About Climb 2.0 and RockStep Solutions

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Climb 2.0 was developed by scientists for scientists to transform in vivo drug discovery.

RockStep and Novartis in vivo study teams worked together for over 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 2.0 exceeded expectations at five of the eight KPIs and met expectations on the remaining three.  Learn more about the project here.

Since Climb 2.0’s successful deployment in 2020, RockStep has received additional funding and is rapidly expanding into new markets. Learn more about Climb or request a demo!

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RockStep began in a kitchen in Bar Harbor, ME with a great idea.  In 2014, RockStep was selected for an innovation award from NIH based on transformative ideas around building lab information systems to disrupt the way laboratory workflows were managed.

RockStep then partnered with Microsoft to begin developing advanced technologies, in the Azure cloud, into Climb.  In 2017, the core of Climb was released to the public and has been adopted by a number of large research labs including a Nobel Laureate lab at UCSF and labs at The Jackson Laboratory, Columbia University, MIT, as well as labs in biopharma, where companies are focusing on rapid transition to cloud infrastructure.

Our company works with frontier scientists to understand their needs, as well as some of the world’s most advanced technologies to ensure our system is state of the art, scalable, secure, low maintenance, all at incremental costs to our customers.