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Scispot: A flexible alternative to Benchling

Scispot alt-ELN is the most intuitive, customizable, and integrable ELN alternative makes it a better alternative than Benchling

Scispot

A flexible and affordable solution

Scispot is quickly emerging as a leader in lab technology, offering innovative ELN, LIMS, data lake, and integration solutions designed for modern labs. From the beginning, the company has focused on the needs of growing startups and labs, providing intuitive, affordable, and highly customizable tools.

Favored by both wet and dry labs, Scispot excels in integrations, ETL processes, and an API-first approach, making it a top choice for labs aiming to stay technologically advanced and scalable.
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Benchling

Shortcomings of Benchling

Benchling, a leading ELN and LIMS provider, initially targeted academia but now focuses on large enterprises like big pharma. Its Molecular Biology suites are strong, but the system, designed over a decade ago, doesn't suit small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) or support modern data science and AI.

Startups often face unexpected cost increases at renewal and struggle with Benchling’s vendor lock-in policies, making it less adaptable and cost-effective for rapidly evolving modern labs and biotechs.
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Scispot Vs Benchling

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Basic

Popular
$10/month
Basic features for up to 10 users with everything you need.
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Business

$20/month
Advanced features and reporting, better workflows and automation.
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Enterprise

$40/month
Personalised service and enterprise security for large teams.
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Overview
Basic features
Users
10
20
Unlimited
Individual data
20GB
40GB
Unlimited
Support
Automated workflows
200+ integrations
Reporting and analytics
Analytics
Basic
Advanced
Advanced
Export reports
Scheduled reports
API access
Advanced reports
Saved reports
Customer properties
Custom fields
User access
SSO/SAML authentication
Advanced permissions
Audit log
Data history

Features

Scispot Startup plan

Benchling Startup Plan

Overview
ELN - Experiment Design & Execution
Protocol Templates
CFR Part 11 Compliant
Global Search
Molecular Biology Suite
Limited
Project Management
Limited
Collaborative Features: Mentions, Real-Time Collaborative Editing, Progress Tracking
Limited
Adaptable Registries & Inventory Tailored to Use Cases
Limited
Mass data export in CSV or to cloud storage
Limited
Highly Customizable: Entire Workflow Templatized for Ease of Use
Limited
Advanced LIMS Features: Sample Processing, GxP, Freezer Management
Limited
Codeless Configuration
Limited
Workflows
Request Manager
White Glove support
Configurable Rule-Based Workflow Design and Execution
AI-ready R&D data (graph and vector database)
Reporting and analytics
/slash commands
Slack/Teams Integration
Quartzy Integration
Standardized Data Model
Access Controls / Role-Based Permission and Data Governance
Connects Any Lab Instrument and Scientific App to Competing ELN/LIMS, Internal Data Lake, or Cloud Storage
User access
Studies
Data Visualization & Analytics
Bioprocess
Lab Automation
Open API
Zapier Integration
Datalake /Data Warehouse
GxP Compliance / Validation
Chemistry Awareness
Complete Analytics Suite
AI Copilot
HIPAA Compliant

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about the Scispot in comparison with Benchling.
Scispot is fairly smaller than Benchling; what if you go out of business? What will be the impact on our business?
Scispot enjoys robust financial stability, being profitable and backed by notable venture capital sources including Y Combinator, Breakwater Ventures, Pack Ventures, Incisive Ventures, and the University of Waterloo (Velocity Fund). Additionally, we receive provincial and federal support from the Government of Ontario (Ontario Genomics) and the Federal Government of Canada (Ontario Centre of Innovation). Our financial runway extends beyond seven years, even without the infusion of new capital. In customer acquisition, we maintain a selective approach, aiming to onboard a few new customers each week to ensure their successful integration with our platform.
We want to move from Benchling to Scispot, but how should we look at the prospects of migrating and relying on a smaller company for critical infrastructure?
It’s a valid point to consider. Scispot is designed specifically to minimize your reliance on any single tool. Our platform integrates seamlessly with a range of competing ELN/LIMS, databases, and cloud services like AWS, Azure, and GCP. This means you always have the option to move your data to your own systems. Additionally, we ensure your data is backed up hourly on our AWS infrastructure. You own your data, and you can download and migrate it at any time. We are SOC 2 and HIPAA compliant.
How does Scispot ensure complete data accessibility and customer control compared to Benchling?
Scispot provides full access to all your data through comprehensive APIs and built-in connectors, ensuring that you can extract, utilize, and migrate your data seamlessly, even to your own cloud storage or databases like AWS S3, Redshift, GCP, Microsoft Blob or any other ELN or LIMS. In contrast, Benchling restricts API access in basic plans and does not expose every data point in its original GUI format, making it challenging to fully extract and utilize all your information. This leads to excessive dependence on Benchling.
Why is Scispot more cost-effective for startups and smaller companies?
Scispot offers flexible, transparent pricing plans that are specifically tailored to the needs of startups and smaller, growing companies. Benchling’s pricing, designed for enterprise customers like big pharma, is often complex and costlier, posing a significant barrier for smaller organizations seeking efficient scalability.
What makes data migration simpler with Scispot compared to Benchling?
Scispot's platform includes built-in connectors for one-click data transfers, designed to support straightforward data migration with minimal need for cleanup and standardization. Benchling’s data structure, in contrast, often requires extensive manual effort, making the migration process more time-consuming and complex.
How does Scispot facilitate better integration with other tools compared to Benchling?
Scispot is built for modular integrations, allowing seamless connectivity with a broad range of tools and systems. This flexibility ensures that you can integrate Scispot into your existing workflows easily, unlike Benchling’s closed, monolithic platform which limits integration capabilities.
In what ways does Scispot's user interface outperform Benchling’s?
Scispot features a highly intuitive and user-friendly interface that simplifies data management and enhances user experience. Scispot also offers a click-based and completely chat-based AI interface for experiment design and execution. Unlike Benchling’s rigid registries, Scispot has its proprietary database product called Labsheets, which is fully configurable, relational, and connected with hundreds of other apps.

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