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Labstep is a customisable research environment, connecting notebook functionality, inventory management, applications and data analysis.

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Complete data audit trail

High-level safety and security

Multi-level access rights and permissions

Local data server integration

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“I have thoroughly been impressed by the customer service, the response times, and the rapid turnaround time to implement requested features. The ease and simplicity of the user interface has dramatically improved user adoption and usage rates. In addition, the platform is incredibly stable and always performs smoothly, so we never have experimental downtime due to our ELN.”
Carl Brown, Scientist
Sherlock Biosciences
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Instrument and software integration

Labstep offers the flexibility to integrate with instruments and software to streamline the documentation process at every step of the research process.
  • ✔ In-house integrations with ChemDraw, SnapGene and LabVIEW.

  • ✔ Automatically upload data files from a wide variety of instruments to Labstep via the open API.

  • ✔ The custom-built Folder Watcher program instantly uploads files saved in remote desktop folders.

  • ✔ Integrations with R and Python give control of Labstep records from within the programming language.

  • ✔ The Labstep support team helps users connect new analysis tools and software.

Collaboration and sharing

From secure workspaces to directly sharing your experiment updates, Labstep’s sharing settings are customisable and give full control over access and permission rights.
  • ✔ A Labstep workspace is a secure digital space where you can neatly pull together experiments, protocols and inventory.

  • ✔ Create shared workspaces to share experiment details, version-controlled documents and results or inventory libraries with colleagues and collaborators.

  • ✔ Send information on Labstep directly to colleagues via email or sharelink.

  • ✔ Co-author experiment records with real-time progress updates.

  • ✔ Full control of access rights and permissions.

Why a progressive web app (PWA)?

Labstep offers the flexibility to integrate with instruments and software to streamline the documentation process at every step of the research process.
  • Uses less data. An app which takes close to 1 GB as a native app, can be reduced to about 50 MBs when made an PWA.

  • No updates required. You always have access to the latest version. No need to update every now and then.

  • No install required. These are simple web-pages, no need to install Labstep to start using.

  • Sharing is easy. You can share a PWA with its URL.

  • You just need a browser. You do not need a particular operating system e.g. only IOS or android. PWAs work on any device and any browser.


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 end-to-end.

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.

How to pitch Labstep

Need help explaining Labstep to your colleagues? Use this to get them on board.

Labstep is a free, flexible research environment that connects electronic notebook functionality, inventory management, applications and data in one collaborative workspace. Based on frustrations in the lab with pen and paper and existing ELNs and LIMS, Labstep offers features that streamline research data documentation and knowledge transfer by capturing real-time process data.

Labstep is more than just an electronic lab notebook. It’s an all-in-one data and inventory platform that keeps track of your research, manages your inventory and integrates with your favourite analysis softwares. The platform is designed to reduce researchers’ time and effort, aid with process optimisation and increasing accuracy and reproducibility of scientific data.

The platform is free and forever will be for academia, so that the features are accessible to all within the scientific community. Labstep is able to offer a stable platform with unlimited storage space to academia without charge, sustained by the Labstep for Enterprise business model.

Since launching, the platform has been adopted by researchers at over 900 universities around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and MIT. Rapid organic adoption has resulted in multiple high-profile institute-wide deployments, the most notable being the Francis Crick Institute in London, Europe’s largest biomedical research institute.

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