About Us

Our mission is to empower and connect scientists worldwide

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Our goal
Solving the challenges facing research

Our digital research platform combines sophisticated AI technology with white-glove Research Concierge support to enable scientists to run more innovative experiments in less time and at lower cost. Our clients include many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, who receive on-demand access to research services and products from our global network of over 4,000 suppliers.

If we learned anything during the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s that science matters. By working together globally, scientists were able to create multiple life-saving vaccines and treatments faster than anyone thought possible.

At Scientist.com, we believe that all human diseases need to be approached with the same strong sense of urgency. Most of the tools needed to cure all human diseases have already been invented. We simply need to reimagine how science is done and create faster, more cost efficient and innovative ways to use those tools.

Scientist.com removes barriers to innovation and helps scientists at the world’s leading research institutions discover innovative medicines in less time and at lower cost. By offering Science as a Service®, Scientist.com is transforming pharmaceutical and biotech R&D and creating a world in which research scientists are limited only by their imagination.

Kevin Lustig, PhD
Founder and CEO

A Brief History

Of Scientist.com


  • Launched Compli™, a comprehensive compliance suite for regulated services
  • Raised $24M in VC funding from 5AM Ventures and Transformation Capital


  • Created and patented a blockchain solution to protect data integrity
  • Launched SciPay™, a supply chain finance solution for suppliers


  • Developed machine learning algorithms to optimize supplier selection
  • Offered paid supplier marketing services
  • Began offering IND-enabling studies



in April 2007

Scientist.com (officially The Assay Depot, Inc.) was founded in 2007 by Chris Petersen, Kevin Lustig, PhD, and Andrew Martin, PhD. While working together at Kalypsys Inc., a biotech company founded by Kevin in 2001, they realized that the cutting-edge drug research programs of the future would likely use external laboratories to run many of the experiments needed to develop a new medicine. Why? Because if done right, external research can be better, faster and cheaper than research done in internal laboratories.

Public Marketplace
September 15, 2008

On September 15th, 2008 (the day Lehman Brothers went bankrupt, and the Great Recession started) Scientist.com launched its first public ecommerce marketplace for custom research. Overshadowed by the financial downturn and lacking essential capabilities, the marketplace did not gain significant traction. But in 2010, the company was approached by a pharmaceutical company that wanted to use the platform to give its researchers private access to both internal and external research capabilities. After a year of co-development, Scientist.com launched a new enterprise software product that helped pharmaceutical researchers more effectively interact with internal core labs and external research suppliers.

Enterprise Software

From 2011-2014 the company built the world’s most extensive database of global supplier capabilities and created enterprise software that enabled pharmaceutical researchers to quickly find external and internal suppliers, communicate with them and receive research proposals.

Enterprise Marketplace

In 2015 the company pivoted back to its original business model and created a digital marketplace for externalized research. The company hired multiple pharmaceutical industry veterans who were committed to the vision of using a digital marketplace to improve drug research efficiency. Working closely with Mike Snowden and top executives at AstraZeneca and other leading pharma, Scientist.com developed and successfully implemented a unique industry-wide legal model in support of the externalization of scientific research. Today, Scientist.com has partnerships with most of the world’s large pharmaceutical companies. The company has grown sales for 31 straight quarters and has more than $1B in cumulative sales.

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