As a cancer researcher at the Ontario Cancer Institute at Princess Margaret Hospital, Sam Molyneux experienced first-hand how conducting scientific research can be a daunting and frustrating task, as thousands of scholarly articles are published daily. To help cut through the clutter, he co-founded Sciencescape
, a revolutionary platform that will radically change the way researchers connect with the latest and most important publications, people, places and products relevant to their fields.
Sciencescape is an extraordinary tool for organizing as well as discovering research. Unlike its competitors, Sciencescape makes sense of the massive number of research papers that have flooded academia since the Internet emerged. The platform’s algorithms filter articles from the PubMed database to provide refined search results that pinpoint important research, and users can subscribe to publication feeds to make finding relevant research easier. Articles are added in real time to ensure researchers stay up-to-date on new developments, and can be shared with others via social networks. Sciencescape also visualizes the data in charts that allow users to explore the history of research written on a particular topic.
The Sciencescape team received SmartStart funding as part of OCE’s partnership with Extreme Startups and received further support through OCE’s Market Readiness program. Its platform is currently available in beta form and focused on research topics in biomedicine, but it will eventually expand to other academic disciplines such as chemistry, physics and law.
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Return on Innovation
- Six jobs created since receiving SmartStart funding
- Secured $1.1 million in follow-on investment from Extreme Startups, angel investors and additional committed funding