Today we’re happy to announce both our investment in Boston based start-up Labtiva as well as the global release of their first product ‘ReadCube’ – a software application designed to provide researchers a more efficient and intuitive means of managing and discovering relevant literature in their field. The company joins Digital Science’s portfolio of research tools as our first content management offering. 

Labtiva was founded by two Harvard alumni, Robert McGrath (a computer scientist) and Sinisa Hrvatin (a biologist). The two paired up during their studies and began work on a tool that allowed for Sinisa in his research to better manage the deluge of content in his day-to-day, as well as keep on top of new literature relevant to his topic area. ‘ReadCube’ was born out of that frustration experienced in the lab, as a lightweight application that allows researchers to create and manage their content collections, as well as discover other relevant literature. 

The application also features a personalised recommendation system that updates daily based on the user’s existing library, minimising the chances they’ll miss out on advances in their field. 

The tool is free to download and use, and we welcome your feedback. The team will be rolling out additional functionality over the coming months, so do stay tuned for developments. In the meantime, we hope you’ll give it a go. 

For more information, you can read the official press release, visit the ReadCube site, or follow them on twitter @readcube

Update: Labtiva recently held their launch party on November 4 in Cambridge, MA. For photos and video of the event, visit their Facebook page.