I had the pleasure of meeting with Lenny Teytelman, co-founder of Zappy Lab a few weeks ago. He shared with me his vision for Zappy Lab: researchers will soon go mobile and there’s a need for good quality apps. The mobile apps for researches market is just emerging. A few journals, search engines and life science companies already have their apps. Their are also a few simple apps that allows one to calculate dilutions and molecular weights. I will very soon create a dedicated section for these apps in the “Online tools for researcher page“.
Zappy lab is the first company focusing on its mission to create an ecosystems of useful, practical and foolproof apps for researchers both in and outside the lab.They started with three simple but useful tools; a lab counter to count cell number at the microscope, another helps microbiologist keep track of bacterial growth curves, and a third app helps geneticists score yeast tetrad dissections.
Their flagship product is called PubChase, a tool to search, organize, and discover biomedical research. PubChase uses the PubMed database to allow users to easily search and browse through paper abstracts and to bookmark them to a personal PubChase library. Unlike other scientific search engines, PubChase generates recommendations for other papers based on the articles in your library, adapting rapidly to changes in interests you might show. This will be appreciated when starting new projects, especially when compared to other recommendation systems such as Google Scholar’s, that are based on citations. PubChase is available for both mobile devices (both iPhones and Androids) and web browsers.
The app is constantly evolving. The web browser version now offers a free PDF cloud-storage to PubChase functions. Store up to 300 of your favorite articles for free and pay a subscription to store additional files. Many other functionalities are to come says Lenny, with the goal of creating a comprehensive and integrated suite of applications to support the researcher over the entirety of the research cycles (literature search, protocol development, experimentation, writing/communication).