About RockStep Solutions and Climb
RockStep began in a kitchen in Bar Harbor, ME with a great idea. In 2014, RockStep was selected for an award from the NIH based on innovative ideas around building lab information systems to transform the way laboratory workflows were managed.
RockStep then partnered with Microsoft to begin integrating the advanced technologies of the Azure cloud into Climb™. In 2017, the core of Climb was released to the public and has since been adopted by scores of organizations including global pharmaceutical companies and CROs, biotechs, government labs, a Nobel Laureate’s lab at UCSF, and research labs at The Jackson Laboratory. RockStep helps companies make their digital transformations from legacy high-cost on-prem software to cost efficient cloud solutions.
Our company works with industry leaders to understand their needs, while providing some of the world’s most advanced technologies to ensure their digital infrastructure remain future-proof. Climb is scalable, secure, and maintained by the professional team at RockStep. The incremental costs of deployment and licenses are more than offset by the gains in efficiency and quality.
Climb was developed by scientists for scientists to modernize in vivo research.
RockStep and Novartis in vivo study teams worked together for over a year to design and develop the best in vivo software possible using “future proof” technologies and engineering practices. The project was led by RockStep’s co-founder and President, Julie Morrison and members of the Novartis Head of Emerging Technologies working closely with the in vivo study team scientists, managers, and technicians. The resulting solution needed to be productive, efficient, and lean, while exemplifying scientific excellence.
Using a 4P approach: Proof of Concept, Prototype, Pilot, and Production, a developmental process was created with user empathy central at all phases from design to deployment. The team developed KPIs to measure success and used the Pistoia Alliance UXLS tool kit as a guide at key phases in the process. The final product, Climb™ exceeded expectations at five of the eight KPIs and met expectations on the remaining three. Learn more about the project here.