Sciformation Consulting GmbH

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Sciformation Consulting GmbH
Type Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung
Industry Laboratory informatics
Headquarters Froebelstr. 5, Bad Vilbel, Germany
Number of locations 1
Area served Europe
Key people Felix Rudolphi

Sciformation Consulting GmbH develops and distributes laboratory informatics software solutions.


The company was founded on March 29, 2011[1] by Felix Rudolphi, the developer of open-source electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) open enventory (OE).[2] OE became the template for Sciformation's commercial offering Sciformation ELN. Rudolphi described it as such:

To overcome the intrinsic limitations of OE, we wanted to develop a new software system together with the renowned Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung. OE's data design and many good features served as blueprint for the new development, which we called Sciformation ELN (SE). We wanted to design a clean basis while being able to quickly make adjustments not foreseeable at the project start, in close collaboration with the users. We wanted to offer an extended functionality and — more important — flexibility to quickly add form templates for new types of experiments, without any changes to the core software components.[2]

Technology and products

Sciformation ELN and VectorMol

Sciformation ELN is an electronic laboratory notebook originally based off the free, open-source ELN open enventory. The company states that compared to open enventory, Sciformation ELN offers "a faster and even more convenient reaction setup, a precise yet user-friendly permission management, a significantly faster substructure search, a very flexible form system, and a much broader applicability, beyond just chemistry."[3] It also includes a few features typical to a LIMS, primarily order requesting.[4] (See open enventory for more on that open-source software.)

VectorMol is an included module of the ELN "which enables you to draw molecules within most web browsers (Internet Explorer 8 or above, current versions of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera) without noticeable loading time or local installation."[5]


Product: Sciformation ELN
Experiment, collaboration,
and data management
Chemical and/or mathematical drawing and calculation?Y[5]
Chemical and/or spectrum file support?Y[6]
Task and event scheduling?Y[4]
Option for manual result entry?Y[7]
Multiple data viewing methods?
Data and trend analysis?Y[6]
Data and equipment sharing?
Customizable fields and/or interface?
Configurable templates and forms?Y[7]
Query capability?Y[8]
Import data?Y[6]
Internal file or data linking?Y[9]
External file or data linking?Y[8]
Export data to MS Excel?Y[10]
Raw data management?
Data warehouse?
Project and/or task management?
Inventory management?Y[7]
Document creation and/or management?Y[9]
Lab and/or group management?
Experiment management?Y[7]
Workflow management?Y[7]
Customer and supplier management?
Quality, security, and compliance
Regulatory compliance?
QA / QC functions?
Performance evaluation?
Audit trail?Y[11]
Chain of custody?
Configurable roles and security?Y[11]
Data normalization?
Data validation?
Data encryption?
Electronic signatures?Y[11]
Version control?
Automatic data backup?
Reporting, barcoding, and printing
Custom reporting?
Report printing?
Label support?Y[12]
Barcode support?Y[12]
Export to PDF?Y[10]
Export to MS Word?Y[10]
Export to HTML and/or XML?Y[10]
Email integration?
Base functionality
Administrator management?Y[11]
Instrument interfacing and management?Y[6]
Mobile device integration?
Third-party software integration?
Alarms and/or alerts?
External monitoring?
Web client or portal?Y[13]
Online or integrated help?
Software as a service delivery model?
Usage-based cost?
Industries served
chemical, general


Additional information


  1. "Sciformation Consulting GmbH". Unimedia. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rudolphi, Felix (January 2014). "Why we chose ZK when creating Sciformation ELN" (PDF). Potix Corporation. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Sciformation ELN". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "LIMS". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "VectorMol". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "Analytical data". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 "Electronic Lab Notebook". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Literature management". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Flexibility". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Supported data formats". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "Security". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Chemical inventory". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Products". Sciformation Consulting GmbH. Retrieved 16 November 2015.