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Want to own a piece of Tekla Labs equipment?

March 12, 2014 in Our News

Now you can! We are looking for people interested in building any of the over 150 amazing equipment designs that were submitted to our competition.  We’ll supply the materials and technical assistance, the finished product is yours to keep.

Is this a trick? Nope. We just want to learn about how people interact with the designs so that we can continue to provide easy to understand instructions for building low-cost, reliable lab equipment.  If you are interested, fill out the form below, email, or tweet @teklalabs.  Let’s get making!


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DxD Hackathon Update

January 16, 2014 in Our News

Videos from the hackathon are up – check out the presentations from the top three teams and a time lapse video of all the hacking action! We are so impressed by the work done this weekend, and are truly inspired seeing so many talented people work to improve global health.

A huge thank you to CEND, the CITRIS Invention Lab , all of the volunteers, and the hackathon participants for making the first DxD hackathon a great success. Can’t wait to do it again next year!!

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September 30, 2013 in Our News

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“Build Their Lab” Competition Details

August 16, 2013 in BuildTheirLab

Tekla Labs has surveyed twenty labs from countries throughout Latin American and Africa to identify the specific equipment needs of researchers around the globe.  We found that over 50% of researchers surveyed are in need of and would be willing to build their own:

microscopes, media rotators, fluorometers, sterilization equipment, spectrophotometers, PCR machines, incubators, water baths, hot plate/magnetic stirrers, pH meters, electrophoresis chambers, sonicators, UV lamps, tissue culture hoods, centrifuges, and ELISA plate readers.

By submitting a design for one of these pieces of equipment to our Instructables competition, you are not only eligible to win one of our grand prizes AND a 3D printer, but also will be providing a real life solution for a researcher in need!


Meet the scientists

So who are these researchers you will be helping? We have formed partnerships with many wonderful scientists from a number of different settings worldwide – including university research labs, government research facilities, and high school and university classrooms. The map above outlines the locations of all our international partners; and the pictures are of our featured scientists, who you can learn more about in the bios below!

Featured Researchers:

Johann Osma, PhD: Johann is a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.  His lab focuses on the design and manufacturing of biosensors and microsystems, especially those dedicated to microfluidics, for food and environmental security and monitoring.  Half of his lab conducts research while the other half is dedicated to building equipment so that the former can focus on their research instead of having to solve minor problems related to the operation and test of devices.

Amparo Zavaleta, PhD: Amparo is a faculty member in the Department of Pharmacy and Biochemistry at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. Her research focuses on the use of microbial biodiversity of extreme ecological niches for the production of enzymes and metabolites of industrial interest.

Matthew Stremlau, PhD: Matt Stremlau is a postdoctoral fellow at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA where he uses next-generation sequencing to study fevers of unknown origin in West Africa.  Matt also works with scientists in Nigeria and Uganda to develop technology for locally identifying emerging pathogens with PCR assays.


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Tekla Labs awarded Big Ideas@Berkeley award

August 12, 2013 in Our News

Tekla Labs is thrilled to have been awarded first place in the Big Ideas@Berkeley competition. We are honored to have their support as we scale up Tekla Labs and are grateful to the Blum Center for Developing Economies for sponsoring this award!

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Tekla Labs hosting symposium at 2014 the AAAS Annual Meeting

August 11, 2013 in Our News


Tekla Labs will be hosting a symposium at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago this coming February, 2014. The symposium, Open Science: Reducing Barriers to Scientific Breakthroughs, will highlight innovative solutions to engaging a broader global scientific community. In addition to a talk from Tekla Labs, the symposium will feature talks from Jose Gomez-Marquez, principal medical device designer at the Little Devices Lab, and Rabiah Mayas, Director of Science and Integrated Studies and coordinator of the Fab Lab at the Museum of Science + Industry in Chicago. Stop by if you are at the meeting, and let us know if you are presenting something too!

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ManyLabs – Designing DIY equipment and interactive lessons for science classrooms!

June 21, 2013 in Things We Like

We had the pleasure of meeting with Peter Sand of ManyLabs this past week, and got a chance to see all the awesome DIY lab equipment he is designing. So cool! Check out the hardware and accompanying lessons they have developed, as well as the physics, biology, and math hubs for more specialized projects and lessons. And consider donating to their Kickstarter campaign, aimed at creating and testing kits for their hardware designs, making these interactive projects and lessons even more accessible for science educators.

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Tekla Labs at CGIU

March 11, 2013 in Our News


Tekla Labs will be at the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting coming up on April 5-7th. We’re excited to spend the weekend hearing from the incredible line-up of speakers, developing our commitment to increase access to standard laboratory equipment, and meeting other groups working on global science capacity building. If you are going to be there, let us know!

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Video of Social Entrepreneurship Symposium up on Vimeo!

May 28, 2012 in Our News, Uncategorized

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the Tekla Labs Social Entrepreneurship Symposium (or who want to see it again!), you can check out video of all the talks on our Vimeo page.  Special thanks to all of our speakers for sharing their experiences and ideas; we hope you all feel as inspired by them as we do!

Evan SteinerHub Bay Area
Teju Ravilochan, co-founder of the Unreasonable Institute
Tessa FinlevInstitute For The Future
Dr. Hal Aronson, co-founder of WE CARE Solar
John Danner, Professor in the Haas School of Business
Gautham Venugopalan, President of Future Scientist

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Nature’s Soapbox Science talks the Future of Funding

March 26, 2012 in Our News, Things We Like

The most recent series in Nature’s Soapbox Science blog focuses on different ways scientists worldwide are funding their research in the current economic climate. Tekla Labs, Kickstarter, and Petridish are all featured as new avenues for scientists to fufill their research needs in the face of decreasing federal funding and parallel increases in crowdsourcing and social networking.

As part of this discussion, see Tekla Labs’ text on Soapbox for our ideas on engaging individual scientists as active global citizens.

Share your ideas!