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Benchling vs. IDBS

Why do companies prefer Benchling to IDBS?

Product Innovation

47% of Benchling employees work in product development.

New features released weekly.
13% of IDBS employees work in product development, despite a similar number of total employees. (Source: LinkedIn)

New features released bi-annually.

Customer Experience

Dedicated customer success manager.
No customer success manager.

Usability and Adoption

90% increase in user adoption vs. legacy systems.
Low adoption due to disjointed user experience.


Point-and-click configuration helps you keep pace with evolving science and R&D processes.
Requires IT and vendor involvement, slowing you down when responding to new scientific needs.

R&D Transparency

Applications are interconnected and share a single interface, giving you a 360° view of your R&D innovation.
Tools cannot be accessed in a singular interface, making it difficult to track projects and find results.

Companies have switched from IDBS to Benchling


Companies have switched from Benchling to IDBS

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What results do companies see when switching from IDBS to Benchling?

increase in scientists using the product weekly
decrease in time spent searching for data
decrease in time spent on data capture
Companies like IDBS or Dotmatics told us 'here's a product, I hope this works for you' and we'd try to make it fit into our system. In contrast, Benchling told us 'here's our product, but let's figure out what research you are doing and configure our platform to your science, not the other way around.’

Rusty Wall
Molecular Engineering Scientist

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The Benchling Difference
From an IT management perspective, the old systems that we had on premises were expensive to support, required a lot of custom development, and we had to make any necessary changes in house. It was painful. The Benchling platform is easy to maintain and much more streamlined, which has led to far more end user engagement.

Director, IT and Data Science

A fully unified platform to centralize and standardize all R&D data
  • Track every workflow, sample, and result from start to finish in one place.
  • Give every team the full experimental history of everything upstream and downstream.
  • Automatically interlink related data, such as samples, results, and experimental conditions.
  • Easily export all data to file for IND in days, not months.
Built for the complexity of large molecules and large molecule R&D processes
  • Model and interlink anything, from sequences, to cell lines, to reagents.
  • Model any experimental process as a digital, step-by-step workflow.
  • Generate reports based on the samples and results that your workflows produce.
Benchling’s flexibility enables you to rapidly iterate on R&D workflows
  • Design and track workflows with complex cross-team handoffs.
  • Quickly apply learnings and iterate on processes with codeless configuration.
  • Develop your scientific platform more quickly by optimizing your processes.
Modern software platform to power your IT innovation
  • Configure Benchling to meet your R&D needs without any code. Extend the platform with custom software.
  • Easily build custom analyses and dashboards to measure R&D performance.
  • REST APIs and webhooks allow you to seamlessly integrate Benchling with your instruments and other software.
With Benchling it's so much faster and easier to find the information that you want, and share information even in real time. Series of experiments go faster, program timelines go faster, and it shortens the timelines for the development of our therapeutics.
Cherylene Plewa
Senior Director of Molecular Biology, Agenus

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