If software is hard to work with, how truly useful is it?

We think software must be user-friendly, intuitive and fit the workflows to become successful. So we made it our mission to exactly understand the work that you do. We have done this continually through 15 years of anthropological observations in labs focused on pre-clinical drug discovery.

Our observations enable workflows to be reduced from days to minutes – all while being user-friendly, intuitive, and supporting what you’re already doing. We call it scientific software for humans.

User-experience (UX) meets anthropological observations

If your software is far from supporting your daily workflows or suffers from a poor interface, then it’s rarely something you look forward to work with. That’s why we have built software that fits to what you’re doing and looks pleasing to the eye, rather than attempting to fit your routines to what the – often outdated – software requires.

We have achieved this through continuous anthropological observations in labs focused on pre-clinical drug discovery, over the last 15 years. So literally we’ve regularly put on lab coats and spent days observing the actual work, in order for us to understand how we can build the best possible software to support those workflows.

Furthermore, in 2016 we hired one of the most prominent user-experience design companies in Denmark – they have worked with Microsoft and LEGO among others – and completely overhauled the way you interface with our software. This project included many observations of scientists, just like yourself, working with the interface so we could pick up actual feedback and adjust accordingly.

Ultimately we want to create the software that supports you in the most ideal way, while being as easy to work with as possible. If you’d like to test that, please get in touch so you can take it for a spin yourself!

It was an interesting challenge to work with grit42 on their platform. It’s a very data intensive domain with many expert users and thus requires corresponding attention to how you ideally visualise all the data, making the user experience as smooth as possible. Through feedback from numerous user tests, we ultimately decided how to interface with all the different analysis tools and raw as well as processed data.

Ingrid Haug, UX Designer and founder of Usable Machine

“I wish I could spend most of my day copying data from various sources and pasting it into Excel”

…said no scientist ever.

However, on a daily basis most of the biotech and pharma research labs still deal with Excel hell: The infinite and tedious copy/paste between different data sources.

Click below to read our full blog post about this topic and how to escape Excel Hell.

Why so dark?

Our website and all of our software is designed with a dark appearance – light text on dark backgrounds. In addition, most professional software – ie. for audio, photo, or video editing – is also using similar dark themes. But why is that?

While we can’t speak for other software developers, it’s not because we have a preference for Norwegian black metal. It’s actually very simple. When you spend an extended time working with a computer, the more light your eyes have to endure and process, the more strenuous it is for them. Therefore the dark colour scheme makes it less taxing for the eyes, making it a more pleasurable experience to work with.

In some cases it is more convenient with an inverted colour scheme with a light background and dark text – ie. for printing. And some people for whatever reasons, just plainly prefer the brighter experience.

Don’t worry. In our software you can soon select between the standard ‘cool dark’ and the ‘boring vanilla’ themes, so you’re always given the option to select whatever you prefer.

Currently in development.

Experiment centric approach

The grit42 platform

The grit42 platform is not only a drug discovery or drug hunter tool – it’s an experimental data platform. In other words, the platform is data agnostic and not centered around a compound or a sample, but rather the platform is centered around an experiment. This approach enables you to store and combine information from classical in vitro and in vivo experiments with observational studies, as well as clinical data in the same platform.

5 easy steps in our experiment workflow
  1. Prepare: Create experiment and order compounds and animals.
  2. Run: Collecting data from the experiment
  3. Upload: Import your data to the grit42 platform and check the quality
  4. Analyze: Run analyses, tweak, and run again if necessary
  5. Finalize: Conclude and publish