Labstep Academia

All features - free forever

Labstep is a digital environment for scientists to help take notes, record experiments, keep track of projects and organise data. Labstep is open access for all academic researchers.

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How we are different

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  • Unlimited cloud data storage
  • Real-time data collection
  • Cloud-based, mobile-optimised web app
  • Dedicated customer support
  • Training and implementation included

Traditional ELN's

  • Data storage at extra cost
  • Input data retrospectively
  • Clunky desktop software
  • No customer support
  • Extra implementation costs

Why we are free for academia

Labstep was founded on the personal frustrations of the team. Maintaining a traditional paper lab book often resulted in lost results, wasted time and missed opportunities for collaboration. Poor design, expensive subscriptions and time-consuming installation of ELN alternatives only added to the workload.

Good research should not come at a cost. To have a real, positive impact for the academic community, we want our features to be freely available to all. No subscription fee. No hidden costs.

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"“I love that I can access my protocols from everywhere, make changes and have it all immediately accessible in the lab. And I don’t have to keep printing out every protocol every time I change something."

Corella Casas Delucchi, Postdoc
Biological Sciences, Francis Crick Institute, UK
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Electronic notebook

A modern approach to note-taking. Interconnecting materials, experimental procedures, results and metadata, this a tool that simplifies documentation at every step of the research process.
  • ✔ A comprehensive electronic lab notebook that records all elements of experimentation.

  • ✔ Master protocols can be associated with notebook entries and altered on an experiment-by-experiment basis without affecting the master.

  • ✔ Step-by-step experiment interface to run through procedures and record deviations in real-time on desktop and mobile devices.

  • ✔ Flexible fields allow customisation of notes and results.

  • ✔ Supports any file format including .dna .gb .gbk .fa, and has integrations for Microsoft Office, Molecular sketcher, SnapGene and multiple programming softwares.

  • ✔ All activity - including electronic signatures - is time-stamped to ensure the integrity of the audit trail.

Protocol library

Labstep Protocols provides the tools to set up an organised library of master protocols, SOPs and other documents.
  • ✔ Copy-paste or drag and drop text from existing documents or build documents from scratch.

  • ✔ Automatic step recognition converts plain text into step-by-step protocols.

  • ✔ Tables, timers and inventory items generate enriched documents. Embedded files support any file format including .dna .gb .gbk .fa.

  • ✔ Flexible edit and access rights allow protocols to be shared to workspaces and directly with colleagues.

  • ✔ All edits are tracked in a version-controlled changelog to aid process optimisation tracking. Previous versions can easily be restored.

Inventory management

Labstep helps you keep overview of your inventory - from materials and chemicals to samples, solutions and cell line libraries.
  • ✔ Search, filter and tagging functionality of large inventory libraries.

  • ✔ Tracked information includes technical details, location and amount in stock. Pre-built templates can be applied to common inventory categories, while flexible fields allow for customisation of item information.

  • ✔ Labstep generates unique IDs and QR codes for every item and integrate with instruments such as barcode scanners.

  • ✔ Items can be added by file import or browsing the catalogues of suppliers such as Thermofisher, Sigma-Aldrich, NEB and Qiagen.

  • ✔ Item availability and order status tracked for procurement administration.

  • ✔ Flexible edit and access rights allow inventory items to be shared in workspaces or directly with colleagues.


Secure data hosting & full regulatory compliance

We know how important it is to keep your data safe. Security and data protection is a fundamental part of our engineering process.

Data Security

Data is hosted in SOC-compliant data centers.

End-to-end Encryption

We use the TLS1.2 protocol to encrypt all data.

Private Networks

We use private networks (VPN) shielded from the public internet.

Full Compliance

Strict regulatory compliance through complete audit trails, electronic signatures & time stamping

Data backup

Data is backed up continuously to the cloud and daily at several geographical locations.

Access rights

Access tiering secures all data against unauthorized access.

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