The Discovery Fund recently made its second investment in a new University spin-out which is developing water droplets that serve as ‘miniature test tubes’. The picodroplet platform was developed by Professors Chris Abell and Wilhelm Huck of the Department of Chemistry. When the droplets are merged with others containing, for example, a specific chemical reagent, they effectively act as miniature reaction chambers that can be exposed to a unique set of experimental conditions. The technology has potential uses across a wide variety of fields, including drug discovery and algal biofuel development. Dr Frank Craig has been recruited as CEO, and the investment from the Discovery Fund will support the new company as it searches for its first customers and additional funding.