The market for scientific products is highly fragmented as there are many different suppliers and resellers that are offering a large variety of tools and instruments. For this reason, it can be difficult to find suitable items, compare them, and stay informed about potentially useful new technologies used in scientific research. Also, there’s only so many websites that can appear at the top of the list of search engine results. Everything at the second page or later is unlikely to receive a lot of views, which is often what happens to be a problem for smaller companies and startups with limited marketing budgets.

QuestPair aims to solve these problems and match research professionals with suppliers of laboratory equipment, software, expertise and other scientific products. Suppliers can list their products on QuestPair to make them more visible to potential buyers. This also enables researchers to compare different products and explore second-hand alternatives to new instruments.

Figure 1, snapshot of the marketplace with scientific products

Besides a marketplace, QuestPair leverages its Analytics algorithms to inventorise the usage of scientific products throughout research institutions around the world. This helps to create unique insights into where and for which purposes different types of equipment or software packages are used.

Figure 2, example of a QuestPair Analytics page for the Leica TCS SP8 confocal laser scanning microscope.

QuestPair is currently working to expand its listings and integrate the power of its Analytics throughout the website. More information on mapping the usage of laboratory equipment can be found here.