microscopy is gorgeous to look at, and seems underexplored.

https://axial.substack.com/p/axial-benchling

Existing work:

Benchling

Benchling

(Benchling)

(Biodock)


"Experiment tracking" is a common theme

What if open science framework caught up with the times?

Journal of Open Research Software

Data to Discovery

An instance of Figma for X. Or maybe Palantir for X.


Local-only systems (figma-izable)

Geology/Space

Neuro

Imagery

(Vizarr)

Flow Cytometry

Histology

The problem with microscopy is that file sizes are huge. Pathology/Histology is more tractable.

Informatics

Huge list here https://blog.addgene.org/free-online-molecular-biology-tools

https://phage.directory/tools

Abstract Viz

Genomes

Biocyc

(Biocyc)

Primers

Synthetics

Plasmid Editing

Great overview: https://medium.com/@alice.menglh/may-7th-13th-8ab68cbc9e7b

Protein/Mol Sim

Molecular Viz

Sim

Ligand Docking

In general, many domain specific tools are MATLAB plugins.

Misc

DSP Notebook

Graphics

Open source ethics

Data should be easy to sync to a repo in a common format

Really what's being provisioned is the collaboration tool and hosting. Reasonable to charge a price that would otherwise require on prem and manual setup (and social features/external sharing!)

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https://newscience.org/how-software-in-the-life-sciences-actually-works-and-doesnt-work/


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  1. DSP Notebook

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