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Reproducibility Initiative to increase the value of biomedical research
Date:8/14/2012

Palo Alto, California August 14, 2012 Science Exchange, in partnership with the open-access publisher PLOS and open data repository figshare, announced today the launch of the Reproducibility Initiative a new program to help scientists, institutions and funding agencies validate their critical research findings.

"In the last year, problems in reproducing academic research have drawn a lot of public attention, particularly in the context of translating research into medical advances. Recent studies indicate that up to 70% of research from academic labs cannot be reproduced, representing an enormous waste of money and effort," said Dr. Elizabeth Iorns, Science Exchange's co-founder and CEO. "In my experience as a researcher, I found that the problem lay primarily in the lack of incentives and opportunities for validationthe Reproducibility Initiative directly tackles these missing pieces."

The Reproducibility Initiative provides both a mechanism for scientists to independently replicate their findings and a reward for doing so. Scientists who apply to have their studies replicated are matched with experimental service providers based on the expertise required. The Initiative leverages Science Exchange's existing marketplace for scientific services, which contains a network of over 1000 expert providers at core facilities and contract research organizations (CROs). "Core facilities and commercial scientific service providers are the solution to this problem," said Dr. Iorns. "They are experts at specific experimental techniques, and operate outside the current academic incentive structure."

Scientists will receive the results of their validation studies and have the opportunity to publish them in the journal PLOS ONE as part of a Special Collection highlighting the importance of reproducibility in scientific research. They can also upload their primary da
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