NPM Goes Open Source

Neurophotometrics was founded with a mission to reduce redundancy in tool development in science. This redundancy is a familiar obstacle for any junior researcher, whose valuable time is all too often consumed re-inventing tools that are not yet widely available. Over the last three years, we have worked with more than 100 labs worldwide not only to improve upon our flagship system’s design, but to design new tools for data collection and analysis in fiber photometry that are directly informed by folks at the bench. By keeping costs low and fostering a spirit of collaboration, we have created opportunities for junior scientists to create, implement, and publish new tools with our team at their side. Last year alone, we visited over 40 labs and expanded from a small shop of scientists to an advanced production facility that can accommodate the development of the many new tools and concepts derived from our growing network.

We feel a debt of enormous gratitude to the academic community, as their support allows us to experiment with this model of running our business. As a sign of our continued commitment to scientific progress, we are very excited to announce that Neurophotometrics will officially become an open source company upon the release of our second-generation fiber photometry system, the FP3002.

As an open source company, our firmware, software, analysis scripts, and optical designs will be freely available to everyone that wishes to access it. We have also launched the FP Academy, an online suite of resources that will feature new content on a weekly basis geared towards sharing the knowledge we have gained from our collaborative network. Our hope is to strengthen our bond with labs that use our fiber photometry system by allowing everyone to look under the hood and have control over all aspects of their instrument. Regular updates to software and firmware will be quickly deployed to the whole fiber photometry community, and dialog between labs will be encouraged with the goal of accelerating the progression of future scientific developments.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us to achieve our mission so far. We look forward to fortifying this unique relationship between industry and academia in the years to come!

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