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Setup Your Lab in Three Easy Steps


Send Us What You've Got

Dust off whatever old Excel spreadsheet or Access database your lab's using to track inventory and send it our way. It doesn't matter what brands you're using, who you're ordering through, or whether you're dealing with homegrown materials. If you need to track it, BrightLab can handle it.


Let Our Team Format It

Our knowledgeable staff can take your current inventory list and put it in our template for batch upload. We can walk you through all the steps, or you can do it yourself. Once your new list is populated, you can search, filter, and manage your stock in real time—at no cost.


Do Great Research

Here comes the fun part: now that you have visibility into what's coming and going from your lab, you can spend more time on science, instead of inefficient documentation, ordering, and administrative activities. Sound good? Let's get started!

Find your stuff. Fast.

  • Search, filter, and sort your lab catalog to effortlessly find the materials you need
  • Pull lists of reagents and materials in seconds, such as flammable, out of stock, or expiring soon
  • Assign custom locations to more efficiently store and retrieve materials
  • Automatically update materials used in experiments with BrightLab ELN connection

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Accelerate material requests

  • Auto-update your inventory while receiving ordered materials
  • Request previously ordered products with a single click
  • Set minimum and maximum amounts to ensure  consistent availability
  • Flag “Urgent” and “Do Not Substitute” material requests
  • Track spending against a cost center or grant

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Simplify instrument scheduling

  • Keep all of your lab equipment, maintenance reminders, calibrations, and protocols in one place
  • Share instrument calendars with your labmates to see availability, or mark when equipment is out of service
  • Access and store raw instrument data in an encrypted, secure cloud environment
  • Automate the capture and parsing of equipment data with optional instrument connectivity services

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» The main thing BrightLab has given us is a better inventory system where we nowknow exactly where everything is in the lab. We were able to organize and label it with shelving components—what room it’s in, what freezer, what cooler—and be able to pinpoint exactly where an item is stored. «

– Kerri Moore, QC Supervisor

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Designed for how your lab works

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One-on-One Onboarding

We’d be more than happy to provide you and your team with a personalized orientation to BrightLab, as well as help convert your existing inventory list for upload, so that you feel confident using the software from day one. If you’d rather give it a crack on your own, we’re cool with that, too.

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Superior Customer Service

Questions? Suggestions? Just feel like talking? Our Customer Success team is ready to handle any queries or concerns you may have. In addition to in-app support materials, you can call us at (888) 435-7370 or email us for a personal response.

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Supplier Agnostic Support

Regardless if you order from ThermoFisher or VWR, or handle procurement via Ariba or SAP, with BrightLab you have the flexibility to manage your inventory and requests from any provider, all in one place. You can also upload lab-made items for good measure.

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Mobile Lab Management

Stay on top of your lab’s inventory, from anywhere. If you download the BrightLab app for iOS or Android, you can use the built-in barcode label scanner and automatically deduct used materials and request reorders, right when you need to.

Additional BrightLab Features

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Electronic Lab

Control all aspects of the experiment lifecycle from a single, easy-to-configure platform.

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Secure & Scalable

Back-up your data reliably with state-of-the-art microservices architecture.

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Seamlessly order anything from the Sigma-Aldrich catalog at contractual prices.

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Frequently Asked Questions

BrightLab is smart lab management software that streamlines and centralizes your essential research information—from experiment ideation to data automation. With several interlocking modules, BrightLab includes a collaborative electronic lab notebook (ELN), real-time inventory management, eCommerce, material requests, and benchtop instrument scheduling.

For forward-thinking teams looking to optimize their lab workflows, BrightLab provides the visibility, collaboration, and simplicity that labs need to focus on science, instead of inefficient documentation, data exchanges, ordering and administrative activities.

Unlike paper or standalone electronic lab notebooks, BrightLab is more than a data collection point—it’s an intuitive research hub that connects people, projects, consumables and equipment together so that teams can be more productive and avoid costly errors.

BrightLab is the only lab management system that allows you to design your experiment protocols, schedule your lab equipment, automatically deduct inventory when the experiment is complete, and request new material orders when your stock is running low—all in one place. Plus, you have the option to automate the workflows and data connection between your lab equipment and lab notebook.

We are scientists, designers, academics and entrepreneurs. We have teams in St. Louis, Boston, Bangalore and Shanghai who are continuously working on optimizing BrightLab. As an innovative venture of MilliporeSigma/Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany—a global leader in the life science business—we are dedicated to making research and biotech production simpler, faster and safer.

Yes, if you work in academia you can get free access to BrightLab’s core feature set, including inventory and request management, commerce, electronic lab notebook (ELN) and instrument scheduling modules.  If you work in industry, you can trial BrightLab for free for 30 days.

No, you do not need a credit card to sign up. You can get started for free and decide if BrightLab is the right fit for your lab.

Yes, you can. To close your account, just write an informal email to

Absolutely. BrightLab is built on a Google-certified cloud platform with SSL data encryption and hourly backups, so not only will your data be safe, but we will also be able to quickly scale up our service offerings to you as your data needs grow.

Plus, our parent company MilliporeSigma/Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been an active partner in the science and technology industries for over 350 years, so you can rest assured that we are planning to stick around. Your research can have long-lasting impacts, and we intend to support you every step of the way.

All of them. Regardless of which manufacturer you choose to source your lab materials from, or even if your lab maintains its own custom materials, you can upload, track, and report on the usage of all the products and materials in your inventory with BrightLab.

Yes, you can. For any item you upload to your inventory in BrightLab, from any manufacturer, you can easily set up a permission workflow for requesting new materials, and to track the approval and receipt of requested materials.

Integrated ordering is also available for all Sigma-Aldrich products, and most EMD Millipore and EMD Serono products.

Yes, of course. Once you sign up for BrightLab, you have the option to affiliate your Sigma-Aldrich account, which will automatically sync up any contractual pricing or shipping deals you already have in place.

Ordering Sigma-Aldrich or EMD Millipore products through BrightLab is the same as ordering through, but now you will be able to automatically update your inventory list with your received orders, keep track of minimum and maximum product levels, and reorder materials with a single click.

Although the concept of cloud-enabling your everyday benchtop devices to automate data output to your ELN may seem far-fetched, you might be surprised by what our engineers are able to deliver!

You can check out this bioprocessing case study to view recent examples of lab equipment that we have been able to connect using native cloud configurations or custom software and hardware installations.  Contact us today for a free consultation to see what we can do for your lab.

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Get started with your free BrightLab account for academic labs to see how we can help optimize the way you work, so you can break through in your work. Someone from our team will get in touch via email to set you up.