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Labstep keeps you on top of document libraries, lab inventory and ordering.

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Features for you

Version-controlled document libraries

Sample and inventory management

Collaborative workspaces

Order request management

Customer success & IT support

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“Labstep enables me to easily upload all my protocols by just copy and pasting. It has eliminated the need for paper records and motivates me to do better recording keeping.”
Francis Mendy, Lab Technician
Medical Sciences, MRC the Gambia, the Gambia
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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 .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 include location and amount in stock. 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.

  • ✔ Setup is easy – items are easily batch imported and assigned metadata fields.

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

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

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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.

How to pitch Labstep

Need help convincing 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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