Features & benefits

Hivebench is an easy-to-use Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) designed to support life science workflows and improve experiment reproducibility. Hivebench allows life scientists, PIs and lab managers to track their protocols and research data at the bench, ensuring comprehensive, consistent and structured workflow and data capture.

Hivebench features

Lab notebook

Research workflows are more efficient using Hivebench.  Location isn’t an issue as experiments can be scheduled, prepared, and conducted - and the results analyzed - via phone or tablet. Previous data can be found and shared with colleagues or exported to Mendeley Data in preparation for future publications.

Research data

Any kind of files can be added to experiments. Images and videos can be viewed inside Hivebench or links can be added to other files for further review.

Protocols and inventories databases

Knowledge bases can be created, allowing existing procedures to be shared with lab colleagues. Reagents can be tracked and stocks kept up to date. Tried and tested methods can also be shared globally thanks to the Open Science protocol repository.

Reporting and compliance

Benefit from the pharmaceutical standards (FDA 21 CFR Part 11) and get access to audit trails. Data protection levels can be tailored to meet institute IT and legal requirements, including local install on institute servers.

Hivebench benefits

Easy to use

Hivebench’s intuitive layout means even someone new to Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs) can quickly learn to prepare, analyse and share data. Hivebench can be accessed everywhere on the web (PC, Mac, Linux) or via iOS devices.

Saves time

Hivebench cuts research data management time significantly by facilitating rapid protocol management, data entry, and data sharing, and retrieval of experimental processes and results. Previous protocols and results are easy to locate because the data are searchable.

Improves data sharing

Through Hivebench, life scientists can access shared protocols and reagent databases, making knowledge management far easier. Hivebench also enables straightforward export of data as PDFs and integrates with Mendeley Data repository and institutional repositories, simplifying the publication of datasets.

Increases compliance

Hivebench helps institutions meet individual and institutional compliance requirements. Research results are easily traceable, with full transparency regarding protocol and data creation and access.

Preserves institutional data securely

Local installation of Hivebench allows for direct integration with an institutional data repository, securing long-term archiving of experiment data. When researchers change labs, their experimental results and procedures are preserved, so institutions store research knowledge.

Helps track team activity

Hivebench helps PIs and lab managers keep track of activity in their lab. Useful features, such as dedicated alerts, let them know when they need to respond to requests. Life scientists maintain full control of what is shared with whom through secure and efficient workflows.

Why use an Electronic Lab Notebook

Working with a paper notebook poses challenges for Life Scientists in the workflow. Only an Electronic Lab notebook can give structure to data records, ensuring re-usability and reproducibility, and make it easier to share and preserve information.


Paper notebooks are a pain because life scientists…


Using Hivebench provides gains because life scientists can…

  • Don’t have access to protocols and data in the same place


  • Provide colleagues with continuous access to protocols and data
  • Can’t bring paper into the lab
  • Risk losing paper drafts
  • Don’t have a place to share results


  • Access all data and protocols at any time
  • Store the progress of their work in real-time
  • Spent lot of time writing
  • Data & protocols not in same place
  • Don’t have search features
  • Need to decipher notes from colleagues
  • Can’t create consistency across processes


  • Control who accesses their data
  • Track comments and conversations
  • Analyse in real time at the bench
  • Need to rewrite sections of drafts
  • Have to deal with data security issues
  • Can’t comply with funders / FDA
  • Don’t have a uniform format for sharing


  • Have templates to share results in a consistent way
  • Comply with funder / FDA mandates
  • Securely share their work
  • Spent a lot of time each day on signing
  • Can hide failure from PI

Close (daily)

  • Sign off automatically
  • Preserve all data in a non-proprietary format
  • Provide PIs with clear progress updates