Benchling

Operating system for biotech

LOCATION San Francisco, CA

COMPANY SIZE Between 25 and 50

# OF ENGINEERS Between 10 and 25

FUNDING $5M - $10M

REMOTE WORK OK? No

EXTENDED EXERCISE WINDOW? No

TAGS Biotechnology, Developer Tools, SaaS, YC Summer 2012

What do we do?

Benchling makes life science research faster and more collaborative.

Biotechnology has the potential to solve humanity’s most pressing challenges, such as disease, renewable energy, clean water, and hunger. The brightest minds are working on these problems but they are equipped with archaic tools. We aspire to fix this and increase the rate of scientific output with a platform for researchers to design and run experiments, analyze data, and share results.

Why join us?

1) We're working in a space (biotechnology) that is growing rapidly but has no one else building quality software tools. We're selling "pickaxes in a gold rush".
2) We're mission-driven. We're saving thousands of scientists hours per day, helping them find solutions to everything from disease to renewable energy faster.
3) We're a world-class product team. Our founders have unique expertise at the intersection of biology and software. Most of our team graduated early from MIT and previously worked at Google and Palantir.
4) We're a young, tight-knit team. We work hard but love hanging out together and know how to have fun.

Technical challenges

1) Dealing with large datasets for problems such as efficient genome search and protocol optimization
2) Data modeling that's flexible enough to support numerous types of biological constructs and robust enough to allow e.g., version control
3) Making an intuitive interface that allows scientists to visualize complex data and perform intricate manipulations quickly

Our press coverage

a16z.com/2015/04/15/benchling/
fortune.com/2015/04/15/benchling-funding-biotech

Our Founders

Sajith Wickramasekara

CEO    

Founder, Benchling. On leave from MIT CS. Previously did research in personalized cancer therapeutics and nanoparticle drug delivery.

Ashutosh Singhal

Co-founder    

Previously staff engineer on Twitter Ads, co-founder of hotspots.io (acq. by Twitter in 2012). BS from MIT EECS and Math, where he did research in optogenetics and functional genomics.

Our tech stack

  • React
  • Python
  • Amazon AWS
  • PostgreSQL
  • Flask

Our investors

  • Thrive Capital
  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Y Combinator
  • SV Angel