BioData Inc.

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BioData Inc.
Type Incorporated
Industry Laboratory informatics
Headquarters 625 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Number of locations 2
Area served Worldwide
Products Labguru
Subsidiaries BioData Ltd.

BioData Inc. develops and distributes laboratory informatics software solutions.


BioData, Inc. was founded by researcher and programer Jonathan Gross in August 2007. Prior to that, Gross had been working on his graduate degree in biotechnology and playing with programming on the side. Eventually his need for better research tools led him to work on what would eventually be called BioKM[1][2]:

I was always looking for better ways to organize my own research activities, to keep things connected and to properly document my work (OneNote, TiddlyWiki, Curio). At the time, I found by chance (or by buzz) a new programming framework Ruby On Rails and after learning that it was extracted from actual working apps, I decided to check it out (37Signals). I started playing with the idea of having a research-oriented app.

Later in 2010, Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers, acquired an equity stake in BioData.[1]

On December 5, 2011, BioKM and LabLife were replaced with BioData's new product Labguru.[3]

Technology and products


Labguru is an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) with LIMS-like lab management features that "helps you to monitor research progress and to increase its output."[4]


Product: Labguru
Sample, inventory, and data management
Sample login and management?Y[4]
Sample tracking?Y[4]
Sample and/or result batching?
Task and event scheduling?Y[4]
Option for manual result entry?
Multiple data viewing methods?
Data and trend analysis?
Data and equipment sharing?
Customizable fields and/or interface?Y[4]
Query capability?Y[4]
Import data?
Internal file or data linking?Y[4]
External file or data linking?Y[4]
ELN support or integration?
Export data to MS Excel?
Raw data management?
Data warehouse?Y[4]
Deadline control?
Production control?
Project and/or task management?Y[4]
Inventory management?Y[4]
Document creation and/or management?Y[4]
Case management?Y[4]
Workflow management?Y[4]
Specification management?
Customer and supplier management?
Billing management?
Quality, security, and compliance
Regulatory compliance?
QA / QC functions?
Performance evaluation?
Audit trail?
Chain of custody?Y[4]
Configurable roles and security?
Data normalization?
Data validation?
Data encryption?Y[4]
Version control?Y[4]
Automatic data backup?Y[4]
Environmental monitoring?
Reporting, barcoding, and printing
Custom reporting?Y[4]
Report printing?Y[4]
Label support?
Barcode support?
Export to PDF?
Export to MS Word?
Export to HTML and/or XML?
Fax integration?
Email integration?
Base functionality
Administrator management?Y[4]
Instrument interfacing and management?
Mobile device integration?Y[4]
Alarms and/or alerts?Y[4]
Work-related time tracking?
Voice recognition system?
External monitoring?
Web client or portal?Y[4]
Online or integrated help?
Software as a service delivery model?Y[4]
Usage-based cost?
Industries served
biotechnology, life sciences, manufacturing and R&D


Demonstration videos and other media

The following demonstration videos are available for Labguru:

Additional information