Tools for science

10 Oct 2011

Assisting those in the science sector to communicate and connect with one another, Scrazzl is now expanding into new markets.

Scrazzl joined NDRC’s LaunchPad programme to develop tools for the scientific marketplace. It has produced an original real-time search tool and launched it to a life science target audience, helping scientists and suppliers of scientific products to communicate and connect more efficiently.

PhDs David Kavanagh and Desmond O’Shea began working on Scrazzl in response to problems both researchers had experienced first hand.

The two founders created the company after their PhDs and moved into NDRC’s LaunchPad accelerator in January 2011, where they built out their team and secured investment from UK angel investors and Enterprise Ireland.

“Targeted at the $60bn a year life science supply market, Scrazzl is an online tool that gives suppliers of life science materials a new route to the scientists who control purchasing decisions,” says Kavanagh.

“The company’s recent investment is enabling the team to expand to six people and to launch Scrazzl into the North American and European markets.”

Scrazzl sits on top of scientific journal articles to automatically provide additional information about product terms, providing academic publishers with a new interactive proposition for their readers.

“By identifying and making product mentions in research articles interactive, Scrazzl becomes an important sales and marketing channel for manufacturers and suppliers of scientific materials,” Kavanagh explains.