London, 20 May 2016: Kolabtree, the London-based on-demand platform offering access to qualified scientific professionals, today announced the successful completion of its beta program. As the first platform to harness the growing global pool of scientific experts, it allows businesses and research groups to connect instantly with a diverse pool of freelancers, most of whom are PhDs.
“Academia can be inaccessible for many businesses,” said Ashmita Das, co-founder of Kolabtree. “The efforts to further academia-industry collaboration mainly serve corporations that can fund such programs. We’d like Kolabtree to make it easy for even small businesses and organizations to work with scientists and other high-level experts.”
Kolabtree lies at the center of several ongoing trends. Businesses large and small require advanced expertise and outside knowledge to support digital and non-technical innovation. Even as stakeholders engaged in social problems like climate change, food production, and healthcare are increasingly looking at instant access to specialist expertise, research budgets have flattened or shrunk in many Western countries, leading to an expanding workforce of highly trained scientific professionals. Kolabtree’s mission is democratize access to scientific talent by helping business and industry tap into this talent pool without incurring the heavy costs of recruiting, retaining, and training.
Kolabtree’s beta program produced several success stories, be it of an NGO that hired a postdoc to collect literature on a rare disease or of a business owner who sought a data scientist to spot trends in daily product sales. Evidence of the demand for such a platform lies in the 2000+ users who signed up with Kolabtree as freelancers. Shedding more light on this, Aaheli Roy Choudhary, a Kolabtree freelancer, says, “Kolabtree offers a solid platform for scientists transitioning from active research to academic writing and consulting.”
Kolabtree is the world’s first on-demand web platform tailored to harness highly qualified scientific talent globally. By connecting businesses as well as academics with PhDs and postdocs from prestigious universities worldwide, it aims to transform how needs for specialized academic expertise are met. Kolabtree solves industry and academia problems from disciplines spanning the physical, life, and social sciences and offers solutions as diverse as data science, statistical review, experiment design, scientific consulting, and academic editing and writing support. For more information, visit our website at https://www.kolabtree.com/ and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.