Sparrho raises $3 million to democratize access to science research

Jul 12, 2017 ยท venturebeat.com

Sparrho

While the internet provides open access to a vast range of information, scientific research remains largely siloed and inaccessible. Sparrho is trying to solve this by offering a free platform to find and share research publications and patents. The London-based startup today announced funding of $3 million to further develop its product.

From remote sensing in geology to the effect of nutrition on cystic fibrosis, Sparrho claims to list and reference 60 million papers from over 45,000 publications. "We bench above our competitors in terms of the volume of indexed content as well as frequency of updates," said Sparrho cofounder and CEO Dr. Vivian Chan, in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat. Chan founded the startup in 2013, after completing her PhD in Biochemistry.

The community of one million users across 150 countries includes a network of PhD researchers, academics, students, and curious minds, adds Chan. "To date, users have pinned and shared over 700,000 pieces of scientific content using the platform," she said, making it a sort of a Pinterest for the science community.

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