Research Innovations Limited

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Research Innovations Limited
Type Limited company
Industry Laboratory informatics
Headquarters 24 Fountainhall Road
, Scotland
Area served Worldwide

Research Innovations Limited (operating as "ResearchSpace") develops and distributes laboratory informatics software solutions.

Lab-Ally LLC is the North American operating arm of ResearchSpace, assisting with all aspects of product design, support, distribution, and U.S. invoicing.[1]


Sometime in 2012 Research Innovations Limited acquired Axiope Limited and its electronic laboratory notebook offering eCAT, with the same Axiope team now affiliated with Research Innovations.[2][3][1] Axiope was a venture spun out of Edinburgh University to "let scientists grow 'semantic webs' in labs."[4]

Sometime in the spring or summer of 2019, Research Innovations took down its eCat-related pages, presumably signalling its end-of-life in favor of RSpace, its successor.[5]

Old technology

eCAT was a web-based electronic laboratory notebook (ELN), "a tool that lets you manage experimental data and samples in an integrated online environment."[6] The software was able to be installed locally or hosted remotely by ResearchSpace as software as a service (SaaS).

Technology and products


RSpace is a version of its former eCAT ELN designed for the North American and other markets. RSpace is an ELN that facilitates "integrated inventory and research data, for better research at your institution."[7]


Product: RSpace
Experiment, collaboration,
and data management
Chemical and/or mathematical drawing and calculation?Y[8]
Chemical and/or spectrum file support?
Task and event scheduling?
Option for manual result entry?
Multiple data viewing methods?Y[8]
Data and trend analysis?
Data and equipment sharing?Y[7]
Customizable fields and/or interface?
Configurable templates and forms?Y[8]
Query capability?Y[7]
Import data?Y[8]
Internal file or data linking?Y[7]
External file or data linking?
Export data to MS Excel?
Raw data management?
Data warehouse?
Project and/or task management?
Inventory management?
Document creation and/or management?Y[7]
Lab and/or group management?Y[7]
Experiment management?
Workflow management?
Customer and supplier management?
Quality, security, and compliance
Regulatory compliance?
QA / QC functions?
Performance evaluation?
Audit trail?
Chain of custody?
Configurable roles and security?Y[7]
Data normalization?
Data validation?
Data encryption?
Electronic signatures?Y[8]
Version control?Y[7]
Automatic data backup?
Reporting, barcoding, and printing
Custom reporting?
Report printing?
Label support?
Barcode support?
Export to PDF?Y[8]
Export to MS Word?
Export to HTML and/or XML?
Email integration?
Base functionality
Administrator management?Y[8]
Instrument interfacing and management?
Mobile device integration?Y[7]
Third-party software integration?
Alarms and/or alerts?Y[8]
External monitoring?
Web client or portal?Y[7]
Online or integrated help?
Software as a service delivery model?
Usage-based cost?
Industries served


Per the company website, pricing for RSpace is as follows[9]:

  • Community: Free, with unlimited storage
  • Team: Academic: $3,400 per year for up to 15 users, plus $140 per year per additional user. Commercial: $6,800 per year for up to 15 users, plus $280 per year per additional user.
  • Enterprise: Academic: $140 per user per year, with a minimum order of $12,000 (~86 users). Commercial: $280 per user per year, with a minimum order of $12,000 (~43 users).

Volume discounts apply for Enterprise.

Demonstration videos and other media

The company has multiple demonstration videos of RSpace on its YouTube channel.

Additional information


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Research Space". Lab-Ally, LLC. Retrieved 23 December 2016. 
  2. "Acquisition of Axiope". Research Innovations Limited. Retrieved 03 February 2013. 
  3. "Research Innovations Limited". Company Data Rex. Retrieved 03 February 2013. 
  4. "Business Diary; a Few Morsels From the Great and Not so Good". The Sunday Herald. 15 June 2003. 
  5. "How does the eCAT electronic lab notebook help your lab become more productive?". Research Innovations Limited. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019. 
  6. "eCAT - About Us". Research Innovations Limited. Archived from the original on 11 March 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 "RSpace". Research Innovations Limited. Retrieved 18 October 2022. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 8.9 "RSpace 0.18 Guidance Notes" (PDF). Lab-Ally, LLC. January 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  9. "Pricing". Research Innovations Limited. Retrieved 21 January 2023.