Calibrate-It, a tech startup founded in 2012 by Bryce and Suz Michel, is an online pipette calibration service for scientists and laboratory managers worldwide. Passionate about solving the challenges of the laboratory and improving convenience for scientists, Michel has dedicated his 30 year career to simplifying lab life. Calibrate-It’s proprietary technology allows scientists from anywhere in the world, to calibrate their pipettes in less than 2 minutes without leaving the lab. Calibrate-It’s Test-My-Pipette solution automatically determines the water density at the user altitude and accounts for temperature and evaporation. Researchers statistically know if their pipette is within its manufacture’s spec for precision and accuracy with 4 measurements at the low and high volume ranges. Green – In Spec. Red – Out of Spec. It really is that simple. Calibrate-It is the only online pipette calibration service in the world.
Before Calibrate-It, Michel founded a calibration company, High Caliber, which he...
ownership to the pipette owner. The Calibrate-It pipette database offers access to thousands of pipette manuals that allow scientists to easily manage specifications, view user ratings and customer reviews, and rate their pipettes.
“Sound science begins with accurate and trustworthy equipment. The pipette is the most ubiquitous piece of equipment in a life science lab,” said Bryce Michel. “Globally, every day, millions of experimental results are dependent on the accuracy of a pipette. Calibrate-It’s online service allows anyone, with no prior training, using their own balance, to test their pipette in a couple of minutes.”
Calibrate-It’s Request-a-Quote feature offers labs the ability to purchase lab supplies from Calibrate-It’s vendor partners without having to talk to a sales person. To request a quote, scientists select the exact products or services they need, along with up to 5 vendors. The selected vendors respond to directly to each lab with a proposal in 24-48 hours.
Calibrate-It’s vendors are the most reputable leaders in the liquid handling industry, vendors that most laboratories already order from. Calibrate-It’s vendors currently include, Gilson, Scilogex, Phenix Research Products, Biotix, Hamilton, Rithum Automation, TOMTEC, Intelligent Weighing Technology, Stellar Scientific, BioExpress, Sartorius, BrandTech Scientific and more. Each sells liquid handling equipment, including pipettes, tips, robotics, lab balances and pipette and/or balance calibration services.
“Researchers are in an environment that demands ‘publish or perish’ accurate and reproducible science,” said Suz Michel. “They have to manage grant budgets very carefully, often deciding between essential needs, such as reagents or consumables, new equipment or calibration. Our online vendor solution allows for academic and research labs to make purchasing decisions with ease. We expect laboratories to potentially save 1000’s of dollars and countless time using our on-line tools.”
In celebration of the launch of Calibrate-It’s technology, Wheaton and Gilson have offered up to 35% on single and multichannel pipettes for Calibrate-It’s customers. A&D Weighing has offered buy one get one free on MPA electronic micropipettes.
Additionally, from now until March 1, 2016, it is free to create a Calibrate-It.com account and to test your pipettes. Every lab that tries Calibrate-It’s service and submits feedback on the importance of using calibrated tools will have a chance to earn national exposure for their research studies.