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Features for you

Comprehensive notebook

Sample and inventory management

Collaborative workspaces

Integrated data collection and analysis

Connecting instruments and software

Unlimited Cloud storage

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“Labstep saves me time in protocols involving many little steps to complete; it makes it easier and less tedious to track the progression of an experiment.”
Michele Sanguanini, PhD student
University of Cambridge, 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 .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.

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 some help convincing your colleagues? Use this pitch 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 the team’s personal frustrations in the lab with existing ELNs and LIMS, Labstep offers features that streamline research data documentation and knowledge transfer by capturing real-time process data. This automatically creates a complete record of research activity, reducing researchers’ time and effort, aiding with process optimisation and increasing accuracy and reproducibility of scientific data.

Founded in 2013 and launched in 2015, Labstep has built a stable and robust platform that has been delivering a safe and reliable service to both academia and industry. In line with Labstep’s mission to have a tangible positive impact on the scientific community, the platform is free and forever will be for academia. Sustained by the Labstep for Enterprise business model, Labstep is able to offer a stable platform with unlimited storage space to academia without charge.

Since launching, the platform is now used at over 900 universities around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and MIT. Rapid organic adoption has also seen Labstep chosen as the recommended platform to all RebelBio and IndieBio portfolio companies and multiple high profile institute-wide deployments, including the Francis Crick Institute in London.

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