Solving a Scientist’s Dilemma | Dealing with Poor Research Equipment & Lab Management

Jason Weber
Jan 29, 2018 · 4 min read

HappiLabs’ virtual assistant on the job.


Introducing Tom Ruginis and HappiLabs

Tom is the Founder of HappiLabs, a small business in Chicago still in its early stage but past the startup stage. His company provides consulting services and software to scientists who need help managing their laboratories and their lab equipment. You can think of them as an outsourced purchasing department for biotech companies and scientific research labs.

Problem 1: Poor Quality Control in the Marketplace

Lab equipment is manufactured and shipped all over the world — China, Europe, America, you name it — this equipment is used for things like cancer or diabetes research. In most cases there’s no standard organization that evaluates vendors or tests the quality of the equipment used for research.

Problem 2: No Standard Pricing in Lab Equipment

Barely anyone likes to go to car dealerships and deal with car salesmen. Lab vendors are barely any different. When you reach out to a vendor, you have to deal with a salesman and the prices for lab equipment is scattered — there’s so many research centers getting ripped off. Scientists don’t have a standard place to determine fair prices and it’s a painful shopping experience that takes time. This is time that scientists should instead be using for doing research.


The Solution

Right now, labs around the United States are hiring HappiLabs’ remote consultants to do their shopping, manage their inventory and manage their finances. Each consultant within the HappiLabs workforce is either a postdoc who has managed scientists, experiments, and budgets; has extensive experience as a purchaser or has experience as a sales rep in the life science industry. HappiLabs has the perfect workforce, the data to find the best quality of lab equipment and the industry experience to negotiate the best prices.


The Vision

Tom’s vision for the future is to create the gold standard for lab equipment and supplies. His aim is to provide a central place for scientists and anyone doing quality research, to easily look up and find equipment they can trust. Happilabs aims to be the standard organization to have evaluated and tested lab products, validating these products for scientific research so that scientists can more efficiently protect our health and our happiness.


Final Thoughts

Sometimes building ‘un-sexy’ businesses is where true value is added in society. We need to give these kinds of businesses more credit. In this case, scientists have a lot of tedious work that can be outsourced. With services like HappiLabs, scientists can focus on problems that matter and not have to deal with negotiating lab equipment and researching supplies. Scientists can focus on preventing health and environmental problems among many issues. Tom and the HappiLabs team aim to keep these scientists focused on their research and make the management of laboratories more efficient.



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