AgileBio is a laboratory information management systems (LIMS) company headquartered in Paris, France, focusing on open source technology. It was founded on June 1, 2002 by the virologist Pierre Rodrigues. The company's best-known product is LabCollector, a program that creates a lab intranet for centralized data management and collaboration. Other AgileBio brands include Barcode Discount and Storage Accessories.
In 1998, Pierre Rodrigues, a graduate of the Pasteur Institute with a virology Ph.D., created Molecular Biology Shortcuts, a portal on which scientists could exchange laboratory information. In 2002, this project grew into a company called JustBio.com, soon renamed AgileBio, headquartered in Paris.AgileBio focuses on open source technologies such as Linux, PHP, Perl, PHP, C##, and mySQL. The company opened a US office in San Diego, California, in 2014.
AgileBio's flagship product is LabCollector, a modular, cross-platform LIMS program that creates an intranet linking a lab's computers for paperless, centralized data management. LabCollector also includes an electronic lab notebook; a data logger for temperature, carbon dioxide, and humidity; and a workflow manager. The program supports wireless devices and can be accessed by all common Internet browsers. Its features include sample management, tracking, and batching; data and equipment sharing; custom reporting; data warehousing and backup; and instrument management. LabCollector can also create printable linear 1D and Datamatrix 2D barcodes for sample tracking.The first version of LabCollector was designed for academic labs and released in 2002. Later versions were adapted for many different types of labs, and according to AgileBio's database, the program is now used in more than 600 labs worldwide. A free version for small labs was released in 2016. As of March 2016, LabCollector has a Capterra rating of 4 out of 5 stars.Functions later added to LabCollector include:
2012: LabCollector PTS, which allowed collaborative protein production and monitoring, and a new version of LabCollector’s Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), which featured an improved user interface and further options for collaborative work
2013: the ability to remotely control 2D rack scanners and a new content editor for ELN
2014: an application programming interface, a search engine that allows users to search for chemical substructures as well as visually construct chemical reactions, a QueryBuilder for improved data mining, and a module to monitor SNP genotyping workflows
AgileBio's Barcode Discount brand was founded in 2001. It offers a range of products for scanning biometrics and barcodes. AgileBio also maintains Storage Accessories, an online store specializing in lab storage equipment.