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Why we created Labstep

Made by scientists, for scientists

Labstep stemmed from our own personal frustrations in the lab. Maintaining a traditional paper lab book often resulted in lost results, wasted time and missed opportunities for collaboration. We tried electronic lab book alternatives, but actually found that they added to the workload. Poor design, expensive subscriptions and time-consuming installation inspired us to build an alternative platform that aims for the documentation and sharing of research to be easy, safe and secure.

Our journey so far

The first prototype of the platform was created within the University of Oxford by our two co-founders, Jake and Jan, where it was rapidly adopted. With the backing of Seedcamp and Google for Startups, we have brought together a great team of scientists and highly skilled developers to build a cutting-edge platform.

Delivering tangible value, Labstep has seen rapid, organic adoption of the platform among researchers globally. Since launching, our research app is now used at over 900 universities around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard and MIT.

Building by listening

The key to serving the scientific community

Core to our company ethos is maintaining close communication with the scientific community, who advise us in the shaping of the platform. Building something that is highly adaptable, widely applicable and perfectly aligned with research demands is our top priority. In order to incorporate user feedback directly into our product pipeline, researchers can chat to the product team directly through the platform. We also have a dedicated customer support team who are available 24/7 to provide help and answer questions when needed.

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Institute-wide adoptions

The Francis Crick Institute London

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. To ensure a complete audit trail of all research activity in the Crick, Labstep is integrated with their high-performance computing and data analytics platform (CAMP) and all data generated is automatically saved to local servers.

MRC Unit the Gambia at LSHTM

Labstep has seen rapid, organic adoption of the platform among researchers globally. Saturating core clusters at institutes from the bottom up has ultimately lead to major research institutes seeking to implement Labstep across the institute. In December 2018, Labstep was rolled out across the 320 resident researchers at MRC Unit the Gambia at LSHTM, the single largest investment in medical research in a low and middle income country. Optimised to synchronise across mobile and desktop devices, our cloud-based tools allow for streamlined data collection between bench, field and desk for the resident researchers and support efficient communication with collaborators based in the UK.

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Reproducibility and open science

Our commitment to the scientific community

Open methods

Promoting greater transparency of methods by providing a publicly accessible repository of step-by-step protocols.

Precision

Automating collection of real-time scientific process data and connecting results to precise respective methods and resources.

Teaching

Promoting the use of Labstep in the classroom as a tool to teach the scientific method.

Collaboration

Streamlining communication and promoting collaboration within and between lab groups.

Negative results

Partnering with organisations that fund or publish scientific studies regardless of their outcome.

No costs

Provide Labstep for free, forever, for academic researchers.

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