Humane Technologies has developed innovative and affordable laboratory equipment for life sciences researchers and citizen scientists. Its products are based on accessible technologies such as 3D printing and programmable microprocessors. They are made available as blueprints for self-construction, as do-it-yourself kits, or as ready-to-use devices, expanding access to the tools and technologies which are currently found only within fully-equipped research labs.
MicrobeMeter is a high-resolution photometer with continuous measurement and wireless capabilities. It allows measuring of microbial growth dynamics, as used in many disciplines of life sciences, such as molecular biology, systems biology and synthetic biology. MicrobeMeter is made using 3D-printing and single-board microcontroller technologies (Arduino), combined with a purpose-built electronic circuit. MicrobeMeter shows high performance compared to the commercial bench-top spectrophotometers, and allows reliable continuous measurements up to 458 hours from both aerobic and anaerobic cell cultures. The resulting high-resolution growth data provides an invaluable source for estimating key kinetic parameters for microbial physiology modelling.
Humane Technologies is already selling into university labs around the world and is focusing on this market while further developing the products and growing its team. Future markets include industrial labs and research facilities, and in training and education.
Humane Technologies have been awarded grants from several sources including WMG HMV Catapult, Innovation Networks, and MICRA, and is now seeking initial seed investment.