LabWare, Inc.

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LabWare, Inc.
Type Incorporated
Industry Laboratory informatics
Headquarters Three Mill Road
Suite 102
Wilmington, Delaware
, U.S.
Number of locations 24
Area served Worldwide

LabWare, Inc. develops and distributes enterprise laboratory informatics software solutions.


LabWare was founded in 1987 by mechanical engineer and entrepreneur Vance Kershner, who "targeted the laboratory automation space as something [he] could contribute to because it was not very effective at the time."[1]

By 2013, the company estimated it had captured close to a quarter of worldwide sales of laboratory information management systems. (LIMS)[1]

On March 8, 2015, the company announced version 7.0 of its LabWare LIMS and ELN, featuring performance enhancement, functionality improvements, a new user interface, and improved mobile support.[2]

Sometime in the spring or summer of 2020, LabWare introduced LabWare GROW, a modified version of LabWare LIMS for cannabis testing labs.[3] This seems to have occurred shortly after introducing it's cloud-based LabWare LIMS solution in early 2020.[4]


LabWare won the Scientific Computing and Instrumentation's Readers' Choice Award in the laboratory information management system (LIMS) category each year from 2000 to 2008.[5][6]

LabWare LIMS won a Frost & Sullivan Product Quality Leadership Award in 2004, and the company won Frost and Sullivan's "2008 European Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) Company of the Year Award."[7][8]

Technology and products

LabWare ELN, LabWare LIMS, and LabWare GROW

LabWare ELN is an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) "designed to give laboratory scientists the ultimate platform to electronically document their experiments, including relevant scientific content and observations, instrument results, and attachments such as spectra, chromatograms and, if appropriate, chemical structures."[9]

LabWare LIMS is a laboratory information management system (LIMS) which includes "browser-based deployment, external-facing web portals, and fully configurable web services."[10] The software consists of the core LIMS application with access to LabWare's library of LIMS software modules. The software also includes clinical, LIS-like functionality.[11]

LabWare GROW is a modified version of LabWare LIMS but designed for cannabis testing.[12] The platform is advertised to help "cannabis-based product manufacturers and CBD/THC testing laboratories streamline production quality control and product research activities."[13] Features that help these labs include interfacing with third-party platforms and software solutions (e.g., seed-to-sale, ERP), industry-tailored test workflows, integration with analytical instruments, an analytical documentation library, and support for ISO/IEC 17025, including document management, training management, and corrective action management.[12] The LIMS is cloud-based and appears to be one of the first cloud-based offerings offered by LabWare.


