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Skroot Laboratory Inc. spins off from Iowa State research, helps labs make medicine

It’s necessary work for a cell factory, but monitoring cell growth in small flasks is labor intensive and risks contaminating cell cultures. It can be a bit of lab drudgery, too. So, Nigel Reuel and a team of his students found a way to automate that work – including sensor stickers that lab technicians can apply to the outside of flasks and other single-use bioreactors. Now a startup called Skroot Laboratory, Inc., established in 2018 and based in Iowa State’s Roy J. Carver Co-Lab on the north side of campus, is selling that technology.

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