Who is Castor?
Castor is a leading cloud-based clinical data platform working with some of the world’s largest medical device companies, biopharmas and renowned academic institutes.
We simplify the clinical trial process, from recruitment to analysis, with user-friendly, patient centric technology. Our mission is to bring medical research into the digital age. Why? Because medical research is still largely run using free-text, paper and legacy technology.
Our self-service platform enables our users to run remote, device enabled, patient centric trials. By helping our users capture high quality data and making it machine readable, we are fundamentally changing the flawed evidence-based medicine process.
What is our true purpose?
Castor is one of the leading and best rated platforms for data collection in medical research. We believe standardizing and reusing datasets is key to overcoming the healthcare challenges of the future.
Our first funding round
In 2018, Castor raised $6.25M from early-stage investor INKEF Capital in Europe. This new partnership allowed us to continue developing our SaaS offering to clinical researchers worldwide. We also grew our team and, today, we have 60 Castorians working to maximize the impact of medical research!
Our recent fundraise
In August 2020, Castor is excited to have raised $12 million in funding. The round was led by Two Sigma Ventures with participation from Hambrecht Ducera Growth Ventures and existing investor INKEF Capital.
How have we been scaling-up?
Over the last 18 months, we have continued to evolve as a business. We opened a new Head Office in Amsterdam, our Castor Burrow!
Why do we love our new office? Well, we have a great new space for our healthy catered lunches, the beginnings of an on-site gym and our own meditation room (or jungle as we call it, because of all the plants!).
We also expanded internationally by opening our second office, in Hoboken New Jersey. Headed up by our Global Head of Sales, we're continuing to welcome more Castorians to our international and diverse family.
How do we operate in Engineering?
Our main EDC application runs on a proven stack consisting of Ubuntu, Nginx, PHP and MySQL. For our cloud installations, we orchestrate these setups by using Terraform combined with Ansible for the server configuration management.
Due to the nature of processing medical data, we have clients in different regions across the globe, often with specific regulatory constraints around where and how their research data is stored. To meet these customer demands we combine both traditional as well as cloud-based hosting solutions.
Most of our clients prefer to run in Azure, but we’re using Google Cloud Platform for things like Kubernetes hosting of greenfield projects, blob storage for scalable file upload storage and their Key Management System (KMS) to further secure our data.
For our metrics we’ve begun standardizing on Prometheus and we’re moving towards Loki for log aggregation. We use PagerDuty for alerting, communicate via Slack and host our code on Github.
What are the plans for the next 12 months?
As we move into our new investment, we're planning a number of new positions across Product, Marketing, Sales, Customer Success and Business Operations. With that in mind, we might not have the right role for you at this moment, but we still want to hear from you and why you want to work for Castor.