Elizabeth Iorns


Founder of Science Exchange Elizabeth Iorns identifies an integral missing piece in the research workflow and explains the cultural underpinnings of why it is so often shunned by science.


A breast cancer researcher frustrated by the hurdles of finding potential collaborators and core facilities outside her local academic institution, Elizabeth Iorns sought out a new way to do research. In 2011, Elizabeth founded and currently directs Science Exchange, an online marketplace for outsourcing science experiments. Science Exchange’s mission is to make scientific research more efficient by making it easy for researchers to access resources and experimental expertise at any research institution. Elizabeth also sits on the Advisory Board of the Reproducibility Initiative, a Science Exchange project that aims to help researchers identify and reward high quality reproducible research via independent validation of key experimental results.  


Meet ELLE’s 2015 Women in Tech
Friedman, A. Elle Magazine. 2015.

Elizabeth Iorns & ScienceExchange are revitalizing discovery by giving scientists new avenues for experiments & bringing revenue to labs
TWIST – This Week in Startups. 2015:517.

Uber for experiments
The Economist - Technology Quarterly [Internet]. 2014. 

eLife, the Center for Open Science, and Science Exchange partner to assess the reproducibility of cancer biology research
eLife. 2014. 

Science Exchange CEO Elizabeth Iorns on New Ways of Doing Research
Wisc Institute for Discovery. 2014. 

Scientists are wrong all the time, and that’s fantastic
Wod, M. Wired. 2015. 

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