Benchling

Data & workflow management for research & development teams

About 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.

Devices

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Markets

Canada, United States

Supported Languages

English

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Features

Total features of Benchling: 41

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Audit Trail
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • Calendar Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Review
  • Drag & Drop
  • EDI
  • Electronic Laboratory Notebook
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Historical Trend Analysis
  • Instrument Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Label Printing
  • Metadata Management
  • Multiple Data Sources
  • Process Control
  • Project Workflow
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • Sample Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Tagging
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4,9 /5
(15)
Value for Money
4,5/5
Features
4,9/5
Ease of Use
4,7/5
Customer Support
4,4/5

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Jennifer B.
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Lab friendly online notebook and so much more

Reviewed on 2019/11/09

Having all the laboratory notes online in an issue to use format allows for quick sharing of...

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.

Jessica L.
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  • Industry: Research
  • Company size: 10 000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Wonderful digital lab notebook

Reviewed on 2021/02/11

Overall, Benchling has been wonderful for switching from an archaic experiment documentation system...

Overall, Benchling has been wonderful for switching from an archaic experiment documentation system to a well organized, collaborate online system.

Pros

Benchling is a very useful tool for organizing and collaborating on scientific data online. Online notebooks make it very easy to record and find previous data, which you will always have to cross reference much later after your experiment. The different folders and entries are very easy to organize, and you can create shared collaborative documents as well as your own private notebooks.

Cons

One small Con is that adding figures/images to the entries takes up a lot of space in the notebook, since text and other images/tables/figures cannot wrap around each other. This means that if you're including many images, your entry will be very long, and you can't include too many images together.

Stephanie S.
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  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Benchling Implementation at Tenaya

Reviewed on 2019/11/16

Overall, Benchling has hugely helped our company to come together to decide what the important...

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.

Thomas K.
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  • Industry: Pharmaceuticals
  • Company size: 501-1 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The best molecular biology software I ever used in 10years+ of research

Reviewed on 2021/02/26

I use it almost everyday when I have cloning to do or protein analysis and I love it. I used a lot...

I use it almost everyday when I have cloning to do or protein analysis and I love it. I used a lot of different software in the past and this one is the best by far.

Pros

It is great to use, super easy to go from DNA to protein. Easy to visualize everything and to align sequences. I just can't do without anymore.

Cons

I would like the restriction enzyme sites to be better highlighted on the sequence sometime, but it is really minor.

Suomia A.
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Ease of Use

Reviewed on 2020/08/14

Over all, I honestly love benchling. Its so useful when it comes to cloning and helps visualize the...

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.

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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.

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Benchling has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1 000, 1 001+

Benchling supports the following languages:

English

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Benchling integrates with the following applications:

TIBCO Spotfire, Tableau

Benchling offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Chat

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