Kilobaser the Nespresso machine of DNA synthesis
Please introduce yourself and your startup Kilobaser to our readers!
I’m Alex Murer, CEO and co-founder of Briefcase Biotec GmbH, the start-up behind Kilobaser.
How did you get the idea to Kilobaser?
Back in 2013 I had the idea to found a “biohackerspace”, because my study of molecular biology at university lacked any room for your own experiments, practise and research.
Shortly after we managed to build this community lab with a group of students and other people, collected old lab equipment and soon felt like we should also get our own DNA supply going. Well about at the same time I met a friend who was a big fan of microfluidics..
How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
The very beginning was quite smooth. When we worked on the concept and were looking for some cash to buy components, I stumbled across the biotech accelerator RebelBio / Indie.bio, where we got basic funding and learned how the start-up game works. Quite challenging was dealing with the established microfluidic / lab on a chip companies which we contracted to do parts of the development….the technology really isn’t that established anywhere.
Who is your target audience?
Life science research labs. Universities, pharma companies, biotechnology.
What is the USP of your startup?
We deliver the first personal DNA-synthesizer. As easy to use as a Nespresso machine. Our customers will be able to get their research done instead of waiting for primer delivery from out-sourced providers.
Can you describe a typical workday of you?
My working day starts quite late at like 10:00 right in my bed: I check and answer emails on my phone. So my head is free to work on technical & creative stuff when I arrive at the company shortly after. Currently my working day is dominated by two topics: First optimising our Kilobaser prototypes, preparing for a series and constantly synthesizing. Second preparing for our next investment round, so lots of communication & travel.
Where do you see yourself and your startup Kilobaser in five years?
We’ll have an awesome series product serving tousands of researchers. I’ll probably be busy introducing the RNA synthesis version and potentially working on integrating an enzymatic driven system.
What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?
Have a good time!
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