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Why we created Labstep

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 made us all fed up! We wanted the documentation and sharing of research to be easy and painless.

With this vision, Jake and Jan, the Labstep co-founders, created a prototype within the University of Oxford which was rapidly adopted. Off the back of this success, Seedcamp, Europe's leading seed fund, was happy to invest. With their guidance, we brought together a great team of scientists, who understand the problem, and experienced developers to build a transformative LIMS. Since launching, our research app is now used at over 400+ universities around the world.

Built by scientists for scientists

Meet the team



PhD Biophysics


Product Manager

MRes Computational Methods in Evolution and Ecology


Head of Community Relations

PhD Regenerative Medicine


Data Scientist

M.Sci Natural Sciences


Head of Marketing

MRes Developmental Neurobiology



BSc Biomedical Sciences

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Who is Labstep for?

The benefits of Labstep can be for all involved in science!


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