Any leader in biotech, young or old, is familiar with the extent of work needed to be successful. These professionals need to assemble teams and provide them with the necessary resources they will need for success, including trusted colleagues, capital, facilities, and — above all — time.
When I had the opportunity to join Explora, I did so because Drs. Lin and Xin had assembled a combination of services solving two critical burdens for researchers: vivarium management and rodent research studies. The vivarium management and CRO solutions across Explora’s ten facilities in San Diego and San Francisco delivers multiple options for biotech leaders:
A biotech can start using Explora’s AAALAC accredited OnDemand vivarium rental rooms within two weeks and, within days, have mice or rats on study. With little notice, our OnSite technicians are available to manage vivaria so you can focus on your science, not changing cages. In addition, Explora’s preclinical CRO team of scientists are ready to start your study on timetables with unusually quick turnaround.
Ramping up and down operations, and nimbly adjusting study programs is crucial as biotechs respond to scientific results, and we’re there to provide guidance throughout.
Venture capital is too hard to come by to be investing it for $450 per square-foot with capital improvements in building small-scale vivaria. That’s not even considering time spent in acquiring permits or building such spaces, never mind staffing it with trained personnel. Renting existing spaces with quality personnel provided is a far more efficient use of funds, so your capital goes into research, not wasted time or effort. Even more capital efficiency can be achieved by “renting” our on-demand technical services for the skilled scientific hands you’ll likely only need periodically, rather than hiring for the length of the project.
We live by our motto: “Your Science Powered by Explora.” Our company was built by scientists to help other scientists. Science is what we do, and what we have done so collectively for decades. Talk to us to learn how we get you the reproducible results your projects need.
Small or large, vivaria are always difficult to staff and run competently so repeatable scientific results are possible. Along with important certifications, such as AALAC and OLAW, a certain scale is required to build knowledge and protocols supported by experienced technical staff who are available 365 days. That’s why Explora can boast more than 100 customers across its ten research sites near key biotech talent hubs, all of whom depend on our deep infrastructure.
The “back of the house” in a vivarium is traditionally a resource drain, where energy, water, and square-footage are sacrificed to the cleaning, washing, and sterilization of cages. At Explora, we use Innovive’s disposable, recyclable caging to save energy, water, and space. But this saves other resources too – yours, so you can focus on research and keep interruptions at a minimum, while working in a squeaky-clean, comfortable space.
I’m not a scientist or a researcher. I won’t be saving lives or curing cancer, as much as I wish I could. But it is deeply satisfying to me to know I am contributing to this effort in a meaningful, material way. I consider myself among the luckiest of people, because I work daily with the fantastic Explora team as we support the biotech community on a wider, more impactful scale all the time.
I can’t wait to hear how we can help you change the world.