The Francis Crick Institute, London UK
In March 2019, Labstep was chosen as the official ELN for the Francis Crick Institute in London. The institute brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe. Following a 2-year ELN review by the Crick IT team, Labstep has been selected as the recommended platform for all institute staff.
About the institute
As an independent organisation, the Francis Crick Institute founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL, Imperial College London and King's College London. The institute is dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease.
The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 moved into a brand new state-of-the-art building in central London, which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.
Ahead of the deployment, several consultations were organised to specify details of Labstep use for each department.
In close collaboration with the IT team, Labstep created a personalised web domain where Francis Crick Institute users can log in user single sign-on (SSO). To ensure a complete audit trail of all research activity in the Crick, integrations were built with the Crick's high-performance computing and data analytics platform (CAMP), ensuring all data generated is automatically saved to local servers. Other custom features include an integration with ServiceNow, used as a service request software.
For Crick researchers, all user accounts were created in advance and a custom project architecture was set up. Researchers received presentations and trainings on Labstep functionality and the customer success team is often on-site to deliver support.
“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, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Francis Crick Institute