Product: LabWare ELN
Experiment, collaboration,
and data management
Chemical and/or mathematical drawing and calculation?
Chemical and/or spectrum file support?Y[9]
Task and event scheduling?Y[14]
Option for manual result entry?Y[14]
Multiple data viewing methods?Y[14]
Data and trend analysis?Y[14]
Data and equipment sharing?
Customizable fields and/or interface?
Configurable templates and forms?
Query capability?Y[14]
Import data?
Internal file or data linking?
External file or data linking?Y[14]
Export data to MS Excel?Y[14]
Raw data management?
Data warehouse?
Project and/or task management?
Inventory management?Y[9]
Document creation and/or management?Y[9]
Lab and/or group management?Y[9]
Experiment management?Y[9]
Workflow management?Y[9]
Customer and supplier management?
Quality, security, and compliance
Regulatory compliance?
QA / QC functions?Y[9]
Performance evaluation?
Audit trail?
Chain of custody?
Configurable roles and security?Y[9]
Data normalization?
Data validation?Y[9]
Data encryption?
Electronic signatures?
Version control?Y[9]
Automatic data backup?
Reporting, barcoding, and printing
Custom reporting?Y[14]
Report printing?Y[14]
Label support?
Barcode support?Y[14]
Export to PDF?
Export to MS Word?
Export to HTML and/or XML?
Email integration?Y[14]
Base functionality
Administrator management?Y[14]
Instrument interfacing and management?Y[9]
Mobile device integration?
Third-party software integration?
Alarms and/or alerts?Y[14]
External monitoring?
Web client or portal?
Online or integrated help?
Software as a service delivery model?
Usage-based cost?
Industries served
biotechnology, chemical, clinical research, environmental, food and beverage, general, manufacturing and R&D, petrochemical, pharmaceutical
Product: LabWare LIMS
Sample, inventory, and data management
Sample login and management?Y[15]
Sample tracking?Y[15]
Sample and/or result batching?Y[15]
Task and event scheduling?Y[15]
Option for manual result entry?Y[15]
Multiple data viewing methods?Y[15]
Data and trend analysis?Y[15]
Data and equipment sharing?
Customizable fields and/or interface?Y[15]
Query capability?Y[15]
Import data?Y[15]
Internal file or data linking?Y[15]
External file or data linking?Y[15]
ELN support or integration?Y[15]
Export data to MS Excel?Y[14]
Raw data management?
Data warehouse?Y[15]
Deadline control?
Production control?
Project and/or task management?Y[15]
Inventory management?Y[15]
Document creation and/or management?Y[15]
Case management?
Workflow management?Y[15]
Specification management?Y[15]
Customer and supplier management?Y[15]
Billing management?
Quality, security, and compliance
Regulatory compliance?Y[15]
QA / QC functions?Y[14]
Performance evaluation?Y[15]
Audit trail?Y[15]
Chain of custody?Y[15]
Configurable roles and security?Y[15]
Data normalization?
Data validation?Y[15]
Data encryption?
Version control?Y[15]
Automatic data backup?
Environmental monitoring?
Reporting, barcoding, and printing
Custom reporting?Y[15]
Report printing?Y[15]
Label support?Y[15]
Barcode support?Y[15]
Export to PDF?Y[15]
Export to MS Word?Y[15]
Export to HTML and/or XML?Y[15]
Fax integration?Y[14]
Email integration?Y[14]
Base functionality
Administrator management?Y[15]
Instrument interfacing and management?Y[15]
Mobile device integration?Y[14]
Alarms and/or alerts?Y[15]
Work-related time tracking?
Voice recognition system?
External monitoring?Y[14]
Web client or portal?Y[15]
Online or integrated help?
Software as a service delivery model?Y[12]
Usage-based cost?
Industries served
biobanking, biotechnology, cannabis, chemical, clinical diagnostics, clinical research, contract services, environmental, food and beverage, general, geology and mining, immunology, law enforcement and forensic, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, pathology, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, public health and service, toxicology, veterinary


Source for pricing information is GSA Advantage. As prices may change at any time, always contact the vendor directly to obtain a price list or quote.

Note: These are U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) prices, and as such they represent the lowest possible negotiated price. These prices aren't available to any entity outside of the Federal Government, and thus prices for non-government entities will be higher. If anything, they represent the lowest possible negotiated price.

See the price list for all GSA pricing options: LabWare's GSA price list

Demonstration videos and other media

The following demonstration videos are available for LabWare LIMS:

Additional information

Current help guides

Legacy help guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 Natoli, Cori Anne (13 January 2013). "Centreville's LabWare now global leader in software for laboratory work". Delaware Online. Gannett. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  2. "LabWare Announces LabWare 7". LabWare, Inc. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  3. "SaaS LIMS for CBD/THC Testing". LabWare, Inc. Archived from the original on 03 August 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2020. 
  4. "LabWare LIMS v. LabWare SaaS LIMS - What's the Difference?". LabWare, Inc. 24 March 2020. Retrieved 12 December 2020. 
  5. Johnson, Celia (24 July 2007). "LabWare wins award". Food Magazine. Cirrus Media. Retrieved 25 february 2015. 
  6. "LabWare wins Gold Lims award for ninth time". Laboratorytalk. Synthesis Media. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  7. "Frost & Sullivan Identifies LabWare's Product Quality Leadership in LIMS". Frost & Sullivan. 29 March 2004. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  8. "LabWare LIMS Wins Prestigious Award From Frost and Sullivan". Labmate Online. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 25 february 2015. 
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 "LabWare ELN". LabWare, Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2020. 
  10. "LabWare’s Enterprise Laboratory Platform". LabWare, Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2020. 
  11. "Healthcare". LabWare, Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2020. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "SaaS LIMS for CBD/THC Testing". LabWare, Inc. Retrieved 12 December 2020. 
  13. "Cannabis & Hemp". LabWare, Inc. Retrieved 12 December 2020. 
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 "Summary of Core Product Features". LabWare, Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2020. 
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 15.15 15.16 15.17 15.18 15.19 15.20 15.21 15.22 15.23 15.24 15.25 15.26 15.27 15.28 15.29 15.30 15.31 15.32 15.33 15.34 15.35 15.36 15.37 15.38 15.39 "LabWare LIMS V6 Technical Manual". LabWare, Inc. 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2020.