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Verdant Commits Scientific Expertise to ALS Patient Advocacy

In all of our mortal lives, there will come a day when we will be faced with a malady for which there is no cure. Among the incurable, untreatable, and terminal diseases, we have been particularly touched by our individual experiences with patients suffering from the neurodegenerative condition known as ALS. We believe that we are in a unique position to do more good by committing our scientific, regulatory, and business expertise to the patients themselves.

We believe this because we’ve already been doing it for individuals who are close to us, personally. We’ve used our scientific expertise to cut through the noise and identify the most promising options available, and still in the pipeline. We’ve educated patients and their doctors on possibilities that no one has yet considered – including how to access them. We’ve used our modest lab to conduct preliminary investigations and confirm hypotheses. And we’ve freely collaborated with the organizations who truly want what’s best for patients without regard to our personal benefit.

Advocacy also often requires conflict resolution, and that’s most effective with the kind of teeth a business can wield. We’ve used our legal expertise to lock horns with the FDA over patient rights. We’ve used our business leverage to lean on drug patent holders in order to get better clinical trials underway in more locations. And (when we’ve had to) we’ve used our experience with the pharmaceutical industry to fight every bit as dirty as they do.

In short, patients are passengers in a pharmaceutical engine. We can’t change that about the world, but we can certainly square up the odds in favor of the patients. We’re understand the industry from the inside, and we’re not beholden to anyone in it. Patients just want the therapy that’s truly best for them, and as scientists, we have a responsibility to present them with the best options – not what has the best patent protection, or the most investors. That may paint a target on our back, but small targets are hard to hit, so we’re strangely comfortable with it.

Scientists Stand With Sci-Hub

Sci-Hub

Sci-Hub provides unfettered access to nearly every scientific article ever written. It is the closest we have ever come to a compendium of all human knowledge, and it’s available to anyone for free. Despite this, the American Chemical Society recently sought and was awarded a default judgment of $4.8 million & ISP Blocking against Sci-Hub. Those demands are causing many scientists to question whether the ACS (the world’s largest scientific organization) is still acting in the best interests of science. And it’s no surprise that scientists are taking a clear side. A growing number of scientists have advanced their research because of a Kazakhstani grad student they’ve never met; yet struggle to think of a time the ACS has done anything but send them a bill.

The ACS could almost be compared to a real estate mogul that buys up all of the land in an area in order to raise the prices – except they don’t actually pay for the articles. Scientists are expected to pay several thousand dollars on top of relinquishing all claim to copyright. It’s no accident that we say “publish or perish”. If you don’t agree to their terms, you don’t publish. If you don’t publish, you don’t get funded or employed. So what exactly are their terms?

Verdant Announces Free Support Options

A growing number of labs are turning to DIY strategies to reduce overhead, which unfortunately leaves them with nowhere to turn for professional assistance. In response, Verdant has taken two unprecedented steps to help: First, we’ve introduced a range of free support services. Second, we’ve established a growing DIY & self-service resource for help with most common issues. We believe that knowledge is meant to be shared, so we’re making ours available at no cost.

As a general guideline, free services include anything we can provide remotely within the context of a conversation, and paid services include anything requiring a site visit or dedicated labor (such as design work). For now, free support is limited to labs within our geographical coverage (the Midwestern US) – as a small business, this is so we aren’t immediately overwhelmed.

What can I get help with?

If in you’re a small lab or on a tight budget, we just might become your new best friend. We can help you with almost anything related to lab equipment. We can troubleshoot if something isn’t working right. We can offer guidance if you’re considering an acquisition. We can advise on repair options if something breaks. We can help you locate replacement parts or manuals. Doing it yourself shouldn’t have to mean doing it alone, so we’ve got your back. Repair & maintenance support is free unless it’s necessary to arrange a site visit. If you do need someone to stop out, you won’t have to stress over it because our pricing is very reasonable.

You can also ask the design team questions. We can help you explore a world of new options, painlessly, and a sales agent will never pester you with follow-ups. We can identify opportunities to simplify, integrate, and automate the processes in your lab. When you need a project completed quickly and professionally, that’s why we’re here – and many projects boost productivity enough to pay for themselves. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, we can steer you toward the proper resources to tackle the project yourself. Free support includes idea generation, general Q&A, feasibility / cost-benefit estimates, but not design engineering or manufacturing labor.

How does it work?

When you have a question, just reach out and ask – it couldn’t be simpler. You can use any contact method you prefer: a phone call, a text, an e-mail, Skype, live-chat, or message us on Facebook. You can typically expect a response very quickly, usually within the same day.

This is awesome. But, why are you doing this for free?

Simply put: we hope to grow new business relationships. In an industry notorious for high prices and poor service, many potential clients would never ask what makes us stand out or how we could help them. By providing support that normally requires a service contract for free, our goal is to help you feel comfortable starting a dialogue. We’ve run labs ourselves, so we know the pressures you’re facing – and we understand that budgets aren’t getting any bigger. Besides, hasn’t everyone had enough of high-priced service contracts that spend pages outlining all the service that isn’t included?

There really isn’t a catch?

Not for you. We’re taking the calculated risk that these new relationships will generate enough business to sustain the practice. You won’t be expected to subsidize that risk in any way. We work hard to be the best, so we’re simply betting that you’ll agree and choose our services when the time comes. You don’t have to sign up for anything, you won’t be bombarded with pushy emails, and this isn’t just a clever ploy to solicit unnecessary service calls. We really just want to grow our business, and see this as a great opportunity for everyone to give us a try.

How long will free support last?

We fully intend for this decision to be permanent, but reserve the right to withdraw the offer if it becomes unsustainable.