Looking to level up your Lab Informatics Software? Don’t settle for just an ELN

Electronic laboratory notebook

The Problem

Worn-out, yellowed notebooks, overstuffed with taped-in readouts and protocols, can be found in life science labs all around the world. Traditionally, scientists have had to first record their data on paper, then duplicate that data into a spreadsheet for further analysis, re-enter the data into an electronic file or email to share it, and sometimes even re-enter it into their lab’s lab management software.

All of this manual data entry is time-consuming and takes scientists and managers away from the science itself. What’s more, each step of manual data entry introduces another opportunity for manual error. And after all of that effort, paper notebooks run the risk of being damaged, lost, or even simply accidentally left behind during a critical procedure.

The Solution: ELN

ELNs are the natural solution to these problems. They provide a reliable, digital record of what happened in any given experiment and can incorporate graphs, tables, images, figures, etc.  Data is captured, manipulated, and analyzed in one central location, reducing the chance for human error, the time required for analysis, and the busywork that takes scientists away from actually doing science.

However, a software solution should do more than just address the inefficiencies of manual record keeping. Software should be better than merely an electronic replacement of paper and should be flexible in the face of iteration, rather than breaking when innovations arise. Scientists deserve modern software that fosters insights, supports collaboration, and drives predictive and adaptive planning.

The Benchling Difference

Benchling rises to this challenge. Benchling is a fully unified platform to centralize and standardize all R&D data and is built for the complexity of modern research modalities and R&D processes. Its flexibility enables you to rapidly iterate on R&D workflows through a platform that’s easy to configure, integrate, and extend. Benchling was built in the cloud from day one to serve as a single source of truth for your R&D organization, through a seamless suite of applications (Notebook, Molecular Biology Suite, Registry, Inventory, Requests, and Workflows).

 

This means that scientists no longer have to move data between disparate systems, and records are always contextualized as part of an end-to-end experimental history. For example, scientists can embed the plasmids they used in their experiments directly within their Notebook entries. Other scientists can then access the entry, click through directly into the plasmid, and even see which freezers contain cells that express that plasmid. And what’s more – Benchling is built to be as intuitive as consumer software. Taken together, the power and usability of Benchling mean that scientists use it as an active tool in their research, not a static archive of data. Drive faster, smarter decision making for your research organization.

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Lauren Benchling

Lauren Shields, Ph.D. – Head of Customer Success

Benchling is the first R&D cloud platform powering the life science industry and helping the next generation of scientists make breakthrough discoveries faster than ever before. Replacing outdated pen and paper processes, Benchling offers unified R&D solutions purpose-built for biotech, including Notebook, Molecular Biology, Registry, Inventory, and Request & Workflow Management. Benchling is used globally across the largest multinational pharmaceutical corporations, emerging biotechnology companies, and major research institutions.