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We hate overly complex software.

So we built grit42


We made grit42 for drug discovery labs that don’t want to get lost in the corners of an enterprise data platform, but do want to find a better way to manage data and compounds than keeping track of endless versions of spreadsheets.

The founding partners of grit42 have spent a combined 60+ years managing data, compounds, and test animals at large pharma companies. So we get where you’re coming from, and where you want to get to.

grit42 is built to help you get there faster and easier. 

How it all started....

The four founders started grit42 – then called grit systems – back in 2014, after having worked together for 15 years as the internal Research Informatics department at the Danish pharma company H. Lundbeck A/S – our CEO Claus Stie Kallesøe headed the departement .

We launched grit42 with Lundbeck as the first big customer and a European project called New Drugs for Bad Bugs (ND4BB). Since its inception, we started building out our platform and we continue to make it more kickass every day. Our hands-on experience and deep understanding of how pre-drug discovery labs run have always been the foundation, which we built upon.

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, we are a small and tight-knit group of scientists, engineers, and software developers (oh, and Marvin) working together to fix broken workflows and help labs make life-changing discoveries faster.

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We take our fun seriously

Fun is important when we work and it’s quite simple: Who doesn’t thrive while having fun? To us, it’s a mystery why so many companies are run by KPIs and spreadsheets. Who ever thought those were fun? Exactly.​

At grit42, you’ll meet people who love anything from Douglas Adams, to kayaks, geeking out, DC/Marvel, mountain-biking, hackathons, football (it’s called football, not soccer), Star Wars, sailing. Seriously.

We also have our own LEGO mini figs you might run into, if you come play with us.

Ever wondered why we’re called grit42?

No? Well, we’ll explain anyway: 

The author Douglas Adams wrote “Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” in 1978 and as part of the story a computer gives the answer to the “ultimate question for life, the universe and everything” – and it’s 42! If you haven’t discovered the guide yet, go explore. It’s great fun.

Within psychology grit is a positive trait. It signals passion for long term goals and perseverance. As data management is more a marathon than a sprint these are values we can relate to. It’s also a combination of “grid” and “it”. As we offer software (IT) as a hosted solution and hence customers can get up and running quickly – like getting power from the electricity grid – combining them into grit made sense.

Oh. And Marvin.

Our support is run by Marvin, our own paranoid android, who’s afflicted with severe depression and boredom, in part because he has a “brain the size of a planet” which he is seldom, if ever, given the chance to use.

If you’d like to see what he’s (not) up to, take a look here.



You think YOU’VE got problems?

Marvin the Paranoid Android