For many scientists, documenting ongoing research and experiments in an electronic lab notebook is an afterthought. Often times this is due to a perceived lack of features and general dissatisfaction with the ELN being used. It is this situation that led the team at Just-Evotec Biologics to go on the hunt for a new electronic lab notebook. The effort was lead by Tara Kulas- a scientist in the High-Throughput Analytical Sciences Group at Just-Evotec. Also responsible for managing the company’s current ELN, Tara was all too familiar with the challenges her team was facing. Drawbacks of their current system included a lack of integration with existing data and workflows and limited functionality related to attachments and the sign-off process.
After evaluating three different ELN options, Tara and the team at Just-Evotec decided to partner with LabKey to build a modern “data-connected” ELN that fully met their requirements. Among other improvements, the Biologics LIMS ELN provided:
- Ability to reference bioregistry data, samples and other notebooks
- Addition of attachments, inline images and tables within notebook entries
- Simple and modern user interface with streamlined sign-off/review
Tara shared her search for the perfect ELN and key features of the LabKey Biologics ELN at the 2020 LabKey User Conference in her presentation titled – “The quest for an ELN we actually want to use.” Watch the presentation below: