Benchling

Data & workflow management for research & development teams

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Benchling Overview

What is Benchling?

Benchling is a cloud-based informatics platform that assists research and development teams with managing workflows and data. Key features include sample tracking, collaboration, file exportation, process optimization, custom fields, request fulfillment, and analytics.

The Benchling platform comes with a centralized dashboard, which enables administrators to manage workflows, samples, and historical data for upstream and downstream experiments. It allows teams to link data including samples, results, and experimental conditions, as well as export data to streamline new drug application filings. Researchers can capture experiment results, share templated entries with team members, and enforce review criteria to maintain compliance. Plus, teams can model and interlink sequences, cell lines, and reagents.

Benchling comes with an application programming interface (API), which facilitates integration with various instruments including plate readers, bioreactors, qPCR and DNA sequencing machines, Zwick machines, light microscopes, barcode scanners, and printers. It also helps managers build custom analyses and dashboards to measure R&D performance. The system is suitable for universities, pharmaceutical corporations, and biotechnology companies.

Benchling Overview

Pricing

Starting from
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Pricing options

Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Benchline offers a free option with the Academic plan, which is suitable for individual academics, labs, and classes. Premium pricing starts at $20,000 per year for the Professional plan and includes up to 5 seats. Custom pricing is available for larger organizations with the Enterprise plan.


Benchling Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada
Supported Languages
English

Media

Benchling lab notebook
Benchling molecular biology suite
Benchling metadata dashboard
Benchling inventory management module
Benchling workflow management tool
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Benchling Reviews

Benchling Reviews

Overall rating
4,9
/
5
Excellent
13

Very good
1

Average
0

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4,4
Features
4,9
Ease of Use
4,7
Customer Support
4,4
100% recommended this app
Jennifer B.

Lab friendly online notebook and so much more

Having all the laboratory notes online in an issue to use format allows for quick sharing of protocols and real-time collaboration on the same projects.


Suomia A.

Ease of Use

Over all, I honestly love benchling. Its so useful when it comes to cloning and helps visualize the plasmids so easily for me, and students that I teach. I love how I can edit and work on my projects easily, and there is so much easy ways to edits and write notes for reference. I will continue to use benchling in the future b/c i love it so much!


Stephanie S.

Benchling Implementation at Tenaya

Overall, Benchling has hugely helped our company to come together to decide what the important pieces of our work are that we need to capture, and how to efficiently pass information off team to team. The implementation team has been incredibly helpful in the process.


Thomas K.

Great free software for protein/DNA sequence analysis

I really like using this software. We are using it as data bank for the lab but I also personally use it for alignment after sequencing, as my personal data bank and also to get the protein sequence for my protein expression plasmid. I highly recommend this software for anyone working with DNA/RNA/proteins sequences


Zachary H.

Intuitive, Effective, Impactful


Jennifer B.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Lab friendly online notebook and so much more

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/11/09
Review Source: Capterra

Having all the laboratory notes online in an issue to use format allows for quick sharing of protocols and real-time collaboration on the same projects.

Pros

Benchling is easy to use, great for everyday notes and protocol design. It makes sharing experimental details and lab notes simple. In addition, easy to search for keywords throughout all the notebooks, never lose data or key pieces of information again. The molecular biology suite is the best, easy cloning and sequences alignments.

Cons

Would love to have access to sample repository and tracking but need the paid version. Better integration with storage options for big data.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Suomia A.
Industry: Hospital & Health Care
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Ease of Use

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2020/08/14
Review Source: Capterra

Over all, I honestly love benchling. Its so useful when it comes to cloning and helps visualize the plasmids so easily for me, and students that I teach. I love how I can edit and work on my projects easily, and there is so much easy ways to edits and write notes for reference. I will continue to use benchling in the future b/c i love it so much!

Pros

Because I work with plasmids, the primer creation and alignment tool are my favorite parts of Benchling. I often need to create primers to double check my plasmid is correct and they have been so easy to make! Especially since benchling remembers the primers that I make, and logs them in by name and location on the plasmid for future reference. The alignment tool has also saved me alot of time when it comes to double checking my plasmid size and inserts.

Cons

While i get the location and placement of the Projects tab, that has been a frequent headache to me. It brings up issues when projects are shared by other people in the lab and they only allow me to just see the project and not edit it. I feel like there should be a tool where we can take a project someone shares with us, and edit it and save it easily to our own files. Constantly copying and pasting plasmids from one location to another gets annoying after the 30th plasmid.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Stephanie S.
Industry: Biotechnology
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Benchling Implementation at Tenaya

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2019/11/16
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Benchling has hugely helped our company to come together to decide what the important pieces of our work are that we need to capture, and how to efficiently pass information off team to team. The implementation team has been incredibly helpful in the process.

Pros

I am thrilled to be able to easily tailor the software to the individual needs of scientists as everyone plays incredibly different roles, but we all come together to look at the data as a whole to make large company decisions. We have not been using the software as an entire company just yet, but we have liked the implementation process with Benchling's support to create the platform our company needs to be successful.

Cons

One of the challenges we have found as we've begun to use Benchling more is that there are some features we've gotten used to using and rely on, but then they will disappear. We understand Benchling is constantly changing and tweaking to better help R&D, but some changes come out of nowhere and mess some of our plans up. Most changes are minor here or there, but when needing to count on a software for easier day-to-day use you need the simple things to work.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Thomas K.
Industry: Biotechnology
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Great free software for protein/DNA sequence analysis

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/07/16
Review Source: Capterra

I really like using this software. We are using it as data bank for the lab but I also personally use it for alignment after sequencing, as my personal data bank and also to get the protein sequence for my protein expression plasmid. I highly recommend this software for anyone working with DNA/RNA/proteins sequences

Pros

I love everything we can do with this free software. How easily we can switch from DNS to protein sequence, the way we can do alignment with it and how visual it is. Furthermore it is really easy to share project with other users. I can't imagine working without it.

Cons

If I have to pick a negative point (but it's not entirely negative) I would say the restriction enzyme tool. It not eh easiest to use and I think some improvement could be done on this side. But once again it's still ok tu use as it is.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Zachary H.
Industry: Higher Education
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Intuitive, Effective, Impactful

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2020/04/11
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

Benchling lets me organize all of my cloning projects and plasmid maps easily and rapidly. It has been an essential tool to both my graduate and post-graduate careers as an academic.

Cons

As an educator, I work with a number of undergrads training them to clone. The one major problem I've had with Benchling is how easy the cloning wizards make designing constructs. Students come to me with the right primers and right strategy, but when pressed often admit to using the cloning wizard to come to the answer -- not the best moments for me as an educator when I want to challenge them, but certainly a testament to how easy (and powerful!) the software package is!

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

User recommendation
9,5/10
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Benchling Pricing

Benchling Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Free
Subscription
Value for money

Benchline offers a free option with the Academic plan, which is suitable for individual academics, labs, and classes. Premium pricing starts at $20,000 per year for the Professional plan and includes up to 5 seats. Custom pricing is available for larger organizations with the Enterprise plan.

Benchline offers a free option with the Academic plan, which is suitable for individual academics, labs, and classes. Premium pricing starts at $20,000 per year for the Professional plan and includes up to 5 seats. Custom pricing is available for larger organizations with the Enterprise plan.

Value for Money
4,4/5
Based on 14 user ratings
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Benchling Features

Benchling Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Appointment Management
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Calendar Management
Charting
Claims Management
Client Portal
Compliance Management
Customizable Reporting
Document Management
Document Storage
HIPAA Compliance
Records Management
Reminders
Reporting & Statistics
Self Service Portal
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
4,9/5
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Additional information for Benchling

Additional information for Benchling

Key features of Benchling

  • Audit Trail
  • Inventory Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Workflow Management

Benchling FAQs

Benchling FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Benchling.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Benchling offer?

Benchling offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Free, Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Benchline offers a free option with the Academic plan, which is suitable for individual academics, labs, and classes. Premium pricing starts at $20,000 per year for the Professional plan and includes up to 5 seats. Custom pricing is available for larger organizations with the Enterprise plan.

Q. What are the main features of Benchling?

Benchling offers the following features:

  • Audit Trail
  • Inventory Management
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Workflow Management

Q. Who are the typical users of Benchling?

Benchling has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Benchling support?

Benchling supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Benchling offer?

Benchling has the following pricing plans:

Free, Subscription

Q. Does Benchling support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Benchling supports

Q. What other apps does Benchling integrate with?

Benchling integrates with the following applications:

TIBCO Spotfire, Tableau

Q. What level of support does Benchling offer?

Benchling offers the following support options:

Online Support, FAQs, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials